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Arab Unity School Review

Located in Al Mizhar, Dubai, Arab Unity School aims to offer a British based education at an affordable price. The latter it most certainly does, with fees ranging from 5717 AED per year for KG rising to 9560 AED for Year 13. That would be less than a tenth of the cost of some, more recently established private schools.
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3.4 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
At a glance
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Acceptable
Availability 2018/19
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Availability 2019/20
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Annual fee average
AED 7,000
Annual fees
AED 5,854 - 9,789
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Value
Status
Open
Opening year
1975
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Peter Hodge
Community
Main teacher nationality
Indian
Main student nationality
Pakistani

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Arab Unity School
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Acceptable
Availability 2018/19
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Availability 2019/20
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Annual fee average
AED 7,000
Annual fees
AED 5,854 - 9,789
Price band help
Value
Status
Open
Opening year
1975
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Peter Hodge
Community
Main teacher nationality
Indian
Main student nationality
Pakistani
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First Published:
Saturday 30 June, 2012

Updated:
Sunday 14 April, 2019

Located in Al Mizhar, Dubai, Arab Unity School aims to offer a British based education at an affordable price. The latter it most certainly does, with fees ranging from 5717 AED per year for KG rising to 9560 AED for Year 13. That would be less than a tenth of the cost of some, more recently established private schools.

Arab Unity School has been rated Acceptable for the tenth year in a row in the 2018-19 KHDA inspection process. An abbreviated inspection report can be found under the Inspection report tab. An update to this review will be completed once the full report has been published.

The story so far...

Established in 1975 to offer an affordable British education, unfortunately, while progress has been made at Arab Unity School, it is not yet a beacon of how to do affordable education that's also best in class.

The school currently has a KHDA ranking of Acceptable, an improvement on the Weak rating it received in 2008-9. The school currently has 3,255 majority Asian students, and 205 teachers. A majority of teachers hold a teaching certificate and the school's teacher development programme has "had positive effects upon the quality of teaching, a work in progress," notes the report. 

Students are grouped into 127 classes, giving the school an average classroom size of 26. Nearly half of all students are in the primary phase.

What about the curriculum?

The school follows the English National Curriculum, leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations in Year 11 and Advanced Level (GCE) examinations in Year 12.

What about academic achievement?

The school does not publish its exam results, so it is not possible to assess how well its students fare academically. However, of note is that A' Level options seem limited. Subjects offered include: Islamic Studies, Arabic, Physics, Accounting, Psychology, Biology, Business Studies, Sociology, Mathematics,  Economics and Chemistry.

WSA strongly encourages all schools to publish details of the attainment of students in external examinations. It is of key interest to parents, the partners and customers of a school.

What the inspectors say

The school does seem to be moving in the right direction academically, with noted progress of students in English, mathematics and science in the post-16 phase according to its latest KHDA report. In fact, across phases of the school Arab Unity records largely good progress and attainment for core subjects, save for its Primary phase which is rated satisfactory only for English, maths and science. Despite the recently high turnover in staff (27%), teaching in general is also considered good, save in the primary section. Students in general also make good personal and social development across all phases of the school.

The school has quite a few areas to focus on in order to attain a good overall rating however: More effective teaching in the primary phase is required, greater opportunities for primary and secondary students to develop their learning skills, better accuracy of assessment, better self-evaluation and management of staff performance, a modified post-16 curriculum to ensure senior students have appropriate time to complete A level course requirements, as well as improved classroom provision for SEN students is top of Arab Unity's to do list.

Parents in general seem relatively satisfied with the school in feedback to the KHDA - although they are concerned with the turnover in staff. Students themselves seem less satisfied than their parents, but overall appear a relatively contented group. In the WSA survey, parents are clearly very supportive of the school and would recommend it to other parents. However there are concerns over feedback and the school's disciplinary policies.

Fees range from AED 5,854  per year for KG rising to AED 9,789 for Year 13. That would be less than a tenth of the cost of some, more recently established private schools, but clearly affect the ability of the school to invest in staff and resources, and their ability to improve the quality of education that can be offered as a result.

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Comments
3 Archived Comments
Ishfaq Ahmed Raja
Archived 24th Oct 2016, 21:05

I need your kind guidance. As my son is 5 years of age and studying in KG-1 in a school in Dubai I am shifting to Sharjah ,can i get his admission in Your school.

Lyn Soppelsa
Archived 24th May 2016, 16:19

Dear Shyaman,

I'm afraid that I am not able to provide you with specific suggestions about available places, but if you check the Schools button on the menu at the top of the page, you can search for Dubai Secondary schools and then check the individual school information. You may find it useful to check the recent articles we have published about the latest KHDA inspections also. Generally, the newer schools will be those with available places, but these also tend to be more expensive than the older, more established schools. There is also a map on the Home page where you can search for schools by location. Good Luck.

shyaman d ranasinghe
Archived 18th May 2016, 22:38

Dear Sir Madam ,

We are Sri Lankan working in Dubai 3 years completed , we hoping to get down our daughter here to school , she is still studding in Sri Lanka international school British curriculum grade 7.so please let me know about the grade 8 veconcees ,
Thank you
Shyaman

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