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Al Yasmina School, Al Raha Gardens, Khalifa City – The Review
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Al Yasmina School, Al Raha Gardens, Khalifa City – The Review

by December 16, 2015
Strengths

• Al Yasmina leadership share a passionate belief in the school, high expectations and clarity of vision resulting in a “relentless pursuit of excellence.” Leaders have created a school that has many outstanding features. The principal is “passionate about learning,” “aims to make the school a beacon of excellence” and is “pivotal to the success of the school.”
• Al Yasmina students “flourish” with high quality personal skills, an outstanding wealth and quality of enrichment beyond the formal curriculum and within a genuinely harmonious and happy school environment
• The level of attainment and progress in subjects taught in English compete with the very highest level of education anywhere in the world
• School buildings and facilities for specialist subjects are of a very high quality and enable the school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum

Weaknesses

• Teaching and learning in subjects taught in Arabic can be strengthened to raise standards, progress and bring them in line with excellence evident across other core subject areas
• The number, range, quality, use and availability of Arabic books is relatively limited compared with books in English
• Learning support for students who are finding work difficult, especially in primary classes, could be improved still further from an already good standard

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

• Al Yasmina is, bottom line, a very school performing at the very highest levels across all phases of the school
• It is one of the only schools in Abu Dhabi to have the courage to publish exam and value-added data, although this does need updating to 2016
• One of a select few schools to be rated A2
• Al Yasmina achieved whichschooladvisor.com good school status 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and we think, for a significant number of parents, should be close to, if not top, of their list of best schools in the Gulf
• A school comparable with the best anywhere

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Updated August 2017 – Al Yasmina School provsion

Abu Dhabi based Al Yasmina School offers the English National Curriculum for students from 3 to 18 years and is ranked A2 by the Abu Dhabi education authority, the highest grade it is currently awarding. No other school in Abu Dhabi has yet to achieve an A1 (Outstanding) grade. Al Yasmina achieved whichschooladvisor.com good school status 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Opened in 2008, Al Yasmina was the second school established by Aldar Academies, after the Pearl primary school, which started with 247 students in 2007. Today Aldar Academies educates 3700 children across 5 schools, including 1672 children at Al Yasmina, in Abu Dhabi and one school in Al Ain.

The school options process allows all students to access the EBac or English Baccalaureate and the Equivalency Certificate at GCSE and most students choose 4 subjects at AS/A Level within Year 12 with this reducing to 3 for Year 13 and their final year at Al Yasmina School.

The school excels in WhichSchoolAdvisor.com surveys. In the 2015 School Survey, 82 percent of parents said they would recommend the school to other parents – which puts it in the Top 20 most recommended schools in the UAE.

Al Yasmina is held to be one of the best British curriculum schools in Abu Dhabi, competing with, but often second choice to the more established British School for those wanting their children to follow a GCSE and then A’ Level path.

Al Yasmina was inspected by the British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) organisation in February 2014 and was the first school in the UAE to be rated “well above the required standard” in all areas of the BSME inspection.

Al Yasmina today remains the only all-age school in the Middle East to have achieved this commendation, and is only the third school of all those inspected with the award – by all accounts an exceptional achievement.

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Details to consider
Type of school

Private

WSA Good School

Yes

Full WSA Review
Average Cost Per Year

FS1: 41,580
FS2: 41,580
YEAR 1: 41,580
YEAR 2: 41,580
YEAR 3: 41,580
YEAR 4: 41,580
YEAR 5: 41,580
YEAR 6: 41,580
YEAR 7: 48,510
YEAR 8: 48,510
YEAR 9: 51,975
YEAR 10: 57,330
YEAR 11: 57,330
YEAR 12: 57,330
YEAR 13: 57,330

Curriculum

National Curriculum of England

Number of A Levels offered

18

A Levels offered

English Literature
Mathematics
French
Business and Economics
Information and Communication Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Biology
History
Geography
Psychology
Media Studies
Music
Drama
Art Diploma (BTEC)
Art Subsidiary Diploma (BTEC)
Sport Diploma (BTEC)
Sport Subsidiary (BTEC)

A Level A* to A

3+A Levels grades A*E 89%
2+ A Levels A*E 100%

A Level A* to C

3+A Levels grades A*E 89%
2+ A Levels A*E 100%

IGCSE A* to C

Any 5 A*C 93% (2013)*
5A*C including English and Mathematics 89.3% (2013)*
* Last published results as of 2016

IGCSE A* to A

5 A*A 50% (2013)*
* Last published results as of 2016

Number of I/GCSEs Offered

13

I/GCSEs offered

English
Mathematics
Science
Information and Communication Technoology (ICT)
Design and Technology
History
Geography
Franch
Arabic
Islamic Studies
Art and Design
Music
Physical Education (PE)

Selective

Not selective

Waiting list

Yes

Value Added

Average Added Value (from CATs data): 1.27 grades (raw score 4.91 to 6.18)
Value Added KS3-KS4: 1053 placing Yasmina, comparatively, in the top 5% of all UK Schools)

Number of Students

1672

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:11.7 (teachers)
1:8.4 (teachers plus classroom assistants)

Largest nationality teachers

British

Teacher turnover

Not published

Year opened

2008

Location

Al Raha Gardens, Abu Dhabi

Student composition

75 nationalities:
33% Arab
21% Emirati
28% British
Other significant groups are from Australia, America, Egypt, Canada, Jordan, India and South Africa
49% Muslim
10% Special Educational Needs (SEN)
8% gifted and/or talented.

Gender

Mixed

School canteen

Yes

Owner

Aldar Academies

Admissions Telephone

+ 971 2 501 4888

Web Address
Attainment Nur SEM

100%

Attainment Pri SEM

100%

Attainment Sec SEM

100%

Attainment Post-16 SEM

100%

Progress Nur SEM

100%

Progress Pri SEM

100%

Progress Sec SEM

100%

Progress Post-16 SEM

100%

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

50% - 100%

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

50% -100%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

50% -100%

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

50% -100%

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

50% -100%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

50% -100%

Islamic St. Primary Results

50% -100%

Islamic St. Secondary Results

50% -100%

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

50% -100%

Leadership

100%

Community

100%

Facilities

100%

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

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