Al Muna Academy Q & A

Al Muna Academy has every right to feel happy. It was the first school in Abu Dhabi to have been awarded, for the 2015-16 academic year, an A1 rating (Outstanding) by the emirate's inspection team and is still the only stand-alone primary school to receive such a grading. It has now cemented that achievement by again being rated Outstanding in the 2017-18 inspection round.
Parents' Rating
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4.3 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
At a glance
School type
International
School phase
Primary
Inspection rating
Outstanding
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
Availability 2021/22
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Annual fee average
AED 45,000
Annual fees
AED 43,500 - 45,260
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Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2009
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
18
Principal
Ms Sarah Griffiths
Owner
Aldar Academies
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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Which School Advisor: What is the official name of your School?
Al Muna Primary School. (See the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com review here.)

What is your school's Web site address for any parent wanting to find out more information?
www.almunaprimary.sch.ae

What qualities and characteristics would you say define Al Muna?
1 – Children are safe and well cared for and supervised – children need to know that the first priority of every adult in their school is their well being
2 - Lessons are enjoyable and relevant, preparing children for life in the C21
3 – Every child makes as much progress as possible.
4 – Relationships are key to our success and the enjoyment of our work – we treat everyone –children, colleagues, families and visitors with professional courtesy and respect.
5 – We all are consistent in engaging with children over expectations and the four C’s – courtesy, consideration, co-operation and common sense. This year we have a focus on PSHE.
6 – As over 75% of children speak English as an additional language we maximize opportunities to talk to children in and out of the classroom.
7- This year our key word is PRIDE
8 – Finally, we are all guests of the UAE and as such treat the culture, heritage and traditions of our host country with respect and understanding.

At Al Muna Primary school we are all tireless in our pursuit of excellence and have high expectations of ourselves and of children’s attainment and progress.

We endeavour to provide a safe, caring and inclusive community where diversity is celebrated, mutual respect amongst adults and children is practised and where working closely with families to support children’s learning is valued.

We want our children to be accepting, sociable and confident in making their own decisions.

Inspiring teaching and the use of first class resources and facilities ensure we deliver a relevant and varied curriculum in a stimulating, creative and memorable way.

We want all our children to enjoy learning what they need to learn.

We aim to instill in all our pupils our core values of consideration, courtesy, co-operation and common sense.

We want all our children to care about community and recognise that they can make a positive contribution  through building relationships, we are committed to achieving excellence together.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?
54

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?* Which nationality (ies)?
Approx. 25% UAE nationals
Approx. 25% European
Approx. 25% other Arab countries
Approx. 25% other Asian countries

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?
1:13

Does your school have a waiting list?
Yes, contact admissions@almunaprimary.sch.ae for more information.

How does the school promote healthy lifestyles?
We encourage children to eat healthily and have a range of healthy activities in and out of the classroom.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity? 
Every child has weekly swimming and PE lessons as well as the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports after school.

How do you promote healthy eating?
We teach children the importance of eating healthily and have family workshops to support this. We are proud of the healthy food our children choose to eat.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
No.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
7.45-2.00 (for FS)
7.45-2.20 For Years 1-6

Is there a school uniform?
Yes, and can be purchased from the uniform shop on Muroor road

Please advise on your discipline policy..?
We have a clear code of conduct, our golden rules and focus on positive reinforcement and a positive ethos under pinned by a positive relationship.

What is your policy on mobile devices such as mobile (cell) phones in school?
Not for children

How does your school differentiate learning?
We tailor make the curriculum for individual learning needs and have an oasis room for children who need additional learning support.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
We expect children to do some reading, writing and practical number work each work. In addition there are creative open ended tasks which are optionally linked to current topics.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
Teachers are available at the beginning and end of every school day to speak with parents.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
We send formal reports to parents twice a year and also hold parent conferencing sessions four times a year.

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?
Yes. Children receive daily native and non-native Arabic sessions.

Which other languages are taught?
French from Year 3

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?
Yes as part of the curriculum.

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

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

What is you medium of instruction?
English

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?
We try to be as inclusive as possible and offer places where we feel children will be able to access the curriculum successfully.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?
Yes

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
Through a differentiated curriculum.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
No

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
Yes the FOAM (friends of al muna) organise regular events to support the school community. You may contact foam [at] almunaprimary.sch.ae for more information.

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 we have a range of family workshops throughout the year and helping hands are welcome to support in class and on trips.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
Yes, through annual elections

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
Yes we have specific induction and new parents information meetings.

This school is in a Best School by parents ranking

Al Muna Academy 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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