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The Aquila School

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CurriculumBritish, International
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 11
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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 15 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school is not available for a 12 year old child.

Address: Al Wadi - Sheikh Zayed Collector Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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Number of students

n/a

Number of nationalities represented in the school

30

Max. number of students per class

24

Average number of students per class

15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

yes

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 and Chromepads within the classroom.

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.

Uniform required

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.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

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

School finish time

1:45pm (FS1 and FS2) and 2:45pm (Years 1-6)

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

IFA sport are 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.

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.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

- We are operated by the International Schools Partnership (ISP) which is a global family of 32 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.
- Amazing Learning is our core purpose. You will see learning that will amaze you. Wherever you think your child might be in any subject or area, we will do all we can to allow them to do better than you can ever imagine possible.
- Our experienced leadership team successfully elevated their previous school to an outstanding accreditation: For the last six years, The Aquila School’s Principal and Head of Primary have worked together at the first ever school in Abu Dhabi to have been graded as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas, and the only primary school to be awarded outstanding twice. They are very excited to have this opportunity to set up The Aquila School ‘from the ground up’ and create a caring and happy environment to encourage Amazing Learning in all children, which is central to everything The Aquila School will do.
-As a new school, we are privileged to have a range of brand new, top-class facilities, including an auditorium, two multi-purpose sports halls, two heated and chilled swimming pools (with weekly swimming from FS1) a dance studio, a well-stocked library with thousands of books, music and art rooms, food technology and design technology rooms, shaded outdoor play areas, and a multi-purpose astro pitch. Our spacious, well-resourced classrooms and learning areas are filled with natural light, providing excellent conditions for learning.
- All of our class teachers are native English speakers and bring with them many years of UK/ international experience. Some of our teachers have also worked with the Leadership Team at their previous outstanding school.
- At The Aquila School, we believe children learn best when they’re happy and secure in a stimulating and nurturing environment. We embrace the individuality of every child and ensure their safety and wellbeing is high priority. We ensure EVERY child, whatever their learning, language or emotional needs, makes the best possible progress within a truly inclusive and caring ethos. Our inclusion staff are on hand to provide any additional support our gifted and special needs children may need.
- The Aquila School offers a wide range of CAS (community, action, service (sometimes called ECAs) activities to help cultivate the individual interests and talents of children and develop social skills. For activities run by our staff we ask the children what they want and design a programme around this. In addition, we use external providers for additional paid-for activities such as additional swimming, football, dance, and so on.
- We are one of the few schools in Dubai to offer longer days for FS1 children, as well as Arabic from FS1. We also offer PE, swimming and music lessons weekly, taught by specialist teachers.

Teaching approach of the school

The Aquila School provides a supportive and engaging international environment, delivering an exciting and creative STEAM 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.
This curriculum encourages children to direct their own learning through collaborative group problem solving. This enables them to apply their skills and knowledge in a meaningful context, facilitating the development of essential critical thinking and communication skills.

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.

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