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Ranches Primary School Q & A

Ranches Primary School is a Primary-only school with a separate nursery located on the same site that opened in 2015 to serve then new Arabian Ranches 2 Community.
Parents' Rating
3.7 out of 5 based on 11 reviews
At a glance
School phase
Inspection rating
Very good
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
Availability 2021/22
Annual fee average
AED 52,500
Annual fees
AED 45,000 - 55,000
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
Julian Pederick
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Main student nationality
United Kingdom
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Welcome to the Ranches 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.

Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?

No. However, places are limited for Foundation Stage 2.

What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

RPS is a focused and ambitious community motivated to achieve excellence. Dedicated British teachers carefully design and adapt the UK curriculum to ensure outstanding progress is made by all pupils. The care and protection of the pupils has recently been rated as Outstanding by DSIB. Pupils thrive academically at RPS and achieve senior school places in high performing senior schools. Whilst the popularity of RPS has increased pupil numbers, families continue to express that it is the friendly and welcoming ethos that attracts them. The very good Foundation Stage department has flourished; young children settle into a nurturing environment where learning is achieved through play.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?


Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

50% of the cohort are British. The Netherlands are also well represented.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?


Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of how you measure, and current Value Added benchmark scores.

Pupils make very good progress in the core subjects.

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

GL and CAT4

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


Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

RPS fully embraces the drive for innovative learning. Technology is central to the educational programme, enhancing the pupils' experiences. The majority of pupils make very good progress in English and the standard of writing composition is well-above average. This is achieved through a blended learning approach affording pupils opportunities for collaboration, independence and detailed analysis. Very good attainment in maths and science is achieved because pupils work in groups differentiated by abilty; this ensures that all pupils have an individualised education. The science lab, IT hub and STEM room offer opportunities for enterprise and experiments providing a firm foundation for senior school studies. Creativity is a feature of an education at RPS; music is represented by an orchestra, choir and musical performance whilst art is taught by a specialist teacher in a specially designed art studio. Pupils can learn about sustainability in our 'Peace Garden' where yoga and meditation classes are also undertaken. Above all, the focus at RPS is ensuring pupils' well-being and happiness. This is a school where the needs of each individual child are central to all that is offered.

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

We have an optional home learning policy. We firmly uphold that homework for pupils under 7 years of age has no benefit.

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

2 x sport lessons per week and 1 x swimming lesson per week (all year round).
Sport fixtures each week
Over 30 sporting clubs on offer

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Healthy lunch served in the dining hall
food tech club
cookery club
Healthy lunch box campaign
No choc/crisp policy

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students? How does it promote a balanced diet?


What is the approximate average cost of a lunchtime meal?

15 aed

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

FS1 - 7:45am to 1pm or 2.15pm with a 1.30pm finish on Thursday.
FS 2 - 7:45am to 2.15pm with a 1.30pm finish on Thursday.
Year 1 to Year 6 - 7:40am to 2.30pm

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, available from Zaks in Motor City

Please advise on your discipline policy?

Pupils are engaged in ways to demonstrate positive behaviour. House points are awarded and certificates for compassion, commitment and courage are awarded during assemblies. There is a strong moral code upheld throughout the school and pupils want to do their very best. Negative bahaviour is addressed by employing reflection time.

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

Parents receive 3 reports per year and attend 2 parent consultations. Feedback is also streamed directly to parents using the Seesaw app system. The school has a parent communication committee who work alongside senior leaders to make improvements to the types and frequency of feedback. There is a feedback policy in place that is use consistently across the school.

Which languages are taught at your school - please detail any as a first as well as second language?

French from Year 1

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

EAL support is available

Do you offer a dedicated prayer room/s for students? For which faiths?


How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Pupils are offered access into additional learning clubs such as the Principal's literature club and the higher maths club. Higher order thinking skills are achieved in all lessons.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes - we are an inclusive school.

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

We can support pupils with specific needs although we may utilize visiting specialists when necessary.

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


Do you have a parents’ group supporting 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?


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


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


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