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Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidou, Dubai Academic City, Al Ruwayyah – The Review
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Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidou, Dubai Academic City, Al Ruwayyah – The Review

by June 27, 2016
Strengths

• KHDA Outstanding school status
• Outstanding, cross phase, provision in Science, English and Mathematics
• Tri-lingual schooling – this is a language school that does not advertise itself as such
• Outstanding whole child development
• Quite exceptional value for money
• Very high quality buildings – and with a lovely feel – a very happy, warm school

Weaknesses

• Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision needs a little refining

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

• An outstanding school without the price tag. For parents seeking a French education for their child(ren) we can recommend this school without hesitation. For parents of linguists, happy to venture away from IB or UK alternative curricular, this may well be the best kept secret in Dubai.

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Updated July 2017 – Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidou context

KHDA Outstanding, with fees around half those of its competing equivalent Tier 1 English and IB peers, Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidou (LFIGP) is a school that is hard to find fault with. The parent school, based in Sharjah, and established in 1973, it should be noted, is equally as impressive.

In Dubai, LFIGP provision is split between what are, to all intents and purposes, two campuses. The Oud Metha school, offers an FS1-2 Maternelle education to children between the ages of 3 and 6 years, and acts as the slipstream to the main Primary and Secondary school in Dubai Academic City. The DAC campus/school completes each childs education, offering all-through provision from Grade 1 – Grade 12 for children between 6 and 18 years of age.

Gardens at the Lycée Français International Georges Pompidou in Dubai

All schools follow the French curriculum in all phases, from La Maternelle, through the Le Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB) and, finally, the Baccalauréat Français(informally the “Bac”), this offered in all three individual Literary, Social Sciences & Economics – and dedicated Science streams.

The school competes for offering the very best education anywhere in the Emirates. Delivery is outstanding in almost every area:

  • Outstanding language development – with a majority of tri-lingual learners
  • Outstanding academic performance in all core subjects at all phases
  • Outstanding student personal and whole child development
  • Outstanding teaching at every phase
  • Outstanding school leadership
  • The lowest teacher turnover rate in the Emirates at just 2%
  • Outstanding communications and engagement with parents

Only in Arabic core subject areas, and Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision does performance drop – but just a notch. Even in these areas the school is competitive with the best international schools.

With fees running shy of 30,00 AED for FS phases (at the Oud Metha Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou Primary Oud Metha) to just 48,093 AED at the main campus in DAC, the Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidouoffers the best value of any school in the Emirates.

Parents seeking a French education for their children in Dubai are spoiled for choice. The alternative Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé-Dubai in Al Muhaisnah 4 is also a very special school, this offering a Lebanese twist to its curriculum.

Our sister site, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, has had more limited feedback for the school than usual, this probably because it is a language school. What has been received has been uniformly positive. On this note, we would be very grateful if students, teachers and/or parents of the school could feedback to us. We rigorously protect the sources of information that we receive and such feedback is critical to our ability to independently guide choices for parents. You could make a difference.

Without qualification, the Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidou is a school that prospective parents of a French education should shortlist – without worrying that it will be wasted opportunity. More than this, however, it is the hidden gem of the UAE for all parents who are able to look beyond the horizons of British, IB, American or Indian systems that they have might have thought the only options. It’s a big world …..

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Details to consider
2016/17 Overall ADEC / KHDA Rating

Outstanding

2016/17 Rating Primary / Elementary

Outstanding

2016/17 Rating Secondary / Middle

Outstanding

2016/17 Post 16 / High

Outstanding

2015/16 Overall KHDA / ADEC Rating

Outstanding

Type of school

Private, government-supported

WSA Good School

Under review 2016-17

Full WSA Review
Average Cost Per Year

FS1: 26,062 (Slipstream: Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou Primary Oud Metha)
FS2: 26,062 (Slipstream: Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou Primary Oud Metha)
YEAR 1: 35,021
YEAR 2: 35,021
YEAR 3: 35,021
YEAR 4: 35,021
YEAR 5: 35,021
YEAR 6: 44,294
YEAR 7: 44,294
YEAR 8: 44,294
YEAR 9: 44,294
YEAR 10: 48,093
YEAR 11: 48,093
YEAR 12: 48,093
YEAR 13: NA

Curriculum

French:
La Maternelle (Lycée Français International Georges Pompidou Primary Oud Metha)
Brevet des Collèges, Le Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB)
Baccalauréat Français / Bac (Literary/ Social Sciences & Economics / Science streams)

External Exam Boards

French Ministry of National Education

Selective

Inclusive

Waiting list

No

Value Added

Not published

Number of Students

1917

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:13

Largest nationality teachers

French

Teacher turnover

2%

Year opened

2006 (Lycée Francais International Georges Pompidou)
2013 (Lycée Français International Georges Pompidou Primary Oud Metha)
[1973: Lycée Français International Georges Pompidou, Sharjah (founding school in the group)]

Location

Dubai Academic City, Al Ruwayyah, Dubai

Student composition

French (largest nationality)
Emirati: 0
Special Educational Needs: 82

Gender

Mixed, co-educational

School canteen

Yes

Owner

Foundation/Agency for French Education Abroad / Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger (AEFE)

Admissions Telephone

Maternelle (Oud Metha): +971 (0) 4 337 41 61
Primary (Al Ruwayyah): +971 (0) 4 326 11
Secondary (Al Ruwayyah): +971 (0) 4 326 00 26
Sharjah: +971 (0) 6 567 34 30

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Attainment Nur SEM

100% (Oud Metha)

Attainment Pri SEM

100%

Attainment Sec SEM

100%

Attainment Post-16 SEM

100%

Progress Nur SEM

100% (Oud Metha)

Progress Pri SEM

100%

Progress Sec SEM

100%

Progress Post-16 SEM

100%

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

60%

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

40%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

40%

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

50%

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

50%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

NA

Islamic St. Primary Results

60%

Islamic St. Secondary Results

50%

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

40%

Leadership

100%

Community

100%

Facilities

100%

Quality of teaching

100%

Student personal responsibility

100%

Quality of curriculum

100%

School Governance

100%

SEN Provision

66.6% - 80%

About The Author
Jon Westley
Jon Westley is the Editor of SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com UK. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at] schoolscompared.com

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