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Kings' School Al Barsha Q & A

Having opened with approx. 650 students in September 2014, Kings Al Barsha has grown to 1,950 students in its 5th year, of which approximately 700 students are in Secondary. The school expanded to the first year of Sixth Form (Year 12) in 2017-18 and now offers all year groups.
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At a glance
School type
International
School phase
All through
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 70,500
Annual fees
AED 53,622 - 97,798
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Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2014
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
11%
Principal
Ms. Rebecca Gray
Owner
Kings' Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
British
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Welcome to the Kings' School Al Barsha 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?

Kings' School Al Barsha thrives on celebrating and developing children's individual passions and talents through innovative and exciting opportunities for learning.

Our bespoke curriculum is underpinned by our belief that every child can be a collaborative and creative learner who takes risks and challenges themselves, in order to be the best they can be. Children are given autonomy to be leaders of their own learning through ownership of their journey as lifelong learners.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

Our campus, which stretches over three buildings houses over 1,970 students, where we celebrate almost 70 different nationalities.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

29% of our student population are British.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

Class sizes are 20 in FS1 and 24 from FS2 - Y13

Does your school have a waiting list?

Yes! Our school has become hugely popular and so we are full in most year groups. However, there are also some spaces, so please do contact our registrars to confirm the year group availability for your child.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

Teachers, students, and parents are collaborators in the learning journey, in that each stakeholder plays an invaluable role in promoting a lifelong love of learning. We work tirelessly to ensure every child leaves school each day motivated, inspired and with a clear understanding of their skills and the next steps in learning. Our rigorous strategies in feedback, both verbal and written, ensures no child ends a lesson with a misconception.

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

Our school offers an impressive range of sports activities and clubs, both as part of the school’s curriculum and as additional school activities.

Our ‘sport for all’ policy ensures that all children can access a range of sports that they enjoy participating in. There is also the option to join a sports squad for those children who demonstrate key skills and talents. All children receive a dedicated swimming session led by our swim coaches alongside an additional Physical Education session each week.

Hosting schools from all over the Middle East at the BSME games in another example of how we take pride in our sports and activities programme here at Kings’ School Al Barsha.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Our teaching and medical team here at Kings' School Al Barsha work in collaboration to promote a lifelong commitment to healthy living. Workshops are held frequently for students and parents to share information on living a healthy lifestyle. Students' healthy choices are celebrated and there are countless opportunities to engage with physical activities.

Promoting positive mental health is high on our agenda and our curriculum is underpinned by this. Throughout the year, we are hosting 10 Parent Workshops with an external professional to promote topics which include: good sleep habit, relationships with technology, and healthy eating.

How do you promote healthy eating?

Students and parents are well-informed on the importance of a healthy, balanced diet. Healthy choices are celebrated and children understand the importance diet can have on our overall well-being. We work in collaboration with our external provider of lunches to make sure children have a choice of healthy food.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Our students in Primary have the option to bring in a healthy packed lunch from home or to enjoy a cooked lunch provided by our catering team.

Our students in secondary can also bring in a packed lunch and have the option to purchase a meal from the school’s canteen. Meals are balanced and promote a good nutritional understanding.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes, students are able to enjoy a hot, cooked lunch provided by our catering team.

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

Primary lunches range from AED 25.20 - 27.30 (paid by parents)

Secondary lunches range from AED 16 - 21 (depending on portion size)

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

Foundation Stage 1: 8.30am - 1pm
(1pm on Thursday)

Foundation Stage 2:
8.30am - 2pm
(1pm Thursday)

Yrs 1- 6:
8.15am - 3pm
(1.30pm on Thursday)

Secondary: 8 am - 3.30pm
(2pm on Thursday)

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, it can be bought at Zaks, with a separate provider for some of the sports specific uniforms and equipment.

Please advise on your discipline policy?

Across the Kings’ family of schools, we believe in promoting a positive behaviour policy. In practice, this means that children are rewarded for making the right choices in and around the school. The policy is consistent from Foundation Stage through to Year 6 and adjusted in an age-appropriate way for our secondary students.

When children do not make the right choice in their learning or their behaviour, we support them through discussions with class teachers, leaders, and parents.

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

Our students have ownership of their learning and are engaged in all discussions with regards to their current attainment and next steps in learning.

At the beginning of each year, children receive a ‘data powerful passport’ which outlines their previous attainment and future targets. Our 1:1 pupil conferences happen at each assessment point, where students meet with a teacher to discuss their strengths, challenges and next steps in learning. Parents are well informed through parent workshops, let’s learn sessions, parent consultations and reports.

