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Regent International School Q & A

Regent International School is a private primary school taking students, both girls and boys, from FS1 to Year 6. From September 2020, the school will open a secondary phase, returning Regent International School to it's original "all through" school roots.
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At a glance
School type
International
School phase
Primary
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
fiber_manual_record All grades
Annual fee average
AED 51,000
Annual fees
AED 45,373 - 52,933
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Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
1993
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
28%
Principal
Mrs. Gaynor Dale
Owner
Fortes Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
British
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Welcome to the Regent 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.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

Our education promotes all-round spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all students and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

We follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales but what really defines us is our School Curriculum, which is a unique and focal point of our school provision; learning is relevant, immersive and teaches the children how to be effective thinkers by explicitly offering thinking tools and strategies within the classroom. We promote philosophy for children which gives pupils a climate for effective dialogue and exploratory talk and in turn raises standards and nurtures emotional intelligence.
Students acquire the knowledge and skills to become educated citizens and develop their character and an appreciation of human creativity and achievement in a highly inclusive learning environment.

For more information please visit: http://www.risdubai.com/Learning/Curriculum/Curriculum-Overview

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

Diversity is one of the biggest assets of a Fortes school. Fortes Education typically has over 80 different nationalities in its schools with students from Europe, Africa, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

By learning in diverse cultural environments, our students become true global citizens. World geography and different customs and cultures are all integrated into the curriculum. Students learn about, celebrate and appreciate each other’s culture while developing their own cultural identity and individuality and taking pride in it.

Our students come out as model citizens with confidence in themselves, a heightened sensitivity, tolerance and respect towards others, and exemplary manners, all qualities that stand them in good stead for the rest of their life.

To find out more please visit: http://www.risdubai.com/About/Why-an-RIS-and-Fortes-Education

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Typically the higher proportion of students come from the UK.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

FS1 1:22
FS2 to Year 2 1:24
Year 3 to Year 6 1:26

Does your school have a waiting list?

We currently have seats available in all year groups (Fs1 to Year 6) due to our expansion program.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

We have a pedagogy which defines us as a school and that brings our educational philosophy clear to the minds of parents, pupils and teachers. Children engage in child-initiated learning which evolves into elements of choice in the Primary years. We expect children to drive their own learning and to solve problems through the explicit teaching of thinking skills and exposure to a range of thinking tools. Language, enquiry and critical thinking is woven into all aspects of the Curriculum through the implementation of Philosophy for Children, where children are given the platform to discuss, challenge and express viewpoints in a respectful and safe environment. Our unique Values in Action Curriculum is taught and the learning affirmed throughout school life both inside and outside of the classroom. These approaches enable high levels of academic progress alongside emotional intelligence which results in the belief that “Academics and Achievement+ Character and Wellbeing” will allow pupils to flourish.

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

We have a high-quality Physical Education (P.E.) curriculum that inspires students to participate, excel and succeed in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Students develop their ability to engage independently and successfully in the processes of different types of physical activity.

We place a great emphasis on student participation in P.E. and sport which encourage creativity and decision-making skills to enable them to plan effectively for performances and to respond to changing situations. Students develop physical strength; balance and flexibility through competency in sports; build character and leadership and teamwork skills; learn values such as perseverance, courage, humility, fairness and respect; enhance strategic and creative thinking and spatial awareness; hone their interpersonal skills; and develop a can-do spirit learning to stretch their own limits.

Our P.E. curriculum includes a range of activities that includes but is not limited to athletics, badminton, basketball, cheerleading, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, swimming, and tennis.

Aims

Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that students:

Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
Are physically active for sustained periods of time
Engage in competitive sports and activities
Lead healthy, active lives
Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate performance and identify key priorities for improvement;

http://sports.risdubai.com/

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

We believe one of the fundamental objectives of education should be to impart an attitude, and knowledge and skills so students learn how to achieve health and happiness in their journey through life because that is what will come to define their true success.

Continuing in the tradition of a Fortes Education school, RIS helps students develop the mindset and skills so they enjoy and achieve health and happiness in their journey through school and life.

How do you promote healthy eating?

Through topic and projects.

We also have a healthy eating Canteen at the school providing balanced and nutritious meals.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes - Dining services are provided.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes, the Canteen provides hot and cold food options, which are nutritionally balanced. Nutritional information and calorie contents are made available to the children.

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

A Primary students meal will cost AED 18/- per day

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

7:30am - 2:40pm

Is there a school uniform?

Wearing a school uniform creates a sense of ethos, sharing, and pride in the school community. Hence we require all our students to wear the school uniform which along with other school accessories can be purchased from the school shop.

Students are required to wear black leather shoes and dark blue socks. Students wearing trousers must wear a black belt. Parents are to provide an apron for Art & Craft and Design & Technology class. Students are required to wear PE kit for PE. Sports shoes must be largely white and with transparent or non-marking rubber soles.

School Shop Timings:

Sunday to Thursday 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Thursday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Note: During school holidays the shop timings are 8.30am till 2.30pm.

http://www.risdubai.com/Our-School/Uniforms

Please advise on your discipline policy?

