Al Mamoura Academy, Al Nahyan – The Review
Updated March 2018 – Al Mamoura Academy KHDA Inspection
Al Mamoura School is an intrinsic part of ADEC’s Future Schools Programme, the ambitious project to build 100 world class schools by 2020 to transform education in the Emirate.
In structure, Al Mamoura Academy has seen Aldar’s KHDA “Outstanding A1” Al Mushrif Primary re-branded to Al Mamoura; its students have moved from their current location within Aldar’s equally exceptional “Outstanding A1” Al Bateen School. Al Bateen itself will serve as the automatic slipstream for boys at secondary phase.
Al Mamoura seeks to set the benchmark for single-sex, girls only secondary provision in the Capital whilst primary phases will be fully co-educational.
The school offers a genuine and comprehensive dual-stream English National Curriculum A’ Level and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at secondary phases and the English National Curriculum at Primary ages, this dual approach designed to best meet the whole-child and academic needs of individual children.
With its existing primary feeder, and secondary slipstreams already being two of the Capital’s most outstanding schools, and with the demand for single-sex female schooling currently unmet, we expect the school to meet its aims to be a flag ship in the sector and be over-subscribed.
It is worth noting that fees have been reduced from those originally released to us and now rise only moderately from current levels at Al Bateen (56,100 AED – 65,900 AED Years 7 – 13). Al Mishrif fees had been around 43,560 AED across phase Years 1 -6). At the new level (48,800 AED – 70,400 AED) there is, we think, exceptional value here when set against those of other Tier 1 ultra-premiums in Dubai which are up to 25,000 AED more expensive for a comparative level of academic and facility provision.
Aldar is insistent that part of its responsibility as a local education provider is to establish world-class institutions whilst maintaining value to ensure, as far as possible, access to its schools from the broadest spectrum off applicants. As a not-for-profit too, all income is re-distributed back into its schools and educational provision within the Emirate.
Al Mamoura Academy Positives
For a new school, Al Mamoura Academy has three exceptional benefits for prospective parents, quite aside from the security of the Aldar brand.
First, whilst a new school, its feeders and male slipstreams are firmly established trailblazing schools already. Second, for parents seeking an all-girl secondary, it is hard to conceive of any more secure foundations for development than these established schools already being in place. The provision of single-sex education will be a draw for parents from all nationalities, Emirati and European, who share traditions that recognise the academic benefits of schooling children independently until University.
Second, Al Mamoura Academy offers considerable academic draw in its comprehensive provision of dual stream A’ Level/International Baccalaureate options at Sixth Form (with a range of subject provision to match the best available); genuinely inclusive entrance (a testament to the quality of teaching and an approach that naturally avoids the hothouse risks of selective schools); and its proven record in Special Educational Needs [SEN] provision at both ends of the spectrum including Gifted and Talented children [G&T].
It is worth noting that currently its Al Bateen brother school only offers parallel stream IB Diploma/AS Level provision rather than full A Level provision. It is also worth noting that, impressively, neither school offers International Baccalaureate courses only options at Sixth Form. This is because these are, we think correctly, not recognised by ADEC. In Dubai, regretfully, IB courses only provision is recognized – and we think this restricts the pathways available to children leaving school (IB courses alone are not recognised for entrance to top universities.)
One final outstanding Aldar strength is its Arabic core curriculum education, arguably the best in the Emirates, and it is expected that its investment in research to define the future UAE history curriculum will feed into Al Mamoura Academy from Day One.
Facilities are first class including digital classrooms; Science laboratories and preparation rooms tailored to each science; individual libraries by Phase; Design technology rooms specialising in textiles, food and graphics; multiple Art studios including 3D Labs a pottery studio; Music suites including a dedicated recording studio; Recital Hall; Senior School Centre; cafeterias; Drama and Dance studios; two landmark auditoriums, one with theatre capabilities and an 850 seat capacity; video conferencing suites; EYFS soft play areas; and covered play areas for every phase of the school.
Sports facilities include a (beautifully designed) 25m swimming pool; extensive playing fields; full-sized football pitch; basketball courts and netball courts, gymnasium and athletics tracks. After-school activities are extensive including provision for art; graphic design; photography; pottery; jewelry making; Mandarin Chinese; Spanish; Arabic calligraphy; a book club; Quran club; music clubs and lessons; choir; drama and theatre societies; dance school; cookery school; football; cricket; basketball; netball; swimming; rugby; badminton; sailing and water sports; expeditions groups; and Duke of Edinburgh Award clubs.
