Horizon English School, Al Safa, Jumeirah
• 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
• 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
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.”Go to the FULL REVIEW on WhichSchoolAdvisor.com
National Curriculum of England
Al Safa, Jumeirah, Dubai
British (largest nationality)
Al Najah Education Limited (Al Masah Capital Limited (alternative investment/private equity fund))
(1) Shailesh Dash, Chairman
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