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Dubai British School – Official WSA Q&A

Dubai British School – Official WSA Q&A

What is the official name of your School?
Dubai British School

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

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?
DBS is a unique school with a particular and very special ethos. It is part of the Taaleem family of schools.It is our core aspiration that,during their time with us, every individual student makes a positive difference – a difference to their own lives and a difference to the lives of others.

We celebrate a musical solo as warmly as we celebrate a student gaining an A*,a wonderful painting as happily as a Cambridge University entrance. 

Our students and our outstanding staff team are our two most precious assets. Such is the calibre of our young people, from over 60 different countries, that we believe that there is no limit to what they can achieve. Whilst we have high expectations and are ambitious for our students, we also know that for them to succeed, we need to provide a caring, supportive and challenging environment in which they can grow and flourish.

We celebrate a musical solo as warmly as we celebrate a student gaining an A*,a wonderful painting as happily as a Cambridge University entrance. We stress to all of our young people that what really matters is not gaining qualifications for their own sake but learning – always being open to personal growth, having a mind-set that welcomes and tackles problems, being resilient when times get tough.

We strive to ensure that our young people leave Dubai British School with a set of values and a perspective on life that enables them to succeed in whatever they wish to do.

Dubai British School offers an extraordinary number of opportunities, both within our taught curriculum and beyond. This is a happy school with great spirit and a sense that anything and everything is possible.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?
60

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Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
Yes there is

Which nationality (ies)?
British

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?
1:12

Does your school have a waiting list?
Yes it does

Kindly add details. Can you also supply a link and/or contact person where a prospective parent could find out more information?
At Dubai British School we have waiting pools across many of our year groups, these can be extensive and due to this we often decide to close applications for certain year groups. DBS is a small and popular school which sees little turnover. Movement through the waiting pools can be a slow process. DBS currently does have waiting pools in place for all year groups and cannot guarantee availability. For further information please see our admissions page for information on specific year groups please contact: admissions@dubaibritishschool.ae

If a secondary school, what percentage of your students achieve entry to higher educational institutions and, in general terms, which countries?
DBS students go to some of the worlds best universities – Cambridge University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Auckland, University of Toronto, Royal Holloway, McGill, University of Edinburgh. Visit the university acceptances page for more information.

How does the school promote healthy lifestyles? If you have a general policy statement regarding this, please supply a link to the school website so that WSA can add it to your school details.
At DBS we believe schools should play a key role in providing a healthy life style with young people in the community. We follow the healthy schools initiative in our food provision. Our school food provider is in line with this. We also have a doctor and two full-time nurses who work in partnership with staff and parents to create a healthy school environment. We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and efficient environment for all students requiring physical or emotional care.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity? 
Dubai British School has a busy sports department for both primary and secondary school, on site we have a tennis court, basketball court, swimming pool, sports hall, football pitch, foundation playground and primary playground. To see some of the activities and achievements please visit the PE Facebook page.

How do you promote healthy eating?
The school food provider follows the healthy eating initiative, promoted through out the school.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities with hot food for the students?
Yes it does

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?
Less than 20 AED

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
FS1 and FS2 8:00am to 1:30pm – Sun to Wed; and 8:00am to 1:00pm Thursday
Year 1 to Year 6 8:00am to 2:30pm – Sun to Wed; and 8:00am to 1:15pm Thursday
Year 7 to Year 13 8:00am to 3:15pm – Sun to Wed; and 8:00am to 1:30pm Thursday

 Is there a school uniform?
Yes there is.

How does your school differentiate learning?
DBS offers high quality education to over a thousand students aged 3 to 18.The curriculum is modelled on the National Curriculum for England, significantly enhanced by the International Primary Curriculum, the study of Arabic throughout and a challenging set of GCSE and GCE A Level courses from Year 9 to Year 13. We welcome a wide range of students to study a curriculum which is designed to extend and excite all of them, whatever their interests or ability.

The opportunities that students enjoy outside the classroom are just as important as the main curriculum. Our Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) programme is extensive and varied. We want children to have a go at a wide range of sports, outward bound, service and cultural activities. We like the idea of everyone taking part and of young people honing their skills while broadening their knowledge.

Dubai British School is an accredited member of the Council of International Schools, which means that we meet a series of exacting standards as laid down by one of the leading bodies in the world of International education. We are also regularly inspected by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) .

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
Homework is set through the key stages dependent on, age, year group, ability. All year groups are encouraged to practice independent learning.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
We regard a close working relationship between school and home as vital to the success and happiness of each student. There are regular reports, parents’ evenings and email updates to keep parents informed about student progress, school activities and events.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
For primary school there is a continuous approach, through parent teacher meetings, newsletters and several reports though the year. For secondary school there are two reports and one formal parents evening,

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

Which other languages are taught?
French, German and Spanish

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?
Dubai British School follows the International British Curriculum in the primary school and the British curriculum for schools at secondary level offering both GCSE’s and A’levels.

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?
Dubai British school has a comprehensive support system and is a fully inclusive school.

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

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
The school has a Gifted and Talented program for both primary and secondary school, benefitting many of our brightest students :

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

Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs your school provides?
Nurturing all students to achieve their potential, DBS has three dedicated classrooms for extended learning with a wealth of resources and learning support assistants.

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?
Yes it does

Does you school offer activities to students from other schools after school hours?
Yes it does

Can you provide details and/or direct us to the latest programmes on your Web site?
Yes, E-Sports is the leading sports management and coaching company in the UAE. Based in Dubai, E-Sports provide sports training academies for both children and adults of all levels. These sporting activity programs include, tennis, football, swimming, cricket, rugby, climbing and holiday camps and much more.

E-Sports provide the highest standard of sports training the UAE has to offer, with access to the best sporting facilities, the highest skilled coaches and the largest choice of both sports activities and locations. Many E-Sports coaches have performed at professional level in their sport, some have captained their teams at this level and some have even made it into the Guinness Book of records.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
Yes we do

Please pass on contact details of the parents’ group.
DBS has a thriving and active Parents and Friends Association who work closely with the school.  Contact the PFA: pfa@dubaibritishschool.ae or view the PFA Facebook page on Friends of Dubai British School.

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

Kindly add details of such parent group activities you deem will be of interest.
Please contact the PFA for specific activities: pfa@dubaibritishschool.ae

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
No there is not

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

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