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Al Basma is a school community where all stakeholders are welcome to contribute and participate. Our logo is strive to be the best, ensuring all stakeholders and the school itself aim to be the best that they can be every day.
It is a happy school; staff and children enjoy coming to school. Student discipline is very good. We actively teach core values of tolerance, respect, care, honesty, empathy, resilience and integrity and expect all students to participate in leadership, charitable, innovation and enterprise activities ensuring they are prepared to leave school as valuable members of their society able to contribute to their local, national and international communities.
Over 50 nationalities
Learning is designed to be engaging, interactive and enjoyable. Technology and practical tasks are incorporated to enhance and bring learning to life. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum from FS1 to Y13 enabling students to pursue their areas of interest and strength and develop their talents. In FS learning is play based following EYFS. Students study music and art are taught by specialists from Year 4 with drama, robotics and French being introduced with specialists from Year 4.
Resistant materials is introduced in Year 7 and from Year 9 students can choose Business Studies, Psychology, Statistics, Economics, Graphic Communication, ICT, PE and Computer Science in addition to the traditional core academic offering of Maths, English Language, English Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography and French. For less able students we also offer English Second Language and combined science.
All students engage in 80 minutes of formal Physical Education weekly. We also offer GCSE and A Level PE. All children from Grade 1 to Grade 10 swim for at least one 6 week block of PE a year. The opening of the second pool in the extension will mean that children have more access to the pool during curriculum time each year.
A wide range of physical activities are offered as part of the in curricula and extra curricula enrichment programmes ranging from yoga to cricket, handball to table tennis. In addition an external company use the school's facilities out of school hours to offer swimming, football, karate and gymnastics to the school and wider local community. The extension will significantly expand the range and size of indoor and outdoor sports facilities available for school and wider community use. The clinic measures and records students BMI annually and awareness of students with issues is raised with parents and the PE team ensuring awareness of the issue.
A series of themed weeks ensure a healthy and safe lifestyle is promoted annually. Weeks such as Healthy Living, e safety, health and safety, road safety, anti bullying, healthy eating, and sports week all promote healthy lifestyles in addition to the usual curriculum coverage of these topics.
Healthy eating week draws awareness to making healthy food choices for all stakeholders. Lunch boxes are monitored and unhealthy foods are returned home. We are also a nut free school as we have children and teachers with severe allergies.
7:50am to 2:35pm
Our discipline policy is positive and is tiered. It rewards children who meet expectations. All students start the week with Golden Time which they lose in 5 minute increments when they fail to meet basic level one expectations. Level two infringements result in reports and parent meetings. Level three infringements result in reports and suspensions and parent meetings. Three level three reports result in children being referred to the Governors behaviour panel. Failure to improve whilst on Governors report results in the removal of the offer of re-registration.
Students receive written feedback with next steps on assessed pieces of work weekly or per topic or both depending on the number of lessons per week. Longer term targets are shared with students and parents each term.
Termly reports and termly parents' evenings
Our student body is 96% EAL so strategies to develop language and vocabulary and make learning accessible are incorporated in all lessons.
iGCSE, GCSE, iAS, iALevel
Daily reading using Booki, Bug Club and Kutubee for KG and primary English and Arabic medium is advised.
Use of Spelling Shed, Times Table Rockstar and Number Shed is also advised for Primary students daily at home.
Weekly spellings will be given with one piece each of English and Maths homework weekly. A topic or science project will also be given each half term.
In the secondary school students are given increasing amounts of homework as they progress through the grades to Y12 and 13 where students are expected to do two hours of homework or independent study for every hour of scheduled lessons each week.
Learning is differentiated to provide adequate stretch and challenge for able students. We adopt a mastery model, not an early entry approach. Ability sets enable children to access an appropriate curriculum at an appropriate rate. Gifted and talented pupils have individual ALPs which detail specific opportunities or programmes to develop their gift or talent.
The first Y13 will graduate in 2020
Yes, we have an inclusion team comprising 2 social workers, a SENCO, a psychologist and counselor and 2 inclusion specialists. 25% of our students of determination have dedicated shadow teachers provided by parents. In addition the Inspire Centre therapists visit school to conduct speech, physio and occupational therapy sessions on site.
As we operate a fully inclusive model we can accommodate students with mild to moderate needs which can be met in a mainstream setting with support.
GCSE result analysis is available on the school website.
No particular specialism, we have children with all types of mild to moderate learning difficulties.
We have an active Parent Team which is open to all parents as volunteers and has an elected Executive Committee.
Yes, each key stage is represented by a elected parent governor.
We conduct induction sessions for parents at the start of each year and connect them with the PTT whatsapp groups and facebook where they can get answer to their questions from a parent perspective and make social connections. In addition we host a meet the teacher induction event for all parents each year to introduce them to any new whole school initiatives and the new grade; teachers, routines and expectations. We also produce an updated Parent Handbook each year which is available on the website and a soft copy is sent out to all parents in English and Arabic each year.
Al Basma British School is a Best of school, a ranking determined by parent surveys on the site. It can be found in the following Best of rankings:
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