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Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Bloom Gardens, Khalifa Park – The Review
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Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Bloom Gardens, Khalifa Park – The Review

by November 3, 2015
Strengths

• High quality strategic leadership and direction that “very effectively” drives the improvement agenda and direction of the school
• Committed, effective and dedicated teachers driving students’ personal and academic development
• Unique UK “Common Entrance” focus expanding parental options for transition to UK private schooling
• Impressive programmes for supporting the academic progress of both students with Special Educational Needs [SEN] and those children who speak English as an additional language
• Very high quality facilities supported by a genuinely inspirational, exciting, caring and happy school environment
• By Year 11, attainment is outstanding in most subjects and well above GCSE curriculum benchmarks
• Personal development in all sections of the school is “outstanding”
• An outstanding range of well‐planned extra‐curricular activities enriches the curriculum with more than 150 clubs and activities for students to choose from

Weaknesses

• More focus needs to be placed on ensuring that all lessons stretch and challenge high achieving, gifted and talented students
• The quality of teaching and learning in Arabic, Islamic education and social studies does not meet the high standards of other core subject disciplines
• Brighton is expensive and many parents will simply not be able to afford the fees
• Some parents have concerns about the admissions process, these currently being actioned
• Brighton is over-subscribed and is no longer accepting applications for FS1, FS2, Year 1, Year 2 or Year 3 entry for the 2016-2017 academic year

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

• Fabulous location, prestige and a real sense when you enter the school that you are entering some twilight archetype English public school, Brighton College is already setting itself apart in the Capital’s already outstanding premier league of schools.
• Whilst still untested over any period of time, GCE A' Level provision is now on-stream and being driven by outstanding leadership and teaching across every phase of the school
• For a school to achieve an A2 rating by ADEC almost on opening is unheard of – on its current trajectory the school is set to meets its ambition to be “the ‘first choice’ British curriculum school in Abu Dhabi for children aged 3 – 18”
• A school that deserves its whichschooladvisor “Good School” status (awarded in 2014-15 and 2015-15) - and certainly in our top-5 of English National Curriculum schools in the capital
• Highly recommended option for parents who can secure a place and afford the fees – and exceptionally good, given its Common Entrance focus, for those parents potentially seeking to re-locate their children to the UK private educational sector for GCE O’Level, English Baccalaureate and Post 16 study

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Updated July 2017 – Brighton College Abu Dhabi fees, context and rating

“We believe strongly that all pupils can fulfill their potential when their efforts are valued, shared and celebrated.

One of our key aims is to foster intellectual curiosity, promote confident debate and involve pupils in a wide variety of co-curricular activities so that they become rounded human beings who can make a real contribution to society once they leave.

We strongly endorse the best traditions of British independent school education and links with Brighton College UK and the other schools in the Brighton family are strong.

Our community is underpinned by a profound belief in our values – a love of learning for its own sake; an awareness of, and appreciation of, the spiritual dimension in our lives; an enthusiasm for the world beyond the classroom, in particular in sport, music and the performing arts; respect for difference in others – and a recognition that the efforts and achievements of every individual in our community should be valued equally.”

Simon Corns, Headmaster, Brighton College Abu Dhabi

Opened in September 2011, Brighton College Abu Dhabi (BCAD) is rapidly establishing itself in the premier league of the capital’s schools offering a traditional British education to children between 3 and 18 years from FS1 to Year 13.

Set in Bloom Gardens, near Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, Brighton College Abu Dhabi delivers the English National Curriculum to 1546 students taking GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations in Year 11 and GCE A’ Levels in Year 12 and 13.

According to the school it had “the best GCSE results in the emirate” in the last academic year. While we cannot substantiate that, student attainment and progress at Brighton College Abu Dhabi are very good in most lessons and beyond outstanding in some; 87% of the 2013 – 14 cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C grades in GCSE, including English and mathematics. The school began GCE A’ Level provision in 2014.

According to the school an “impressive 70% of UK bound Year 13 pupils hold at least one offer from a top tier Russell Group university and over 25% hold offers from UCL, Imperial or Cambridge University. Students have also have received unconditional offers to study at Utrecht, Purdue, Colorado Boulder and Florida Institute of Technology.”

Brighton College Abu Dhabi achieved A2 Very Good rankings by ADEC in 2015 and 2017.Only one school in the emirate has been rated A1 (Al Muna) – so this is a considerable achievement given the youth of the school. It is also worth noting that its A2 rating came with the qualification that the school provides a considerable number of Outstanding features rated, the highest standard awarded by the Abu Dhabi Inspectorate of schools.

