Admissions Policy | The Aquila International School Dubai

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.

Siblings
Siblings of current pupils including those with additional needs are given priority if the year group is at capacity. Sibling discounts are also available.

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.

Waiting Lists
Where a year group is at capacity, a child may be placed on the waiting list. The parent will be contacted if and 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. Admissions are currently open for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 academic years.

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 Pupils After Enrolment
The Aquila School places pupils in the correct year group in accordance with their age on 31st August 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 pupils 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 children, to enable a diverse and rich cultural experience for all children and members of the school community.

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 children can access the curriculum, and progress to the best of their ability.

Additional Learning Requirements
The Aquila School is an inclusive school for gifted children 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 or request that a professional assessment is carried out and the report shared with the school.

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 such that they could not be met in a mainstream school and/or their presence would significantly hinder the learning of the other children. In exceptional cases, the school may require the provision of a suitably-qualified Individual Learning Support Assistant, which would be employed by the family and approved by the school following school safeguarding, background checks etc.

Behaviour
The Aquila School believes that good behaviour is fundamental in enabling the best learning experience possible, and all children 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 children unless in exceptional circumstances.

Pupils of Determination

The admission of Pupils of Determination (Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities) whether the needs are declared by the parents or identified through the admissions process will be supported by our Inclusion Team led by our Head of Inclusion.  The team will work with parents as well as other specialists, where necessary, throughout the admissions process. Admission is not conditional on a medical diagnosis, however parents are asked to share previous reports which identify barriers to learning and recommended support strategies prior to admission assessments to enable the school to provide the best pathway to an inclusive education.   

Places are allocated on a case-by-case basis and are based on assessment of the pupils needs at time of entry, particularly focusing on the pupils’ strengths as well as the challenges to ensure effective provision planning. The Principal and Head of Inclusion will agree before an offer is made. Pupils may be placed on a waiting list if the level of inclusion need is already high within the requested year group.  

In addition to the graduated approach of quality first teaching, through Level 1, 2 and 3 support, The Aquila School works in consolidation with the Hemam Learning Support Center where we aim to support pupils who have significant needs and challenges to be included in a mainstream school environment and education. We work in partnership with the Hemam center who provide tailor made provision for pupils to receive, specialized therapies and personalized programmes within school. The children work within the mainstream classroom and receive personalized therapy with an individual ABA therapist.    

In exceptional circumstances, where the school denies a pupil of determination admission the criteria and rationale for the decision will be clearly described through the completion of KHDA’s non- admission procedure. Priority admission is provided for a student of determination with a sibling already on role in the school. 

Admissions Deadlines

Admissions for the academic years 2022/23 and 2023/24 are currently open.

Re-admissions
Children are eligible for re-registration for the next academic year unless there are significant behavioural issues or additional learning needs that were not identified at the time of original admission.  Re-admissions fees are due in April of each year.

Families Moving Their Children from Other Private Schools In Dubai
To complete your registration process, we need to have a Leaving certificate 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 will be required to pay a fee for processing to the previous school.

Families Coming from Outside the UAE
Your child will need a Leaving Certificate from their previous school, in the previous country.

The Leaving Certificate should include the following information:

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