The Indian High School (Senior Campus), Oud Metha – The Review
Very Good with Outstanding features
YEAR 1: NA
YEAR 2: NA
YEAR 3: NA
YEAR 4: NA
YEAR 5: 5,413
YEAR 6: 6,560
YEAR 7: 6,560
YEAR 8: 6,560
YEAR 9: 8,203
YEAR 10: 8,203
YEAR 11: 10,253
YEAR 12: 10,253
Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi
Fully, unambiguously inclusive
Admission by lottery on principles of fairness.
Indian (largest nationality)
Mixed but sexes taught separately
+971 4 3377475
• 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
• 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
Updated July 2017 – The Indian High School examination results and Inspection
“In this turbulent world, opportunity exists for those who can thrive in ambiguity – those who create, innovate and handle risks.
In other words, opportunities exist for the projective thinker.
At the Indian High School, Dubai, we are committed to promoting a generation of such thinkers… Projective Thinkers, who will grow and become Proactive Global Citizens.”
Dr. Ashok Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, The Indian High School
The Indian High School Dubai (Senior Campus) is a private K-12 school with a 2016-17 KHDA inspection rating of Outstanding, an accolade it has achieved for six consecutive years. Established in 1961, it was the first private school founded in Dubai and has grown rapidly. Today the Senior Campus employs 435 teachers to educate 5791 children, by any standards a very large school. Despite concerns of overcrowding at middle levels, however, the school’s overall advertised average of 1:13 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 10,253 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. It’s resolutely not-for-profit ethic shines through – and fees are aligned with affordability, first, and second, the needs of the school to re-invest. You cannot have a school without children, you cannot have an inclusive school that refuses children on the basis of fees, and you cannot provide a best-in-class education without investing in the best teachers and updated facilities to educate. It’s a complex balancing act that the school has managed to achieve perfectly.
Little wonder this is the most over-subscribed school in the UAE. It’s a credit to The Indian High School then, that it remains resolutely inclusive. It could so easily have changed its whole approach to be academically selective – but then certainly much of what makes The Indian High School sparkle would surely be lost. Entry to the school is decided by lottery on the basis of fairness.
Although The Indian High School advertises itself as co-educational, classes are in practice split and girls and boys taught separately. This model is not driven by dogma, but by what has simply been proven to work best for children.
Results are exceptional, but most telling is the 100% university slipstream with a strong circa 40% of students progressing to universities in the UK, US and Canada. As with all exceptional schools, however, it is in the area of whole child provision that the school shines brightest – provision in Performing Arts, taking just one example, is absolutely top tier. The same holds true in Sport – and predictably, cricket is loved and outstandingly well catered for in equal measure.
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.
One final feature of the school we wish to praise is post-16 subject choice. It is a frustration with Indian curriculum schools that subject choice is usually diminished, with young men and women in the most part given simple a choice of Science or Commerce streams. Often too, there is not even provision for higher level English. The Indian High School will have none of it. Instead we have a fabulous mix of subjects across Business, Sciences – but the Humanities and Social Sciences too. We particularly praise provision for Psychology – a critical bridging subject between the Arts and Sciences and one particularly in favour with top tier universities – and Entrepreneurship, a forward looking subject and one that many alternative curricular schools would do well to adopt.
- Engineering Drawing
- Business Studies
- Home Science
- Informatics Practices (Information and Communications Technology(ICT))
It should be noted that The Indian High School has very different, less successful though improving “Junior” and “International” campuses/branches situated in Al Garhoud and Dubai Silicon Oasis respectively.
Prospective parents should note that, 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.