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|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Maximum||20 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
|Ratio of local students to international students||
Around 20% of students are local
|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.
|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.
|Use of technology in the classroom||
We have a Bring
|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."
|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.
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
This data is not available yet - first graduating year will be 2019.
|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.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
|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.
|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||
|School bus service available||
Not at this time although it is under consideration.
|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.
Students wear a uniform in all years up to and including Year 11. Sixth Form students smart business-style suits of their own choosing.
|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.
|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 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
|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.
|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.