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Quality, affordable British Education with a clear focus on building character and supporting the UAE’s 2021 National Agenda for Education.
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Not really, we have a real mix, very representative of Dubai.
25:1 for FS
30:1 for Year 1 and above
Yes, FS1 to Year 11. Limited seats are available in Year 12. Kindly contact our admission team via email@example.com for more information.
Our holistic approach to education develops fully rounded individuals through our personal, social and moral approaches; as well as fostering academic excellence and lifelong employability skills
Students will have Physical Education as part of the weekly lessons in line with the National Curriculum for England. In addition we will offer an Enrichment Programme that will allow students to participate in a wider range of physical activities. We hope to participate in inter-school competitions and in local events. There will also be an after school sports programme provided by our teachers and outside specialists.
Whenever possible GEMS Founders School will participate in local campaigns that promote healthy lifestyles and our medical and pastoral teams will carefully monitor the health and well-being of our students.
Healthy eating, as part of a healthy lifestyle, is priority for growing children. At GFS we believe there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ food, just that there can often be better, healthier choices and that some food items are ‘treats’ that should be eaten less often. In choosing our school caterer we were very clear that the provision should include healthier choices that our students would still enjoy. Snacks that students bring from home will be monitored and workshops are planned for parents to encourage them to provide food and drinks that will sustain their children through the day.
Yes, it will cost approximately 15 AED for a hot meal.
Approximately 15 AED
The school day will begin at 7.40 a.m. The Foundation Stage students will leave school at 12.15 p.m. while the last lesson for the rest of the school finishes at 2.20 p.m. Most after-school activities will finish by 3.45 p.m.
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We will have a policy of ‘positive reinforcement’ when respectful, appropriate behaviour is practiced. A reward scheme will followed through our House System. Children will be given an opportunity to immediately stop any anti-social behavior and be encouraged to make a better choice. There will be zero-tolerance of bullying of any description. There will inevitably be sanctions that will be in line with the MoE recommendations.
Through working with their teachers, students will know their targets for the year and will regularly have opportunity to review these. Lessons will be planned with clear learning objectives and success criteria that will be shared with students and will take account of individual needs. We will be utilising a range of strategies that will keep parents informed of their child’s progress in school. Parents are also encouraged to contact their child’s teacher should they have any concerns, to set up individual meetings.
Parents will have the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher in person, during terms one and two. During term three, parents will be given a written report of their child’s progress and achievements during the year. End of year assessment data will also be included where relevant.
We have Arabic A for native speakers and Arabic B for non-native speakers. Both groups have five Arabic classes per week.
French is taught within the curriculum from Year 4
GFS will have EAL teachers as part of our inclusion team. They will support in class and work with individuals and small groups of students who are new to the English language or who need to improve their English to be able to access the curriculum along with their peers.
GEMS Founders School is proud to offer a range of International AS / A Level subjects and IGCSE subjects accredited by Oxford International AQA Examinations and Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE).
Home learning instead of Homework to ensure our students enjoy quality time at home and develop independence.
Our faculty and inclusion team will be responsible for ensuring that all abilities are challenged and supported. When gifts or talents are identified they will be celebrated and encouraged whether in or out of school. Advanced learning plans for our highest achievers will ensure they are supported and challenged so that their accelerated rate of progress is maintained.
At this stage, we have no data for this question. However, we predict that 100% of our current Year 12 will pursue university education based upon our conversations with them.
Students are identified on entry or once in the school to ascertain any barriers to learning students may face. This includes our more able student who would require more challenge in the classroom. The curriculum allows for adaptation in the classroom to support students to reach their full potential. The student will also have access to interventions and specialist lessons if required. On admission, if a student presents with more complex needs then they will be referred to Small Steps which is a specialist Centre within our school.
No such specialization yet. Our inclusion team will consist of a SEND co-ordinator supported by SEN and EAL teachers, LSA and a school counselor. Individual learning and education.
Our school has counselor to assist students with their emotional and learning challenges
We will have opportunities for parental engagement and a Parents Association.
Reading in class, sharing experience, chaperones for trips and activities, helping to organize festivals and celebrations. Variety of Parent Workshops are organised throughout the year such as First Aid and Family Safeguarding workshop; Separation Anxiety Workshop; Super Granny Workshop; Communication Workshop and Curriculum Evenings for different Key Stages
Yes. GFS Local Advisory Board
All parents are new to our school and a regular set of activities has already been enacted which have given parents an opportunity to Meet the Principal on two separate evenings and two evenings to meet the Executive Leadership Team have also already occurred. More are in place to assist the new parents and answer all the questions they may have about GFS.
GEMS Founders School Al Barsha is a Best of school, a ranking determined by parent surveys on the site. It can be found in the following Best of rankings:
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