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Regent International School, Dubai

Regent International School, Dubai

Regent InternationalLocated very much in new Dubai in the Greens, Regent International School is a private K12 school taking students, both girls and boys, from 3 to 18 years of age. Just over 1345 pupils currently attend the school, from over 70 nationalities. British is the largest single nationality, with a mere 1% Emirati students.

The school is a member of British Schools Middle East (BSME).

The school offers a UK curriculum with students working towards the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations, followed by A’ Levels. At KG and primary the school level, the school has adopted the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage Programme.

The school has currently 103 teachers and 34 teaching assistants teachers. All teachers have a first degree and a recognised teaching qualification. The Director of Education is in her first year at the school.

Note: 2011/2012 was the first year the school has had a 6th form and offered A’ Levels. The school plans to introduce IB “in the future”, “subject to demand”. Subjects offered at A’ Level are fairly limited: Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Art and Design, English Lit, Business Studies, Geography, History, and Islamic Studies. The school has a section on its Web site on why students should continue studies at the school. The school promotes student awareness of the teachers, and a chance to spend another two years at the school. Neither point is unimportant given the time students will have invested at Regent.

The school does not seem to publish results of external examinations on its Web site – at least not intentionally. We urge all schools to do so – it is a key piece of information for all parents of prospective students.

That said, you could find the 2011/12 results – on a flier promoting the 6th form, which make impressive reading: In total 40% of the school’s students achieved 5 A*s – A at IGCSE, four out of every 5 students achieved 5 A*s to B.

Regent International School is currently rated Good by the KHDA (2013-14). This is now the 4th year in a row that the school has obtained the Dubai education regulator’s second highest grade. The KHDA notes the inclusive nature of the school, the continued improvement in the quality and consistency of students’ progress across the school, particularly in primary English and secondary Science; outstanding student behaviour, self-discipline, consideration for others and attitudes towards learning (noted two years in a row); Improved teaching for effective learning; and an outstanding quality of support provided for all students.

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The school needs to improve attainment and progress in Islamic Education, Arabic as a first language and Arabic as a second language in the secondary phase; as well as the quality of teaching in the school generally by providing more comprehensive support for students with SEN, while also challenging higher attaining students across all subject areas.

Feedback from students is broadly very positive. Students believe they make good academic progress, and largely enjoy their time at school. Parents express similar sentiments, and we have been sent particularly strong feedback from parents with children in the KG. There seems a strong belief that things have been improving in recent years particularly academically, however the WSA survey also revealed very low satisfaction levels with the level of communication and interaction with the school.

The school’s Web site does contain some good information for parents, and has clearly had a bit of care and attention, at least where information in concerned, since our first review. It is still, however, very difficult to find anything. Given the importance of the internet to students and parents, and how inexpensive a strong Web site is to put together nowadays, there seems little reason for any school not be able to present itself well.

Facilities in general at the school seem acceptable to good. Broad-band connectivity is available throughout school, there are fully equipped specialist rooms for relevant subjects; multiple sports facilities including an outdoor astro-turf playing field, an outdoor paved playing field, a roof sports deck with 4 multi-courts and a shaded outdoor 25m x 5 lane heated swimming pool and changing rooms. There are also age-appropriate indoor play zone for FS 1&2.

Extra-curricular activities are extensive, and look to have real depth. You can find the information on activities here.

When it comes to price, this is a school charging very much at the top end of fees at the secondary level.

As usual there are the obligatory range of fees to join, and to stay:

Application Fee
Dhs. 500/-
– Non-refundable, due on submission of Application Pack
Assessment Fee
Dhs. 500/-
– Non-refundable, due before RIS Assessment
Acceptance Fee
30% of Tuition Fee
– Non-refundable, adjusted against the Tuition Fee payable within 2 days from the date of offer
(New Students)
Re-enrolment Fee(Existing Students)
10% of Tuition Fee
– Non-refundable, adjusted against the Tuition Fee payable in the term of joining

 

KHDA Rating

Academic year Overall performance Report
2013-2014 Good
2012-2013 Good
2011-2012 Good
2010-2011 Good
2009-2010 Acceptable
2008-2009 Acceptable

 

Fees

Grade/Year Annual fee (AED)
KG1 37247.00
KG2 37247.00
1 43455.00
2 43455.00
3 43455.00
4 43455.00
5 43455.00
6 43455.00
7 57609.00
8 57609.00
9 57609.00
10 79734.00
11 79734.00
12 85429.00

 

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If you are the owner or the principal of the school and note any factual inaccuracies, or would like to update any information, please do not hesitate to contact us at editor@edu2021.com.

 

Update on June 26, 2015 | Reviewed by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com on November 16, 2012

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  1. Mummy Friday says
    May 19, 2016, 12:00 pm

    Hello!
    Can anyone share any insight into the primary school section of Regents? I understand the secondary school is moving to Sunmarke this Sept as are a small number of primary age classes. I’m trying to get a sense of whether the established school is a safer bet for primary aged kids or whether I’m being overly cautious. Thanks

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  2. Shakil Ahmed says
    July 5, 2015, 1:27 am

    Our move to Dubai was fast and furious, my key concern was getting the kids settled, with an educational environment that was similar to the UK. I have 4 children all are in Regents school at various stages starting from Year 3 to 1st Year in 6th form. Regents. Initially i went for the large brand hoping that this would bring what my kids needed, but soon realized that we had made a big mistake. It was really good fortune that we found Regents, the children are all very happy with their teachers and have a really made some great friends. We have been suitably impressed with Regents. Some key information is missing from the website but all is available on request during the school visits and tours. Regents is a real school, it doesn’t have the glossy Dubai feel to it, which is really reflective and characteristic of the Grammar Schools of the UK. It’s now a Fortis school with a teaching staff having a very positive impact on the kids. Starting from the headteacher all the way through to the admin staff.
    I hope this helps
    Shakil

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  3. Tina Hansen says
    August 29, 2013, 10:52 am

    My family and I have just recently moved to Dubai from the UK and our son wasn’t too excited with the move, which is obviously normal for his age. So we made sure to find a really good school for him where he can meet new friends and have good UK education at the same time. My son, now is more active than ever. Regent gives attention to every child as an individual and this has incredibly boosted up his esteem and he is more eager with his studies, joining various competitions. The teachers are all very accommodating. The campus is beautiful, great for kids his age. I was surprised how much Regent helped with our move in Dubai. I hope this helps.

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    • Frances says
      May 6, 2015, 1:47 pm

      Hi Tina,
      I know your comment above is approxiamately 2 years old. I am looking to send both my boys to the Regent International School in Dubai. I am a resident in Dubai and want to change to a better school for my children. I would be grateful if you could give me your overall feedback about the Regent International School from your experience since your son is attending this school. Thank you, Frances

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      • Ahmed says
        January 27, 2016, 1:44 pm

        Hi Frances , not sure if you made your decision to go to Regent school or not. I am considering the school for my kids and looking to see more feedback on the school both from academic and kids personal development. I would love to have your feedback.

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