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Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

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CurriculumBritish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Yearly fees (G7): Dirham 80,000
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: Dirham 80,000
Address: Saadiyat Island Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Number of students

1300

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Over 65

Most common nationality

British

Ratio of local students to international students

Around 20% of students are local

Max. number of students per class

We keep class sizes to between 18 and 20 students. In the Senior School many classes are significantly smaller than this as subject choices are made for IGCSEs and A Levels

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes. All Pre-Prep classes have a full time TA while one TA is shared across two classes in Years 3 and 4.

Native English speaking teachers

All Arabic teachers are native speakers. We have some native French and Spanish teachers.

Language support for students not fluent in English

We have an EAL Department that supports as appropriate.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French, Spanish and Latin.

Use of technology in the classroom

We have a Bring

Uniform required

Students wear a uniform in all years up to and including Year 11. Sixth Form students smart business-style suits of their own choosing.

Waiting list

We have waiting lists in all Pre-Prep Years (FS1 to Year 2) and some Prep School years. Generally we have spaces in Year 7 and above.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes. All students are evaluated to ensure they are able to access the curriculum,

Brief description of entry evaluation required

The evaluation differs depending on the age of the child. Pre-Prep pupils join in a fun Taster Session. Prep School children sit verbal/non-verbal reasoning tests and produce some written work. Older pupils in the Senior Schools sit further subject-spefici papers. More information from admissions@cranleigh.ae

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Pre-Prep registrations open via the school website in mid-August each year. Registrations for Year 3 and above are encouraged at all times.

Students can join after academic year begins

Under ADEK rules, students in Abu Dhabi schools may only transfer between schools in the first few weeks of the Autumn term. Students wishing to transfer from other Emirates or from overseas are able to join at any time in the first two terms with the caveat that if they are entering in the first year of either the IGCSE or A Level courses, (both two years) they are less likely to be able to join after the first half of the Autumn term. We do not accept students into the second year of IGCSE (Year 11) or A Level (Year 13) courses.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

This data is not available yet - first graduating year will be 2019.

External examinations or assessments available

Students complete: GCSEs, IGCSEs, A Levels, AS Levels, Extended Project Qualification. Students are prepared for ABRSM and Trinity College London Music exams as well as Royal Academy of Dance Ballet examinations; these examinations are held offsite

Results in these examinations

2017-18 IGCSE and GCSE results saw over half of all results at A* or A and three quarters A* to B.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Muslim students follow the prescribed Islamic Studies curriculum.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

The UAE's Moral Education Program is taught to all students. "Moral Education is an innovative, engaging curriculum designed to develop young people of all nationalities and ages in the UAE with universal principles and values, that reflect the shared experiences of humanity."

School bus service available

Not at this time although it is under consideration.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, we have a small but well qualified team of Learning Support teachers, specialist assessors and Learning Support assistants. The majority of the pupils who require support have mild learning needs. We are not staffed or resourced to provide support for pupils with complex / significant needs.

Learning support offered

We have expertise in dealing with students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, we have access to an educational psychologist who can access and supports students with emotional needs.

School start time

School Registration for all Years starts at 7:30am with academic lessons starting promptly at 8am. Some students are in school earlier if they are, for example, a member of a music group or band and have early morning rehearsals.

School finish time

For Pre-prep (FS1 – Year 2) lessons finish at 2:30pm with an optional early finish time of 12:15 for FS1. For Prep & Senior School (Year 3 and above) lessons finish at 3:30pm with the option of up to two after school activities taking place until 4:30pm and 5:45pm respectively. Although academic times are compulsory and clearly set, the actual start and finish times of each Cranleigh student is individualised depending on a child’s desire to take part in pre and post school activities.

Supervised care before/after school

No

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The range of co-curricular activities offered is extensive with varying choices depending on the age of the child. They include: golf, football, rugby, touch rugby, basketball, netball, drama, ICT, karate, swimming, Lego, music bands and groups, choir, ballet, Hip Hop dance, baking, yoga, art, photography, gymnastic, debating, Engineers to Be, and many more.

School provided lunches

Yes, hot meals are prepared on site and served in two formal dining rooms.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

There is a specific vegetarian option each day and we also have a selection of salads, vegetables and fresh fruit included in the daily menu. All of our meals are halal with other special dietary requirements catered for by arrangement with the chef.

Sports activities included

We promote the importance of being active through a variety of sporting opportunities via our Co-Curricular and Sports programme. Children are exposed to Physical Education lessons and a Games session for one hour each week from Year 3 to Year 10. In curriculum lessons, our major aim is to get children moving, think, make decisions and keep the ball rolling for the majority of the lesson. From FS1 to Year 2, all lessons are taught by a specialist PE teacher.

Sports facilities at the school

The school has two real grass football/rugby pitches, cricket strip, two swimming pools, a large indoor sports hall, four netball/ tennis courts, a dance studio and a small gymnasium.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

The school participates in the local Abu Dhabi International School Sports Association (ADISSA) league in all the key sports and is also an affiliate member of BSME (British Schools in the Middle East) which allows students to compete in regional sporting competitions and inter-school Games

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Opened in September 2014, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi is the sister school to the prestigious Cranleigh School in Surrey, UK which was founded in 1865. The two schools work together very closely, sharing the same family-based community ethos and an educational philosophy that focuses on the development of the whole child.

The school has crafted a curriculum that blends academic rigour, co-curricular opportunities and pastoral care to deliver a fully rounded education that is rich in experiential learning.

A ‘Cranleigh Education’ blends the best of British independent school tradition with 21st Century innovation to ensure a happy and relaxed atmosphere where children enjoy their education and fulfill their goals. An extended day, unique in Abu Dhabi, provides the time for pupils to pursue their studies, sporting endeavours and artistic aspirations, as well as explore other new interests.

Teaching approach of the school

The academic programme is designed to be stimulating and challenging. Intellectual curiosity is nurtured and personal responsibility developed through a strong, values-based culture that encourages independent thought and individual character.

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