Buds Public School is a well established institution in Dubai, having been in operation in the emirate for the last 30 years. Currently the school has approximately 822 students on its roll, and follows the Indian CBSE curriculum.
Buds Public School has been rated Acceptable for the eighth year in a row in the 2019-20 KHDA inspection process. The inspection report can be found under the Inspection report tab. An update to this review will be completed in due course.
The story so far...
Established in 1986, and over 30 years old, Buds Public School currently has approximately 822 students on its roll, and employs 60 teachers, almost all of whom have teaching qualifications. The teachers are supported by six teaching assistants, mostly in the Kindergarten and Grade 1. The number of teaching assistants has not increased even though the staff and student size has. Classroom sizes average 30 students in a class - average for an Indian curriculum school, but above the 25 prescribed by the KHDA as ideal.
What about the curriculum?
Students follow the Indian CBSE curriculum and take the CBSE examinations at the end of Grade 10 and Grade 12.
What the inspectors say
The school's strengths include its students' personal responsibility, the teaching in English and Maths in KG and Primary, the Principal's clear vision for the school as well as the positive relationships between the school and the primary stakeholders, the parents, according to the school's 2015-2016 KHDA report.
However academically this is a school that needs improvement: Pupils' attainment and progress in core subjects English and Maths is currently rated as only Acceptable across phases save KG. Provision for students with special educational needs also falls short of required standards.
Key to improvement lies in developing a curriculum and improving teaching skills to deliver independent, critical thinkers, personally motivated to learn. Recommendations of the KHDA relate to the 'soft' infrastructure of the school: the quality of learning experienced by pupils; teachers' ability to recognise and work with students of varying abilities; and implementation of the newly created special educational needs policy.
Generally, parents feel that the school is improving and are happy with the levels of communication with the school. There have been concerns over extra-curricular activities and over crowding on the school buses.
What about the facilities?
Facilities at Buds Public school are satisfactory, but modest compared to some of Dubai's more recently established private schools. They include a library, sports ground, computer labs, art room, an Islamic Studies Room and a canteen.
Fees for the school are relatively affordable, ranging from 7,565 AED per annum to 13,508 AED per annum (2016).
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