Uniquely, Brighton’s Prep School, for children aged between 7 and 13, focuses on 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance syllabuses devised and monitored by the Independent School Examinations Board (ISEB). As 11+ and 13+ exams are the gateways to the best independent schools in the United Kingdom Brighton offers a distinct advantage for parents seeking to continue their child’s post-primary education in the UK private sector. Around 15 students each year currently continue their schooling in England.

There is a specialised SEN and Dyslexia Centre and the school is aiming to receive the Dyslexia Award for its work in this field.

Impressively Brighton College offers senior school academic scholarships, these targeted to the brightest Year 9 and Sixth Form pupils in the region.

Scholarships entitle eligible pupils to receive up to 50% off of their tuition fees for the academic year.

Photograph of a classroom at Brighton College Abu Dhabi

Bottom line? Across every aspect of the school, Brighton College shines. It is selective and certainly a school established for the more academic child. Performing Arts provision, including in Drama and Music, is formidable and breadth of subject offer at both IGCSE and A level is outstanding. This is a British school that really delivers. Yes, we would like to see BTEC. But this is a small critique of an otherwise extraordinary school. Brighton College Abu Dhabi comes very highly recommended.

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Details to consider
2016/17 Overall ADEC / KHDA Rating

Very Good with Outstanding features

2016/17 Rating Primary / Elementary

Outstanding

2016/17 Rating Secondary / Middle

Outstanding

2016/17 Post 16 / High

Outstanding

2015/16 Overall KHDA / ADEC Rating

Very Good with Outstanding features

Type of school

Private

WSA Good School

Yes

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Average Cost Per Year

FS1: 48,500
FS2: 48,500
Year 1: 57,400
Year 2: 57,400
Year 3: 57,400
Year 4: 57,400
Year 5: 57,400
Year 6: 62,900
Year 7: 62,900
Year 8: 62,900
Year 9: 62,900
Year 10: 74,100
Year 11: 74,100
Year 12: 74,100
Year 13: 74,100

Curriculum

National Curriculum of England

External Exam Boards

Cambridge

Number of A Levels offered

24

A Levels offered

Art
Drama and Theatre Studies
Music
French
German
Italian
Latin
Mandarin
Spanish
Business Studies
Economics
Geography
Government & Politics
History
Psychology
Biology
Chemistry
Computing
Design & Technology
Mathematics
Further Mathematics
Physics

A Level A* to A

72% A*B

A Level A* to C

Not published
Notes
(2) 100% A*E

IGCSE A* to C

97%
Notes:
(1) 88% A*B

IGCSE A* to A

64%
Notes
(1) 37% A*

Number of I/GCSEs Offered

18

I/GCSEs offered

English Lit
English Language
Arabic
Maths
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
History
Geography
Computing
Design & Technology
Art
Drama
Music
French
Spanish
Mandarin
German

Selective

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Value Added

Not published

Number of Students

1546

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:11

Largest nationality teachers

British

Teacher turnover

23%

Year opened

2011

Location

Bloom Gardens, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi

Student composition

38% United Kingdom (UK)
17% Emirati
12% European
9% other Arab States
7% North American
17% other nationalities
34% Muslim
6% Special EducationalNeeds (SEN)
5% English as an Additional Language (EAL)
9% Gifted and Talented

Gender

Mixed

School canteen

Yes

Owner

Bloom Properties

Admissions Telephone

+971 (0)2 815 6504.

Web Address
Attainment Nur SEM

75% - 100%

Attainment Pri SEM

75% - 100%

Attainment Sec SEM

75% - 100%

Attainment Post-16 SEM

NA (2016)

Progress Nur SEM

75% - 100%

Progress Pri SEM

75% - 100%

Progress Sec SEM

75% - 100%

Progress Post-16 SEM

NA (2016)

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

50% - 75%

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

50% - 75%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

NA

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

50% - 75%

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

50% - 75%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

NA

Islamic St. Primary Results

50% - 75%

Islamic St. Secondary Results

50% - 75%

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

NA

Leadership

80%

Community

100%

Facilities

100%

Quality of teaching

85%

Student personal responsibility

100%

Quality of curriculum

100%

School Governance

80%

SEN Provision

100%

About The Author
Gill Pearce
Gillian Pearce is the Director of Business Development at SchoolsCompared.com. You may contact her at gillianpearce [at] schoolscompared.com.

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