Aldar has invested heavily in ensuring Al Mamoura’s success, not only financially (the school’s cost is upwards of US$ 45 Million), but in the logistics of bridging the school seamlessly within its existing portfolio to provide a flagship, performing – and outstanding, school from Day 1. It would have been both far more “profitable” and logistically simpler to launch the school independently, notwithstanding the trade-off that Al Bateen will be able to expand to capacity following Al Mushrif’s effective move to the new school.
Bottom Line? The SchoolsCompared.com verdict 2018
Al Mamoura School has the potential to set the benchmark for single sex, girls only schools provision in the Emirate. It could also do this whilst being a standard bearer for delivering an inspirational and effective core Arabic syllabus within an academic, international and whole-child focused educational experience for its students.
The school’s first KHDA review, in which it achieved a “Good” rating will have disappointed the school. However, we think that parents should be aware that this was precisely a first inspection, and no school after such a brief period since opening has the necessary statistical ability to provide inspectors with the data needed to reflect the school’s performance in academic attainment and progress with sufficient accuracy. Second, Mamoura Academy secured a number of “Very Good” ratings within the report.
These are early days and we continue to believe that there is the potential and capacity here to deliver an Outstanding school.
Prospective parents should note that, as a school in phased launch, scoring is prospective based on existing school provision, independent whichschooladvisor data, feedback from stakeholders, and benchmarking across planned facility and curriculum delivery against sector and fee best-in-class.
Good with Very Good features
[Aldar Academies’ profits are re-invested into the developments of its schools and facilities]
Yes (Al Mushrif Primary)
YEAR 1: 48,800
YEAR 2: 48,800
YEAR 3: 48,800
YEAR 4: 48,800
YEAR 5: 48,800
YEAR 6: 48,800
YEAR 7: 59,800
YEAR 8: 59,800
YEAR 9: 64,000
YEAR 10: 67,400
YEAR 11: 67,400
YEAR 12: 70,400
YEAR 13: 70,400
Note: school fees range from 54,450 AED to 59,895 AED at primary phases and from 65,885 AED to 79,720 AED at secondary phases
National Curriculum for England
Secondary (dual stream):
National Curriculum for England (I(GCSE) O' Level & GCE A' Level)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
• Media Studies
• Business Studies
• Design and Technology - Graphics, Food Technology or Resistant Materials
Note: subjects to be confirmed 2016-17
(76% including English and Mathematics)
(Al Bateen baseline)
(Al Bateeen baseline)
• English (Core)
• Arabic (Core)
• Citizenship (not examined) (Core)
• Islamic Studies (Ministry of education/ Muslim only) (Core)
• Mathematics (Core)
• Physical Education (PE) (not examined) (Core)
• Science – Biology OR Physics OR Chemistry (Core)
• Statistics (Core)
• Art & Design
• Business Studies
• Design & Technology – Graphics, Food Technology or Resistant Materials
• Physical Education
Note: subjects to be confirmed 2016-17
No (fully inclusive)
( adj. Sea Palace), Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi
Arabic (largest nationality) with significant representation from other nationalities.
(1) Emirati: 63%
(2) Egyptian: 3%
(3) Indian: 4%
Mixed, co-educational primary
Single sex, female secondary
(Al Bateen - co-educational secondary slipstream for boys)
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• Single-sex, all girls schooling meeting significant, long standing demand from prospective parents
• Outstanding ADEC A1 school heritage
• Seamless slipstream and feeder school transition for both sexes
• Important protection of primary co-educational experience prior to segmentation
• Dual IB/A Level streams at secondary with huge subject choice and school ability to match closely the needs of individual children and their development
• Benchmark core Arabic subject provision
• Genuinely inclusive entrance with exceptional teaching and high value added
• Outstanding Special Educational Needs provision [SEN] across both sides of the spectrum
• Security of Aldar brand and heritage with not-for-profit re-investment
• Growing networks across Aldar schools with excellent sporting and academic linkages
• Increase in fees over existing feeder and slipstream schools