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Kings' School Dubai Review

Kings’ School Dubai, known as Kings’ Dubai, is a highly popular primary school following the British curriculum that aims to “replicate the high standards of achievement at the best Preparatory and State Schools in England”. A bespoke curriculum is rooted in the English National Curriculum "with a creative, concept based approach which enables children to achieve 'results the right way'".
Kings' School Dubai
First Published: Wednesday 10 October, 2012
Updated: Tuesday 24 July, 2018
  • School Type
    Primary
    Inspection Rating
    Outstanding
    Curricula Taught
  • Availability 2018/19
    radio_button_unchecked Limited
    Availability 2019/20
    not_interested No
    Annual Fee Average
    AED 54,000
    Annual Fees
    AED 42,734 - 65,037
    Status
    Open
    Year Opened
    2004
    School Year
    Sep to Jul
    Principal
    Bede Higgins
    Community
    Main Teacher Nationality
    British
    Main Student Nationality
    British

Kings’ School Dubai, known as Kings’ Dubai, is a highly popular primary school following the British curriculum that aims to “replicate the high standards of achievement at the best Preparatory and State Schools in England”. A bespoke curriculum is rooted in the English National Curriculum "with a creative, concept based approach which enables children to achieve 'results the right way'".

First Published: Wednesday 10 October, 2012
Updated: Tuesday 24 July, 2018

Kings’ School Dubai is the only school in Dubai to have achieved an Outstanding ranking from the KHDA for ten years in a row – since Dubai’s regulator began inspections.

Based in Umm Suqeim 3, the mixed gender school is a 5 form entry school and has 940 children aged from 3 to 11.  The majority of students are British, but a total of more than 40 different nationalities is represented within the school.

There are currently 75 teachers and 40 learning assistants on the staff, most of whom trained in the UK or have English National Curriculum experience.

Teacher to student ratio is 1:13 in primary. This is low by UAE standards, meaning staff should be able to give pupils good levels of individual attention. Teacher turnover is also low - 9% in the last academic year - suggesting a happy and settled team.  The UAE average is between 20-22 percent.

The KHDA notes an Outstanding quality of education - and has consistently since inspections began: The quality of leadership, relationships between all staff and students; student progress, the school’s innovative, engaging curriculum, the behaviour, positive attitudes and conscientious approach of students were all rated in the highest positive terms by the education regulator.

From as early as its 2011/12 report the KHDA has noted weaknesses in classroom support for students with additional learning needs, and noted that the quality of Arabic teaching is not up to the same level as that of other subjects. These remain the schools only weaknesses of note. In its latest report (2017-18) the DSIB says Kings that the school is not complacent
and fully understands there is more to do, especially in Arabic.

Significant progress appears already to have been made in relation to Students of Determination with the current report upgrading the rating for this specific indicator to Very Good and noting that "School leaders and the inclusion governor work as a strong team with the inclusion champion to ensure all students with SEND receive high levels of support. Well-qualified staff are very effectively deployed and out of class support is particularly effective".

Students’ progress in Islamic education and Arabic as a first language has improved - an area in which many schools still struggle.  Both Islamic Studies and Arabic as a first language have improved to Very Good and Good respectively.  In fact, aside from Arabic attainment in both First and Additional languages (both unchanged with an Acceptable rating), and attainment in Islamic Studies and progress in Arabic as an Additional language (both unchanged at Good), these are the only ratings that do not achieve the Outstanding rating - a rare achievement among even Outstanding schools.

According to the school, the English National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is followed with a clear emphasis on teaching skills and concepts that challenge children at all levels. "Every opportunity is used to embrace first hand experiences and educational visits are used widely to enhance learning."

"The children at Kings' are integral partners in driving its success and range from roles such as Student Council and House Captains to Sports Council and Librarians who drive and shape the school with independent thinking."

Feedback to WhichSchoolAdvisor.com is highly positive. Close to 90% of parents surveyed would recommend Kings Dubai to other parents, the vast majority are satisfied with the academic performance of their children. There was a more balanced view as to whether the school offers good feedback, on discipline and on “Good Value”.

September 2014 saw the opening of two new schools under the brand – Kings’ Nad Al Sheba, and Kings’ School Al Barsha, both of which were rated Good in their first inspections in 2016/17 - a highly creditable start to the inspection process.  Kings Al Barsha, in fact, has been rated Very Good in only its second inspection in 2017-18 - a clear sign that it intends to follow its "little sister" on the route to Outstanding.

The new schools allow the Kings' brand to offer schooling from FS1 to secondary for the first time. Kings’ School Al Barsha is located on the Umm Suqeim Road in Al Barsha South; Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba is close to the Meydan development and the upcoming Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid City. A paid shuttle bus is offered for students between Kings’ School Dubai and Kings’ School Al Barsha for parents who have children at both campuses.

Fees at Kings' Dubai currently start at AED 42,734 for Foundation Stage and move to AED 65,037 by Year 6. Once a school place has been offered, as per KHDA regulations the school requires a “new student registration deposit” which is 25% of the annual school fee (quite a hefty amount to find, but deducted from the first terms fees). Before the end of the summer term, a re-registration fee for the following academic year is required for all Kings’ Students. This fee is 10% of the annual school fee (deducted from the first terms school fees).

At all Kings’ schools fee payment options were reviewed and in order to give parents more options a new structure was introduced, where parents can either pay in full for the year, pay termly by 3 cheques or pay with 10 post dated cheques. The 10 post dated cheque system was introduced in order to give parents the option to spread payments over the year in line with salaries.

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Comments
1 Archived Comment
Bajhanudean Omar
Archived 4th Jul 2015, 01:46

Wow. Absolutely fantastic results. Now I am definitely thinking of enrolling my daughter in Kings school for grade 3. I am impressed. Keep it up Kings school. Way to go to quality and differentiation teaching.

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