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Kings' School Nad Al Sheba Q & A

Kings' School Nad Al Sheba has come some way since its opening in September 2014.  The original building now houses only the Foundation section and has been joined by a second building, in identical style, which houses the Primary section. A secondary section is planned for the future. There is also a large central garden where students start each day together, bringing home the family feel of the school.
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At a glance
School phase
Primary
Inspection rating
Very good
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 56,000
Annual fees
AED 50,200 - 63,700
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Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2014
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Kerry Dalton
Owner
Kings' Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
British
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Welcome to the Kings' School Nad Al Sheba 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?

When you visit Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba, you will feel the qualities and characteristics that define it for yourself. At the heart of our community are our learners and their families; everything we do in school is to enable our children to achieve ‘results the right way’. We place great emphasis on our school’s values, encouraging our children to take pride in themselves and their learning and to aspire to succeed in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

We are proud to have thirty-nine nationalities in our school.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Our two highest nationalities are British and Emirati.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1:10

Does your school have a waiting list?

We are welcoming applications across all year groups. You can find out more by emailing registrar@kingsnas.com

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

Our teaching focuses on developing the skills and values that will enable our students to become thinking, informed and confident people, able to meet the international challenges of the 21st century. We pride ourselves on an innovative approach to teaching and learning. Our students benefit from being educated by a talented, reflective, dedicated, and caring team of professionals. The school provides a warm, friendly and supportive environment where students and adults work together in an atmosphere that is conducive to high-quality learning.

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

Our Physical Education curriculum is alive with energy, competition and cooperation. We teach using the new National Curriculum and enhance our provision through our specialist teachers, coaches and sporting partners. All children participate in developmentally appropriate sporting activities that consolidate their current skill set, teach them new skills or challenge them to try new activities.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

At Kings' School Nad Al Sheba we are passionate about instilling a love of healthy living and this is promoted as part of our day to day practice. We are committed to being a healthy learning environment. We promote the health, personal development and well-being of each child providing a foundation for healthy living in all aspects. Our staff, parents and children appreciate the importance of lifestyle choices.

How do you promote healthy eating?

Not only are opportunities to develop healthy eating included as part of our curriculum but we specifically address healthy eating initiatives. Our Nurse plays an active role in this. We facilitate families in making wise food choices and adopting a healthy balanced diet. Our school food provider Master Cook work closely with us on their mission to change eating habits in the UAE.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes, and we also have an onsite Parent Cafe.

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)

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

Foundation Stage 1: 7.50am - 2pm
(1pm on Thursday)

Foundation Stage 2: 7.50am - 2pm
(1pm on Thursday)

Primary (Yr 1 - 6): 7.45am - 2.40pm
(1.30pm on Thursday)

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, it can be bought at Threads.

Please advise on your discipline policy?

We operate a positive behaviour policy. Well-established classroom routines, carefully planned lessons and high levels of engagement facilitate happy children who are eager to learn and make progress.

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

Our feedback is routed in three questions:
1- Where am I going? (What are the goals?)
2- How am I going? (What progress is being made towards a goal?)
3- Where to next? (What activities need to be undertaken to make even better progress?)

Feedback can be verbal, pictorial, written, child initiated, peer initiated, or adult initiated.
Parents well informed through regular formal and informal dialogue on their child’s progress and attainment.

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

There are many opportunities for formal feedback throughout the school year. Parent Teacher Conferences are held midway through Term 1 and Term 3, with a Student-Led Conference midway through Term 2. These are supported by End of Term reports sent home to parents. All reporting includes core and specialist subjects.

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?

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?

At Kings' School Nad Al Sheba we have children from all around the world. For that reason, we have a Learning Support Assistant who has a background in EAL Education. She supports many of our younger children in the school to ensure they are able to grasp functional vocabulary.

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

Added Value is measured in two ways.
1) Where children’s SAS scores increase year on year
2) Where children in KS2 exceed their CAT4 outcomes.

In the last 3 years, SAS scores have increased significantly in Mathematics, English and Science. KS2 pupils have also significantly exceeded their CAT4 potential in Mathematics, English, and Science.

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
TIMMS

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?

Learning at home is just that - learning that takes place away from school and in the home.

There is only so much time in any given evening for home learning and, as a Visible Learning School, KSNAS share with parents the research on how to make best use of the time they have to support their child with their learning. Home learning is something that should be done together. Children at KSNAS explore tactile, visual and adventurous activities which promote discussion and enjoyment.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

We support Gifted and Talented children by providing them with personalised learning objectives which enable them to challenge themselves. They are often set deep thinking questions and given the opportunity to work on open ended tasks.

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

N/A
Kings' School Nad Al Sheba is currently only a Primary school.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

At school we have an Inclusion Support Team. This is made up of the Inclusion Leader, Speech and Language Therapist and six 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 with those learning difficulties would have a personalised action plan which is driven by their own personal next steps. These may not be academic targets but would be linked to the development of the whole child.

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 currently have children registered 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?

Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba has real expertise in supporting children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. We have a Speech and Language Therapist within the school and are working hard to become a communication friendly setting. Many of our staff have been Elklan trained and we are also incorporating Makaton signs across the curriculum.

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 welcome parents to participate in daily life at Kings' School Nad Al Sheba. We are proud of the way we reach out to families for their support and involvement.

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, for example we recently hosted a ‘New to Dubai’ event which was aimed at helping to settle new families and this was opened to the wider Dubai community too. New and current parents are regularly invited to curriculum workshops. Topics for the workshops are often suggested by parents through our Parent Forum.

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