We continue to share our valuable school visits in this week’s blog. Our team at Teacherhorizons have a thorough understanding of what makes a school desirable from a teacher’s perspective. We travel to our schools and check in with the quality and environment of the place often so that we can share this wealth of information with you. We know how useful it is for teachers in making a decision about whether they would like to work there.
Laura has recently been visiting a few places in the UAE and has kindly shared her experiences with us.
Fairgreen International School, Dubai
Fairgreen International School is a very small school at present. There are only 380 kids but the campus has a capacity for 1000 so there are definitely opportunities for growth. It is an IB school from PYP through to DP.
Location: It is situated on a brand new campus which will focus on innovation and sustainability. The building is also a pioneering architectural design concept. Located in Dubai Sustainable City – a very unique location. It also prides itself as a Plastic free campus!
Facilities: are top quality – wood throughout, no plastic – all the usual state of the art classrooms etc but also research and food production labs, a library and learning hub, and arts and music labs, sports facilities. Students have access to an Innovation Centre, Junior Innovation Centre, Equestrian Centre, and biking and jogging tracks. One of The Sustainable City’s spacious bio-domes is dedicated to the school and will serve as its Health, Wellness, and Learning Centre.
Teachers and staff: The Headteacher is lovely, he was at IS Hague for 7 years and IS Bangkok, very personable and takes a strong interest in the personal and professional development of staff. All members were very supportive and there was a community feel in the school when I attended for the open day.
Overall impression: I witnessed a strong ethic of care, a great focus on sustainability, a collegial atmosphere with great students in a highly unique location.
Brighton College, Abu Dhabi.
Al Basma British School, Abu Dhabi
Al Basma British School is a thriving and oversubscribed school that was rated Very Good by ADEK in their January 2019 inspection report. In addition, in Feb 2019, the BSO inspection graded the school good with many outstanding features, commenting on the school’s remarkable rate of improvement. It is a BSO accredited school (British Schools Overseas) and is offers a UK recognised induction year to NQTs and candidates with QTS who are yet to complete their induction year so is great for new teachers.
Location: Al Basma is located in a quiet and safe neighbourhood of Abu Dhabi called Al Bahia, near to the international airport and Yas Island. Dubai is a 35-minute drive from the school. A high proportion of Emirati students and girls and boys are taught separately from Y6 to Y11.
Staff: Allison MacDonald has been the Principal of Al Basma British School since it opened in 2014 and has the school has developed from strength to strength under her leadership.