All schools strive to offer their students a hazard-free and emotionally-safe environment in which they can achieve their full academic and personal potential. Regent International School follows a Restorative Justice Behaviour Policy which focuses on finding solutions to problems rather than taking an approach which relies solely on applying sanctions. The responsibilities of students and parents include:
- Abiding by the school’s behaviour policy. This policy covers the expected code of behaviour during the school timings, during extra-curricular activities, on school buses, during school trips and students’ participation in social media forums.
- Ensuring the student understands the school’s expectations and approaches should there be a breach of the behaviour code.

The school has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying in all its forms. Bullying is the intentional and deliberate intimidation of another person through emotional, physical, psychological and/or cyber means. Regent takes bullying seriously and will apply restorative justice strategies wherever possible and parents will be informed to reaffirm and support strategies to ensure that pupils understand the impact their behaviour may have had on others.

Aligned with the above, the school will not tolerate any form of defamation or intentional harm practised through social media forums. The school must set a clear policy for parents and students about the use of and participation in social media outlets and/or forums. This policy must include, but not be restricted to, the following:
- Parents and students in all year groups using any social media forum must, at all times, demonstrate respect for the members of the school community (including all students and personnel);
- Parents and students must not breach confidentiality, defame or make threats to any person in the school community;
Instances of proven and intentional breach of the above will result in sanctions that may include Suspension from the school.
For further information please refer to Fortes Education Student Achievement & Behaviour Policy.

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

 Communicating to parents all policies, possible changes and immediate announcements.
 Using all contact details provided by parents to communicate key messages.
 Updating the information about school policies, expectations, programmes, staff and any other information deemed necessary by the school.
 Informing parents of their child’s progress through regular assessment reports and parent-teacher meeting (at least 2) per year. The school will exercise fairness, objectivity, transparency and credibility in the assessment reports shared with parents.
 Providing parents with the opportunity to see and review all of their child’s work and assessments.

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

Reporting Schedule:
There are three full sets of Reports for Parents & Students each year:
- End of Term 1 Report (December), End of Term 2 Report (March/April) and End of Year Report (June)
2 short reports are also provided in October and February.

What is your medium of instruction?

At RIS, we follow the National Curriculum of England and Wales, one of the world’s most sought and accepted school curricula. This time-tested, broad and balanced curriculum is underpinned by a strong research-driven curriculum in Mathematics and English, and all the major subjects in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities, and provides students the depth and breadth to obtain a strong educational foundation as well as the ability to pursue a higher education and career of their choice.

An Academically Rigorous & Enriched Curriculum
Optimal Learning Environments
Key Stages
3 Factors that Make Learning at RIS a Great Experience:

MultiSmart LearningTM
Technologically Integrated School
Education in Human Values

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

Yes

Which other languages are taught?

We have a very strong Foreign Language Programme where we teach Arabic and French as part of the Curriculum and extend to Mandarin and other foreign languages via external providers according to the demands of our Parent Community. English as a Foreign Language is also available for non-native speakers of English and is integrated purposefully into the school day according to the level of intensive intervention needed.

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

Our Achievement Centre is a caring and nurturing environment set up and run by experienced specialist staff who ensure that every child reaches their full potential.

We assess each child’s individual learning needs on entry to school determining the type of learning support required whether in or outside of class, and individually or in groups.

Our specialist teachers develop ‘Individual Achievement Plans’ for identified children and work closely with class teachers, form tutors, parents and external agencies to ensure that the child derives the maximum benefit from each learning opportunity in school.

Our Support Strategies
Our support strategies include:

Academic Workshops: during breaks and after-school hours, for students who need assistance to revisit learning concepts, come up to speed with peers on a programme of study, or have questions answered
Accelerated learning pathways: for the ‘Gifted & Talented’ students
English as an Additional Language (EAL) Support: for students who require help with literacy so that they can access the full curriculum
Staff Counselling: so students can turn to different members of staff if they have a concern or worry
Professional Counselling: led by the School Counsellor to confidentially discuss matters with students having specific difficulties or personal concerns
Tutorial Support: to ensure each child’s intellectual, physical and emotional well-being so that children reach their fullest potential. Also, read about our Tutorial System.

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

Yes

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

Please provide details of your current Value Added average scores.

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

Yes. This varies depending on the Year group.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Accelerated learning pathways: for the ‘Gifted & Talented’ students

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

NA - Please see affiliate school (Sunmarke School in JVT)

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Our Achievement Centre is a caring and nurturing environment set up and run by experienced specialist staff who ensure that every child reaches their full potential.

We assess each child’s individual learning needs on entry to school determining the type of learning support required whether in or outside of class, and individually or in groups.

Our specialist teachers develop ‘Individual Achievement Plans’ for identified children and work closely with class teachers, form tutors, parents and external agencies to ensure that the child derives the maximum benefit from each learning opportunity in school.

