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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.
Parents' Rating
4.2 out of 5 based on 113 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Availability 2020/21
Availability 2021/22
Annual fee average
AED 73,000
Annual fees
AED 52,863 - 95,000
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
David Cook
Evolvence Knowledge Investments
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Main student nationality
United Kingdom
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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.

If you have to highlight three strengths of your school, what would they be?

Outstanding academic provision ( rated outstanding by KHDA authorities since 2014) with outstanding IGCSE and IB results ( IB average point score achieved last year was 36 and the world average point score is 29 )

Strong partnership with Repton School in the UK and student exchange program for IGCSE students

Only one British school in the region offering Boarding facilities

What is the single biggest challenge your school is currently addressing?

Academically, our largest challenge is supporting long-term remote learners, who have been learning from home since March 2020. There are relatively few but identifying their ‘learning gaps’ and providing individual support is challenging, when these students study from home.

Pastorally, our largest challenge is pupil wellbeing and helping young people overcome anxiety. This health crisis has impacted the whole world and for a minority of pupils, it has caused acute anxiety and poor mental health. Young people need support with this area.

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

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

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

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? How international would you say your school is?


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

Please describe your approach to teacher recruitment in terms of the balance of staff you seek in terms of nationalities and in terms of years of experience/ qualifications you look for. Please also provide details of how you use teaching assistants.

We recruit the best teachers available and put them through a thorough recruitment process which involves at least 2 separate interviews. The majority of staff are recruited from the UK but a significant number transfer to Repton from other schools in Dubai. Generally staff employed will have at least 2 years’ teaching experience though we will on occasion accept very talented newly qualified teachers. The average number of years’ experience for new staff is 5 years. All staff are fully qualified and we do prefer staff with advanced degrees in their subject.

Teaching assistants are used in variety of ways; some work with individuals and small groups in or out of lessons

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

We do measure value added data against GL CAT4 predicted grade data.

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

IGCSEs, The IB Diploma, A-Level and CAT entry data.

Please provide details of how well your school did in its previous 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 2020

English Language +2
English literature+2
Biology +1.7
Physics +1.6
Chemistry +1.3
Maths +0.9

IBDP average of 36

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

It is the intention and trend that 100% of our students do go on to university- some after a gap year or military service.

Most attended universities:
St. Andrews
UC Berkley
King’s College
University of Kent

Country %’s for this year:
UK 64%
USA 16%
Canada 5%
UAE 8%
‘Other’ make up the remainder ( including this year Netherlands, Italy, Singapore, Bahrain and Australia)

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.

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.

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? How does it promote a balanced diet?

Yes it does

What is the approximate average cost of a 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.

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

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

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

Yes we do

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.

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.

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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