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Nord Anglia International, WSA Q&A

Nord Anglia International, WSA Q&A

What is the official name of your School?
Nord Anglia International School Dubai (Editor’s note, see the first review here).

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

What qualities and characteristics would you say define Nord Anglia International School Dubai?
As part of one of the most successful international school groups in the world we will continue the traditions that have been a feature of all Nord Anglia Education Schools.

In 2012, one in five Nord Anglia Education students won places at the world’s top 30 universities. Three of our students received full marks on their IB diploma, a feat achieved by only 109 of the 119,000 who sat this exam worldwide. 15% of all Nord Anglia Education students who sat the IB Diploma achieved a score of 40 or above, more than double the global average of 6%.

Our mission, achieved through our high performance agenda, is to develop students who are both academically curious and successful. Equipped with the tools to attend the worlds best universities and take their place as world leaders. We are led by Executive Principal, Michael Embley (ex Principal of The British School of Beijing, The only school in China to be approved by the UK Department of Education and inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate of the UK) our school will offer the British National Curriculum combined with an international outlook.

In addition to our academic tradition we focus on Behaviour and Social Graces (BSG) to give our students the tools needed to go forward as confident citizens of the world, able to thrive in all situations.

We will offer an enhanced language range across all ages of the school for those students who wish to partake of the opportunity to develop in second or third languages from an early age. Our offer will include French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Arabic taught during the school day.

Sports and Music are integral to the curriculum and the development of the character of our students.

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In addition, as part of an international family of schools we are able to offer our students enhanced opportunities to collaborate with others around the world through our Global Classroom initiative taking place both online and face to face.

The Nord Anglia International School of Dubai will select students through a rigorous interview selection process and will focus on attitudes as much as aptitudes.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?
72 at present times

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
60% of our students are British. The Australians, French, Germans and Italians are also well represented!

What is the teacher: student ratio at Nord Anglia International School Dubai?
1:10 over all although lower in Early Years

Does your school have a waiting list?
In some year groups (notably in EYFS and Year 1) yes it does.

If a secondary school, what percentage of your students achieve entry to higher educational institutions and, in general terms, which countries?
As we continue the tradition of our sister schools:

In 2012, one in five Nord Anglia Education students won places at the world’s top 30 universities. Three of our students received full marks on their IB diploma, a feat achieved by only 109 of the 119,000 who sat this exam worldwide. 15% of all Nord Anglia Education students who sat the IB Diploma achieved a score of 40 or above, more than double the global average of 6%.

How does Nord Anglia International School Dubai promote healthy lifestyles?
Healthy life styles are promoted through the offer of an outstanding sports program and our own catering service prepares international style food on site. The menus will be regularly checked by independent experts to ensure that our students receive balanced healthy and nutritional meals.

Students are educated on the importance of physical activity and a balanced diet.

They are also educated about the importance of self respect and the importance of making the correct choices as they grow into young adults. We educate students on the dangers of peer pressure and the importance of family.

Bullying is not tolerated in our schools and our students are educated continuously not to accept this, or to be a perpetrator.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does Nord Anglia International School Dubai ensure children engage in physical activity?
Nord Anglia International School Dubai recognises the contribution that sport can make to development of well-rounded individuals.

Students have the opportunity to play sport every day if they wish, and for the enthusiast there are important opportunities to play and excel. The school teams compete both locally and internationally in all the main sports. For the less serious player there are friendly games and inter-House competitions that can be enjoyed at a less demanding level.

How do you promote healthy eating?
We will offer a nutritious well balanced lunch option for all students. Through the teaching of Personal, Social and Health Education children learn about how to make good choices and to understand the benefits of a Healthy diet and lifestyle.

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

If yes, does it serve hot food?
Yes it does

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?
Less than 30 AED

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
Approximately 7:30-3pm depending on age group

Is there a school uniform?
Yes there is. http://www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/dubai/our-school/our-uniform
It is available at Zacks.

Please advise on your discipline policy.
Our discipline policy is predicated on the values of respect for others and self and reflects our traditional family centered ethos.

Bullying is not tolerated in any form within our school and students will be given input into all facets of the life of the school. They will be expected to uphold our traditions and values at all times.

There will be a superb pastoral care system in our school. In the primary school, the class teacher will assume this role, leading assemblies, circle time lessons, being on hand for all students and watchful of the class’ social development. In secondary school, each student will have a form tutor who is also responsible for delivering the citizenship and PHSE programme.

