Indian Private School, Al Ain is a low fee private K-12 school for Indian expatriates located in Falaj Hazzaa, Al Ain.
The story so far...
Indian Private School Al Ain is one of the oldest in the UAE, established in April 1977. In 1985 the school became affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It currently educates a total number of 1917 students with the largest nationality groups being Indian (93%), Bangladeshi (5%) and Pakistani (2%). The school employs 118 teachers and 1 teaching assistant. Staff appear happy with their employer with a staff turnover rate of a moderate 13%.
However, given the number of students, the teacher- student ratio in KG of 1:25 and 1:30 in the Primary, Middle and High School sections means that individual attention is likely to be at a premium. This, together with its fees ranging from AED 4,400 in KG1 to AED 9,200 for Grade 12, makes its achievement of a Good rating by the last ADEK inspection team in October 2017 all the more impressive, and goes to prove again that schools do not need to have premium facilities to provide a Good education.
What about the curriculum?
The school is an official CBSE examination centre. Core subjects include English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and a choice of a second language including Arabic, Hindi, Malayalam or French. It offers both a Science and Business stream for Grades 11 and 12.
The school does not, unfortunately, publish the results of its external examinations, but details provided by ADEK as part of the inspection process show that Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) data indicates that the majority of students attain above age-related expectations in most subjects in Grade 10 and 12. In Arabic, students in Grade 12 achieve above average results.
As part of the UAE National Agenda, all schools are required to participate in international bench-marking tests. Mock PISA (Program of International Student Assessment) exam results for Grade 10 show students are achieving better than the UAE averages in English, Mathematics and Science. TIMMS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) data for Mathematics indicates that Grade 4 and 8 students’ attainment is better than the UAE average. TIMSS data for Science indicates that Grades 4 and 8 attain better than the UAE average.
What about the facilities?
The school is clearly in demand despite the emergence of other successful Indian based schools in its proximity, and has grown substantially from its first building. In 1990, a new block for girls section was inaugurated. A new block for Primary section was opened in 1992, and an extension completed in 2005, while a fourth block of classrooms and labs with modern facilities was built for 2010-2011 to cope with increasing demand for school places.
Facilities include a canteen, medical room, computer science rooms and a library equipped with a reading room as well as an audio visual centre.
What the inspectors say
The inspectors found the overall performance of the school to be Good with 4 of the 6 key indicators adjudged to be at this level. The indicators of Curriculum, and Protection, Care Guidance and Support were rated Acceptable.
Inspectors noted that the composition of the school is relatively unchanged since the previous inspection. The Principal remains in post and the low staff turnover rate has provided stability to support improvement. It is clear that the commitment and leadership of the school's management has played a substantial part in the improvements that have taken place over the past two years.
Students’ achievement is good overall. The majority of students exceed curriculum expectations in English, Mathematics and Science and make good progress in Arabic-medium subjects. Learning skills are good overall. Writing, in English and Arabic, is not as well-developed as speaking, listening and reading.
Students’ personal and social development is also good. Relationships between staff and students are respectful and courteous and contribute to a positive learning environment.
Teaching and assessment are good because teachers’ have a good subject knowledge and continue to develop their skills through the staff development programme. However, strategies to enable students to know what they need to learn next or how to improve their own work are not used consistently.
The curriculum is rated Acceptable overall. Most students enjoy lessons and gain knowledge, skills and understanding in key subjects. However, the adaptation of the curriculum to extend students' creativity through art and music or to support innovation through cross-curricular links is less well developed. The English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework for KG is at an early stage of implementation and has some gaps in promoting all areas of learning effectively.
The overall quality of protection, care, guidance and support is rated Acceptable. Whilst students’ attendance is outstanding and procedures for health, safety and security including safeguarding are secure, provision for children with SEND or Gifts and Talents is less well developed. Only a very small number (1%) of children are identified with such additional requirements and ensuring that their personal and academic needs are met consistently is an area for improvement.
Overall the ADEK team found leadership and management to be good. They noted that the committed leaders and staff have improved the school’s performance. All senior managers, including the principal, have worked diligently to bring about change and improvement. The impact of their actions is evident in most areas of the school, particularly in the quality of teaching and learning.
In summary, the inspection team noted that the strengths of the Indian Private School are:
Areas of improvement were identified as the need
As mentioned earlier, school fees are at the lower end of the spectrum, starting at AED 4,400 for KG1 and rise to AED 9,200 for Grade 12. There are additional fees for Books which range from AED 160 in KG to AED 350 in Grade 10. Fees for the Business and Science streams differ in Grades 11 and 12. Fees for the bus and uniform add up to another AED 1,800 per year.
Indian School Al Ain 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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