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Kent College Dubai Q & A

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At a glance
School phase
All through
Curricula taught
Availability 2018/19
radio_button_unchecked Limited
Availability 2019/20
fiber_manual_record All grades
Annual fee average
AED 73,500
Annual fees
AED 54,000 - 54,000
Status
Open
Opening year
2016
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Anthony Cashin
Community
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
British
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LET'S GO

Welcome to the Kent College Dubai 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 qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

Kent College Dubai was established with the objective of providing the same high-quality education to families in Dubai as that offered by the founding school of Kent College Canterbury, while reflecting the local context and expectations of the UAE. Both schools promote tolerance and respect for others and aim to provide each pupil with an individual educational pathway that will fully prepare them for adult life.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

We have a total of 54 nationalities represented within our school.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

British pupils constitute the largest nationality. However we also have a good balance of pupils from a wide range of European countries, North and South America, the Indian sub-continent and the Far East.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

Classes are limited to 20 pupils, however while we are growing, the numbers tend to be less than that. We're currently at around 15 per class in most year groups.

Does your school have a waiting list?

Not yet, but our entrance process includes an assessment and each place is offered after careful consideration of the applicant’s needs and abilities.

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

PE is a compulsory timetabled lesson with 2 hours a week of curriculum time being allocated to this subject. The school enters a wide range of competitive sporting leagues and organise extra curricular training sessions for these sports in which all pupils, regardless of ability, can attend. The school also offers a wide variety of recreational sporting activities in which pupils can choose to take part in.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Healthy lifestyles are enforced through the PE curriculums in both the Junior School and the Senior School. A program of PSHE in the Junior School and Personal Development in the Senior School look at areas such as the health benefits of exercise and physical activity, the importance of a healthy diet and the link between a healthy mind and healthy body. Healthy eating is encouraged alongside being given opportunities to take an active involvement in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Displays around the school also promote healthy lifestyles.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?

26 AED

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

The Early Years day runs from 8.00 - 1:3pm on Sunday to Wednesday.The Junior School and Senior School starts at 8:00. The Junior School finishes at 14:10 with extra-curricular activities running until 15:10. The Senior School finishes at 15:10 with extra-curricular activities running until 16.10. On Thursdays the whole school finishes at 1.30pm.

Is there a school uniform?

Our uniform is based upon that of our sister school in Canterbury. Our colours are consistent throughout the school and we are always impressed when the children take good care of their presentation.

Please advise on your discipline policy?

Our discipline policy is interlinked with the Behaviour policy and the school rules, which are published on the school website along with other key policies and handbooks. The objective is to create a school environment that encourages co-operative and caring behaviour by all of its members including parents and other adults, and to encourage the affirmation of individuals’ efforts and achievements by all members of our community. Our policies also promote a shared responsibility on all staff in the school community to maintain good discipline and uphold the school’s ethos.

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

We do this in a variety of ways. The most effective feedback to pupils is immediate, so we do this through verbal feedback and by creating opportunities for positive self- and peer-assessment. Teachers also provide feedback and challenge through written marking. As they move up the school pupils are increasingly aware of their own progress and next steps in learning from Key Stage One onwards. Feedback is given to parents at parents’ meetings and through reports and grade reports which are sent home throughout the year. We encourage an open dialogue with our parents and if concerns about progress arise either from school or home, we invite the parents to discuss the concerns with the relevant members of staff.

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

Reports are sent home twice a year in the Junior school and four times a year in the Senior school; we hold parents’ evenings for each year group at least twice a year, as well as talks and information evenings on topics relevant to the different stages of a pupil’s career in the school.

What is your medium of instruction?

We follow the British Curriculum throughout the school, so our children are taught in English. In lessons for Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish) and Arabic, much of the lesson will be conducted in the target language to encourage pupils’ confidence and fluency.

