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Manor Primary School Q & A

Manor Primary School was an FS to Year 6 British English National Curriculum Primary school for girls and boys between the ages of 4 and 11 which was under the same ownership as the neighbouring English College. The Primary School merged with the College on 31st January 2019.
At a glance
School phase
Primary
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Annual fee average
AED 49,500
Annual fees
AED 47,150 - 51,750
Price band help
Premium
Status
Closed in 2019
Opening year
2016
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Karen Davies
Community
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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Welcome to the Manor Primary School 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?

Our school is quite unique for Dubai as it is a relatively small, family-feel orientated school within one of the most popular residential, expat communities. Our children will have direct access to the local secondary school, The English College for which the Year 6 students will be carefully prepared through a well planned transition programme. The children will be provided with a range of learning opportunities which challenge their thinking. Through the learning process children become increasingly more resourceful and resilient working both independently and within teams to achieve success.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

We currently have students of 28 different nationalities.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

The largest percentage is British Nationals.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1:10. Our classrooms always have at least 2 staff members if there are over 10 students in the class. Our class sizes will never go above 20 total students.

Does your school have a waiting list?

Some of our year groups are currently at capacity or close.

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

Our PE curriculum is both broad and balanced providing access to team and individual sports, as well as activities such as Dance, thereby allowing students to develop both mental and physical well-being. We also offer after school clubs with Just Play Dubai, Tiger Sharks Swimming and FC Dubai.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

At Manor Primary, we believe that students should be aware that good health and well-being is central to effective learning and preparation for a successful independent life. Students complete a 1-mile walk each day; have weekly PE and Swimming lessons; and are taught about healthy eating habits through the curriculum.

How do you promote healthy eating?

Our belief is that a balanced healthy, nutritious diet is important for the development of a child’s physical state, as well as for their intellectual abilities. Unhealthy food is discouraged as part of snacks or lunches.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

No.

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

FS1 and FS2: 7:45am to 12:30pm Sunday to Thursday
Year 1 to Year 6: 7:40am to 2:50pm Sunday to Wednesday and 12:30pm on a Thursday

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, and it is available from Magrudys.
https://magrudy.com/uniforms/manor-primary-school/

Please advise on your discipline policy?

Our overall aim is to enable students to achieve self-discipline through a long term, whole school approach, involving discussion, role modelling and positive behaviour management, where the child understands the purpose of appropriate behaviour as a means of showing respect for others and themselves, as well as for property and the private space of individuals.

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

Parents receive a report at the end of each of the 3 Terms. There are dedicated Parent’s Evenings throughout the year and students are informed of their progress and given targets on a regular basis.

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

There is 1 report sent home at the end of each of the 3 Terms. Parent/teacher meetings take place officially once per term as well. The school has a very open-door, welcoming policy and parents can schedule additional meetings with teachers or the Head Teacher at additional times.

What is your medium of instruction?

Lessons are taught using a wide-range of mediums and techniques. To fully engage the students and the different learning styles, teachers will not stick to one particular teaching style.

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

All our students take part in Arabic lessons, as required by the KHDA, equaling at least 3 lessons a week. Our Native Arabic speakers, receive at least 1 additional lesson per week.

Which other languages are taught?

We offer French to all our KS2 students and could possibly expand this down into the KS1 classes as well.

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

We offer support to all our EAL students to help them continue to develop the English Language and have specialised interventions where needed.

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

Our Native Arabic speaking Muslim students complete their Islamic lessons in Arabic, while our non-Arabic speaking Muslim students receive their lessons in mostly English to ensure they receive a full understanding of these lessons.

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

Students are tracked on a yearly basis using the CATs testing system. Teachers use monthly trackers to monitor their progress and attainment over the course of the school year.

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

All students will take part in CATs testing as well as Progress tests. Students at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will complete SATs papers, which are taken as part of the UK National Curriculum.

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

Our Home Learning policy combines develop, learning and creativity. Years groups will have different amount of Home Learning, requiring different amounts of time to complete. Home Learning is used as a way of reinforcing particular topics that have been covered in class; can be assigned to have students investigate a new topic area before they learn about it in class; or a large scale project, in which students are given a significant amount of time to complete and show their creativity, knowledge and skills.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

All students are continually challenged in their work. For our most able academic students, we push them to the Mastery level in the various curriculum areas. Students who have a particular gift or talent in other areas, Manor Primary School will assist the student in any way we can to help grow that ability.

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

As we are only a Primary School, this does not apply to us. However, the majority of our students will progress onto The English College, our sister school next door, which has a wonderful reputation and achieves high results.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes, for those students who required additional support.

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?

We have an on-sight Special Educational Needs teacher that will help support any students that have moderate learning needs. Due to our current size, we are unable to provide support to students with very significant learning needs.

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?

Our school ends at Year 6. These students will complete the end of Key Stage 2 SATs, which provided very good results at the end of our first year. The majority of our students will move onto The English College next door.

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

All teachers have completed training with a range of specific learning needs. The school also has an on-sight Special Educational Needs teacher who works with students who require additional support.

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

No, but we would work with the parents of any student to find someone to assess and support the students outside of the school.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes, we do have a parent body to assist with school events and functions. This year, the parents supported the school with some special events such as National Day, International Day, World Book Day and the Year 6 Leaving Celebration. They have also played a big role in designing and painting our dedicated Art Room. As the school continues to grow, so will the parents' group and their involvement with the school.

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

As the school continues to grow, we are always open to parents offering support in any way they can and be involved in our school community.

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

Yes. Starting this academic year, there will be a minimum of 2 parental representatives on the Board of Governors.

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

We will support any and all parents who require help or information when they transition their child and family to our school and into Dubai.

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