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Kings' School Dubai Q & A

Kings’ School Dubai, known as Kings’ Dubai, was the first of the Kings Education group of schools to open in Dubai, opening as a Primary only school. The launch of its all-through sister school, Kings Al Barsha, was an almost inevitable follow on to the success of the original school, and the demand for a Secondary school to which access would be automatic. A third school, Kings Nad Al Sheba, located close to Dubai Silicon Oasis, currently offers Foundation and Primary stages.
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At a glance
School phase
Primary
Inspection rating
Outstanding
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
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Availability 2021/22
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Annual fee average
AED 55,000
Annual fees
AED 43,619 - 66,383
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2004
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
9
Principal
Mr Bede Higgins
Owner
Kings' Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Main student nationality
United Kingdom
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Welcome to the Kings' School 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?

A ‘Culture of Kindness’ runs through Kings’ School Dubai, where respect, manners, kindness and tolerance are taught both implicitly and explicitly.

The school empowers children to be responsible learners through a dynamic, bespoke concept based curriculum with the English National Curriculum at its core. Learning is engaging, relevant to children’s lives and is facilitated by outstanding teachers. We believe that children can achieve the very best results by learning in the right way.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

Kings’ School Dubai is truly international with over sixty nationalities represented.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

40% of the student population hold a British Passport.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

Class sizes are 24 from FS2 to Y6 and 20 in FS1.

Does your school have a waiting list?

Kings’ School Dubai is highly sought after and therefore has waitlists in almost all Year Groups. Please see our website for availability. You can also contact the registrar - registrar@kingsdubai.com

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

Quality education begins with positive, supportive relationships and happy learners. At Kings’ Schools Dubai children’s well-being is at the heart of every decision we make. In addition, we work hard to ensure that the context for learning will motivate and inspire young minds. Our teachers are facilitators of learning, using quality feedback to ensure all children are appropriately challenged based on their individual starting points.

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

Our bespoke Physical Education programme is fully aligned to National Curriculum requirements and focuses on the development of physical competence, healthy competition and cooperative learning. The foundations of the PE Programme are based on Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) of agility, balance and coordination, inclusive competition and broader essential holistic skills. In addition to the PE curriculum programme, a wide variety of competitive and non-competitive after school sports activities are available to all children. Curriculum PE is delivered by specialist PE and Swimming staff and professional coaches support the after school programme. In addition to the PE curriculum, a wide variety of competitive and non-competitive after school sports activities are available to all children. Curriculum PE is delivered by specialist PE and Swimming staff and professional coaches support the after school programme where necessary.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Having a healthy and responsible approach to life is an expectation at Kings’. Children are encouraged to understand how their choices impact upon their health and well-being as part of a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares children for life in an ever-changing world.

How do you promote healthy eating?

As a Health Promoting School, Kings’ is committed to encouraging and developing positive attitudes towards food and a healthy diet. We recognise the importance of offering children the opportunity to make informed choices. As a school we know that food is fundamental to the quality of a child’s life, not just in providing essential nutrition but in communicating and sharing positive values, attitudes and experiences with each other.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Children can either bring their own packed lunch or eat a two-course hot lunch provided by our school catering provider. We also have an onsite parent cafe.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes

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

Primary lunches range from AED 25 - 28 (paid by parents)

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

FS1: 8am – 12.30
FS2: 7.45am - 1.30
Year 1 - Year 6: 7.45am to 2.30

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, it can be bought at Threads.
Swimwear and competitive team kits are ordered online through Kukri.

Please advise on your discipline policy?

Our Positive Behaviour Policy clearly outlines the staggered rewards and consequences system we operate in school. Our ultimate aim is to support children in making the right choice so we use reflection as a tool as well as consultation with teachers, leaders and parents as appropriate, to help children make positive choices as they grow and learn.

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

Feedback is a crucial tool to support children’s progress. Formative assessment and feedback takes place every day in lessons either through conversation or in books. Children have regular timetabled opportunities to respond to feedback to improve themselves as learners. This is continuous and ongoing.
Parents receive data reports at the end of each term which provide a snapshot of children’s attainment at that point in the year. They are also welcomed into the school every half term through our ‘Share My Learning’ events where they have the opportunity to be shown through the books, led by their children.

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

Parents receive data reports at the end of every term which give an indication of how their child is achieving against age-related expectations. In addition to this there are parent consultations partway through the first term, full written reports at the end of Term 1 and 3, and Student-Led Conferences in Term 2 where the children talk their parents through their progress to date, with the support of their Class Teacher.

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 children who hold an Arabic or GCC passport and an Arabic B programme for all other nationalities in school.

Which other languages are taught?

French from Y1 to Y6 and Spanish is also introduced in Y5 and Y6.

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 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 currently use outcomes from the GL Progress Tests which provide schools with a progress measure, although not described in terms of ‘Value Added’, it expresses the same terms. Almost all children at Kings’ School Dubai meet or exceed progress expectations in core subject areas.

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

In line with the National Agenda Parameters, the school participates in the following external assessments:
GL CAT4
GL Progress Tests
TIMSS
PIRLS and e-PIRLS
The school also participates in the British National Curriculum Assessments at the end of Key Stage One and end of Key Stage Two as well as the Phonics Screening in Year 1.

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’ Schools aims to enrich, develop and consolidate children’s understanding of learning that has taken place during the school day, as well as provide an opportunity for children to pursue their own interests. It promotes independence and places emphasis on learning skills.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

In the first instance our teachers are trained in how to provide quality differentiation to ensure all children are challenged, regardless of their starting point. We also have programmes for the more and exceptionally able.
In addition to this where children are identified as having a specific talent in a non-core subject, such as Music and PE, we ensure that plenty of enrichment opportunities are offered to them to explore and refine their skills.
In addition to this there are a range of opportunities offered and hosted both in school and away, that celebrate children’s strengths in a competitive setting should they wish to compete, such as competitions in Chess, Spelling, Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Poetry Recital in a range of different languages, and Qur’an recitation.

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

N/A

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Our Inclusion Team includes the Head of Inclusion, a Leader for Well-Being, a Leader for the More and Exceptionally able, a Dyslexia Specialist and a team 8 Learning Support Assistants.

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?

Children’s learning needs are met by quality first teaching practices by our skilled teachers in a range of ways, depending upon their particular learner profile. Our commitment is that children have as personalised a programme of learning as possible, driven by their own next steps for learning at a pace appropriate to them. Where necessary we utilise the specialist skills and knowledge of our dedicated Inclusion Team.

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?

We are a Primary school with children from FS1 -Y6.

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 wealth of expertise amongst them, and we have links with multiple outside agencies to support us should we need specific expertise not currently held by our staff.

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

Yes

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes

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.

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?

Yes we invite parents to attend induction meetings early in the new Academic Year as well as offering workshops on a range of subjects throughout the year, eg phonics and early reading, writing, Maths, Arabic and ipad workshops.

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