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Capital School Review

Capital School received an Acceptable rating for its first Dubai School Inspection Bureau report. It has considerable work to do if it is to move up to a Good rating for the next inspection cycle.
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School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Acceptable
Availability 2019/20
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Annual fee average
AED 48,000
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Status
Open
Opening year
2014
School year
Sep to Jun
Principal
William Johnston
Community
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
Indian

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Capital School
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Acceptable
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 48,000
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2014
School year
Sep to Jun
Principal
William Johnston
Community
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
Indian
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First Published:
Wednesday 25 October, 2017

Updated:
Tuesday 2 July, 2019

Capital School received an Acceptable rating for its first Dubai School Inspection Bureau report. It has considerable work to do if it is to move up to a Good rating for the next inspection cycle.

Capital School has been rated Acceptable for the third 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...

Capital School received an Acceptable rating for its first Dubai School Inspection Bureau report. The UK curriculum, mid-priced school is currently ramping up to be an all through school, with its 850 plus students currently in classes from FS1 to Year 8. A new year group is added annually.

The school is home to both boys and girls. At Foundation Stage Capital uses the EYFS Framework, while secondary will offer both IGCSE and eventually A Levels. The school has yet to have an exam year.

The school currently delivers a largely Acceptable level of education according to the Dubai School Inspection Bureau.

Arabic as a first language and Islamic education, attainment and progress are acceptable but attainment in Arabic as an additional language in the secondary phase is weak.

In English, across all phases, attainment is acceptable and progress is good.

In mathematics, attainment is acceptable in the Foundation Stage (FS) and good in primary and secondary. Progress is good across all phases. In science, attainment is acceptable across all phases and progress is acceptable in FS and primary, and good in secondary.

Students' learning skills are acceptable across the school. The quality of teaching is acceptable across the school, with the strongest teaching being observed in English and mathematics.



In a generally more positive story students enjoy being at school. They have good attitudes towards learning and their behaviour and attendance are good. Their understanding of Islamic values, their respect for the heritage and culture of the UAE and their appreciation of their own and other world cultures are acceptable.

Finally leadership and management is also said to be, currently, acceptable.

The KHDA sets a 'Good' rating as the minimum level it expects for schools in Dubai, so Capital is currently navigating a course it will want to rectify. Given this is its first report, the Acceptable rating is very much understandable. However, the school will not want to linger at this level. Pushing up to a Good rating will however require a considerable effort if it is to manage it for the 2017/18 inspection cycle. We watch its progress with interest.

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