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Newlands School, Al Warqa

by Lyn SoppelsaMay 22, 2017
Strengths

Established and experienced operator
Recognised UK curriculum
Smaller class sizes compared with more costly schools
Strong focus on local culture
Good range of facilities
Strong focus on SEND provision

Weaknesses

Little detail available currently on additional costs (if any) related to SEND provision
Additional fees for books on top of tuition fees (ranging from AED 1,200 to AED 1,700 pa)

Newlands School is a new UK curriculum school launching in the Al Warqa area in September 2017. Conveniently located for families living in both the northern residential areas of Dubai as well as those in Sharjah and beyond, the school promises to offer a “high quality, international education as an affordable option for parents”.

Initially opening from FS1 to year 6, the school intends to enable students to study the full English National Curriculum through to iGCSE and A Level at fees that are considerably lower than those of Dubai’s more expensive schools. Fees range from AED 19,200 in FS1 to AED 26, 400 in Year 6. A 10% Founding discount will also be available for students joining in the first year.

The school is committed to raising achievement within the Emirati community and will provide scholarships enabling young children with opportunities to access high-quality education that is supported by the School. In the first year, 5 scholarships specifically for Emirati girls will be provided.

There will be a strong focus on incorporating the culture and background of Dubai into the education offered at the school, which aims to establish a setting where students will celebrate the Arabic language, Islamic values and Emirati innovation and achievement, whilst ensuring that students are prepared with the critical skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century.

Newlands School intends to offer an impressive range of facilities, including 42 classrooms with the Foundation Stage on the ground floor, separated from older students. Years 1 to 3 will also be located on the Ground floor with exterior access. In addition, there will be specialist art, media and music rooms, 4 science labs including 1 general lab for primary students, 1 specialist room for computing, coding and ICT and a 1 library/learning centre.

Sports facilities will include a multi-purpose hall, a 10×20 metre swimming pool with changing facilities plus outdoor football pitch and cricket nets.  There will also be a strong focus on extra-curricular activities – academic, non-academic and sporting – with an extended lunch break of one hour to enable students to participate during the school day as well as after school.

Students will receive a personalised education with maximum class sizes of 25 for Foundation Stage and 26 from Year One upwards. Each Year Group will have a ‘Year Leader’ and each class will have a Tutor who takes responsibility for the care and all-round development of each student. The Tutors will also lead on communication between the student’s home and the school.

The school will support students with a range of special needs across the spectrum – behavioural, social and emotional; communication and interaction; sensory and physical; medical conditions or health-related disability; learning difficulties; gifted and talented, and disabled. The SEND team will focus on addressing gaps in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy, early difficulties caused by adopting English as an additional language, mild dyslexia and dyspraxia, certain forms of autism, mobility difficulties and manageable difficulties in hearing and sight.

The owners of Newlands School come from a long background of over 40 years in the provision of the UK curriculum across schools in South Asia, South East Asia and Oman.  Founder and Chairperson of Newlands School, Mrs. Nasreen Kasuri, commented “We feel proud to be able to offer a world-class English curriculum at affordable prices to discerning families in Dubai”.

Bottom Line
With an experienced organisation behind it and the promise of a quality education at affordable prices, Newlands has the potential to attract a significant number of families in the northern Dubai/Sharjah border area.  The focus on the local culture and, specifically, the aim to attract Emirati students through the scholarship programme, suggests that Newlands School really does intend to be a truly international school with a very local focus.  If the SEND provision offers the inclusive environment across a very broad range of conditions as suggested, this alone with make Newlands School a valuable addition to the Dubai school scene.

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Details to consider
Curriculum

UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE

Selective

No

Year opened

2017

Location

Al Warqa, Dubai

Gender

Mixed

School canteen

Yes

Admissions Telephone

+971 50 8003460

Web Address

http://www.newlandsschool.ae/

Facilities

42 standard classrooms
4 science labs with 3 of them as specialist labs (for secondary physics, chemistry and biology) and 1 general lab for primary
1 specialist room for computing, coding and ICT
a multi-purpose hall
1 library/learning centre and a staff development/training centre
Special Needs base and resource centre
Kitchen and catering facilities
10×20 metre swimming pool with changing facilities plus outdoor football pitch and cricket net
External play spaces of more than 1,100 sqm including separate areas for KG, primary and secondary
Additional outdoor space for parking, access and for massing – meeting regulatory requirements for cars and buses
Clinic space (doctor’s room, treatment room, nurses’ room, waiting areas) exceeding minimum guidelines
2 prayer rooms for males and females separately (1 each, with their own ablutions)

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