Credence High School is a popular CBSE curriculum school located on a large purpose-built campus in Al Qouz Industrial area. It is one of several schools located in this area and convenient for the Al Khail and Sheikh Zayed Roads, allowing the school to cover large areas of Dubai, Deira and Sharjah by school bus services.
The story so far...
Credence High School was founded by several prominent local Indian businessmen, including Dr. Moopen, who owns the Aster Medical clinics and pharmacies in Dubai. The school offers the CBSE curriculum to classes from Pre-KG to Grade 12, with Grade 12 having been added in the 2021-22 academic year.
The school is clearly highly regarded by parents, of whom over 100 had participated in the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com Parent Survey, rating Credence 4.2/5 - or a positivity rating of 84%.
The most recent comment in our Parent Survey is reflective of many..."Focus on Child's well being & safety. One on one interaction between Teachers & students. Constant & direct communication with parents. Excellent infrastructure, management & teaching staff."
Credence High School's Vision is "To be an institution that nurtures free and happy minds thereby empowering students to excel and contribute to the society in the field of their choice."
Its Mission is to:
- Tailor an inclusive and supportive campus that offers a sense of belonging, happiness, physical safety and intellectual freedom to all of our students.
- Harvest the innate talent of each child to build a school community of individual achievement and collective excellence.
- Instill an acute sense of values and ethics in each of our students so they may be always known for their personal integrity and probity.
- Nurture an international cross-section of students so they may learn to live in a globalized world and contribute in building a united, tolerant, caring society.
- Kindle and keep alive the spark of curiosity in our students through the provision of ICT facilities and resources that support a research – oriented, independent and enquiry based learning.
The school motto “Character is destiny” ensures that the emotional intelligence in students is also nurtured.
Principal, Deepika Thapar Singh, is clearly someone who invests for the long-term in the schools she leads. Prior to Credence, she was Principal at The Airforce School, New Delhi for over eight years, and since joining Credence in 2016, she is close to achieving her sixth anniversary in Dubai.
Commenting on the aims of Credence, Mrs. Thapar Singh says; "We have entered interesting times in education. Technology, communication, and ways of interacting are developing so quickly that we may be preparing our students for careers that don’t yet exist. Our generation relied on the “three Rs” to prepare us for a successful life. The future will demand people who are flexible, effective problem-solvers, and able to think critically about the masses of information that they experience each day.
In anticipation of this, we nurture our students to be adaptable, independent thinkers, able to work effectively with others and imbued with a life-long curiosity and love of learning. These fundamental skills will help our students to meet the growing demands of an evolving world."
Thus, “The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”
At the time of the last KHDA inspection in October 2019, the school had approximately 700 students - a number that has grown significantly in the past two and half years to well over 1,000. Students come from a range of 30 nationalities. The maximum student number is 25 per class with a teacher, teaching assistant and nanny in KG classes.
Inevitably, given the curriculum, the vast majority of the 90 teachers are from India and include a School Counsellor and a sizeable number (approx. 20) of teaching assistants. Both the teacher:student ratio (1:10) and teacher turnover (12%) are on the low side for schools in Dubai, and particularly so in an Indian curriculum school.
The school was rated Acceptable by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau in its first report in the year 2016-17. It had clearly made significant progress to be rated Good in its second inspection for the year 2017-2018, with 47 indicators moving up from Acceptable to Good, and showed further positive progress in 2018-19 and 2019-20 when Credence retained the Good rating and earned a smattering of Very Good ratings.
Credence follows the CBSE curriculum from Grades 1 to 12, offering the CBSE Grade X and XII examinations. The teaching practices in the Kindergarten section are largely based on approaches drawn from international models such as Montessori, EYFS and Reggio Emilia.
The Primary programme commences in Grade 2 and ends in Grade 5. The central focus of the curriculum over this period is to build on the foundation laid down during the early years and to enable students apply these concepts in a real-life context. Credence believes that by allowing students to collaborate and learn, play and interact in groups, educators help them develop social intelligence, which is another core area of focus for primary school students in Dubai.
The curriculum is described as interactive, collaborative and designed keeping in mind the unique needs of each student. Core subjects include English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Arabic, a choice between Hindi, French, and Malayalam, Islamic Studies, Computer Studies and Moral Education.
