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Al Bateen Academy, Al Manseer – The Review
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Al Bateen Academy, Al Manseer – The Review

by December 18, 2015
Strengths

• Extremely effective, sharply focused and ambitious leadership producing very good academic progress in English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Drama, Art (particularly outstanding), Music and Design Technology
• Skilled, committed and passionate teachers making full, and very effective use of the exceptional facilities and high quality learning resources
• Very effective provision and support for students who enter the school with limited English – English as an Additional Language (EAL) provision is outstanding including differentiation within lessons and dedicated one-to-one sessions
• An enriched, very relevant and engaging curriculum inspires students’ academic progress and personal development
• The school is outstandingly well resourced. There are no vacancies, teachers are well qualified, experienced and staff turnover is low
• Accessibility provision is excellent including the installation of sloping ramps within the auditorium and lifts to ensure that every student, regardless of physical disability, can enjoy all parts of the school
• A limited number of AS Level subjects are offered in Year 12 to ensure the best possible match of learning to each student's gifts
• Small average class sizes between 18 and 22 students affording genuinely individualised learning.
• Innovative hybrid UK AS/IB Diploma dual track Sixth Form
• A school with genuinely "heart" and warmth

Weaknesses

• Students’ work in Arabic and Islamic education does not reach the (high) standards evident across other key subjects
• The standard of spoken and written Arabic across all phases can be improved – some teachers, to avoid demotivating children, provide work that is too easy and students should be encouraged, and challenged, to speak standard Arabic during lessons more often
• Provision in Arabic “lacks the flair” so evident elsewhere – teachers can and should do better than “routine completion of worksheets”

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Value
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A+
ExtraCurricula
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Languages
A
A-
Sports
A
A
Arts & Drama
A
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Teaching
A+
A+
Communications
A
A+
Warmth
A+
A+
Differentiation
A
A+
SEND Provision
A+
A
Scl Community
A+
A+
Scl Facilities
A
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• Al Bateen is swiftly becoming a reference school in the capital; in so many ways the provision of education is genuinely, and without any qualification, outstanding
• That this has been achieved in such a short space of time is a testament to extremely impressive school leadership, the significant investment of Aldar Academies and a very gifted student population (sometimes too easily we forget the most important factor in creating an extraordinary school, the students themselves)
• Like many British schools, Al Bateen’s “Achilles Heel” is the standard of Arabic provision, but, unlike many other schools operating at this very high level, Al Bateen’s achievements in this area too are on an upward trajectory
• This is a school that understands, and genuinely cares about investing in the Arabic language provision and cultural underpinning that enables Arabic-British schools, at their best, to offer something much more interesting, and inspiring, than the traditional English Curriculum focused school operating in a vacuum
• This, combined with Al Bateen’s dual track GCE A’ Level/English Baccalaureate approach to Post-16 education makes it a serious player in the capital’s list of top schools
• We believe that, notwithstanding its youth, Al Bateen Secondary School offers prospective parents one of the best possible secondary schools to educate their children
• A school deserving of its being awarded our sister site, whichschooladvisor, “Good School” status for a second consecutive year.
• Al Bateen Academy comes (very) highly recommended

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Updated July 2017 – Al Bateen Academy results and context

“Our values define us at Al Bateen Academy. They influence the way we work with each other, the way we serve our students and parents – and the way we engage with our communities.

We promise to deliver the highest standards of education and to inspire a love of learning.

We are inclusive – creating a learning environment where all learners feel supported, motivated and encouraged to pursue their personal best.

We employ the best quality teachers.

We deliver value and quality beyond expectations.

We believe that imagination, creativity and big dreams can change our world.

We celebrate thinkers and doers.

We have fun and energy

Passion is at the heart of who we are.

We want to shape a better future.

We are committed in our hearts and in our minds.

We feel strongly about things.

We inspire.

We are driven, enthusiastic, positive and ambitious.

We are excited about the future.

We are continuously moving forward, innovating and improving things

We care

We are welcoming.

We listen.

We do what is right, rather than what is easy.

We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, interests, and cultural backgrounds to help us all succeed.

