United Arab Emirates / Dubai / Al Qusais / Al Diyafah High School

Al Diyafah High School Q & A

Al Diyafah High School serves a predominantly Indian expatriate demographic, but with 23 other nationalities also represented at the school. It is one of the longest established UK curriculum schools in Dubai and one of the few that is still under family ownership - the daughter of the Founder is now responsible for the management and overall direction of the school. 
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3.6 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
At a glance
School phase
All through
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Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 14,500
Annual fees
AED 10,701 - 22,725
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Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Phillip Burgess
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Welcome to the Al Diyafah High School official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

A welcoming and friendly learning environment coupled with a student centric approach to education. Very high academic and behavioral standards. Outstanding external examination results. Very positive school community illustrated by a supportive and interactive parent community.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?


Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Yes, Indian

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?


Does your school have a waiting list?

Yes but not for all year groups. Please call the school to inquire.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

The vision and mission of the school is to create caring, competent and confident students which underpins the education and teaching philosophy in the school. This is achieved by a rigorous academic programme delivered in a supportive yet challenging learning environment. Students are encouraged to extend their learning through personal enrichment programs and or charitable and cultural events.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

Physical education is an integrated part of the school curriculum. The school ensures that all students are engaged in physical activities via the time tabled physical education classes, the after school coaching programmes, the inter-house events, the inter-school events, and the early morning wake-up shake –up sessions.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

The school promotes healthy lifestyles via structured exercise and play times. The school takes and active part in the Dubai Fitness Challenge. The school has organized sporting teams and school-based carnivals.

How do you promote healthy eating?

Parents are encouraged to provide healthy and balanced meals for the children to eat at school. The canteen provides a balance of healthy foods for students to purchase.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?


If yes, does it serve hot food?

No. The canteen has micro wave oven facilities to heat up food if required.

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?

We do not have a lunch time requirement with the current school timings.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

7.20am to 2pm

Is there a school uniform?


Please advise on your discipline policy?

The school has a positive approach to discipline, it has a discipline policy clearly outlining the behaviour for learning expectations in the classroom on school campus and on school transport. The policy is shared with the students, teachers and parents at the beginning of the year.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

The school provides formal reports at the end of each term published via the schools online Parent Portal. Where applicable the monthly test reports are published to the Portal. The school conducts four formal Parent Teacher Conferences per year. The parents also receive the Parent Report from the CAT 4 and the benchmark tests.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

Four formal PTCI meetings a year. Three formal report cards per year plus the external examination certificates for the IGCSE and A Level examination.

What is your medium of instruction?


Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?


Which other languages are taught?

French and Hindi

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?


Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?


Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?


Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of your current Value Added average scores

The school does measure the value added by comparing the actual grades with the predicted grades and the target grades.

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

IGCSE and A Levels via:
Cambridge International Examinations
Edexcel Examinations

CAT4 and GL progress tests

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

The SENDCO sets Advanced Learning Plan for the individual students which is enacted in the classroom per subject,

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

99%. The destinations are UK, US, Canada, India, Dubai and Australia.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?


Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

Students with moderate to significant learning differences are given intervention lessons as well as in-class support. Few students receive one-one support with the special educators and the learning support team.

Please provide comprehensive details of how well your school did in external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

Pass percentage- 100%
A*-B- 77%
A*-C- 92%

AS Level
Pass Percentage 94%
A- B 61%
A- C 79%

A Level
Pass percentage- 99%
A*-B- 49%
A*-C- 75%

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?


Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

Via the SENDCO the parents are referred to external professionals if a need is identified.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes, a Parent Council

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

Yes, our parent community is actively involved in many areas of the school life. For example, they support us with our Robotics programme, Career Guidance sessions, Community Outreach programmes, and our Internship programmes.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

Yes, via the Parent Council

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

Yes, all new parents to the school and those of students starting in Foundation Stage 2 and Year 7 are provided with on campus introduction and induction sessions. Besides this, we have information sessions for the parents of students in Year 9 and Year 11 to help them guide their students in making subject choices. The school engages parents through the phase specific coffee morning sessions and transition meetings.

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2 Archived Comments
Ahmed Siddiqui
Archived 26th Jan 2015, 02:01

Indeed the point highlighted regarding transparency in publishing exam results is very important. Parents should also look how transparent the school while considering.

Archived 7th Mar 2014, 14:58

http://whichschooladvisor.com/ is so informative.

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