Credence teachers aim to equip students with real-world, relevant knowledge enabling students to put the theory into practice and make links across the curriculum. Teachers aim to identify each student’s individual strengths whilst planning activities meticulously to ensure that each student’s learning potential is maximised. By the end of the primary school phase, students are expected to be confident and well equipped to graduate to the next level with ease.
From Grade 6 to Grade 8, students follow the Middle School programme. According to the school, the CBSE-affiliated curriculum has been modified to suit the unique needs of Indian and international students residing in the UAE. It is designed to meet the exclusive developmental needs of young adolescents, offering a holistic education focusing on independence, collaboration and responsibility. Teachers work to create a learning environment that encourages students' curiosity and inspires them to learn. To ensure holistic development of children, the curriculum includes both scholastic and co-scholastic areas.
Subjects offered from Grades 6 to 8 include English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, a second language (Hindi/French), Arabic, UAE Social Studies, Computer Studies/Artificial Intelligence, Art, Music, Dance, Physical Education, Moral Education, Life Skills, and Islamic Education (Mandatory for all Muslim students).
In the Secondary and Senior Secondary school section, students from Grades 9 to 12 study for the All India CBSE Secondary Schools Examination at the age of 16 (end of grade 10) and the All India Senior School Certificate Examination at age 18 (end of grade 12). The curriculum provides students with an in-depth and balanced understanding of broad subjects from Languages, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. The curriculum is structured in a way that communication skills, analytical reasoning and decision-making skills are each an area of focus for students.
Again, in common with the curriculum lower down the school, Credence strives to ensure a balance between the academic and non-academic subjects with a goal of cultivating core competencies in learners from both a scholastic and co-scholastic standpoint. The co-scholastic subjects offered to secondary school students at Credence include Health and Physical Education, Life Skills, Values Education, Art Education and Work Education. A 'learner-centric' approach aims to enable students come into their own, discover their own true potential and lends them a sense of enterprise, whilst developing aesthetic sensibilities and a spirit of sportsmanship.
Subjects available in Grade 9 and Grade 10 include English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Hindi/French, Arabic and UAE Social Studies (Grade 9 only), Artificial Intelligence, Art, Music, Dance, Physical Education, Moral Education, Life Skills and Islamic Education (mandatory for all Muslim students).
In common with most CBSE curriculum schools in the UAE, Credence offers solely Science and Commerce streams for Grades 11 and 12 - something that we at WhichSchoolAdvisor.com regret. With global economies changing so rapidly, and opportunities for arts-focused students growing, we do feel that it is a pity that this option is not provided in the vast majority of Indian curriculum schools in the UAE.
For students who wish to follow the Science Stream, subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer science, Informatics Practices, Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics. Additionally, students are also required to take English, Physical Education, Moral Education and Islamic Education (mandatory for all Muslim students).
Commerce Stream students are offered the usual, though slightly narrower, range of subjects including Business studies, Accountancy, Economics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Informatics Practices. English, Physical Education, Moral Education and Islamic Education (mandatory for all Muslim students) are also required.
Credence is among a number of CBSE curriculum schools to offer what is referred to as Day Boarding which allows students to participate in an extended day programme. The school believes that sport and movement play an important role in the development of children, and emphasis is given to these activities through an additional After School sports programme, together with Martial Arts and Performing Arts. Activities include badminton, cricket, athletics, football, basketball, chess, swimming, karate, zumba, visual arts and music.
Credence High School believes that students who have SEND requirements have the same right as all other students for admission, participation and equity. They have the right to engage and participate in a quality learning experience alongside same aged peers. In line with the KHDA's Inclusive Education policy, the school aims to support Students of Determination, provided that the provision is available to do so.
Unfortunately, Credence does not publish its CBSE exam results - something we hope will change as the situation returns to normal, post Covid, where public examinations around the world were either cancelled or based on teacher assessments.
Credence High School is located in the heart of Al Qouz on a very large 7 acre site. The school is housed in a large L-shaped 3 floor building with the PreKG/KG and Grade 1 students having access to ground floor classrooms, and a shaded outdoor play area with age-appropriate play equipment.
Behind the play area is the large playing field for soccer and a running track with a separate building housing the swimming pool. There are also courts marked for basket ball and volleyball, tennis courts, and indoor swimming and splash pool.