We are each important and unique.

We do things better, together.

We help each other. We achieve our goals together.

We know the power of collective genius.

We will always conduct ourselves with integrity, honesty and a sense of moral purpose.

What really makes this school wonderful? Our students. ADEC “Outstanding” rating notwithstanding, it is our students that are the heartbeat of the school – academic, confident, independent, caring, open minded, tolerant, balanced, creative and high achieving.

Al Bateen Academy students are locally educated; internationally competitive.

Ours is a beautiful, vibrant, international school.

David Hutson, Principal, Al Bateen Academy

Opened on its (fabulous) purpose built site in September 2011, Al Bateen Academy is hugely innovative, combining the best of a British (English National) curriculum to (I)GCSE with the choice for students, post-16, of AS or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. This is a unique approach to education in the UAE and is designed to provide an education that meets the needs of all children, whatever their ability, ambition, potential or gifts. Genuinely inclusive, the aim is that every child shall have an outstanding education, and one this is happy to its core. Unlike other schools, there is no push for children to meet statistics, but, rather, a push for children to find their joie de vivre. We have included the quote above, long as it is, because there is no better way of understanding the depth of thought, imagination – and “heart” invested in Al Bateen. This is a very special school.

Photograph showing the central atrium at Al Bateen Academy in Abu Dhabi

As a relatively new school Al Bateen Academy results are outstanding:

2015 was the second cohort of students to complete their I/GCSE’s. Results demonstrate progress in overall attainment at 5A*CEM with a 10% increase from the previous year results, 2014. For 2015 the pass rate for 5A*CEM was 76%. Overall 85% of students gained A*/A grades in one or more academic subjects with 84% of the cohort achieving 5 or more A*-C grades. The percentage of Al Bateen Academy students achieving one or more A* = 74%, 1 or more A*/A = 85%, 1 or more A*-B = 95%.

Compared against the 2014 UK national average (DFE National Statistics) for all schools which was 52.6% A*CEM Al Bateen students exceeded the national UK average by 23.4%. In Mathematics the UK A* – C pass rate was 69.1% which Al Bateen Academy students exceed by 11.5%.

The school secured a 99% Pass rate for all subject grades with 84% of students achieving 5 A*-C grades; 76% of students achieving 5 A* – C grades including English & Mathematics; 80% of all I/GCSE grades awarded were A* – C (68.8% UK average); 81% of students achieved A*-C for Mathematics (68.4% UK average in 2013 / 2014); 90% of Al Bateen Academy students achieved A*-C for English (61.7% UK average); 38% of all grades were between A*-A; 58% of all grades were between A*-B and 73% students achieved at least one A* grade.

Al Bateen Academy only secured International Baccalaureate (IB) World Status in 2014. In this context, 2017 achievement by Al Bateen Academy students of an average point score of 32.3 (against a world average of 30 points) is impressive stuff.  Five Al Bateen Academy pupils scored above 40 points. Prospective parents should recognise that this is an inclusive, rather than a hothouse, academically selective one.

The school expects to grow rapidly with a planned capacity of 1200 students from Grades 7 to 13. Its main feeder schools are (the impressive) Al Mushrif Primary, The Pearl Primary and Al Muna Primary.

Al Bateen Academy Prospectus

Facilities are outstanding including a library, research laboratory, 850-seat auditorium, dedicated prayer room; art rooms, music and drama rooms, graphic design area, music recording studio, recital hall, multi-purpose hall, dance studio, swimming pool, football pitch, 25M swimming pool and basketball courts.

Image of the Al Bateen Academy cafeteria in Abu Dhabi

Al Bateen Academy Learning Support department is very well resourced, telling of the school’s commitment to a whole child approach that nurtures children’s gifts and talents individually according to need. Impressively the department has 9 dedicated staff, this set to increase as the school grows.

The school states its commitment powerfully:

All students are entitled to a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum recognising that all students have individual educational needs which should be taken into account.”

The school offers an extensive range of extra-curricular activities including Mandarin Chinese, Football, Netball, Rugby, Sailing, Swimming, Arabic, Art, Choir, Drama, Calligraphy, Jewelery making, Music, Photography and Theatre.

