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Star International School, Mirdiff

Mirdiff located Star International Private School is one of three schools owned and operated by ETA Star Education. Like its Al Twar sister, this is a small school, with 378 girls and boys, aged three to 11 years on its register, with the majority found in Foundation and primary classes.  This is up quite sharply from a 275 strong student body in the last academic period.

The largest single nationality at the school is British, but 50 nationalities are represented in total. The school has 31 full-time teaching staff, “most of whom” hold appropriate qualifications according to the KHDA, Dubai’s education regulator, and 17 teaching assistants. The majority of teachers are also British, who between them run 18 classes across the school. That gives an average classroom size of 21.

The school follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales.

The school is currently rated only Acceptable by the KHDA, a rating that it has now held for three years in a row. This is not a rating the school will want, especially because in any ways this is a performing school. There is good attainment and progress in all subjects in the Foundation Stage; a good quality curriculum and teaching in the Foundation Stage; good student behaviour and positive attitudes to learning; positive relationships between school and parents and good premises and facilities which provide a safe, pleasant and stimulating environment well suited to learning.

Letting the school down – at least in terms of its inspection rating – is its Primary phase which needs to improve the quality of teaching, learning skills and assessment, as well as to improve student progress “in all key subjects and attainment in writing and in Arabic as an additional language”.

The good news is that Star does seem to be keen to tighten up on perceived shortcomings. Last year the KHDA identified the need for a comprehensive screening process to help identify and support students with special educational needs (SEN). This is now in place. The school has also developed an improved self-study and planning process and made improvements in curriculum planning leading to more investigative learning in the Foundation Stage.

The school’s new-ish principal, Debbie Trivett, also seems a get a thumbs: “The school is currently led by a new, acting Principal, who has successfully addressed many of the concerns expressed by parents and staff.” (2013). Ms Trivett was the third individual to have held the position in one year. Now place for just over one year, some stability will have been added to the school’s leadership team.

The school claims to offer an array of extra-curricular activities – both teacher and external led. Full details may be found here.

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Fees at the Mirdiff based school are mid to top end, starting at 29,761 AED at KG and rising to 44,799 AED by Grade 6. Full details may be found below.

 

Fees

Grade/Year Annual fee (AED)
Pre-Primary 29761.00
KG1 29761.00
KG2 29761.00
1 34162.00
2 34162.00
3 38983.00
4 38983.00
5 44799.00
6 44799.00

 

KHDA Reports

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

 

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Update on June 26, 2015 | Reviewed by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com on July 25, 2013

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