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Ajyal International School (MBZ Campus) – WSA Q&A

Ajyal International School (MBZ Campus) – WSA Q&A

What is the official name of your School?
Ajyal International School (Mohamed Bin Zayed City Campus). ‘Ajyal’ means family ‘generations’.

What is your school’s Web site address?
http://www.ajyal.sch.ae/

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?
Ajyal School is aiming to offer one of the best school educational experiences in Abu Dhabi. Our curriculum is based upon the English National Curriculum with special and distinctive outcome based upon Significant Learning outcomes concerning knowledge, application to real life, integration, human dimensions, caring and learning how to learn. Our curriculum is therefore broad and balanced including study in the Languages, Maths, Sciences, Humanities, Islamic Studies Arts, Physical Education and Technology. We have three specialisms in Engineering and Technology, Medicine and Health, the Gulf and Globalisation.

The school is a safe, caring and happy place in which importance on relationships, trust, support and encouragement dominate our ethos. Our pupil’s personal development is at the heart of learning, in mind, body and spirit. Our house system named after the natural treasures found in the UAE, encourages collaboration, competition and support as well as ‘fun’ activities for children to enjoy.

The school campus is a beautiful, modern and inspiring building with various specialist facilities, including science labs and technology rooms for study of textiles, graphics, resistant materials and food.

How many nationalities are represented at Ayjal MBZ?
37

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
Yes, we are popular with local families

What is the teacher: student ratio at Ayjal?
1/12

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Does Ayjal have a waiting list?
Yes in some year groups. For more information, contact our registrar, at registrar@ajyal.sch.ae

What percentage of your students achieve entry to higher educational institutions and, in general terms, which countries?
We are a relatively new school with student just starting iGCSE courses in Year 10. We will offer a curriculum through to Year 13, which will enable students to apply for higher and degree courses in the UK, America and locally.

How does the school promote healthy lifestyles? 
Through PE and PSHE lessons, assembly presentations by the pupils

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity? 
Through PE lessons and clubs, lunchtime and after school.

Do you promote healthy eating?
Yes, we also have a cafeteria for students that serves hot food. Lunch costs between 10-15 dirhams

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
The school is open from 8.45am with lessons starting at 8am. KG ends at 1.40pm and Primary and Secondary at 2.40pm

Is there a school uniform?
Yes, available from ZACs Uniform Suppliers

Please advise on your discipline policy and/or provide a link to your website?
The school has a behaviour policy which approaches pupil discipline in a staged. Corrective and educative manner. Any serious breaches are dealt with case by case. The policy also includes positive behaviour encouragement through pupil awards.

What is your policy on mobile devices such as mobile (cell) phones in school?
Pupils must not use mobile phones in school.

How does your school differentiate learning?
Lessons are planned for pupils individual needs and learning styles. In practice this may mean pupils are grouped specifically in class, paired, or given personalised and differentiated learning resources. In some subjects such as English and Mathematics, the pupils maybe set according to their learning ability in that subject.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
Pupils independent learning is a Significant Learning outcome. Homework is set from KS1 upwards and is communicated in pupil diaries, emails and weekly newsletters to parents. A pupil will increase the time given to independent study as they progress throughout the school; from a several hours a week in primary to considerably more in secondary, and on average two to three hours a day for a KS4 pupil.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
Through the parent portal, pupil workbooks, termly parent evenings and written reports.

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

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

Which other languages are taught?
French

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

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

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?
Yes, for male and female

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?
We will offer Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSE, A level and other examinations, such as ACER.

What is you medium of instruction?
English

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?
On individual assessment according to needs.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?
Yes

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
Through differentiated learning in class and special projects and challenges. Pupils are given opportunities to lead.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
We have a Special Needs coordinator who advises staff according the specialist needs of pupils.

Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs your school provides?
Assessments are taken into account and individual educational plans are devised which teachers use to tailor learning to the individual needs of pupil. SENCO mentoring, one to one support, specialist resources and books maybe used as required.

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 has its own counsellor which pupils can be referred to for mentoring support. We have links and recommend specialist agencies who make assessments and support if required.

Does your school offer activities to students from other schools after school hours?
Ajyal is the home of the Cambridge English Assessment Centre

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
Yes we have a Parents Association.

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, although this has to gain appropriate approvals and supervision.

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

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
Yes, we provide daily school tours and other open day events. We have developed good links with local feeder schools.

 

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