Older children being creative making Papier-mâché masks at Al Bateen Academy in Abu Dhabi

Al Bateen Academy is rated Outstanding by the Abu Dhabi Education Authority (ADEC), its highest award. This is up from A2 in 2014, an already impressive award, particularly given the school’s youth.

Al Bateen Secondary School achieved WhichSchoolAdvisor.com “Good School” status in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

It is an inclusive school that comes very highly recommended. And for all the right reasons.

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Details to consider
2016/17 Overall ADEC / KHDA Rating

Outstanding

2016/17 Rating Secondary / Middle

Outstanding

2016/17 Post 16 / High

Outstanding

2015/16 Overall KHDA / ADEC Rating

Outstanding

Type of school

Private, for-profit

WSA Good School

Yes

Full WSA Review
Average Cost Per Year

FS1: NA
FS2: NA
YEAR 1:NA
YEAR 2: NA
YEAR 3: NA
YEAR 4: NA
YEAR 5: NA
YEAR 6: NA
YEAR 7: 53,361
YEAR 8: 53,361
YEAR 9: 57,174
YEAR 10: 60,165
YEAR 11: 60,165
YEAR 12: 62,844
YEAR 13: 62,844
[Excluding Books, Uniform and Examination Fees]

Curriculum

Dual-stream hybrid National Curriculum of England / International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) - 6 subjects (3 at Higher level; 3 at Standard Level) – Literature, Language, Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts or Elective
IGCSE / AS Level /International Baccalaureate

External Exam Boards

IBO
EDEXCEL

IB DipM Pass Rate

NA

IB DipM Average Grade

NA

Number of A Levels offered

8 (AS Levels)

A Levels offered

• Art (AS)
• Biology (AS)
• Business Studies (AS)
• Chemistry (AS)
• English language (AS)
• ICT (Applied) (AS)
• Mathematics (AS)
• Physics (AS)

A Level A* to A

NA

A Level A* to C

NA

IGCSE A* to C

84%
(76% including English and Mathematics)

IGCSE A* to A

38%

Number of I/GCSEs Offered

21

I/GCSEs offered

• 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
• Biology
• Business Studies
• Chemistry
• Design & Technology – Graphics, Food Technology or Resistant Materials
• Drama
• French
• ICT
• Music
• Physical Education
• Physics
• Psychology
• Spanish
• Economics

Selective

Not selective

Waiting list

Yes

Value Added

Not published

Number of Students

731 students
1353 (whole school)

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:11 - 1:14

Largest nationality teachers

British

Teacher turnover

14%

Year opened

2011

Location

Al Manseer, Abu Dhabi

Student composition

465 students:
80% Muslim
75% native Arabic
361 students Years 7 – 9
104 students Years 10 - 11.
291 Boys
174 Girls
33% Emirati
0% other Gulf States
62 countries represented
10% UK
7% Jordan
6% Egypt
5% Australia and New Zealand
10% Special Educational Needs (SEN)
77% English is second/third language
17% English Additional Language (EAL)
7% specific Gifted and Talented [G&T) in at least 3 subjects
Unspecified % Moderate learning difficulties and/or behavioural difficulties
Unspecified % relevant medical conditions

Gender

Mixed

School canteen

Yes

Owner

Aldar Academies

Admissions Telephone

+971 (0)2 813 2000

Web Address
Attainment Nur SEM

NA

Attainment Pri SEM

NA

Attainment Sec SEM

93.3%

Attainment Post-16 SEM

100%

Progress Nur SEM

NA

Progress Pri SEM

NA

Progress Sec SEM

100%

Progress Post-16 SEM

100%

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

NA

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

50%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

50%

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

NA

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

60%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

60%

Islamic St. Primary Results

NA

Islamic St. Secondary Results

50%

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

50%

Leadership

100%

Community

100%

Facilities

100%

Quality of teaching

100%

Student personal responsibility

100%

Quality of curriculum

100%

School Governance

100%

SEN Provision

100%

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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