Arcadia School Q & A

Arcadia School started life as a primary school opening in August 2016. Located in the Jumeirah Village Triangle area of Dubai, the school offers an enriched National Curriculum for England. From September 2020 the school launched a secondary section, located just across the square from the original primary section.
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At a glance
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Good
Availability 2020/21
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Availability 2021/22
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Annual fee average
AED 59,500
Annual fees
AED 45,900 - 68,000
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Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2016
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Giles Pruett
Owner
Arcadia Education
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
British
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Welcome to the Arcadia 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?

The Arcadia Preparatory School aims to combine the best of the traditional values of a British primary and secondary education, in a forward-looking international environment. Our pupils will benefit from:
- Teachers from the UK who have taught the British Curriculum and been educated by the British Curriculum
- A teaching team recruited by the Leadership Team, including the Principal, CEO and Chairman.
- Buildings designed by Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) an award-winning Architectural and Interior Design
- An area of 16m squared for every child, in line with expectations of a premium plus school
- Indoor Multi-Purpose Sports Halls including stage lighting and Audio Visual capabilities that will allow performances with the special effects of a West End show
- Integrated ICT systems, utilising the most up-to-date technology exclusively using Apple products being the first Apple distinguished primary school in the Middle East
- Music rooms for group and single-use including Apple workstations and integrated instruments.
- All year round (heated and cooled) 20-metre length learners swimming pool in Primary school and a semi Olympic swimming pool in the Secondary school with touch timers and diving boards.
- Beautifully designed canteens serving food with a focus on healthy eating
- Maximum of 25 pupils per class
- School-based at the heart of the JVT community
- Luxury accommodation for teachers within close proximity of the school. Transportation is included.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

60

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

30% British Nationality

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

The ratio is 1:25 and includes an assistant teacher and in FS1 a 3rd adult being a class helper.

Does your school have a waiting list?

Yes for Year 2 and Year 5 20/21: Lisa Whyte, Registrar, +971 4552 2600.

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

The physical education curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum for England (NCfE); ranging from the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework through to the end of key stage 1 and 2 expectations.

The school features state-of-the-art sports facilities including rooftop swimming pools, indoor sports halls, multi-use games area and a primary sports area (5-a-side) synthetic turf (20m x 34m). Specialist PE teachers will deliver our PE curriculum. A full-size sports field for Rugby and football at Arcadia Secondary School and a series of climbing walls for Rock climbing.

A high-quality PE curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It will provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

All pupils will also be given the opportunity to take part in an enrichment learning program in a wide range of activities during school hours that are included in the fees.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

The school will provide a balanced diet by offering a healthy food selection in the school canteen. We will also promote the importance of a balanced diet for parents who provide packed lunches for their children. We encourage healthy eating for our staff, parents and pupils which includes many outdoor spaces for children to move and play.

We are aware of the importance of pupils remaining hydrated throughout the school day; therefore, water dispensers will be accessible throughout the school.

Sports facilities are extensive throughout the school and the curriculum will teach Physical Education to all age groups.

How do you promote healthy eating?

In addition to our commitment to Healthy Lifestyles, our staff will model healthy practices at all times.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes, we have a specially designed, purpose-built canteens where students can choose from a range of delicious and nutritious meals.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes, there is a full menu offering both hot food and cold snacks.

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

AED27

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

FS 8-2.00
*KS1 8-4.00
*KS2 8-4.00
*KS3 8-4.00
We close at 2 pm every Thursday for the whole school

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, the uniform will reflect the British Curriculum and children will be expected to be smart at all times. Pupils will be provided with 4 sets of high quality uniform for free, every year. A tailor service will be available for adjustments.

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

Parents will receive regular feedback to keep them informed of their child’s progress. This will be through a variety of ways such as Parent Consultations, written reports and daily/verbal feedback when appropriate. We also send daily information on a smart application and a weekly newsletter.

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

Parents will be informed regularly of their child’s progress and attainment. Teachers will meet with parents 3 times per year and written reports will also be shared.

What is your medium of instruction?

English

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

As a British Curriculum school, English is the language of instruction for all subjects. Our pupils will learn Arabic as either a first or second language and will also have the opportunity to learn French or Spanish as a third language from FS2 upwards.

Which other languages are taught?

Our wide range of high quality Modern Foreign Languages programmes of study include French & Spanish and will be offered as part of our extensive Enrichment Learning programme

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

The school will provide specific classes for the teaching of EAL to foster inclusivity. Specific EAL support classes will be established, and this will expand to an EAL class in each year group throughout the school. These classes will be small and provide targeted provision.

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

Yes, in Islamic A the curriculum will be delivered in Arabic. In Islamic B, lessons will be delivered in English. In order for some recital Arabic will be used where appropriate.

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

Yes, prayer rooms are available on all floors.

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

We assess children in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum for England.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

Homework complements and re-enforces learning in school. Activities at home will range from sharing a reading book in the younger years to project work in the older years, however, homework is set by the teacher and supported by the teacher to complete during school hours. Homework is set for home from Year 7 upwards.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Pupils who are identified as Gifted and Talented will have access to tasks that differentiate, accelerate and extend their learning. We are a member of NACE "National Association for Able Children in Education". The school is committed in it’s mission to support the needs of all pupils so that they will achieve their full potential. Appropriate challenge will ensure that these children are being given access to extended learning where necessary.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

We have an "Inclusive Champion" leading a specialist team of teachers to train and develop other staff and provide appropriate support for children.

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?

World-class teachers will be employed and lessons will be challenged appropriately for every child. Each lesson will extend knowledge and skills to ensure the pace of learning is maintained. SEN learners will have additional support where appropriate and children for whom English is an Additional language receive free tuition at no extra cost.

Our SEN teachers will work with pupils both in and out of classrooms and where appropriate, parents may be referred to external agencies for further support.

In the secondary building, we have a therapy room and work with Neuropedia.

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

Our school promotes an inclusive education for all and is resourced to educate children with mild learning disorders.

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

We will work with appropriate professional bodies where necessary and work closely with Neuropedia

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

We actively promote a PTA and encourage parents to join in our planned community events. Please watch website for updates.

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

We encourage parents to visit the school for special events, performances and assemblies, as well as coffee mornings, organic fruit and vegetable markets, workshops...

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

Yes, parent representation will be available. Parents will have an elected representative on an appropriate board.

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

We endeavor to get children and their families settled into The Arcadia Preparatory School as quickly and smoothly as possible. The website will be updated with upcoming events and activities.

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