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

In line with KHDA and MoE requirements, we offer both first and second language Arabic. Arabic begins in FS1 with songs and rhymes and the formal curriculum starts from Year 1 at which stage they are separated into first or second language learners (Arabic A and Arabic B). In both cases, pupils follow an appropriate curriculum.
Our Arabic teachers are members of the MFL department to ensure that language learning is a consistent experience for all pupils, and all our language teachers collaborate to build an exciting and engaging curriculum for second language learners.

Which other languages are taught?

From Year 3 onwards all pupils study French. If pupils are already fluent in French, we offer a bespoke curriculum for them to follow. From Year 7, pupils are offered the choice between French and Spanish and may continue either or both languages up to Year 13. As the school grows we expect to add additional languages to the curriculum, and we have started a programme for other European language classes outside the curriculum.

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

Yes, we offer EAL support which is tailored for each individual pupil. This ranges from one on one support to group sessions. The curriculum is personalised for each individual pupil.

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?

Yes, we follow the guidelines set by the KHDA with regards to Islamic studies for our Muslim pupils.

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?

Yes, we follow the guidelines set by the KHDA with regards to Islamic studies for our Muslim pupils.

Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of your current Value Added average scores

We measure the progress of all children at regular tracking points through the year and have baseline data for each child which is taken immediately after entry to the school. Over time we will be able to determine the value added for each child and we have high expectations for both progress and attainment, especially with such small classes. Children have a great deal of individual attention at Kent College and teachers are able to ensure that all children make very good progress.

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

We offer GCSEs and A levels. Pupils also complete the CAT4 tests and IBT tests in Maths, Science and English.

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

We encourage homelearning from Year 1. At this age parents are encouraged to support their children with basic Reading and Maths. As children move up through the school, we encourage children to complete their homelearning independently. By Year 6, pupils will have homelearning four nights a week, spending up to 30 minutes on each task and are expected to complete this independently. As they move into the Senior school the number of homelearning assignments and the time spent on each one increases..

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Before joining the school, all pupils are assessed. Staff use this data to identify how to enhance the experience of all pupils at Kent College Dubai, and to help all pupils reach their full abilities. Pupils who are identified as being gifted, able and talented are given extension tasks in and out of lessons so as to challenge them in their writing, and their communication and thinking skills. These pupils are also given more comprehensive problem solving and collaborative tasks in lessons

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Our learning support team ensure that children with special educational needs or disabilities, and those who need additional language support, have special provision to cater for their needs. The team is made up of teachers and assistant teachers all of whom have training to support this specific group of children. We expect all children to make good progress across the school, regardless of whether they need learning support or not.

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 are a non-selective school. Outstanding learning and teaching is offered to all pupils through quality differentiation, ensuring that the needs of all pupils are met. Any barriers which pupils may have to their learning are dealt with on an individual basis through our learning support team and tailored intervention programmes. We have a Learning Support department that integrates SEN and EAL and with their expertise all weaknesses and strengths can be identified to ensure the best for every child.

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

The learning support department support our SEND pupils, which also includes Gifted and Talented.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Our sister School in Canterbury has a ‘Friends of Kent College’ group where parents are heavily involved in a number of areas in the school. This is a concept that we are starting to explore and develop.

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

We have a talented and enthusiastic group of parents whose skills are called upon, where necessary, to assist in certain areas of school life as volunteers in school and on other occasions.

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

When we have a new intake of pupils, we follow this with a parent information session. This session explains more about the ethos and values of the school and looks in detail at the provision at Kent College, both in and out of the classroom. These sessions are very important in terms of community development, as they give parents the opportunity to meet and chat with each other and also with the Senior Leadership Team. In addition to these meetings we hold regular parent information sessions, predominantly in the Early Years, which cover essential aspects of learning and explain to parents how they can help to support learning at home. Other sessions in the Junior School include aspects of our curriculum, and assessment and reporting procedures, as these have changed considerably in the past few years and may be new to many parents not familiar with the British Curriculum or the practices of a UK school. These sessions give parents an opportunity to ask questions and listen to the rationale behind our practices, though parents are welcome to make an appointment with any member of staff if they want information or advice about any aspect of the school.

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