There is a large indoor multi-purpose hall with badminton courts which is used for indoor sports activity and for school programmes and musical activities. This incorporates a 1,000 seater auditorium.
Credence was awarded a Good rating - the minimum rating to which the Dubai regulator expects schools to aspire - for the third time in the October 2019 DSIB inspection. It was one of relatively few schools to be inspected prior to the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic, which saw all inspections put on hold from early 2020 through to the end of the 2021 academic year.
Inspectors were obviously impressed with the on-going improvements in standards at the school, awarding Very Good ratings for attainment in English, Maths and Science in the Middle/Secondary section and Very Good for both attainment and progress in Maths in the Senior Secondary. However, overall academic achievement remained largely rated Good. Personal development and the Understanding of Islamic values and awareness of Emirati and world cultures retained the Very Good ratings from prior inspections. Care and support of students was rated Very Good for the first time across the school.
Inspectors described the best features of Credence as:
The key recommendations from the inspection team to the school were to:
If you would like to read the inspection report - and we strongly recommend that you do so in order to understand the reasons behind the ratings and their relevance to you and your child(ren) - you will find it here.
It is evident from the DSIB inspection team's comments that relationships between the school and its community are strong. These views are reinforced by the responses from over 100 parents that WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has received to our Parent survey.
With an overall rating of 4.2/5 (or an approval rating of 84%), it is clear that parents are happy with choice. Close to 60% of children enjoy going to school 'tremendously' with a further one-third enjoying school 'quite a bit'.
Interestingly, all 100+ parents who have completed our survey to-date had moved their children to Credence from another school in the UAE.
Satisfaction leaves do not appear to be high just among the students either! 82% of respondents were 100% satisfied with the academic performance of the school - and none were dissatisfied (although 26% did feel that additional tuition was required outside school, though this is below the UAE average of 30%). Parents were confident about the ability of Credence to meet their child's learning needs.
86% were fully satisfied with the level of feedback they receive from the school, and an even higher 88% were satisfied with the school's implementation of its disciplinary policy. No parent was dissatisfied with either of these indicators.
And when it comes to the two key indicators that are so often a reflection of parents' views, whilst 55% of parents fully believed that the school's fees represent value for money, and a further 42% were in partial agreement with this statement, an overwhelming 95% of respondents would recommend Credence High School to other parents.
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The KHDA Parent Survey held at the time of the 2019 inspection also received very positive feedback, with 98% of 345 parents who participated stating that they were satisfied with the quality of education delivered by the school.
Parents considered the quality of education offered by the school to be high. They appreciated leaders’ willingness to listen to them and to consider their views. They valued the support which the school provided for their children. Parents were almost unanimous in their agreement on the ease of accessing relevant information, but they varied with regard to their active engagement with the school.
The pre-inspection Student Well-being survey also received responses from 58 Secondary students, who reported that they shared very high levels of happiness, optimism, satisfaction with life, perseverance and motivation to learn. They mentioned strong connections with their fellow students, and benefited from the school’s safe environment. Anxiety, worry and sadness levels were lower in comparison with those of the previous year.
Back in 2014, when Credence High School opened, we visited the school and met with its leadership and admissions team. Although there was clearly strong ambition from the owners, it was early days, and at the time this seemed like a very large building (and a very heavy investment) in a location that was not necessarily ideal.
Almost eight years on, there is no doubt that Credence High School (which is not a high school at all, but a through-school for students from 3 to 18 years) has well and truly established itself as a school offering high standards of education and satisfaction among its parent community, staff, students and the regulator. We would recommend that any parent seeking a CBSE curriculum school at mid-range fees should seek out Credence - it is most definitely worth a visit!
Credence High School offers a very bright, airy environment with committed staff for mid-range fees. These currently range from AED 13,000 for PreKG to AED 26,000 to Grade 11 and 12. Additional fees for books and uniforms range from just under AED 600 in pre-KG rising to around AED 1,100 to 1,155 in Grades 11 and 12 (depending on whether students study in the Commerce or Science).
In 2021, Credence offered a number of scholarship options for students joining Grade 11 - it is not clear whether this will continue into 2022-23. New students who had achieved pass rates of between 80% - 85% in the Pre board/ Board exam, could apply for a scholarship worth AED 5,000. Students who had achieved over 85% could apply for a scholarship of AED 7,500. Please contact the school directly for further information.
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