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GEMS Cambridge International Private School Sharjah Q & A

GEMS Cambridge International Private School Sharjah is a relatively new addition to the GEMS schools in the UAE, which opened as planned in September 2019. It is located in the Muweilah School Zone, close to the University area.
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4.5 out of 5 based on 84 reviews
At a glance
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Very good
Availability 2022/23
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Availability 2023/24
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Annual fee average
AED 24,000
Annual fees
AED 20,000–30,000
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
2019
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
5%
Principal
Ms Albie Huyser
Owner
GEMS Education
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Main student nationality
Egypt
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Welcome to the GEMS Cambridge International Private School Sharjah 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 are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

We are a values-based school that has a family feel with, children parents and staff. We welcome all cultures and nationalities to join our family.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

Many from all over the world attend our school. We have over 66 different nationalities in our school.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

We have higher proportions of Egyptian, Indian, and Pakistani students at the moment.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

Our teacher:student ratio in school is 1:15

Please describe your approach to teacher recruitment in terms of the balance of staff you seek in terms of nationalities and in terms of years of experience/ qualifications you look for. Please also provide details of how you use teaching assistants.

The requirements for teacher recruitment in our school are a B.Ed. graduate with two years of teaching experience in the UAE.

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

Offering GCSE & IGCS Pearson’s Examining Board.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

We give our children hands on experience where possible related to real life experiences.

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

Optional homework and present in core subjects.

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

We are fortunate enough to have trained professional PE coaches who deliver engaging and energetic sessions to keep our pupils fit and healthy.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

As part of our every day curriculum and where possible in extra curriculum activities. We also encourage competitions.

How do you promote healthy eating?

Through the curriculum, engagement with parents workshops and newsletters.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students? How does it promote a balanced diet?

Yes, we do have a cafeteria that is catered to us by Slices.

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

7.30am-2:30pm

Is there a school uniform?

Yes

Please advise on your discipline policy?

There is a behavior policy which is shared with both staff and parents.

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

A termly report is provided and parent consultation takes place termly. Also, we provide a Tuesday drop ins.

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

A termly report is provided and parent consultation takes place termly.

Which languages are taught at your school - please detail any as a first as well as second language?

French

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

Yes, EAL support provided

Do you offer a dedicated prayer room/s for students? For which faiths?

Yes, we have a prayer room for both males and females.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Bespoke curriculum opportunities are provided through ECA, identification using CAT4, and observation.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes

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?

We have a team that provide support.

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

We have a range of expertise within the team to meet different needs.

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

The school has a Primary and Secondary Counsellor.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

We have a large and successful parental committee supported and guided by an SLT Member.

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

Parents contribution is vital in our school and this is organized through the committee.

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

We have a Local advisory board that has different members from the community including parental representatives.

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

We hold weekly webinars and workshops for parents about different aspects of school life, the curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning as well as well-being.

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