ADMISSIONS POLICY

The Aquila School will offer places to families where spaces are available and the school can meet the needs of the child. Applications are dealt with on a first come first served basis.

Re-admissions
Children are eligible for re-registration for the next academic year unless there are significant behavioural issues or any outstanding fees.
Re-enrolment will be open by March. Re-enrolment fees will be 10% of the tuition fees for 2019-2020, to be paid before end of May.

Siblings
Siblings of current students are given priority if the year group is at capacity. Sibling discounts are also available.

Waiting Lists
Where a year group is at capacity, a child may be placed on the waiting list. The parent will be contacted when a place becomes available. If a place is offered it must be accepted or declined within one week.

Applications for the Next Academic Year
These can be made at any time, and our admissions managers will arrange a meeting with you at your convenience.

Medical Records
The school requires current and accurate information regarding your child’s medical requirements, and that you update the school should the circumstances change. We require records of previous medical treatments, allergies, and vaccination records on registration.

Placement of Students After Enrolment
The Aquila School places students in the correct year group in accordance with their age on 31st December if starting school for the first time or in accordance with their year/grade progression, as per KHDA policy.  To maintain equality and diversity in our classes, and to allow students to better support each other’s academic and social development, we place children in the class by considering nationality, language ability, gender, friendship and additional learning needs.

Gender
The Aquila School is a co-educational school.

Nationality
The Aquila School operates a fair and non-discriminatory approach to the selection of students, to enable a diverse and rich cultural experience for all children and members of the school community. Already, in our first year we have over 30 student nationalities.

English Language
The Aquila School delivers the National Curriculum for England to children in English. Language proficiency in FS1 is not used as an indication for admissions. In FS2, primary and secondary, language proficiency is assessed to ensure students can access the curriculum, and progress to the best of their ability.

Additional Learning Requirements
The Aquila School is an inclusive school for gifted students and those with special educational needs. We offer additional learning support where we can help the child to progress. Parents should inform the school at application stage regarding any additional learning support requirements for their child. We may request copies of external documents such as professional assessments and individual learning plans.

In line with the requirements of the local regulatory body we are committed to being as inclusive as we can be. There is no formal assessment to enter our school – rather a dialogue and meeting with the child and their family.  We would only consider rejecting an application if the child’s needs were so great they could not be met in a mainstream school and/or their presence would significantly hinder the learning of the other children.

Behaviour
The Aquila School believes that good student behaviour is fundamental in enabling the best learning experience possible, and all students enrolled at the school should have a positive attitude to learning and respect for the school community. Registration and re-registration are offered subject to this.

Class Capacity
Class sizes will not exceed 24 students unless in exceptional circumstances.

Children with significant needs
The school works in partnership with the Hemam centre.  Hemam are registered, approved and licensed by the Dubai CDA to provide a broad range of specialist therapies on a full time basis for children whose needs are so great that they cannot be met in a mainstream school. The Hemam centre mirrors the Small Steps Provision that operates at Gems Founders School and Gems Metropole School. The Hemam centre charges additional fees for this provision.

Staff Children
Children of The Aquila School teaching staff are guaranteed a school place, subject to the terms of their contract and if the school can meet the needs of the child. They must still complete an enrolment form and supply requested documentation.

Admissions Deadlines
Admissions for the academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20 are open, and enquiries are accepted. Enquire now.

KHDA Registration

All students attending school in Dubai are required to be registered on the KHDA system within one month from their enrolment date, otherwise they are not permitted to attend the school.

 

Families enrolling for the first time in a Dubai school who already have an Emirates ID

To complete the registration process, you will need to visit the school as soon as you can with your physical Emirates ID (cards for both your child and yourself) and you will be requested to confirm your contact details for the KHDA system, via a code that will be sent to your registered mobile phone.

 

Families moving their children from other private schools is Dubai

To complete your registration process, we need to have a transfer request (TC) from your child’s previous school. Please speak to your child’s previous school asking them to send this across. Please be reminded that you are not required to pay any fees for the TC.

 

Families moving their children from schools in other emirates within UAE

To complete your registration process, we need to have a leaving certificate from your child’s previous school, attested from the Education Council in the emirate you are coming from. This will cost no more than 20 AED. Once this attested certificate is obtained, you will need to come and present it to our registrar, along with the physical valid Emirates ID (cards for both your child and yourself) and you will be requested to confirm your contact details for the KHDA system, via a code that will be sent to your registered mobile phone.

 

Families enrolling for the first time in a Dubai school who are in the process of getting/renewing an Emirates ID

If you are in the process of renewing visa documents, or you have not started the process of getting one yet, you are requested to provide copies of any documents completed (passport copy, visa copy) and any documentation confirming that the Emirates ID is under process. You will need to sign an undertaking form with the expected completion date of this process, or your company can issue a letter stating that your Emirates ID is still under process and an instruction of when this will be finalised and completed.

 

Families coming from outside the UAE

Your child will need a Transfer Certificate from their previous school, in the previous country.

 

The Transfer Certificate should include the following information:

  • Certificate printed on the previous school letterhead, stamped and signed by the Principal
  • Confirmation of the school curriculum
  • Confirmation of the child’s date of joining and withdrawal
  • Confirmation of the last attended year / grade and the academic results

 

Families coming from Middle East (excluding GCC countries), South and Central America, Asia, Russia and former Russian States, Eastern Europe, Africa and New Zealand need to have the TC with:

– School principal’s signature and school stamp

– Attestation by the Ministry of Education in the origin country

– Attestation by UAE Consulate or Embassy in the origin country

– Attestation by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the origin country

 

Families coming from North America, Western Europe and Australia, need to have the TC with:

– School principal’s signature and school stamp

– Attestation by UAE Consulate or Embassy in the origin country

 

Families coming from GCC countries, need to have the TC with:

– School principal’s signature and school stamp

– Attestation by the Ministry of Education in the origin country

 

*An entrance examination will be required in the case of home schooling or a long absence from school.