Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||20 students / class|
|Maximum||24 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Max. number of students per class||
|Average number of students per class||
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
|Native English speaking teachers||
Yes, all of our teachers are native English speakers with relevant teaching experience from the UK.
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
Spanish (Year 3 and above)
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Yes. All of our classrooms are equipped with interactive smart boards. Children are also able to access Chomebooks, Ipads and Chromepads within the classroom. We also have a dedicated Computer Suite for our Primary children and a specially designed Learning hub for our secondary children.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
No. We have no homework at The Aquila School. Instead we encourage all children to take up a love of reading.
Yes. We want children to feel a sense of belonging and pride and to represent their school in an appropriate manner whilst still wearing clothes that are comfortable and suitable. Our uniform is smart and relaxed, just right for engaging children in amazing learning.
Our school uniform is mandatory for students, including school bags, PE kits and school hats. Black school shoes are also mandatory.
The school uniform is not included in the tuition fees. It can be purchased from our uniform partner Trutex, who are based on-site at the school so that you can make purchases quickly and easily. Trutex is a leader in the education suppliers market, offering high quality uniforms at a competitive price for families.
|Entry evaluation for students||
We like to meet you and your child before taking admission in the school. This is a relaxed meeting with the Principal and Head of Primary.
|Students can join after academic year begins||
Yes. We offer families the flexibility to join the school at any stage throughout the year.
|School bus service available||
Yes. We offer a monitored bus service to surrounding communities.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Yes. At The Aquila School we have Hemam Learning Support Centre based within the school, offering additional support to children with SEN. At Hemam, they strive to provide autistic children and their parents a chance to experience life-transforming results through treatments and therapies used in our Learning Support Centre. This concept allows children with additional learning needs to gradually integrate into a mainstream school.
|School start time||
7:45am (FS1 - Year 6) and 7:30am (Year 8)
|School finish time||
1:45pm (FS1 and FS2) and 2:45pm (Years 1-8)
|Supervised care before/after school||
We offer a breakfast club from 6:45am and an after school club provision up to 4:15pm.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
We run a series of school-led activiies which are available for children in Year 1 and above. These are free of charge. Alternatively we have IFA sport as the official CAS activity provider for The Aquila School who offer a wide selection of activities for the children. These include Football, Gymnastics, Swimming, Chess and Dance. Families can sign up to these activities through the IFA sport app. As a community school we offer CAS activities to external families too!
|School provided lunches||
We have a canteen which will serve freshly prepared hot and cold lunches for the children, however families can send packed lunches if they wish.
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
Yes. The canteen cater for different dietary requirements.
|Sports activities included||
Swimming and PE
|Sports facilities at the school||
At The Aquila School we have 2 large indoor sports halls, 2 dance studios, 2 temperature regulated swimming pools, Outdoor multi-purpose court and a large astro-turf sports pitch.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
- We are operated by the International Schools Partnership (ISP) which is a global family of 42 schools across eight countries (and growing). Being part of this group ensures The Aquila School has outstanding international learning connections, quality assurance and excellent governance.
|Teaching approach of the school||
The Aquila School provides a supportive and engaging international environment, delivering an exciting and creative curriculum, which is based on the National Curriculum for England (NCE), combining science, technology, engineering, maths, and the arts, as part of a broader curriculum.
Opportunities to understand and celebrate the culture and heritage of the UAE and the diversity of our local community are integrated into the curriculum, and we also focus on design and technology – children make things, take things apart, and discover how things work!
Learning is authentic. We follow a concept and enquiry-based learning approach, relying less on textbooks and worksheets, to ensure maximum engagement in practical learning. Engaged learning means children are actively learning through a lesson – independently and collaborating – having maximum choice in the activities they do.