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Nord Anglia International School Dubai, Al Barsha – The Review
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Nord Anglia International School Dubai, Al Barsha – The Review

by July 10, 2017
Strengths

• Targeted provision for the academically gifted child
• Selective, highly academic educational environment
• Elite school standard infrastructure, academic, extra-curricular and sporting
• Nord Anglia reputation for academic excellence and proven programmes and leadership
• International Baccalaureate World School accreditation
• Juilliard developed performing arts programme integrated within the education of all children with targeted development of the gifted child in music, drama and dance
• Nord Anglia is widely considered a bench mark for new schools in the UAE in terms of how it opened - on time, and running at high performance
• Targeted selective education for academic children
• Very strong focus on soft skills critical for young adults graduating to university and industry
• IB Diploma scholarship programme

Weaknesses

• Already full in many year groups
• We would have liked to see the Nord Anglia International School Dubai broaden its IB offer to include the Career-related Programme

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Academic
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Value
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B+
ExtraCurricula
A+
A-
Languages
A
A
Sports
A-
B
Arts & Drama
A+
A+
Teaching
A+
A
Communications
A
B+
Warmth
A+
A-
Differentiation
A
A
SEND Provision
A
A-
Scl Community
A+
A
Scl Facilities
A+
A
Opportunities

A school on target to establish itself firmly within the elite schools group, Nord Anglia has a recognized history in supporting academically gifted children

Juilliard Performing Arts programme has the potential to lead performing arts provision within the UAE and provide a natural home for gifted child in music, drama and dance.

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com recognition as a "hugely impressive school offering prospective parents the rare chance to be part of shaping the first Nord Anglia school in Dubai."

International Baccalaureate Diploma launch will offer children the continuity of a full 13-year education by 2018

The school is currently under consideration for whichschooladvisor Good School status for 2017-18.

Highly recommended.

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Updated July 2017 – Nord Anglia International School Dubai first KHDA Inspection and IGCSE/GCSE options

“Nord Anglia International aspires to be the best school in Dubai.

We are different.

We challenge and empower our students to develop new ways of thinking and raise their expectations of what they can achieve.

We connect every child globally through our worldwide Nord Anglia network.

Every child learns the social graces, confidence and skills that are critically important outside purely academic pursuits so they will thrive on graduation.

Joining together each of these is a fundamental commitment to each child’s happiness and well-being – and a spectrum of whole child initiatives and specialist programmes, including our Juillard Performing arts programme, that are unequaled in the Emirates.”

Matthew Farthing, Principal, Nord Anglia International School Dubai

Rigorously selective (although it is not just about the academics), Nord Anglia International School Dubai is swiftly establishing its reputation as a high performing school within the UAE premier league of elite schools. The schools is repaidly expanding with a student role jumping from The school its founding role of some 743 students to 1198 students in 2015 to some 1380 students, aged three to sixteen years of age, at the time of writing (July 2017).

Image showing children playing on sports playing fields at Nord Anglia International School Dubai

Currently offering education to Year 11, Nord Anglia International School Dubai has secured  International Baccalaureate World School status. Full all-through provision comes on stream in 2018.

Nord Anglia International School Dubai offers 22 options at IGCSE. Particularly impressive is the breadth of subject options offered across Design; Technology; Fine Art; Drama; and, Music.

Nord Anglia International School Dubai IGCSE Options 2017

 

Given Nord Anglia success across the group, the outlook for current and future students is promising. Around one in five Nord Anglia students win places at the world’s top 30 universities; there is a history of students receiving full marks on their IB diploma; and around 15% of all Nord Anglia Education students who sat the IB Diploma have historically achieved a score of around 40 or above, more than double the global average.

In September 2016 the school launched its ground-breaking Performing Arts education programme, a first in the UAE, developed in conjunction with internationally renowned Juilliard. The aim is to provide all students, aged 3 to 18 years, access to a world class arts education, balancing and matching the rigour and excellence of its academic programmes and meeting the needs of gifted child in music, dance and drama.

60% of students are British and the broader student body is drawn from 72 other nationalities; Italian, French, German and Australian children also have strong representation.

Facilities are targeted to meet or exceed those of Dubai’s elite schools, designed ground up to offer a “nurturing environment for students, as well as the next generation of athletes, statesmen, thespians and musicians.” To this end there are impressive open plan art studios, craft centres, a cleverly designed theatre space, urban classroom areas, a state-of-the-art auditorium, three refectories and extensive outdoor sports facilities including a swimming pool.

