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Ranches Primary School – WSA Q&A

Ranches Primary School – WSA Q&A

What is the official name of your School?
Ranches Primary School

What qualities and characteristics would you say will define RPS?
Ranches Primary School has been planned to ensure the best education for each individual child. A prime focus of RPS is the provision of outstanding education for its students and families from within its core community location. The school will use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the Cambridge Primary (CP) as the foundation in which to build an inclusive and holistic education that ensures the needs of each child is met.

How many nationalities will be represented?
As students are still enrolling in the school and it is difficult to say, however we anticipate a true reflection of the diverse population of Dubai and the Arabian Ranches community in particular.

Do you expect a high proportion of a particular nationality?
No

What will be the teacher: student ratio?
Our school is growing and staffing will be increased along with our student numbers to ensure appropriate care at each specific developmental level.

Does your school have a waiting list?
At present we do not have a school waiting list. Prospective parents can visit our website at www.rpsdubai.com , visit our Admissions Centre at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club or email our admissions department directly at admissions@rpsdubai.com

How will the school promote healthy lifestyles?
Our school cafeteria provider has been chosen to ensure a range of nutritious hot and cold healthy food choices for children. RPS will also promote healthy eating as an integral part of the curriculum as well as providing nutritional information to our parent community to promote good food habits in snacks and lunches that are provided from home.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity? Please supply a link to this section in your website if you have one.
The school facilities provide a wide range of options for children in sports to ensure access to year round opportunities. This includes a 25 metre temperature controlled pool, two indoor multipurpose halls, astro-turfed field and outdoor shaded play equipment and experience areas. PE is a timetabled part of the school curriculum and is run by specialist staff. RPS will also offer a range of after school activities both school provided and also by leading sports organisations in Dubai.

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Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
Yes. We will provide a selection of both hot and cold food in the school canteen

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?
This is yet to be determined, however the school will ensure a balance between high quality nutritious food, at an affordable price.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
8:00 am to 1:00 pm for Nursery, FS from 8:00 am to 2:15 pm, and 8:00 am to 2:30 pm for Years 1 to 6

Is there a school uniform?
Yes, this can be viewed on our website. Uniforms will be available for purchase at Zaks from 20th August 2015.

Please advise on your discipline policy and/or provide a link to your website.
At RPS we believe that where there are engaging lessons, clear routines and school rules, active supervision, peer support and leadership programmes, and comprehensive pastoral care that discipline issues are kept to a minimum.

Our philosophy of student behaviour management is based on the understanding that this should be a positive, internally motivating force. When allowed and encouraged to develop within a child, self-discipline, is one of the single most important means that a student has towards making appropriate and correct decisions in his or her life. Our restorative behaviour management procedures are therefore designed to encourage and assist children in developing self-discipline.

What is your policy on mobile devices such as mobile (cell) phones in school?
Our school will encourage the use of personal learning devices from Year 3 onwards. This will be managed through a comprehensive learning strategy and acceptable use policy for all students.

How does your school differentiate learning?
At RPS we believe that each child is on a personal learning journey. As such we ensure that each individual child has distinct learning goals that are based on their current development stage and that these goals are challenging and wherever possible in the hands of the student.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
At RPS homework is termed ‘Home Learning’ and is designed in line with the schools teaching and learning ethos. We believe that any learning completed outside school hours is important, and should not be seen as extra ‘work’. It is differentiated so that all children experience success and contains elements of choice and tasks that must be completed. Home learning is expected to be completed over a period of time that includes a number of school days and at least one weekend. The length of time taken is according to the task and the developmental stage of the child.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
It is crucial that students are aware of their progress, next steps in learning and the success criteria being used to evaluate their own progression. This is achieved through a range of summative and formative assessment practices. As partners in learning parents are kept informed regularly through our school portal, communication books and through parent and teacher meetings.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
Parents will receive three formal reports throughout the year. These reports will identify the current attainment of students, indicate the level of progress and define developmental areas for further progression.

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?
Yes. Arabic instruction begins in FS1 at RPS.

Which other languages are taught?
French is taught from Year 3. We hope to encourage the formation of after school mother tongue language classes as well as in school provision where we have adequate numbers of a particular language.

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

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?
RPS is an inclusive school. We have a learning support team in place and this team will be responsive to the growing population of the school and their needs. The intention is that each student should be able to access and derive benefit from the curriculum and educational programmes to realise his or her potential.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
At RPS we see all of our students as requiring individual attention in achieving their personal and academic goals. For students who have been identified as having an accelerated provision for a particular subject individual education tracking will take place with a dedicated member of staff accountable for ensuring adequate provision.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
Our school has a dedicated learning support team who will work with teachers, parents, administration and possibly external agencies to determine the specific needs of the students and ensure support. As our school population grows our team will be responsive to the needs of our specific population.

Does you school offer activities to students from other schools after school hours?
We intend on ensuring RPS is a community school where students from the local community can engage in a range of after school programmes.

Can you provide details and/or direct us to the latest programmes on your Web site?
After school activities will be posted on our website once school begins.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
We strongly believe that an effective Parent Association is an important of our school community and we encourage all parents to become involved. The Parents Association helps in supporting community events and facilitating communication. Each class will have a nominated parent class representative who will help organise social events and liaise with the Parents Association. Our Parents Association will be formed once school begins.

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, parents will be encouraged to be a part of their child’s learning journey both within and outside school.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
Our advisory council will have parent representatives.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
We will be offering a range of open days and information sessions for all parents. This will include ongoing sessions throughout the year for both new and existing parents.

What is your school’s Web site address for anyone wanting more information?
www.rpsdubai.com

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