Established in 2014, Mayoor Private School, Abu Dhabi is a collaboration between TAALEEM National Private Educational & Facilities Management Company L.L.C, Abu Dhabi, with the 140 year old Mayo College General Council (MCGC , India) aimed at developing the first branded day scholar school outside India.
The school is located in Al Wathba South, one of the newer residential areas of Abu Dhabi, just off the Abu Dhabi –Al Ain highway. As would be expected, the vast majority of students are of Indian nationality with a scattering of others - Pakistani, Nepalese, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Filipino - making up a total of 2% of the school’s 1,200 students. Just over 900 students are of KG or Primary age, with a much smaller number of Middle and High School students. In 2018-19, the school will expand its provision to Grades 11 and 12.
Inevitably, the 80+ teachers are also predominantly Indian nationals. With a staff:student ratio of 1:18 in KG, but only 1:13 in the remainder of the school, class sizes are clearly relatively small – a benefit of a new school. A staff turnover of 8% is very much on the low side, and points to a good level of stability.
The school aims to promote a well-rounded growth of each student emphasising intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. It sees itself as standing apart from “the plethora of mushrooming CBSE schools, primarily because of its emphasis on 'student centered learning' wherein the spontaneous growth and holistic development of the child is ensured”.
MPS provides students with a “learning environment that is safe, caring, friendly and educationally stimulating. Students develop their knowledge and skills to become lifelong learners to work collaboratively, fairly and effectively with others, and also develop respect and appreciation for the UAE culture and Islamic religion, along with other cultures; to create a better and more peaceful world”.
Mayoor School offers the CBSE Curriculum with a strong focus on the development of 21st century skills of Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking. The curriculum is delivered through Project-based learning and individual learning with formative assessments which are held on an ongoing basis. The curriculum includes content around the knowledge of UAE history and honours the culture of UAE and Islam with commitments to the local heritage of Abu Dhabi, in order to develop a strong national identity.
The Principal, Ms. Anna Pagdiwalla in her introduction to school notes “I take great pride in the calibre of our faculty and staff who are experienced and committed to providing an outstanding inquiry based programme for their students both in the classroom environment as well as in our co-curricular programme”.
Aside from the clear academic engagement, MPS has a strong focus on extracurricular activities for the students, as well as professional development for the teachers. Teachers and students work together not just in the classroom, but also on the athletic field and during other out of classroom activities.
A particular strength of the School is its use and integration of Information Technology as one of the ways to teach the skills, knowledge and behaviour that students need as responsible citizens in a global world.
Facilities and resources at the school appear impressive. MPS has introduced one laptop per child (from Grade 1 onwards) and one tablet with stylus each for use with KG students. This brings in customised learning through a variety of high quality apps, which directly address students' requirements. 1-to-1 programs (also known as 'anywhere, any time learning' or 'laptops for students' programs) provide students with personal portable computers to enhance opportunities for learning, by nurturing individual (1-to-1) learning experiences. This 1-to-1 program is a move towards individualising learning, which can increase independence and self-initiated learning in students, and also extends their learning beyond the classroom.
Facilities include Maths, integrated Science and Computer labs, dining for 500 students at a time, an international standard Volleyball Court, Mini Soccer Field, an International standard Basketball Court, 2 Swimming Pools (Half Olympic size & Leanners' Pool), an International standard Handball Court, Indoor Badminton Courts, Indoor Table Tennis Courts, 2 International standard Tennis Courts, a Chess Indoor Hall, an Adventurous Play Area for KG and Grade 1 students, and a large Multipurpose Hall.In addition to the 1-1 laptop program, an audio visual facility includes CDs to cater to requirements of most subjects across all grades.
All classrooms are equipped with a LCD projector and white boards used for projecting student presentations, videos and educational CDs. The Library is equipped with 9000 titles of books (ﬁction and non- ﬁction), reference books, magazines and journals all designed to supplement the curriculum.
In addition to the core subjects, Hindi is offered to students as a second language from Grade 1 onwards and French is offered from Grade 4 onwards. Music and Art are considered an important focus as a basic and artistic means of communicating and the school offers a range of options. The school has started to offer more innovative options including Business Studies for Middle/High school students.
True to their promise of a holistic education, a wide range of ECA’s are also offered including Intra school activities and competitions such as Debate, Recitation, Spelling Bee, Quiz, and Little Chef. Students can choose from activities as diverse as Literary Club, Aryabhatta club- Vedic, Chess, Indoor sports, IT Club, Performing Arts Club, Fine Arts Club, Aerobics club, Fusion Band club and Home Science club. Additional activities include Robotics, Gymnastics, Karate, Yoga, Keyboard, Table Tennis, Badminton, Creative Science, Computer Programming, Canvas painting, Creative science, Soccer, Professional dance, and Classical -Vocal Music.
What the inspectors say
The school’s first ADEK inspection was carried out in 2015-16 when MPS was rated Acceptable. In its most recent inspection, which took place February 2017, the school was rated Good. It performed particularly well in the 3 key inspection areas of Students’ personal and social development and their innovation skills, Curriculum, and The protection, care, guidance and support of students, all of which were rated Very Good.
The inspectors noted that the strengths of the school were the improved quality of leadership, the progress made by students in core subjects, the effective use of information and communication technology (ICT) to support students’ learning and the development of their innovation skills, the positive relationships, attitudes and behaviour of students, and the caring learning environment and the rich celebration of the UAE, Indian and world cultures that permeate the school.
Key comments made by the inspection team are very positive – “Students make good progress because teachers provide well-structured learning opportunities and, consequently, standards have improved in most core subjects. Very effective support for students’ personal and social development is balanced with academic progress. Students appreciate and respect the heritage and culture of the UAE. They have a very good understanding of Islamic values alongside their Indian and other world heritage and cultures. Friendly, warm relationships create a very positive learning environment where students are curious, confident and happy. Parents’ views are welcomed. Students have leadership responsibilities which encourage maturity and sense of belonging to the school community”.
Academically, almost all areas were found to be Good, with the only area of weakness being in Arabic as a second language, although attainment in Maths and Science in the Middle and High School sections were not as strong as in the KG and Primary sections. Importantly, teaching and assessment were also found to be Good in all aspects with the sole exception of assessment in the Middle phase which was rated Acceptable. Praise was also singled out for the curriculum, its adaptation to meet the needs of Gifted and Talented students, and the range of additional subject options provided – all rated Very Good.
Areas of improvement include students’ achievement in Arabic as a second language, the consistency of teaching and learning in a minority of lessons to challenge students who are more able, and the consistency of marking to support students’ learning more effectively.
What parents say
The ADEK inspectors noted that communication with parents and the wider school community is very good. Parents receive regular feedback about their child’s progress and their views are welcomed through the school’s virtual classroom. The parent council supports the work of the school. Groups of mothers meet the principal to discuss ways of improving communication and other aspects of school life.
Mayoor Private School is one that is clearly on the way to delivering its ambitions in relation to the holistic approach to its students, backed up by a very strong curriculum. This is a school that is going from strength to strength. If we would sound one word of caution, it would be in relation to the speed of growth of the school, which is often found to be a factor in whether new schools can continue to manage their performance against the challenge of additional student numbers. However, at this point in time, there is nothing to suggest any concerns in this regard.
In Whichschooladvisor.com’s opinion, this is definitely a school to watch.
Fees are AED 15,000 in KG and Primary to AED 25,000 for Grades 9-12. This is on the high side for Indian curriculum schools.
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