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The Indian High School (Senior Campus), Oud Metha
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The Indian High School (Senior Campus), Oud Metha

by November 28, 2015
Strengths

• The Senior Campus offers all students outstanding teaching and academic outcomes in English, Mathematics and Science; students’ attitudes to learning are exemplary
• The Campus offers a broad range of subjects and extra-curricular activities that fully reflect students’ interests and aspirations
• Arrangements for protecting and supporting students are best-in-class
• The school nurtures relationships with parents, providing very high quality information about each child’s progress
• ICT provision is excellent and students use electronic tablets very effectively for research and communication, although use is restricted to specific student groups.
• The school has a focussed, very impressive career counselling programme to guide students in making further education choices on graduation
• Leadership and governance are synergistic and outstanding in meeting the school’s vision to inspire and educate all its students to become proactive and global citizens

Weaknesses

• The middle phase of the school does quite not match the strengths of its Post-16 counterpart, although this is also adjudged to be improving in the most recent KHDA report
• Arabic as an additional language teaching within the middle phase is not up to the standard of the Senior grades but is improving. Whilst listening skills are deemed to be strong, students lack the skills to be able to apply vocabulary and grammar to extended writing and speaking tasks
• KHDA requirements for class sizes are not always met, leading to unacceptable and damaging overcrowding. There are funding, resource and management issues in the middle phase
• Special Educational Needs provision is praised overall, but curriculum adaptation in some classes is not always implemented effectively

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Academic
A+
A+
Value
A
A+
ExtraCurricula
A-
A
Languages
B+
A-
Sports
A-
A+
Arts & Drama
A-
A
Teaching
A-
A+
Communications
C+
A
Warmth
A-
A
Differentiation
B
A-
SEND Provision
B+
A-
Scl Community
A-
A+
Scl Facilities
C
A+
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• The Indian High School (Senior Campus), in its post-16 educational provision, is arguably the benchmark UAE Indian secondary school. Post-16 educational provision is terrific across the board, not only in traditional English, Mathematics and Science – but also in whole-child extra-curricular provision – and delivering on both of these, in a school of this size and complexity, require exceptional teaching, leadership and governance. This is a very well-managed, impressive – genuinely outstanding - school
• The school is not perfect, however; it is let down (badly) by overcrowding. This is being addressed by commitment from the Board of Trustees to build sufficient new classrooms to remove the issue over the next three years. Three years, however, is too long – and the issue is not only classrooms, but the wider resources, including teaching staff, that will be required to resolve the issue
• The school attempts to balance a hugely admirable (not-for-profit) commitment to helping as many possible children meet their potential as possible – but, when it gets the numbers wrong, with a door too open, resources are simply insufficient to meet numbers and commitment
• On balance, however, when the Indian High School (Senior Campus) gets it right, it blazes a trail for Indian education in the UAE. It is this at times extraordinary ability to deliver for its children, notwithstanding the school’s significant imperfections, that Inspectors ultimately prioritise in awarding the school, in our view deservedly, its “Outstanding” commendation

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The Indian High School Dubai (Senior Campus) is a private K-12 school with a 2015-16 KHDA inspection rating of Outstanding, an accolade it has achieved for five consecutive years. Established in 1961, it was the first private school founded in Dubai and has grown rapidly. Today the Senior Campus employs 427 teachers to educate 5928 children, by any standards a very large school. Despite concerns of overcrowding at middle levels, however, the school’s overall advertised average of 1:15 teacher-pupil ratio is excellent and this is reflected in its achieving outstanding performance from its pupils in English, Mathematics and Science.

Economies of scale partly explain the low price-point of its fees, which are just 8,500 AED for Grade 12. In simple value for money terms, for parents seeking a premier league Indian, predominantly expatriate, education for their children, the school’s offer is extraordinary.

Although the school advertises itself as co-educational, classes are in practice split and girls and boys taught separately. The Indian High School is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, a member of the Round Square global network of schools (https://www.roundsquare.org/) and follows the CBSE Curriculum.

It should be noted that the school has very different, less successful though improving “Junior” and “International” campuses/branches situated in Al Garhoud and Dubai Silicon Oasis respectively.

As an Outstanding school and part of the Abundance Project (whereby Outstanding schools pair with schools deemed in need of support by the KHDA, to offer training and development), no KHDA inspection took place in the 2016-17 academic year.

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Details to consider
Type of school

Private not-for-profit

WSA Good School

Yes

Full WSA Review
Average Cost Per Year

FS1: NA
FS2: NA
YEAR 1: NA
YEAR 2: NA
YEAR 3: NA
YEAR 4: NA
YEAR 5: 4515
YEAR 6: 5472
YEAR 7: 5472
YEAR 8: 5472
YEAR 9: 6841
YEAR 10: 6841
YEAR 11: 8551
YEAR 12: 8551

Curriculum

CBSE

External Exam Boards

Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi

Selective

Not Selective

Value Added

Not Published

Number of Students

5928

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:!5

Teacher turnover

11%

Year opened

1961

Location

Oud Metha

Student composition

Indian (largest nationality)

Gender

Mixed but sexes taught separately

Owner

not-for-profit

Admissions Telephone

+971 4 3377475

Web Address
Attainment Nur SEM

NA

Attainment Pri SEM

83.3%

Attainment Sec SEM

100%

Attainment Post-16 SEM

NA

Progress Nur SEM

NA

Progress Pri SEM

83.3%

Progress Sec SEM

100%

Progress Post-16 SEM

NA

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

NA

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

NA

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

NA

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

75%

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

75%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

NA

Islamic St. Primary Results

75%

Islamic St. Secondary Results

75%

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

NA

Leadership

100%

Community

100%

Facilities

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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