Welcome to the Raffles International 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.
A sense of belonging to a vibrant international community of learners.
Just over 100 different nationalities
One teacher per 11 students
Not at present
RIS provides the best of UK curriculum and teaching in an international context. Students are encouraged to make connections between their learning and their lives and communities in Dubai and globally
PE is timetabled for all students and a comprehensive co-curricular programme as well as inter-school competition encourages healthy living through sport and physical activity
As part of our curriculum for life, all students learn about healthy choices, from food to relationships, safeguarding and physical activity
Students learn about the importance of a balanced diet. Food choices are carefully monitored in the school cafeteria and information shared about lunch box choices and ingredients
Yes, from Year 3 onwards
Yea - menus are changed daily
Beginning September 2018, school timing will be 7:40 to 2:40 for all students. CCAs run from 2:45 to 3;45.
The school adopts a positive behaviour policy, reinforcing appropriate behaviour choices and is proactive in promoting positive behaviour with awards and other recognition in assemblies and through parent communications. Consequences and sanctions for inappropriate behaviour are shared with the school community in the Parent Handbook and Behaviour Policy document.
Digital platforms like Edmodo provide parents with access to student work and teacher feedback. The school uses iSAMS to communicate interim grades and three reports per year are sent home.
Three written reports per year, two parent - teacher conferences and unlimited informal opportunities to discuss progress and attainment with teachers by individual appointment.
Yes. A strong Arabic A programme provides learning opportunities for Arabic speaking students.
French and Mandarin are currently available from Year 3 onwards. In addition, students with Russian, French, Hindi, German or Spanish Mother Tongue may opt for Mother Tongue classes during school time.
Yes, EAL is available throughout the school.
Yes, in accordance with local authority requirements.
Yes, seperate boys and girls prayer rooms are available for students and teachers throughout the day
Not specifically. Student progress is tracked against CAT4 indicators and all students are expected to meet 'if challenged' grades
The school currently offers iGCSE, AS and A level courses. Examination boards depend upon 'best fit' for each subject however most are Cambridge or Edexcel
Homework is expected and monitored through Edmodo. Students in early primary years are expected to read at home, developing into 40 minutes maximum in upper primary. Secondary homework will depend upon subject options however the school values a holistic approach to education and homework is therefore limited to ensure students have time to enjoy opportunities for sport and play
A teacher is specifically responsible for GATE students. These are identified by teachers, parents or the students themselves and a personalised programme is developed to enrich their learning in the particular area of their talent or ability.
Not yet applicable as our first graduating year will be 2019.
Yes, we have a SENDCO primary and a SENDCO secondary under the direction of the Head of Inclusion. All learning support students have a 'pupil passport' identifying their areas of strength and development. This is shared with all teachers and specific targets are agreed for these students and their progress is measured against these targets
Our SENDCOs manage a professional development programme to ensure that all teachers understand their responsibility for addressing the learning needs of all students, not just the most able or any other single group
85% of our Year 11s achieved A* - C grades at iGCSE (our most senior cohort to date) in June 2017. To further support our most senior students, personal tutors/learning mentors meet with our Year 12 students to guide them through the initial adaptation to A Level study.
Not on staff however we have a close working relationship with several private centres offering such services and counselors, psychologists and other carers regularly hold free information sessions with parents under the guidance of our two school counselors to share information and support all kinds of social, emotional and learning needs
Yes, the Parent association for Raffles International School meets with the school principal weekly to discuss school wide matters and support learning, activities and special events across the school
Yes - through class parents, reading parents (mums and dads), field trip support, our Circle of Culture and other special events
Yes, two of our eight permanent members are parents and other interested parents are regularly invited to join board meetings as visiting members
Yes, we provide sessions specifically about programmes in RIS as well as sessions about digital parenting, 3rd culture kids, living in Dubai and many other subjects
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