For our children with identified needs parents are also invited to regular meetings and an Individual Education Plan is put into place to support personalised progress.

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

In Primary, progress and attainment data for each child is shared with parents at the end of every term, with an in-depth academic report sent home at the end of each academic year. We also have two parents evenings and a student-led consultation throughout the year.

What is your medium of instruction?

English

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

Yes, we have an Arabic A programme for those children who hold Arabic passports and an Arabic B programme for all other nationalities in school.

Which other languages are taught?

In Primary, French is taught from Y1 to Y6, and Spanish is taught from Y2 and Y6.
In Secondary, French and Spanish are offered up to A Level, with a range of ECA activities provided for other languages, including Greek, Italian, and German.

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

We are a fully inclusive school, offering support and curriculum adaptation where needed to meet the individual needs of each of our students to allow them to achieve their full potential, regardless of language.

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

Yes

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

Yes.

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

We do not have Value Added data available at this time.

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

GL testing: FS2 - Y10
CAT4: Year 4,5,6,7 and 9
ALIS cognitive ability test: Year 12
ASDAN
ICDL
Phonics screening: Year 1
SAT testing: Year 2 and Year 6
GCSE’s
A Level

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

Home Learning at Kings’ School Al Barsha aims to secure and consolidate the children’s learning from the week, and deepen their understanding by offering additional opportunities for them to be challenged. We share the objectives for the following week, therefore empowering children to enter into conversations with their parents.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Differentiated learning experiences, Quality First Teaching, Challenge Club ECA, World Scholars Cup.

In Secondary our More and Exceptionally Able (MEA) students receive a targeted lesson each week to allow them the opportunity to enrich their learning in a project/ problem based environment. Our academic scholars have individual mentors who help to track progress against specific targets and to ensure students are challenged. Highly capable students may be accelerated through examination content to enter GCSE examination early, allowing opportunities for further GCSE topics to be covered.

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

Kings’ School Al Barsha will graduate our first cohort of Year 13 students in 2018/19, and look forward to exceptional examination results along with University places reflecting the high calibre of our students.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes

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?

As an inclusive school, we are immensely proud of our capacity and success in curriculum modification, adaptation, accommodation and levels of support provided for children with additional needs. Our LinK team (Learning inclusively at Kings’) work within every phase across school, providing specialist support for students in all areas of learning. Our ‘Life Skills’ provision offers a unique curriculum for children with the highest levels of need.

Please provide comprehensive details of how well your school did in external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

In the 2017 - 18 GCSE examinations our students attained fantastic results, with 62% A* - A (9 - 7), and 78% A* - B (9 - 6). 2018 - 19 will be the first cohort of students writing their A Level examinations.

100% of our students with Identified needs achieved A*-C in all of their Core Subjects.

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

Our Inclusion Team have a wide range of expertise and collaborate with other professionals to ensure all learning needs are identified and where possible, supported. The type and level of support is assessed on a personalised basis to ensure we live up to our belief of providing the ‘best by every child’. The school has specialists in Autism, Dyslexia, EAL, Speech and Language as well as three British qualified SENCos. We work in tandem with a wide range of external professionals including Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Art Therapists, Animal Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

Within school we have a Specialist Assessor who has the capacity and qualifications to support the identification of student’s needs and grant Exam Access Arrangements. We work closely with a wide range of external agencies in order to support children in their learning and well-being. We have a comprehensive support system of Pastoral Staff throughout the school as well as a full time counsellor in Secondary.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes, we have a Kings’ Events group and a PTFA. These groups of people do an incredible job of organising whole school events such as National and International Day for staff, students and parents. We have a whole programme of events throughout the years which includes a Winter Ball and Iftar.

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

Yes, we actively encourage parents to be involved with school activities. We have a programme of parent’s coffee mornings, parent information meetings, “drop in and learn sessions”, assemblies and celebration evenings. Our secondary parents are welcomed to GCSE revision lessons and we support with teaching them the skills to support their children through revision and exams.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

Yes

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

Kings’ Schools, alongside offering Open Evenings and weekly tours for prospective parents.

Our Parent Relations Executive organizes an extensive welcome program for all new parents to the school, which includes coffee mornings, tech support groups and open evenings. There are weekly workshops for all parents, covering all areas of the curriculum, alongside parenting support and well-being.

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