Al Muna Academy, Al Markaziyah – The Review
Updated July 2017- Al Muna Primary School Fees and Context
“Wherever they move on to, these children will have been fortunate to have attended a school that has such a warm, friendly and clearly inclusive environment. This is a really happy place.” WhichSchoolAdvisor.com independent school inspection 2016-17
Finalist in the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com “Happiest School Competition in the UAE 2015,” in 2016 Al Muna Primary School also became the very first published school in Abu Dhabi to receive the ADEC inspectorate’s Outstanding A1 award in its “Highest Performing Schools” category, a benchmark achievement that places it today in an elite group of schools to follow.
These now also include Al Bateen (Secondary) and Al Mushrif (Primary) schools, both of which, like Al Muna Primary School, are owned by Aldar Academies. The detail of the ADEC findings are fully published in April 2016. This is the first time any school has been awarded an “Outstanding” rating since ADEC began inspections in 2009.
Al Muna achieved the top A1 grading in a clean sweep of Outstanding educational provision across all ADEC’s six core performance standards – Student’s Achievement; Student’s Personal and Social Development; Teaching and Assessment, Curriculum; Protection, Care, Guidance and Support; and Leadership and Management.
The school’s principal, Mr Wayne Howsen is known for his “extraordinary” capacity to inspire children and teaching staff – and a radical, principled approach to teaching that places children at the centre of the educational experience above all else. His leadership of a UK-based school prior to joining Al Muna Primary sufficiently inspired parents to write to newspapers to try and retain him, such was his impact on that school. Parental feedback to whichschooladvisor echoes his continuing ability to create exceptionally empowering school environments for children. Under his leadership the school’s teachers deliver education through a three-pillar prism designed to inspire in children the capacity at every step to “Learn, Live and Laugh.”
In 2015/16 WhichSchoolAdvisor.com found a school with a “very inclusive” learning approach for children with Special Educational Needs [SEN] “generous staffing” levels; an “immersive approach” to the teaching of Arabic and “carefully differentiated” teaching. As tellingly it describes how the stage is set for children entering the school each day by the space set-aside at its entrance for “ducks, chickens, tortoises and rabbits” these designed to link the school with the natural world and inspire in the children empathy and nurturing.
Facilities are Tier 1 at the school including extensive music, drama and art facilities; specialist teaching rooms; a research laboratory; graphic design area; music recording studio; recital hall; multi-purpose sports hall; dance studio; 25m swimming pool; very large library; OASIS seminar rooms for specialist SEN provision; a full-sized football pitch; and basketball courts.Al Muna-English
After-school activities are all painstakingly focused around Creativity, Action and Service [CAS], these ranging from creating fabulous “inventions” with Lego to sailing and wider community engagement.
The school’s fee structure, whilst at the premium end of the sector, offers value. Al Muna is a school which, whilst not statistically calculating its added value, offers pupils, many of which arrive at the school without any knowledge off the English language or in need of support at either end of the attainment spectrum (SEN/G&T), child development at the very highest levels. We particularly like the transparency, honesty and sensitivity of the fee structure that offers identical fees each year; too many schools seek to increase fees annually on a spurious basis seeking to “blind parents with science” or unfairly weight fees in later years pressurising parents who are already “captured” within a school. It is in smaller details like this that a truly Outstanding school proves its metal. It is worth noting too that Aldar Academies, the school’s owner, although a private for-profit company, actually re-invests all its property into its schools and their development.
Al Muna Primary is a school which, quite exceptionally, does not put a foot wrong. That it does so by creating an environment in which all its children feel able to make mistakes as they learn without worry, innovate, create and laugh – learning in the fullest sense of the word – are highlights of a school operating at the very top of its game.
Al Muna Primary School achieved whichschooladvisor Good School status in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17.
Private, for-profit*. Profits are re-invested into schools and their development
YEAR 1: 41,580
YEAR 2: 41,580
YEAR 3: 41,580
YEAR 4: 41,580
YEAR 5: 41,580
YEAR 6: 41,580
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National Curriculum of England
Not Published (Very High)
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Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi
583 students on roll:
157 Foundation Stage (67 boys and 90 girls)
153 in Years 1 and 2 (79 boys and 74 girls)
273 in Years 3 ‐ 6 (159 boys and 124 girls)
Most students come from families where English is not the first language.
Many students start school with limited formal spoken English.
12% of students in the Foundation stage have language difficulties
7% of students in the rest of the school have language difficulties
152 Special Educational Needs (SEN)
44 Gifted and Talented (G&T)
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• A1 Outstanding ADEC School
• Charismatic, inspirational, caring leadership
• “Pivotal” Principal/Headteacher
• Exceptionally happy school environment
• Highest levels of academic attainment
• Extremely high value-added with excellent SEN and G&T provision
• Transparent fee structure
• Outstanding facilities
• High numbers off staff to every child
• 95% plus attendance
• Investors-in-People accredited
• Outstanding capacity for planning and implementing improvement
• Waiting list