Nord Anglia received its first KHDA rating in 2017 achieving Good School status – with both Outstanding and Very Good features. Prospective parents should not be dissuaded in shortlisting the school by the rating – it’s pretty much par for the course for potentially outstanding schools on their first review. This is in part because school’s necessarily do not have the data to provide consistent attainment and progress metrics over an extended period.

Bottom line? Fabulous school for academically gifted children, and particularly polymaths with abilities in languages. This is not a school for weaker ability children – and that’s not a criticism. Prospective parents do, however, need to match school and child so that the school and child “fit.” Do not expect any deviation from the IB Diploma – a hugely ambitious qualification even for bright children. It’s one that arguably is ill suited for non-linguists too. We believe that even selective IB schools would benefit from offering the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme because of this, a qualification not offered currently or in the pipeline. But these are early days for the IB at Nord Anglia International School Dubai with the first IB Diploma graduates not due to sit for the Diploma until 2019.

Nord Anglia International School is confident in its selective admissions procedure that it will carry its children through to excel – and certainly the statistics of its achievements across its schools support this. For the right children, Nord Anglia International School Dubai will be top of many parents’ shortlist of the perfect school – and rightly so. Recommended.

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Details to consider
2016/17 Overall ADEC / KHDA Rating

Good with Outstanding features

2016/17 Rating Primary / Elementary

Good (FS Outstanding)

2016/17 Rating Secondary / Middle

Very Good

2016/17 Post 16 / High

In phased launch 2018-19

2015/16 Overall KHDA / ADEC Rating

NA

Type of school

Private for-profit

WSA Good School

Under consideration

Full WSA Review
Average Cost Per Year

FS1: 62,160
FS2: 62,160
YEAR 1: 72,520
YEAR 2: 72,520
YEAR 3: 77,700
YEAR 4: 77,700
YEAR 5: 77,700
YEAR 6: 77,700
YEAR 7: 82,880
YEAR 8: 82,880
YEAR 9: 82,880
YEAR 10: 89,096
YEAR 11: 89,096
YEAR 12: 94,000
YEAR 13: Phased launch 2018

Curriculum

National Curriculum of England:
EYFS
IGCSE
International Baccalaureate World school accredited:
International Baccalaureate Diploma

External Exam Boards

Cambridge International
International Baccalaureate

IB DipM Pass Rate

Phased launch 2018

IB DipM Average Grade

Phased launch 2018

Number of I/GCSEs Offered

22+

I/GCSEs offered

English language
English literature
Mathematics
Additional Mathematics
Double Science
Triple Science
Computer Science
History
Geography
World Languages
Arabic
Islamic Education
Economics
Business Studies
Drama
Music
Physical Education
GCSE Art & Design - Fine Art
GCSE Art & Design - Photography
IGCSE Design & Technology - Graphic Products
IGCSE Design & Technology - Resistant Materials
IGCSE Food Technology

Selective

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Value Added

Not published

Number of Students

1365

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:11

Largest nationality teachers

British

Teacher turnover

9%

Year opened

2014

Location

Al Barsha, Dubai

Student composition

British (largest nationality)

Gender

Mixed

School canteen

Yes

Owner

Nord Anglia Education

Admissions Telephone

+971 (0)4 2199 913

Web Address
Attainment Nur SEM

100%

Attainment Pri SEM

60%

Attainment Sec SEM

80%

Attainment Post-16 SEM

Phased launch 2017-19

Progress Nur SEM

100%

Progress Pri SEM

60%

Progress Sec SEM

73.3%

Progress Post-16 SEM

Phased launch 2017-19

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

40%

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

30%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

Phased launch 2017-19

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

40%

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

40%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

Phased launch 2017-19

Islamic St. Primary Results

40%

Islamic St. Secondary Results

40%

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

Phased launch 2017-19

Leadership

60%

Community

80%

Facilities

80%

Quality of teaching

73.3% (FS 100%)

Student personal responsibility

86.6%

Quality of curriculum

86.6%

School Governance

60%

SEN Provision

86.6%

About The Author
Jon Westley
Jon Westley is the Acting Editor of SchoolsCompared.com and the International Editor of WhichSchoolAdvisor.com. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at] schoolscompared.com

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