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The Sheffield Private School, Al Nahda 2

by February 28, 2016
Strengths

• Attention to detail across health and safety provision at the school
• Recruitment of qualified professional leadership. The ongoing 7-year plus inability to translate this into the school's transition from an Acceptable rating strongly implies a lack of support and resources by the owners to effect change
• Attractive school design externally

Weaknesses

• Lack of meaningful information provided by the school
• Complete lack of school transparency
• Limited, but identified over-crowding - unacceptable in any school
• Failing post-16 provision
• Weak Special Educational Needs provision [SEN] - unacceptable for a school that operates an (admirably) open admissions policy, limiting the life chances of the school's most vulnerable children

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

• Lack of published meaningful information by the school, together with significant concerns raised by the KHDA, result in our not being able to recommend the school at the current time (March 2016)

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Updated December 2016

The Sheffield Private School (TSPS] is a for-profit, near full-phase English national Curriculum school offering education from EYFS through to (I)GCSE GCE A’ Level.

The school provides insufficient information for prospective parents to benchmark the school in the sector or make a considered decision for considering the school for their children. Information provided (March 2016) is some of the most limited provided by any school in the Emirates, extraordinary for an established school and particularly one managed by a UK qualified Principal.

Information gaps include

  • No information on Post-16 GCE A’ Level provision
  • Limited information on (I)GCSE provision limited only to subjects offered
  • No information on school ownership
  • No information on examination performance at any phase
  • No developed information on facilities
  • No information on Special Educational Needs provision
  • No published newsletters
  • No parental portal

Published information is generally out-of-date. The last significant school information was published in 2014. Sheffield does not provide the basic level of information needed by all parents to gain even a moderate understanding of a school.

It is worth noting that the school’s owner historically employed GEMS to run the school (2009), but terminated their management contract.

Despite being an English National Curriculum school prospective parents should also note that no provision is made for the teaching of GCE A’ Level English. This is accounted for by the school because nearly all children learn English as an Additional Language [EAL].

The school has been rated “Satisfactory” for 7 years, the lowest possible accreditation before a school is placed in special measures. KHDA Inspectors noted in 2014-15 that school failings are significant in the following areas:

  • Teachers lack the ability and training to identify and support children with Special Educational Needs [SEN]
  • Many children are effectively excluded from Post-16 educational provision at the school because of the limited choice of subjects offered to AS or GCE A’ Level
  • Unstable retention of teaching staff with a 33% turnover off teachers impacting on children across phases
  • Limited monitoring of student progress
  • Post-16 Special Educational Needs [SEN] is unsatisfactory and does not meet a minimum standard to educate children
  • Additional language Arabic provision is unsatisfactory and does not meet a minimum standard to educate children
  • Students at secondary and post-16 phases have insufficient opportunity to develop critical thinking skills or apply learning outside text books.
  • Post-16 students lack the confidence to work independently
  • At Foundation Stage some teachers “do not fully understand how to foster younger children’s learning”
  • Recruitment at Post-16 is reactive to current needs and the school has no planned approach to future growth
  • The space available in school is limited for the number and size of the students resulting in overcrowding
  • The FS learning infrastructure is poor slowing children’s progress
  • The stock of books in the library does not meet curriculum needs

The school scored “Outstanding” in a single area – for its provision for the health and safety of students across every phase, including child protection; guidance on cyber-bullying and Internet risk; excellent supervision of children both at school and on buses; risk assessments and fire drills; record keeping of medical staff; promotion of healthy eating; and prompt and effective repairs to the school as required to ensure a safe educational environment.

Facilities at the school include three fully equipped ICT labs; art studio; drama studio; music rooms; networked/wi-fi equipped classrooms with projectors; library and shaded/canopied outside areas for play. Sporting facilities include a covered five lane swimming pool and learner pool;  multi-purpose hall with facilities for volleyball, badminton, basketball and gymnastics;  covered netball courts; and astro-turf football and hockey pitches.

Main competitive sports at the school are cricket, football and netball.

