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Repton School Al Barsha (formerly Foremarke School) Q & A

Repton School Al Barsha (formerly Foremarke School Dubai) is the partner school of Repton’s Preparatory School in the United Kingdom. Repton is a very well-respected British public school that succeeds both academically and in terms of developing the ‘whole child’. Clearly Repton School Al Barsha has the same aims.
Parents' Rating
4.3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Very good
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Annual fee average
AED 73,500
Annual fees
AED 58,500 - 83,000
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Ms Zoe Woolley
Evolvence Knowledge Investments
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Main student nationality
United Kingdom
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What is the official name of your School?
Foremarke School

What is your school's Web site address?

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?
Foremarke School like every child; unique and proud to be so.

[bq_right]Although academic excellence will always be central to the Foremarke ethos, we are equally passionate in our belief that an all round education also needs to place importance on opportunities to participate and excel in activities outside of the classroom.[/bq_right]

We are small co-educational British prep school for pupils from FS1 to Year 6, following the National Curriculum for England; which we adapt and extend as necessary. We prepare our children to a level and standard required by UK independent and private secondary and grammar schools.

In emulating our UK partner school, Foremarke Hall, class sizes are small and our teachers are highly qualified and experienced. Together with our parents, who are truly involved partners in the children's education, we aspire to produce well-rounded, well grounded, young people with a thirst for knowledge and a zest for life.

This is achieved through the implementation of a curriculum that is broad and balanced and which retains core values whilst embracing modern philosophies where appropriate. Pupils are recognised as individuals and are encouraged to challenge themselves in all areas of school life and to do their best. Class sizes are very small in order to offer a bespoke education for every child.

Strong emphasis is placed on courtesy, manners and tolerance and pupils are encouraged to value themselves and others. Frequent assemblies, coupled with our excellent pastoral care system help to ensure that Foremarke pupils develop an intuitive moral code.

Although academic excellence will always be central to the Foremarke ethos, we are equally passionate in our belief that an all round education also needs to place importance on opportunities to participate and excel in activities outside of the classroom.

Sport is an integral feature of Foremarke life. Winning with modesty and losing with grace, as part of a team, are important lessons to learn. Equally important is the focus on the creative arts with our outstanding facilities affording exciting opportunities for the budding artists, musicians and actors within our Foremarke community.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
Yes there is

Which nationality (ies)?

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

Does your school have a waiting list?
No it does not

How does the school promote healthy lifestyles? If you have a general policy statement regarding this, please supply a link to the school website so that WSA can add it to your school details.
Our school nurse works with children, parents and staff on healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. The school also works with our chosen catering company to provide a nutritious healthy meal and snack every day. We have a comprehensive physical education programme (details on website). The school has challenging, age appropriate play spaces which allow children to stretch themselves physically and take risks in a safe and controlled environment.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity? Please supply a link to this section in your website if you have one.
In keeping with our partner school, Foremarke places significant emphasis on sport and physical activity. Team games and the ethos behind them are fundamental to our curriculum. In addition to regular PE sessions, each week, we have a dedicated Games Morning to allow our pupils to be taught the skills and tactics required and to allow them to be transferred and practiced in competitive games.

We also have cross curricular links, PE lessons, displays in the school on healthy eating and physical activity and a varied ECA programme which encourages all our pupils to be active.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
Yes it does. Our menus are devised by PH7, whose team oversee preparation and serving. Foremarke has formal dining and all pupils sit down to eat together.

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?
AED 33

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day? If you have this information on your Web site, please provide a link to it.

Arrival at School (staff supervision begins) 8.10am
Foundation School Registration 8.30am
Prep School Registration 8.30am

Nursery Collection 2.00pm
Reception 2.30pm
Prep School Collection 3.30pm

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Is there a school uniform?
Yes there is

If yes, what is it? Where can parents buy it? A link to your website would be a useful reference for parents.
All uniform is available through the school shop located in the school.

Please advise on your discipline policy and/or provide a link to your website.
High standards of behaviour are expected of everyone in our school community based on self-control and respect for others. Good manners are highly prized and encouraged.

What is your policy on mobile devices such as mobile (cell) phones in school?
Mobile phones are not allowed in school for pupils.

How does your school differentiate learning?
Small class sizes (max 16) allow experienced teachers to differentiate for abilities, stretching the more able pupils and offering additional support to those that require it.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
Homework is introduced formally at Y1, although pupils in Nursery and Reception are encouraged to read at home with their parents and to share stories. Homework includes reading, mathematics and English (age appropriate levels and quantities). There is a maximum of 1 hour a night at Y6.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
There is feedback in books through rigorously applied marking and we have a feedback policy where pupils are set targets to which they are constantly referred. House points and stickers reward good work. Parents are invited to Achievement Assemblies. We have two parent evenings a year and twice yearly written reports. Parents have contact with senior management and class teachers twice daily at drop off and pick up and are encouraged to share any comments or concerns.

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

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

Which other languages are taught?
French from Reception and Latin for Year 6 pupils

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?
We have EAL support for those pupils whose first language is not English and who require some extra help.

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?
No it is not

What is you medium of instruction?

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?
We have limited support offered through class differentiation. There is no specialist support available.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?
We have a Head of Inclusion who is responsible for pupils with SEN and EAL requirements.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
Our Head of Inclusion has responsibility for the gifted and talented programme.  Pupils are extended during our Curriculum Plus sessions and also in small group sessions.  This is by invitation only.

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

Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs your school provides?
We have one to one support for pupils with dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia as well as some support for mild Asperger’s and autism. Our Curriculum Plus sessions offer maths and handwriting booster classes as well as classes focusing on social skills. 

We have a Speech and Language therapist in school for two days each week and also an Occupational Therapist (these sessions are charged as an extra).

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?
No it does not

Does you school offer activities to students from other schools after school hours?
No it does not

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
Yes we do

Please pass on contact details of the parents' group.
Friends of Foremarke. Our parents are extremely supportive and very involved in the school which helps to create a strong community ethos. An active Friends of Foremarke supports the teachers as and when required and supports families within the school and those joining the school from overseas.

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

Kindly add details of such parent group activities you deem will be of interest.
Information available through Friends of Foremarke who can be contacted through school.

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

Kindly provide details on the opportunities for representation on the Board of Governers?
We have two places on the Board reserved for current parents.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
Through Friends of Foremarke. Current parents are very happy to help families who are new to Dubai with orientation, information on essentials and can even take families around if required. All new parents are welcomed to the school and the Foremarke Community.


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