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Victory Heights Primary School Review

Victory Heights Primary School, having opened in 2013, is making very rapid progress embedding FS and Key Stage 1-2 provision to a very high standard. The latest KHDA report shows that the hard work and commitment to education is paying off as the school is now rated Good, a bump up from the previous report.
Victory Heights Primary School
First Published: Sunday 26 July, 2015
Updated: Tuesday 19 December, 2017

Victory Heights Primary School, having opened in 2013, is making very rapid progress embedding FS and Key Stage 1-2 provision to a very high standard. The latest KHDA report shows that the hard work and commitment to education is paying off as the school is now rated Good, a bump up from the previous report.

First Published: Sunday 26 July, 2015
Updated: Tuesday 19 December, 2017

Victory Heights Primary School, located in Dubai Sports City, is a boutique British National Curriculum school that caters to the population around Victory Heights, although there are students from further afield. The current population of the school is just over 700 students, and the majority are British passport holders. 1 percent of students are Emirati and 4 percent of students are registered as SEND.

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The majority of teachers are British passport holders and if they are not recruited from the UK, they are highly qualified, with the experience necessary to deliver the British National Curriculum. There are 43 teachers and 28 teaching assistants; the teacher to student ratio is 1:15 in the Primary and 1:10 in FS. The teacher turnover rate is 5 percent, which is low meaning that the majority of teachers stay at the school. This is important for continuity in curriculum and school development.

Overall, the KHDA report shows significant momentum across the board in students' attainment and progress. FS and Primary have improved in core subjects with English and maths being rated Good overall. As the report notes, "In the Foundation Stage (FS), attainment and progress in English, mathematics and science [are] good. In the primary phase, students' attainment and progress [are] good in English and mathematics... Students enjoy being in the school [and] they have very good attitudes toward learning."

The school's support of SEND students is also noted by the report as being a strength of the school. As the report explains, "Governors and senior leaders promote an inclusive ethos which was evident in most aspects across the school... The school work[s] closely with almost all parents in creating a quality learning environment for students with SEND."

Another strength of the school is the protection, care, guidance and support of students, which was found to be Very Good in almost all divisions. Health and safety, including arrangements for child protection / safeguarding are Very Good in both FS and Primary whilst care and support is Very Good in FS and Good in Primary. As the report finds, "Child protection and safeguarding arrangements were clearly stated and well understood. There [are] effective measures in place to protect students from abuse and bullying, including those via the internet and social media... All areas of the premises [are] well-maintained and hygienic... [and] the promotion of healthy living [is] a priority in the school program."

Care and support of the students is clearly an area that Victory Heights Primary School prioritizes. KHDA ranks this area as Very Good in FS and Good in the Primary, finding that the "relationships among teachers and students [are] very positive and create a calm and purposeful atmosphere throughout the school. Students [are] very polite and friendly in their interactions with the staff, with adults in general and with each other. Expectations for behaviour [are] clear and systems for managing inappropriate behaviour very effective."

Looking forward, areas for the school to improve are, as with many schools, Islamic Education and Arabic. Next steps, as the report notes, include, "ensur[ing] that students across the school have a clear understanding of Islamic values and broaden their awareness of Emirati and world cultures. "

Facilities at Victory Heights Primary School include a Foundation Stage Block that has been designed so that it is completely separate and self-contained from the rest of the primary school and a cluster design throughout the school where classrooms open out to a central indoor activity area.

Fees for Victory Heights Primary School start at 34,589 AED for FS 1 and rise to 47,167 AED for Year 6. These fees are exclusive of transport and school uniforms. The Application Fee and Assessment Fee is a combined 850 AED, the Medical Fee is 500 AED medical fee, and the enrolment fee is 7,000 AED. The Enrolment Fee is a non-refundable deposit which is deducted from a student's first term’s tuition fees.

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