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Al Rabeeh School Abu Dhabi Q & A

Al Rabeeh School is a KG to Grade 6 primary school located in Abu Dhabi. It is presently home to 800 pupils, the majority from the UAE, and follows the UK National curriculum. 
Parents' Rating
4.3 out of 5 based on 48 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2022/23
No data
Availability 2023/24
No data
Annual fee average
AED 31,500
Annual fees
AED 27,680–34,160
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Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Riaan Huyser
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Main student nationality
United Arab Emirates
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Welcome to the Al Rabeeh School Abu Dhabi 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.

If you have to highlight three strengths of your school, what would they be?

1- Teaching and Learning

2- Pupil Wellbeing and Happiness

3- Community Partnerships

What is the single biggest challenge your school is currently addressing?


Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?


What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

We truly are a family school with a rich tradition and history. Our focus is on well being as well as academic progress. We are inclusive and diverse and welcome all new members to the school. Our aim is to inspire our children to become social minded, global citizens so they can successfully contribute to their comunities.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

We currently have 47 different nationalities represented by our students, from all over the World.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Yes, UAE

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?


Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

We have the strongest British trained teachers and follow the National Curriculum for the UK. We are aware that education is one of the most importants aspects in a child's life and with this they can build a better future for themselves and their community. Therefore, our focus is to teach a varied and broad curriculum with high expectations of our students. We provide additional support to ensure we close any gaps in students learning so they can access the learning in class. There is no ceiling to a child's learning and our teachers consistently provide challenge and support so our students make the best progress possible.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Our well being curriculum and PE team promote healthy lifestyles in school. This is also brought into the curriculm core subjects and and we reward students for demonstrating healthy choices. Within this, we also focus on mental health and personal well being. Our highly experienced School Counselor provides 1.1 and whole school support to encourage children and their families to practise positive health and well being strategies.

How do you promote healthy eating?

Children at Al Rabeeh School bring a packed lunch from home and are aware of the expectations we have about what should be included in the lunch. We frequently remind children at assembly too celebrating “Healthy Lunchboxes” with certificates.

In lunch box you child should have healthy food. We welcome sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetables, yoghurt, fruit juice and milk. We would ask you not to send your child with “fast food” type options such as chicken nuggets or burgers and certainly no chocolate or sweets of any kind.

Research shows that our brains need water to stay active and alert. All children must bring water into school daily, in a spill-proof plastic bottle that they can take home at night to rinse and refill.

In addition to promoting healthy lunchboxes children at Al Rabeeh School benefit from a number of government initiatives such as ‘Super 11’ in conjunction with Damam Active Life. Our children regularly take part in events such as Junior Aquathlon’s, children’s runs in with Gulf Multi Sport, Manchester City FC sessions and the Daily Mile.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students? How does it promote a balanced diet?


What is the approximate average cost of a lunchtime meal?


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

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Is there a school uniform?


Which languages are taught at your school - please detail any as a first as well as second language?

English and Arabic

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


Do you offer a dedicated prayer room/s for students? For which faiths?


Do you have a learning support team in your school?


Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?


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


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


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


This school is in a Best School by parents ranking

Al Rabeeh School Abu Dhabi 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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