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Repton School Dubai Q & A

Set up to create a school that mirrored the more traditional UK public (meaning private) school (including a boarding option), there is no mistaking Repton Dubai. Located just off the main Dubai-Sharjah highway, the school with its turrets and cloisters resembles a popular fictional school. Having now secured an Outstanding rating from the KHDA for the fifth year, Repton has confirmed that excellence is truly embedded in a school that always set its targets high.
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All through
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AED 73,000
Annual fees
AED 52,863 - 95,000
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Sep to Jul
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David Cook
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Welcome to the Repton 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?

Repton School is an innovative international school which has a very strong and distinctly British flavour based on the 450 year history of our sister school in the UK.

Repton espouses the notion that every child is important. Repton is a large school, but within it every child is cherished, nurtured and prized for their individuality.

We offer the best in British education, within the context of an international boarding community, and epitomised by the school’s philosophy of ‘the best for every child’.

We are proud of both our 21st century international nature and of the traditions and core values which have been derived from our partnership with Repton in Derbyshire, England. Repton School’s 450 year history has enabled it to develop a mature and effective school; we are fortunate to have been able to draw on the educational knowledge and expertise from our sister school and thus combine the very best of the new with the very best of the British educational system.

With state of the art, modern facilities and amenities, Repton School is situated on a spacious campus of 1.3million sqft, making it the largest school in the region.
Pupils aged between three and eighteen years benefit from an English independent school curriculum that incorporates elements of the English National Curriculum.

Our clear aim and purpose is to provide the best teaching and learning environment in which all our pupils will achieve their very best academically, physically and socially. By working closely with all our parents we will together help to develop young people who will have all the tools they need to succeed in a rapidly changing, highly competitive and global society.

Our international location gives our pupils greater selection in their tertiary education. To meet these opportunities, we have staff and resources to assist our pupils in exploring their options in global education.

Whilst excellence is pursued, Repton espouses the notion that every child is important. Repton is a large school, but within it every child is cherished, nurtured and prized for their individuality. An exceptionally wide range of opportunities allows every child to find those things he or she will excel at and the superb facilities give the children the chance to develop those talents. Our approach to motivating and getting the best out of our pupils is based on the belief that praise and encouragement lead to confidence. This confidence is then realised in academic success and the proliferation of a happy, caring community where good behaviour, excellent manners, enthusiasm and a love of learning are the norm.

We aim to give all our pupils the educational tools to succeed in whatever field they choose to further their path of learning. Through our encouragement of achievement and, equally important, independence of thought as well as action, pupils will develop a sense of personal responsibility and readiness for the demands of a rapidly changing world.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?


Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Yes, there is, British.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

Nursury 7:1 ; Reception 9:1 ; Y1 to Y3 – 11:1; Y4 to Y13 – 22:1

Does your school have a waiting list?

Our list of closed year groups varies and parents should check on the website or talk to the Admission Office (admissions@reptondubai.org). http://www.reptondubai.org/en/availability-of-places.html

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

Repton takes a holistic approach to education and whilst recognising the need for high academic outcomes also develops the physical, creative and well being aspects of our students.
Repton’s ethos is based on the vision that it is vital to develop students skills to ensure that they can be successful global citizens, making a positive contribution to the world around them.

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

Timetabled PE plus Extra Curricular Activities, plus extensive representative teams and House Events. Sports Academies attached to the School. Duke of Edinburgh in the Senior School and CAS activities for IB pupils.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

By continued education and information to pupils and parents and by timetabling active PE lessons as well as a huge range of competitive and extracurricular sporting activities.

How do you promote healthy eating?

We produce healthy balanced menus, incorporating all food groups to ensure nutritious balanced meals are offered daily with an excellent variety – trans fat-free, reduced sodium and negligible chocolate / sugar usage are taken into consideration when menu compilation is required and by our Chef monitoring the nature of the food offered in the Dining Room and on sale within the School Coffee Shop.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes it does

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes it does

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

Less than AED 40

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

FS1 7:45am - 1:20pm
FS2 7:45am - 2:30pm

Junior School
Year 1/Year2 7:40am - 2:40pm
Year 3/Year4 7:40am - 2:40pm
Year 5/Year 6 7:40am - 2:45pm
Senior School 7:40am - 2:40pm

All followed by Extra Curricular Activities and Prep until 3.50pm

Is there a school uniform?