The schools extra-curricular provision includes a homework club; doodle and graffiti club; Lego club; French club; netball clubs; football clubs; art and craft club; painting club; literacy club; reading and writing for non-Arabs; Islamic values clubs; “Science Whizz” club; and drama society.

In summary, whilst individual KHDA inspections can only reasonably provide a snapshot in time of any school, the consistently acceptable reporting of the school over seven years, taken with the serious nature of concerns expressed by the KHDA, the instability of faculty and complete failure of the school to provide meaningful public information to prospective parents, means that it is simply not possible to responsibly recommend Sheffield Private School.

The best that can be said for Sheffield is that it is a “safe” school for children to attend.

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Details to consider
Type of school

Private, for-profit

Full WSA Review
Average Cost Per Year

FS1: NA
FS2: 20,018 + 412 book fee
YEAR 1: 23,770 + 772 book fee
YEAR 2: 23,770 + 772 book fee
YEAR 3: 23,770 + 1,029 book fee
YEAR 4: 23,770 + 1,029 book fee
YEAR 5: 23,770 + 1,029 book fee
YEAR 6: 23,770 + 1,029 book fee
YEAR 7: 28,150 + 1,287 book fee
YEAR 8: 28,150 + 1,287 book fee
YEAR 9: 28,150 + 1,287 book fee
YEAR 10: 31,277 + 1,287 book fee
YEAR 11: 31,277 + 1,287 book fee
YEAR 12: 37,750 + 1,554 book fee
YEAR 13: 37,750 + 1,554 book fee

Curriculum

National Curriculum for England
EYFS
(I)GCSE O' Level
GCE A' Level

External Exam Boards

Cambridge
EDEXCEL
Note: KHDA state the school does not have accreditation as of November 2014)

Number of A Levels offered

Not published

A Levels offered

Not published

A Level A* to A

Not published

A Level A* to C

Not published

IGCSE A* to C

Not published

IGCSE A* to A

Not published

Number of I/GCSEs Offered

16

I/GCSEs offered

Mathematics
English Language
English Literature
Islamic Education
Arabic (Native)
Arabic (Additional Language)
Physics
Biology
Chemistry
Economics
Business Studies
Physical Education
Art
History
Geography
ICT

Selective

Partial
FS2 onwards:
• formal assessment
• school reports / reference
Post 16:
• at least 5 A*-C grades for Post-16 A-Level entry
• recommended minimum (I) GCSE B grade in subjects to be studied at A/S or A level
Special Educational Needs [SEN]:
• Fully inclusive

Waiting list

Not published

Value Added

Not published (WSA projection LOW)

Number of Students

1622

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:16

Largest nationality teachers

UK
Note: this is as of November 2014. Staffing is unstable - see teacher turnover
Appointments align with KHDA inspections (short term)

Teacher turnover

32%

Year opened

2004

Location

Al Nahda 2, Dubai

Student composition

Pakistani (largest nationality)
Emirati: 30
Special Educational Needs [SEN]: 86

Gender

Mixed, co-educational

School canteen

Yes (2)

Owner

Private
Shares owned by Gulf Islamic Investments [GLL] (December 2014)
Managing Director: Nand Lal

Admissions Telephone

+971 (0) 4 267 8444

Web Address
Attainment Nur SEM

58.3%

Attainment Pri SEM

66.6%

Attainment Sec SEM

50%

Attainment Post-16 SEM

33.3%
Note: English is not taught at GCE A' Level

Progress Nur SEM

66.6%

Progress Pri SEM

75%

Progress Sec SEM

66.6%

Progress Post-16 SEM

33.3%
Note: English is not taught at GCE A' Level

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

50%

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

62.5%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

50%

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

37.5%

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

25%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

NA

Islamic St. Primary Results

50%

Islamic St. Secondary Results

50%

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

50%

Leadership

50%

Community

50%

Facilities

50%

Quality of teaching

56.25%

Student personal responsibility

68.75%

Quality of curriculum

56.25%

School Governance

50%

SEN Provision

43.75%

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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