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Nord Anglia International School Dubai Q & A

The second Nord Anglia Education school in the UAE, opened in Dubai at the beginning of September 2014, follows the British International School of Abu Dhabi (BISAD), which has been established for a number of years in the capital.
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School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Very Good
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Availability 2018/19
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Annual fee average
AED 79,500
Annual fees
AED 62,160 - 94,000
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Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
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Matthew Farthing
Nord Anglia
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Welcome to the Nord Anglia International 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?

Personalized learning with a maximum 20 students per class, outstanding language department with 5 languages offered from EYFS onwards, unique Nord Anglia Education Programmes (MIT STEAM Programme, Nord Anglia - Juilliard collaboration, Global Campus, etc.) a strong school community, all united by traditional values.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

We have 73 different nationalities at NAS Dubai.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

British is the predominant nationality at NAS Dubai.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1:6 in EYFS
1:10 in Primary
1:15 in Secondary

Does your school have a waiting list?

NAS Dubai has wait lists for certain year groups.

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

All students at NAS Dubai are required to participate in weekly PE and swimming lessons. They are also strongly encouraged to take part in extra curricular physical activities.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Our school activily promotes a healthy lifestyle with regular educational workshops and an all encompassing PE and sports curriculum.

How do you promote healthy eating?

Healthy eating at NAS Dubai is driven by our Lunch Box canteen whose menus are overseen by a nutritionist. Additionally, all students are exposed to workshops covering nutrition.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Lunch Box is the NAS Dubai cafeteria with all fresh food being cooked daily on site.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

A variety of hot food is served daily at NAS Dubai.

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

Approximately 15aed to 20 aed.

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

A regular day at NAS Dubai begins at 7:45am and ends at 3pm. Extra curricular activities and team practices run from 3pm onwards.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes NAS Dubai has a school uniform.

Please advise on your discipline policy?

NAS Dubai maintains a traditional discipline policy appropriate to the age group with zero tolerance for bullying.

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

Progress and attainment are fed back to students and parents via regular reporting, the Secondary student passport and informal communication by the personal tutor or class teacher.

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

Parent teaching meetings and formal feedback takes place termly.

What is your medium of instruction?

Traditional teaching combined with digital tools when appropriate.

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


Which other languages are taught?

From EYFS our students have a choice of French, German, Spanish or Mandarin in addition to the mandatory Arabic lesson.

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

We do not offer english language support.

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

Islamic Education is delivered in english to Muslim students.

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?

Yes we have dedicated prayer rooms.

Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of your current Value Added average scores

Yes our school measures Value Added data and details can be discussed when visiting the school.

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

We offer i/GCSE (both Cambridge and Edexcel) plus the IB Diploma Programme.

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

We encourage our students to be independent learners and give rough guidlines on time spent on homework. The amount of homewrok varies according to the year groups.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Learning at NAS Dubai is ambitious based and we believe that there is no limit to what our students can achieve.

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

We will have our first Year 12 and Year 13 IB Diploma Programme cohort in 2017-2019.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

NAS Dubai has a learning support team.

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?

Our special education and disability needs policy is based on provision available.

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?

2016-17 was the first i/GCSE cohort and we had 100% A and A* results. At NAS Dubai we aspire to the highest academic excellence believing there are no limits to what our students can achieve.

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

Our special education and disability needs policy is based on provision available.

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

At NAS Dubai our special educational needs department will refer on a case by case basis.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

The Parents' Association at NAS Dubai is a highly active and supportive group of parents that host several large events during the year building on the strong and welcoming community within 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?

There are many opportunities for our parents to support learning such as extra curricular parent language classes which allow parents to support their children's language learning.

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

Yes we have parent representative on our Board of Governors.

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

We host induction and welcome coffee mornings, parental workshops as well as a student buddy and parent ambassador contact.

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2 Archived Comments
Sapna Thampi
Archived 16th Jun 2016, 18:01

A query.. Is there a choice for the students between the IBDP program and the A levels? Thank you

Lyn Soppelsa
Archived 21st Jun 2016, 11:30

Dear Sapna,

No, there are no UK curriculum schools in Dubai offering both options. This is due to the logistics involved in offering both options from a staffing perspective.

There are a number of UK curriculum schools that offer the IB in Sixth Form and several that offer A levels, but none the combination of both currently.

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