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Responsibility, Attainment, Collaboration, Respect and Excellence
There are 63 nationalities represented within our student body
There are high proportions of British students
The teacher: student ratio is a maximum of 1:22 per class with 67 teachers and just over 650 students on roll in total
We have a limited number of places available in most year groups. We do not accept new students in to Year 11 or Year 13.
Our approach to teaching is one of innovation, collaboration and mutual support. There is an open-door policy on observation and teachers regularly share good practice. We are a fully inclusive school and enable all students to achieve and to exceed their academic ability through excellent relationships between all stakeholders and our teachers have a genuine interest in seeing all students thrive academically and socially.
There is a wide range of sporting and physical activity, with all students participating in both PE lessons and in Extra-Curricular Activities. There is an emphasis on participation, not on winning and the House Sports and Activities that run every other week encourage students to try new sports for fun and not to attain a place on a squad or team. We love sport, but we love participation more than outstanding results.
As part of our PSHCE programme and our Character Counts initiative, students are asked to think of ways that they can be healthier within school and outside. They are educated about wise and safe choices of behaviour, food and drinks, social media and emotional well-being through a series of lessons and guest speakers.
The school canteen has recently changed to a much healthier provider and we have a ‘no fast food’ policy on site. Parents are encouraged to bring in healthy choices for birthdays and celebrations and the school has a Health Gala event annually to promote mental and physical well-being.
The school currently has a kiosk that serves hot and cold food options each day.
Yes, they serve healthy hot food options each day.
Most students bring their own snacks and lunch with them. However, the maximum spend would be around 25dhs.
07:40 – 15:15 Sunday – Wednesday
07:40 – 13:00 Thursday
There is a school uniform.
The school discipline policy is one of reflection and reparation. Students are asked to consider what behaviour they have engaged in and how it has made the other students or the teacher feel. We ask all students to look in the mirror and think of ways to improve. Although detentions and suspensions are sometimes used, community engagement and reparations are explored as a first option and students are always given a chance to improve of their own volition before sanctions are considered.
There are progress checks at the end of each module studied by students. The results of these are sent home via a Progress Check for the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Arabic A and Islamic Studies.
Interim reports are issued to parents each term, stating end of year target grades and whether a student is above target, on target or below target. In the front of all exercise books, students keep a record of their academic progress and attainment. Each student also receives an end of year report, two parents’ evenings, one in the first term and one in the second term, and one Academic Review Day, where targets and progress are discussed.
French and Spanish
There is a learning support department called Enhanced Studies. They will assist students in this regard where they can.
Yes. And Students in Y7-10 also receive Social Studies lessons.
Students study for GCSE, IGCSE, AS Level, BTEC and A Level qualifications for the UK National Curriculum.
Students should receive 10 homework tasks a week. Each task should take around 20 minutes to complete, but as students approach GCSE and A Levels, the amount of time taken will increase.
The school has a G&T coordinator who ensures provision both inside and outside our curriculum for these students. Musicians participate in competitions and undertake gigs outside of school time. The gifted film makers have attended workshops with cinematographers and won several awards at last year's Children's International Film Festival. The G&T club go on trips such as tours of venues, escape rooms, lectures by NASA astronauts and MIT graduates and they have also organized and participated in a TEDx event on site. The talented artists have their work displayed around school and work by a student has been on display in the Saatchi gallery. We have a reigning KENKEN champion in Year 12 and the G&T Mathematics club enters and wins Maths Challenges on a regular basis.
Last year this was 98%, with all students who wanted to attend University gaining a place. Students mainly go to the UK, but we facilitate successful applications every year to the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This year, we have students with aspirations of Japan and Switzerland, too.
We are very proud of our learning support, or Enhanced Studies, department. They are highly qualified and enthusiastic. There is significant investment in to this department being planned so that we can expand to offer enhanced provision for those with barriers to learning.
At present, the building is not modified sufficiently for wheelchair users, although we have had students in the past with physical difficulties and disabilities. The same can be said for those with hearing or visual impairments. The school does not decline applications on this basis, but we do hope to develop in the future so that the school site is further accessible to those with moderate or significant learning needs.
GCSE A* - B (including new 9-1) 78%
GCSE A*-C (including new 9-1) 93%
A Level A*-B 51%
A Level A*-C 85%
A Level A* - E 100%
The college is fully inclusive and has a whole range of expertise in dealing with specific learning difficulties. There are current student with dyslexia, dyscalculia and Asperger’s syndrome who are fully integrated in to all classes and who complete their learning journey without difficulties. The school has a comprehensive support plan for all such students and those who need, for instance, to work with a laptop or who need 1:1 support are given this.
The school has a number of educational psychologists with whom we work to ensure support and guidance is offered to all students and parents where needed.
There is a Parent Council, who help us to shape the school direction.
Parents are invited in for different events throughout the year, such as presentations by the Headteacher, Enterprise Day, Health Gala, National Day and our International Day event. There are also drama and musical showcases, which all parents are invited to attend. We also encourage parents to offer activities as part of the Extra Curricular Activity programme.
The Board has a parent representative.
Each year group has a Parent Information Evening at the start of the year to meet the team who will support their child. There are meetings for parents with external agencies about university applications as well as coffee mornings and the chance to get to know other parents from the school community. We also have an alumni association.
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