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Horizon English School, Al Safa, Jumeirah
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Horizon English School, Al Safa, Jumeirah

by November 22, 2015
Strengths

• Children’s attainment and progress is outstanding in English, Mathematics and Science at Foundation Stage and in Mathematics at Primary level
• Students achieve outstanding learning skills, and excel in personal and social development
• The quality of the curriculum, support for students and Special Educational Need [SEN] provision is outstanding
• School governance and leadership is outstanding with best-in-class parental partnership and communications
• The School is committed to a significant and recognised role for Governors in improving staffing, facilities and resources
• Horizon offers an extremely warm, inviting and inspiring atmosphere for its children's education

Weaknesses

• Students’ progress in Islamic Education and Arabic language is not as impressive as in other core subjects
• The school is facing stresses from rapid growth of population including 22 new teachers and an increase from four to teen classes at Foundation Stage - at 21% teacher turnover is high
• In Arabic as an additional language, students show slower progress in writing and reading skills
• The quality of the teaching of Arabic as a first language is only acceptable and some students are not sufficiently challenged or inspired
• The school balances the needs of the majority ahead of provision for the gifted child

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Academic
A
B-
Value
A-
A
ExtraCurricula
A-
A+
Languages
B
B+
Sports
A-
A
Arts & Drama
A-
A
Teaching
A-
A
Communications
B+
A+
Warmth
A-
A+
Differentiation
A-
C+
SEND Provision
A-
A
Scl Community
A-
A
Scl Facilities
B
A
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Horizon School's inspection reports make impressive reading, but these come alive and gain context and strength when visiting the school and experiencing its very special learning environment. That Horizon's warmth and inspirational atmosphere has been maintained in the face of very significant expansion says much for the leadership of the school. Concerns that the school has a mismatch in student achievement in Arabic language and Islamic Education when compared with their success in Science, Mathematic and English may well be partly explained by the pressures of school expansion and the particular demands of these subjects for Western children. This said, staff turnover, in the context of new ownership and school growth, may raise a note of (limited) caution in prospective and current parents for what lies ahead in 2015-16.

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Updated May 2017 – new review coming soon

Horizon English School continues to drive its credentials as Dubai’s top-tier (mixed) primary school, although it lost its ‘Outstanding’ rating (held for three years in a row), picking up a Very Good rating (with significant Outstanding features) in the KHDA’s latest round of inspections in both 2016 and 2017.

Horizon is rated ‘outstanding’ by the British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspectorate and is a member of the British Schools Middle East (BSME) network.

Established in 1992 Horizon School caters to 800 students from a variety of backgrounds and 43 nationalities. 43% of students are from the United Kingdom and 12% from Australia.

The school employs 51 full and part-time teachers with between 19 and 26 students per class and a staff: student ratio of 1:14. Significant growth in student and staff numbers were noted in the 2015-16 KHDA report and teacher turnover (at 37%) on the high side. Turnover has now leveled off at 19% – average for the sector. The school role is still growing, around 8% last year.

The changes may be attributable to the purchase of the school by Al Najah Education and the subsequent departure of the school’s Founding Principal, Marion Sinclair.  Any school under a new Head (David Baldwin) and growing role needs time to bed in changes and the school has further improved in 2017 in Mathematics attainment at FS phase. The school now delivers an across-the-board Very Good accredited level of education across all phases in Science, English and mathematics. As staff turnover and school expansion settles down this is a school that clearly has Outstanding school status realistically in its short-term trajectory.

Sport is one of many of the outstanding features of life at the school.

 

Note: The Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau refer to the school as the “Horizons English School” whilst it is also known as the “Horizon English School.”

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Details to consider
2016/17 Overall ADEC / KHDA Rating

Very Good

2016/17 Rating Primary / Elementary

Very Good

2016/17 Rating Secondary / Middle

NA

2016/17 Post 16 / High

NA

2015/16 Overall KHDA / ADEC Rating

Very Good

Type of school

Private

WSA Good School

Yes

Full WSA Review
Average Cost Per Year

FS-1 24872
FS-2 24872
YEAR-1 34834
YEAR-2 34834
YEAR-3 34834
YEAR-4 34834
YEAR-5 34834
YEAR-6 34834
YEAR-7: NA
YEAR-8: NA
YEAR-9: NA
YEAR-10: NA
YEAR-11: NA
YEAR-12: NA
YEAR-13: 84602

Curriculum

National Curriculum of England
Notes:
(1) EYFS

Selective

Not selective

Waiting list

Yes

Value Added

Not published

Number of Students

800

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:23

Teacher turnover

19%

Year opened

1989

Location

Al Safa, Jumeirah, Dubai

Student composition

British (largest nationality)

Gender

Mixed

Owner

Al Najah Education Limited (Al Masah Capital Limited (alternative investment/private equity fund))
Notes:
(1) Shailesh Dash, Chairman

Admissions Telephone

+971 (0) 4 3422891

Web Address
Attainment Nur SEM

100%

Attainment Pri SEM

100%

Attainment Sec SEM

NA

Attainment Post-16 SEM

NA

Progress Nur SEM

100%

Progress Pri SEM

100%

Progress Sec SEM

NA

Progress Post-16 SEM

NA

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

50%

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

NA

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

NA

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

50%

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

NA

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

NA

Islamic St. Primary Results

50%

Islamic St. Secondary Results

NA

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

NA

Leadership

100%

Community

100%

Facilities

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