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Regent International School, The Greens, Emirates Hills

by February 25, 2016
Strengths

• Opportunity to focus on dedicated FS-Primary provision
• Excellent facilities
• Leadership capacity to now start delivering on the potential to be an “Outstanding” KHDA school, with the distractions of Sunmarke behind them
• Outstanding Special Educational Needs [SEN] provision cross spectrum including Gifted and Talented children [G&T]
• Outstanding English as an Additional Language provision [EAL]
• Highly committed, passionate and effective teachers
• New MultiSmart learning, curriculum design and lesson planning
• A fabulous, much-loved Hills community school
• Capacity, commitment and potential in abundance to gain that elusive KHDA “Outstanding” rating

Weaknesses

• A school that stills need to get to grips with communicating effectively with parents to bring them on the journey as partners
• Arabic core subject provision needs more attention
• Some teething problems likely for parents with siblings at both schools

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

• At its best a trailblazing school, but, understandably, one that has been diverted by the investment needed in transferring secondary provision to Sunmarke. Moving forward as a dedicated FS-Primary, Regent International School has everything in place to shine across the board.

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Updated December 2016

Regent International School [RIS] is at a stage in its history where it faces opportunities. Established in 1993, in 2016-17 its owners, Fortes Education, took the courageous decision to build a new school for its secondary children that would see them move from Regent to the flagship Tier 1 Sunmarke School in September 2016.

The aim is that children in FS1 – Year 6 would have sufficient room to benefit from an outstanding, focused education. After many years of growth, and with demand outstripping supply, the existing full phase FS1 – Year 13 British school had simply outgrown its campus.

From September 2016, Regent International has the opportunity to build within the existing Regent framework and campus a new dedicated FS-Primary, the school in many ways started by its founding owners the Mankani family originally, but with all the benefits of almost a quarter of a century’s experience behind it, and a new, seamless slipstream for children to move to the new landmark campus of Sunmarke from Grade 7.

Regent has, until 2016, consistently scored a “Good” rating from the KHDA inspectorate, whilst achieving, individually, some “Outstanding” scores in FS and Primary areas of provision.

Although the school has missed an Outstanding rating in leadership, facilities and governance, this will have been in no small part caused by the considerable pressures of planning a new school in concert with running an existing one. This pressure should dissipate  as Sunmarke comes on stream and beds in.

Other areas in which Regent currently under-performs are in Arabic subject core provision where its rating is Acceptable”.

One very significant development within the school that stems from the investment in Sunmarke is the development in 2016-17 of an entirely new teaching framework, defined by RIS as “MultiSmart Learning.” This holistic new approach has seen a root and branch re-design of the curriculum and individual lesson planning to embed each of 8 linguistic, mathematic, kinesthetic, visual, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and human values elements into every lesson, regardless of subject.

The approach aims to transform the FS and Primary learning experience for children – and it is an approach that the school also hopes will result in outstanding improvements in Arabic core subject provision too, as lessons are brought alive and “3 dimensionalised” for students.

Facilities at the school are excellent including 75 individual “Activity Rooms”; main Assembly Hall; specialist laboratories for individual Sciences; ICT labs; design and technology labs for food technology and specialized robotics/programming; art studios; performing arts studios for dance and movement; music rooms; drama and rehearsal spaces; fine arts rooms, prayer rooms and libraries matched to individual phases.

Sports facilities include a multi-purpose sports hall (which doubles as a theatre for performances); multi-court “Sports Decks” for ball games; 2 heated swimming pools including a learner pool; and (heated) shaded outdoor “Play Zones” for each phase including an EYFS Play Zone and outdoor pitches for games and athletics.

Whilst there is something to be said for a school being able to offer complete educational provision across phases to Year 13, equally a dedicated FS-primary arguably is much better able to focus on the very special learning needs of young children. The main gripe of parents is the distance from the Hills of Sunmarke – and the logistical difficulties faced by parents of siblings with children at both schools. To give credit to both schools, it has gone to extraordinary lengths to resolve these through timetabling and bus provision.

EYFS provision is a final outstanding feature of what has always been a school recognised for its genuine inclusive intake. For parents of children with Special Educational Needs and/or with English as an Additional Language, Regent International is a school that performs.

 

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Type of school

Private, for-profit

Full WSA Review
Average Cost Per Year

FS1: 41,533
FS2: 41,533
YEAR 1:
YEAR 2: 47,043
YEAR 3: 47,043
YEAR 4: 47,043
YEAR 5: 47,043
YEAR 6: 47,043
YEAR 7: Transfer to Sunmarke 67,900 (Founders Discount)
YEAR 8: Transfer to Sunmarke 67,900 (Founders Discount)
YEAR 9: Transfer to Sunmarke 67,900 (Founders Discount)
YEAR 10: Transfer to Sunmarke 69,900 (Founders Discount)
YEAR 11: Transfer to Sunmarke 69,900 (Founders Discount)
YEAR 12: Transfer to Sunmarke 70,900 (Founders Discount)
YEAR 13: Transfer to Sunmarke 70,900 (Founders Discount)

Curriculum

British - National Curriculum for England

IB DipM Pass Rate

NA

IB DipM Average Grade

NA

Number of A Levels offered

See Sunmarke School

A Levels offered

See Sunmarke School

A Level A* to A

See Sunmarke School

A Level A* to C

See Sunmarke School

IGCSE A* to C

See Sunmarke School

IGCSE A* to A

See Sunmarke School

Number of I/GCSEs Offered

See Sunmarke School

I/GCSEs offered

See Sunmarke School

Selective

Fully inclusive including SEN

Waiting list

Some years

Value Added

Not published (WSA projection HIGH)

Number of Students

900+
(FS1: 118 students)

Teacher to Student Ratio

FS1: 1:22
FS2: 1:24
YR1 -YR6: 1:26
Note: "The school retains the right to increase the ratio to 1:30 when the situation warrants."

Largest nationality teachers

British

Teacher turnover

15%

Year opened

1993

Location

The Greens, Emirates Living Community, Emirates Hills, Dubai,

Student composition

British (largest nationality)

Gender

Mixed, co-educational

School canteen

Yes

Owner

Fortes Education

Admissions Telephone

+971 4 360 8830

Web Address
KHDA/ADEC Rating

Good. Download

Attainment Nur SEM

75%

Attainment Pri SEM

75%

Attainment Sec SEM

See Sunmarke School

Attainment Post-16 SEM

See Sunmarke School

Progress Nur SEM

100%

Progress Pri SEM

83.3%

Progress Sec SEM

See Sunmarke School

Progress Post-16 SEM

See Sunmarke School

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

50%

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

See Sunmarke School

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

NA

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

50%

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

See Sunmarke School

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

NA

Islamic St. Primary Results

62.5%

Islamic St. Secondary Results

See Sunmarke School

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

NA

Leadership

75%

Community

75%

Facilities

75%

Quality of teaching

87.5%

Student personal responsibility

100%

Quality of curriculum

87.5%

School Governance

75%

SEN Provision

87.5%

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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