Iranian Salman Farsi Boys School, located in Ghusais, was established in 2000 to provide an Iranian curriculum education in a Boys only environment.
Iranian Salman Farsi Boys' School has been rated Acceptable for the eighth year in a row in the 2018-19 KHDA inspection process. 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.
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Iranian Salman Farsi Boys School offers an Acceptable rated education, below the Good rating threshold the KHDA states is the minimum it expects from schools within the UAE.
Student numbers actually fell in the last academic year, from 405 boys to 360, not the sign of a thriving school. Last year the school also had a teacher turnover of 45% - that is, almost in one two staff members were new. That level of churn makes consistency from one year to the next very difficult.
The school employs 29 teachers in total, the majority of whom can, unsurprisingly, from Iran. Very unusually 80% of students are part time and teach at other schools.
The school follows the curriculum of the Iranian Ministry of Education. Islamic education is said to be "non-compliant", but the KHDA.
This will affect the school's rating. Iranian Salman Farsi Boys has been deemed "Acceptable" since DSIB inspections began, now going back six years. Given that level of consistency, it seems unlikely, statistically at least, the school is likely to jump to the next level any time soon. Tellingly in this regard is the comment in the school's latest inspection report that "strengths and weaknesses of the school are known but not all rigorously pursued."
There are however good aspects to Iranian Salman. Student attainment is largely good in the high school. Students’ personal and social development are good in the primary phase and very good in the middle phase and high school, where students have more opportunities to take on leadership roles and demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviour. Attendance is also very good.
However too much elsewhere is acceptable at best - most notably in both teaching and in attainment. Brighter students simply go unchallenged by the school's current level of education.
To step up Iranian Salman will need to raise attainment and progress across all subjects with a greater consistency in the quality of teaching and a better focus on learning. It needs to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of all groups of students, through the provision of focused support and extension, as well as cross-curricular activities.
Governors also need to begin holding school leaders accountable for the quality of teaching, learning, assessment and progress if known weaknesses are to get the attention they need.
Fees at the school range from a very low AED 2,422 in the Primary section to AED 3,657 in Grade 12.
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