Grammar School Dubai is in the first year of a five year improvement plan which, through sweeping changes, aims to make the school one where students and parents can access a high quality UK Curriculum at an affordable price.
Grammar School has been rated Weak in the 2018-19 KHDA inspection process, a fall from Acceptable in the previous five years. 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...
The Grammar School is a private K-12 school located in Al Garhoud, Dubai. The school was established in 1970, making it one of Dubai's oldest schools, and currently caters to more than 1300 students with 54 full time teachers, this is an increase in almost 400 students since new management was brought in in 2016. The school is comprised of a wide range of nationalities with the majority coming from Pakistani and Indian families.
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Since 2016, there has been a change in leadership and management at The Grammar School with MD PRS Group taking over the school and bringing in new leadership. The new Principal, William Deacon, and the new Vice-Principal Margaret Deacon, have been at their current posts for almost one year. With their arrival has come sweeping changes to increase the quality of education at the school, fulfilling their personal motto that no single child will be left behind. This belief has manifested into changes that look to preserve and build on the existing community, working with parents and teachers to increase the rigor and quality of education.
Since February 2016, there has been a full re-hiring of teachers. Previous teachers that were not qualified have been moved into teaching-assistant positions and provided training and 34 new teachers were hired, including 4 from the UK.
The school is also now transitioning from separate classes for boys and girls into a co-educational institution. All new students will be placed into mixed classrooms whereas up to now, after Grade 6, genders were segregated.
What about the Curriculum
Students at the Grammar school follow a UK styled curriculum and are entered for International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and/or GCSE at the end of the secondary phase and GCE Advanced Studies Level (AS) examinations at the end of the post-16 phase.
What the inspectors say
The school has improved. According to the KHDA, with the exception of Arabic as an additional language, attainment and progress in other key subjects is now acceptable; the quality of teaching, learning skills and assessment has improved in most year groups; the quality of the curriculum has been improved and leadership has been re-structured, was more distributive and is beginning to have a more direct impact on the standards of learning.
Working with closely with KHDA, the school is focused on continuing to improve not only academics but the facilities at the school as well. This means using computer-based assessments to get a bottom line of student levels, creating a SEND department and hiring SEND teachers to support students who have been identified as needing extra support and previously have slipped through the cracks, as well as beautifying the campus and creating more "break-out" space for children to play.
What do Parent Think?
Most parents and students feel that they make good progress in English, mathematics and science, according to feedback to the KHDA. In general, parents feel their children enjoyed life at school and they are pleased about the change in management, and the changes at the school
Fees at the Grammar School are relatively very affordable, ranging from AED 4,686 at FS1 and rising to AED 6,444 by Year 12.
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