What is your policy on mobile devices such as mobile (cell) phones in school?
Mobile phones can be brought to school however they must remain in the students locker or be handed to a member of staff. They are not permitted at any times in classrooms or playgrounds.

How does Nord Anglia International School Dubai differentiate learning?
Our school is academically selective. However we recognise that all students have strengths and areas for development. Through our high performance learning agenda and curriculum based on the work of our Director of Education, Dr Deborah Eyre from the University of Oxford, we ensure that all students are academically challenged and expected to perform at their best. Students are given open ended opportunities for inquiry as well as questions designed to promote higher order thinking skills.

In some subjects setting is used where appropriate to allow students the best possible opportunities.

Links to the work of the Dr Deborah Eyre and a more detailed explanation can be found via our facebook page: www.facebook.com/nainternatinalschooldubai

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

Homework is a useful follow up and reinforcement tool to the work that a child completes in school. A homework timetable will be issued to all students from Year 1 up.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
Feedback is given through a variety of methods both written and verbal.

Students books are marked using structured developmental comments and teacher/student conferences are held with each assessment unit.

Tests are given at the end of each unit as well as at the end of each term and academic year.
Peer feedback is used sparingly and where appropriate to develop all pupils involved in the exercise.

We use an SMS system to remind parent about upcoming events and provide a whole school weekly Newsletter.

Each parent receives an individual email every day informing them of the classes their child has taken and any homework requirements. In primary school, weekly or daily emails will inform you of the focus and activities that week for your child. In the Foundation Stage, there is communication during the week with photos and daily notes in their Home-School Communication Books. At the start of each term curriculum information comes home.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
Through our parent portal parents can track student attainment and assessment at all times. Parents receive detailed written reports three times a year. Parent consultation evenings take place each term, along with student led raising achievement days, in which parents will be invited in to a conference with their child’s form teacher and child to discuss in detail their progress and next steps for learning.

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?
Arabic is offered as both first and second language in our school.

Which other languages are taught?
French
German
Spanish
Chinese

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?
Yes we do but at a limited level.

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 as required by the law of the UAE

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?
Our school will grow to offer a full thirteen yer curriculum and we will offer the IGCSE and IB Diploma at present we offer years from FS1 to Year 10

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?
We will have limited learning support available. However all students will assessed on entry to further understand their individual needs in the context of our rigorous academic environment.

Do you have a learning support team in Nord Anglia International School Dubai?
Yes we do but at a limited level. We mostly focus on Gifted and Talented extension work but some support can be provided for children with, for example, moderate dyslexia.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
Our unique approach to learning, our outstanding teachers and learning environments ensure that all our students, regardless of their starting point, become high performers. As a student at our school, your child will be guided and challenged to become both academically and socially confident. We call this approach High Performance Learning.

There will be many superb enrichment programme for gifted students. Academically strong students will be challenged in differentiated groups. In secondary school, we will offer a fast track IGCSE programme for our more able students.

Does Nord Anglia International School Dubai have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
Yes it does again at a limited level. We do not have extensive support in place for children with specific learning difficulties though.

Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs your school provides?
All students will be assessed individually.

Does Nord Anglia International School Dubai have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?
No it does not

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

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
Yes we do. Families are provided information on this on joining the school. The parents group is very active within the 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 parents are very welcome in the school.

Kindly add details of such parent group activities you deem will be of interest.
We welcome engagement from our parents. We have many volunteers as class mums and dads, who help us to organise events such as Halloween Discos, Easter egg hunts, International Day, Bonfire Nights and Welcome Back BBQs. The;, coach sporting clubs, read with our students in school and run our school coffee shop. Donuts with Dads was of course our best attended event in recent times!

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

Kindly provide details on the opportunities for representation on the Board of Governers?
Wehave a Parent Advisory Board who will assist the Executive Principal in guiding the strategic direction of the school. Parents who wish to be considered should contact the Executive Principal.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
Our transition programme allows students and their families to make a smooth start at our school. We provide lots of information on the class and school prior to your arrival and are ready for you from day one. To help students feel secure in class they will have a ‘buddy’ to look out for them in the early days. For our parents we will organise a series of events to help them settle into life in Dubai. We offer a series of workshops called ‘A Helping Hand’, these focus on Early Years Education, Homework, Mathematics, English and Languages, as well as other areas if a need arises, to help our parents to better understand how and why we do things the way we do. We will have open days before the start of school and a welcome to our school family BBQ. For families new to Dubai our family liaison group is always ready to provide a helping hand in practical matters.

 

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