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 support strategies include:

Academic Workshops: during breaks and after-school hours, for students who need assistance to: revisit learning concepts, come up to speed with peers on a programme of study, or have questions answered
Accelerated learning pathways: for the ‘Gifted & Talented’ students
English as an Additional Language (EAL) Support: for students who require help with literacy so that they can access the full curriculum
Staff Counselling: so students can turn to different members of staff if they have a concern or worry
Professional Counselling: led by the School Counsellor to confidentially discuss matters with students having specific difficulties or personal concerns
Tutorial Support: to ensure of each child’s intellectual, physical and emotional well-being so that children reach their fullest potential. Also read about our Tutorial System.

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?

N/A

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

We have a very experienced support team who are knowledgeable and experienced in working with children with specific learning difficulties. This enables us to provide a high quality of support both in the classroom and through targeted interventions. Each child's needs are individually assessed and Individual Achievement Plans (IAPs) are developed for them which are reviewed and updated frequently throughout the year. We work closely with families and appropriate external professionals to ensure the optimum level of 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?

At present, there are two educational psychologists that we signpost parents to. Both work for very reputable companies in Dubai and are happy to carry put the assessments upon parents' consent. Parents are also at liberty to consult with any qualified educational psychologist of their choice.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Friends of Regent International School (FRIS) is a platform for parents to actively participate in their child’s education. Each parent is automatically a member of FRIS and is welcome to contribute in his/her own capacity. Parents can volunteer to host activities, organise events, and contribute during fund raises or in any way as they see fit to support the school community.

More than anything, FRIS is about having fun and connecting with your child and their peers. Parents get to meet other parents and be an active participant in shaping their child’s development. FRIS has successfully organised many fund-raisers, charities, social activities and other community events at RIS. FRIS events are a huge attraction in the school calendar.

If you would like to find out more, feel free to come along to a FRIS meeting and share you experiences and passion for contributing to your child’s education.

RIS has a strong Parent Engagement Programme that provides parents the required guidance, understanding, infrastructure, resources, parenting tips, support groups, informational workshops, volunteer organisations and channels to assist them in participating in their child’s learning. Several key initiatives and channels of communication that make this programme successful are:

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

Parent Engagement
A strong parent engagement programme underpins our approach to education. Research has proven that when parents actively participate in their child’s education at home, the child does much better at school and achieves greater success in life.

RIS actively involves parents in their child’s education. Parents are provided with the opportunity to participate in their child's learning while celebrating and appreciating the cultures of all our families. Parents also socialise and get to know each other thereby building strong links in RIS parent community.

Communication with Parents
VLE
FRIS
Parent Drop-in Sessions and Parent Teacher Meetings
Parent Curriculum Workshops
Parent Association
Advisory Council
Other Initiatives

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

RIS has an active Advisory Council where parents have representation and are able to voice their concerns to the school in a formal manner. In this way, a constructive dialogue is maintained between all stakeholders in the school.

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

Workshops are held regularly in the term where parents learn of their child’s programme of study so that they can actively participate in supporting their child's education.

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Comments
5 Archived Comments
Mummy Friday
Archived 19th May 2016, 12:00

Hello!
Can anyone share any insight into the primary school section of Regents? I understand the secondary school is moving to Sunmarke this Sept as are a small number of primary age classes. I'm trying to get a sense of whether the established school is a safer bet for primary aged kids or whether I'm being overly cautious. Thanks

Shakil Ahmed
Archived 5th Jul 2015, 01:27

Our move to Dubai was fast and furious, my key concern was getting the kids settled, with an educational environment that was similar to the UK. I have 4 children all are in Regents school at various stages starting from Year 3 to 1st Year in 6th form. Regents. Initially i went for the large brand hoping that this would bring what my kids needed, but soon realized that we had made a big mistake. It was really good fortune that we found Regents, the children are all very happy with their teachers and have a really made some great friends. We have been suitably impressed with Regents. Some key information is missing from the website but all is available on request during the school visits and tours. Regents is a real school, it doesn't have the glossy Dubai feel to it, which is really reflective and characteristic of the Grammar Schools of the UK. It's now a Fortis school with a teaching staff having a very positive impact on the kids. Starting from the headteacher all the way through to the admin staff.
I hope this helps
Shakil

Tina Hansen
Archived 29th Aug 2013, 10:52

My family and I have just recently moved to Dubai from the UK and our son wasn't too excited with the move, which is obviously normal for his age. So we made sure to find a really good school for him where he can meet new friends and have good UK education at the same time. My son, now is more active than ever. Regent gives attention to every child as an individual and this has incredibly boosted up his esteem and he is more eager with his studies, joining various competitions. The teachers are all very accommodating. The campus is beautiful, great for kids his age. I was surprised how much Regent helped with our move in Dubai. I hope this helps.

Frances
Archived 6th May 2015, 13:47

Hi Tina,
I know your comment above is approxiamately 2 years old. I am looking to send both my boys to the Regent International School in Dubai. I am a resident in Dubai and want to change to a better school for my children. I would be grateful if you could give me your overall feedback about the Regent International School from your experience since your son is attending this school. Thank you, Frances

Ahmed
Archived 27th Jan 2016, 13:44

Hi Frances , not sure if you made your decision to go to Regent school or not. I am considering the school for my kids and looking to see more feedback on the school both from academic and kids personal development. I would love to have your feedback.

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