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Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou Primary Oud Metha Review

Originally a full Primary school, Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou Oud Metha is now solely a French curriculum Kindergarten that serves ages 3 to 6 exclusively. Children move on to the Primary Section of its newer and much larger sister school at Dubai Academic City. It remains one of the most difficult schools in which to find places, despite more recent reductions in demand seen in schools following other curricula.
At a glance
School phase
FS/KG
Inspection rating
Outstanding
Curricula taught
Availability 2018/19
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Availability 2019/20
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Annual fee average
AED 29,000
Annual fees
AED 29,060 - 29,060
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
1993
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Catherine Verbrugghe
Community
Main teacher nationality
French
Main student nationality
French

Nearby nurseries

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2.4km • UAE MoE curriculum
2.4km
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Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou Primary Oud Metha

Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou Primary Oud Metha Review

School phase
FS/KG
Inspection rating
Outstanding
Curricula taught
Availability 2018/19
radio_button_unchecked No data
Availability 2019/20
radio_button_unchecked No data
Annual fee average
AED 29,000
Annual fees
AED 29,060 - 29,060
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
1993
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Catherine Verbrugghe
Community
Main teacher nationality
French
Main student nationality
French
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First Published:
Sunday 12 March, 2017

Updated:
Wednesday 10 April, 2019

Originally a full Primary school, Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou Oud Metha is now solely a French curriculum Kindergarten that serves ages 3 to 6 exclusively. Children move on to the Primary Section of its newer and much larger sister school at Dubai Academic City. It remains one of the most difficult schools in which to find places, despite more recent reductions in demand seen in schools following other curricula.

LFIGP Oud Metha has been rated Outstanding for the fifth year running in the 2018-19 KHDA inspection process. An abbreviated version of the inspection report can be found under the Inspection tab.  An update of this review will be completed once the full report has been issued.

The story so far...

Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou Oud Metha is part of the larger French family of schools belonging to LFIGP with other locations in Sharjah and Dubai Academic City.  Originally the Primary school for the group in Dubai, the opening of the much larger, initially Secondary only, school at Dubai Academic City facilitated the transfer of all but Nursery/Kindergarten children to the newer site, enabling the entire Oud Metha school to be given over to the youngest children.

Part of the logic for this development is the location, and therefore limited opportunity for expansion of the Oud Metha school.  It is located in the heart of Bur Dubai on a plot near the French Alliance and the French Business Council (Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry) that, whilst with adequate outdoor space and facilities for the youngest students, was very restricted in terms of expansion options for a full Primary School.

The school was renovated in 2014 and now has larger classrooms, shaded playgrounds and play structures for junior kindergarten students, an infirmary, a library, a gymnasium, a motor-skills room, and a cafeteria. All classrooms are also equipped with computer equipment and interactive white boards.  The school has 17 teachers and 15 teaching assistants, providing a staff to student ratio of 1:24 - on the high side for a Kindergarten level school. Teacher turnover at 30% is also on the high side for Dubai where the average ranges from 20-22% per year.  The majority of students are French passport holders, although there are a small number of around 12 Emirati students among the total cohort of 400.

The school follows the French National curriculum.  It offers a range of after-school activities during the Spring and Summer terms.  They include a range of sports activities such as Zumba, Basketball and mini-Football, to a wider range of creative activities including Jewellery Club and Visual Arts.

What the inspectors say

As a result of its school licence, LFIGP Oud Metha is inspected annually by the KHDA inspection team - one of a small number of schools providing education at this level to be part of the inspection process.  This is a school that has slowly and steadily been improving with the latest KHDA report for 2017-18 ranking for LFIGP Oud Metha as Outstanding for the fourth year in the row. 

Students' achievement across the board in French, English, Mathematics and Science is rated Outstanding.  Inspectors noted "Children demonstrate high levels of achievement in French, English, mathematics and science. In lessons, most children make better than expected progress towards the learning objectives of the French curriculum and from their starting points. Most children can communicate in both French and English. They understand how numbers are ordered and know how to investigate the world around them."

In fact, in every measure across the school, it is rated Outstanding.  In the most recent report, the one area which has previously not been measured at the KHDA's highest rating - that of
Understanding of Islamic values and awareness of Emirati and world cultures - has now also been upgraded to Outstanding.

The teachers at the school are also a strength with Teaching for Effective Learning rated as Outstanding. As the report notes, "Teachers have a clear understanding of the subjects they teach and of how young children learn. They plan lessons that are interesting and use strategies that meet the needs of individuals and groups. Assessments are used very well to show progress and to influence the next steps in learning. As a result, teachers have an indepth knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of individual children."

Similarly, the curriculum is praised as "highly effective in developing children's knowledge, skills and understanding." There is a very small number of students (three) who have been registered as children with SEND requirements. This is clearly an advantage with inspectors noting that "Children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are quickly identified. They receive highly effective support, and their progress is closely monitored."

The Principal is new to the school but has clearly settled in quickly and is making a positive impression both within the school and with parents.  The inspectors noted that "The new principal has successfully shared her vision clearly with staff, parents and children. Relationships and communication among staff are professional and highly effective. The school is inclusive with a purposeful learning culture that has led to children’s very high levels of learning and personal development."

Furthermore, " The visible presence of the principal at the school gates helps create a strong partnership with parents. Parents are regularly informed about their children's learning and are advised on ways to support their learning at home. The school board uses parents’ skills and expertise to ensure that resources and the building are well managed to provide a highly suitable learning environment for children."

Key recommendations from the Inspection team were limited to two:

  • Provide more opportunities for children to practice their speaking skills in lessons in all subjects.
  • Create more opportunities for children to use technology in lessons (a comment that seems to have been a feature of the inspections who seem to feel that whilst the technology is available, children have limited opportunities to make use of it).

Children from LFIGP Oud Metha have automatic access to the Primary School at Dubai Academic City once they progress to this stage.

Fees at the school are AED 29,060 for Nursery, KG1and KG2 equivalent. 

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