Yes there is. The uniform is based on that of Repton in the UK with adaptations where needed to suit the UAE. The uniform is available through the School Shop based in the school.

Please advise on your discipline policy?

Based firmly on the best practice found in Repton UK and other independent schools, our policy is based on expectations of good manners, mutual respect and high standards of behaviour at all times both in and out of the classroom.

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

Pupils gain feedback regularly in lessons and from the marking of work. Parents are informally kept in touch by comments in Homework/Prep Diaries and Planners.

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

Two full end of reports a year as well as progress reports at half termly intervals. Parents' meetings at least twice a year.

What is your medium of instruction?


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


Which other languages are taught?

French, German, Spanish and Chinese ( Mandarin is offered after school)

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

Yes we do

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

Yes it is

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

Yes we do

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

IGCSEs, The IB Diploma and CAT entry data.

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

Quality is better than quantity! Timetable allocation in the school day is made for the pupils in the Senior School to undertake homework ( prep) whilst at school. The amount set will vary with the age and academic stage.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

By carefully matching the teaching delivered in appropriate classes and sets to the ability and needs of all pupils. Young Society for possible Oxbridge and Ivy League Students. Also just starting IGGY which is a Gifted & Talented Programme run by Warwick University for pupils between 13 & 18.

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

100%, mostly to the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Spain
St. Andrews
UC Berkley
King’s College
57% UK, 10% US , 10% Canada

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes we do

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?

Each case is reviewed individually but with the key need for the school to be able to offer the assistance which is needed to help the particular child to flourish educationally.

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?

IGCSE 9-7 51%, 9-5 81%
BIO 9-7 79%, 9-5 93%
CHEM 9-7 62%, 9-5 89%
PHYSICS 9-7 75%, 9-5 98%
MATHS 9-7 52%, 9-5 80%

IBDP average of 34

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

Yes we do. Support for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia. Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy is 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?

The school does not have an educational psychologist on staff but does have access to several in the community that we work very closely with.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes we do. In the Junior School, Parent Representatives act as a link between the school and the parents and are involved in a range of social, charitable and information events. In the Senior School , House representatives fulfil the same function.

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: Careers events, visiting universities – parents are invited and welcome to attend.

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

Yes there is. Currently two parents are members of the Board of Governors

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

yes we do
Orientation coffee mornings

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10 Archived Comments
Archived 12th Feb 2015, 11:52

Everyone does seem to have a very polar opinions about Repton. My personal (subjective) impression was very positive , the children all seem very happy and Repton's been posting some amazing accomplishments recently on Facebook. Just go visit the school and decide for yourself is what I've learned.

Mum of 1
Archived 7th Mar 2015, 12:33

The majority of children are very happy at Repton. It is academically focused and as time moves on it, I believe it will become very selective indeed.

From my perspective, Repton lacks a holistic approach in the sense of looking to enable all children to succeed in something. The average child coming from a small school to a significantly larger school, may fade into the background and face a number of other previously unidentified challenges. The result is, unintentional marginalisation and self esteem issues.

The schools provision is for children who just get on with it. Pop your little sausage in to the sausage machine and as long as there are no hiccups along the way, you will get a well formed sausage popping out at the other end. There is no doubt, this school will be the perfect for school for little Tommy.

It is large and culturally very diverse - which is not a bad thing - if your child can cope with it. There is no predominant nationality. It truly is a real melting pot of children with culturally diverse backgrounds which makes for an interesting dynamic.

My suggestion would be (excuse me for stating the obvious but.....) if you have a child who has been at a smaller school and was doing well, scrutinise the school you are choosing in the UAE very carefully. Take a good look around and don't choose a school in haste. It really isn't just about academics - but that is from my view of my world.

Overall, I can say that the majority of the teaching and pastoral care has been excellent. The current Headmaster of the Junior school has been amazing, is very proactive and supportive, offering a very personalised approach to dealing with day to day issues. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

UK Parent
Archived 20th Jan 2015, 07:54

I would be interested to know if any British parents found that their child's accent changed whilst in this school. Whilst British form a significant group at the school, there are over 70 nationalities - which is great for diversity, but does that mean British kids end up losing their native accent?

Mum of 1
Archived 7th Mar 2015, 11:13

My child still has a very British accent.

Lyn Soppelsa
Archived 21st Jan 2015, 10:52

Dear UK parent, I cannot speak in general terms, but as the parent of 3 children, all of whom attended international schools in Dubai, I can say that their accents became perhaps less regionally identifiable than when they arrived in Dubai, but they are still clearly British. In my experience, children need to be immersed in a different language environment with one strong focus for there to be an impact. My older children have both studies in Australia and have picked up the local pronunciation of certain words, but again, their accents are still identifiably British.

Archived 13th Jan 2015, 17:12

Can't say I would recommend the school from personal experience. The senior school cannot be described as inclusive if you are considering this school for a child with any kind of disability. Despite suggesting testing is part of the selection process for entry into the senior school, I discovered by accident that I was actually 'blocked' from re registering my child for entry into the senior school from the junior school. The poor admissions staff member was really embarrassed having to explain why.

My child is on the mild end of the autism spectrum (you would hardly know apart from some behavioural blips that we are working on). Whilst the learning support staff has been excellent, the antics of the senior management team are questionable. This 'sifting' is tantamount to a form of ethnic cleansing - it would appear that children who are academically capable (have the proof in the form of last terms school report) but have a disability, are deselected from the system.

Shocking considering the school carries the name of a reputable school in the UK.

Beth Hakim
Archived 26th Oct 2014, 16:31

The problem is, I think parents would feel better if these extra costs were being reinvested back into the school, as opposed to the pockets of certain individuals (ie, non-profit vs. profit). They say you can't put a price on good education? Apparently in the UAE, you can. I do wonder how much longer the market can support this system...there are so many ultra-expensive schools in Dubai and the UAE, I do wonder how all those people are able to afford it (and these are schools with large student bodies).

For all the hype and facilities this school supposedly has going for it, you'd expect a better rating than 'Good'. But then, with the name attached to this school, would it even matter?

Archived 18th Feb 2014, 21:39

Repton have increased their fees by 9% from 2011/2012 to 2012/2013 school years. Then they increased it by a further 2.4% from 2012/2013 to 2013/2014 school years. That's 11.4% in just 2 years. When I spoke to the KHDA and asked why, given the fact that all fees were supposed to be frozen, they said it was due to new classrooms built and additional Islamic study rooms.

I think this is disgraceful given Repton only ever achieved a "Good" rating. Charging premium rates for only a "good" educational rating is outrageous. I'm really happy that I moved my kids to an "Outstanding" school for a 20% drop in fees and 100% increase in quality.

Archived 26th Feb 2014, 09:54

Hi John,

I agree with you. We are in a very similar situation, may I ask you where did you move your children and are you still happy with the new school as all school in Dubai have some issues, thanks, Ella

Archived 19th Feb 2014, 20:05

Hi John, the KHDA made clear that schools that were investing would be able to make increases to school fees - and Repton has been. (It already has a pretty impressive (and expensive) campus - I am sure you would agree with that). It's a balance, isn't it... We as parents want schools to invest in facilities, employ the best teachers, have incentives for staff so there is less churn - but we also want school fees to remain static. That is a difficult trick for any business to pull off...

And, whether we like it or not, education in the UAE IS a business. According to information we have been given it takes schools up to 12 years to pay off original capital costs. Schools are no longer gifted land as they once were, or helped by generous individuals as they once were. It's a private sector play.

Well done for getting your child into an Outstanding school. Let's hope there are more of them come April and the latest KHDA reports...

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