Admission Process | Best British School in Dubai - The Aquila School

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Are you moving to Dubai? Experiencing the ‘which school in Dubai’ dilemma? We’re here to help.

We know that choosing your child’s school is one of the most challenging decisions a parent has to make and therefore want to help in any way we can. There is information below and we have a professional team to guide and support you through the admissions process who can be contacted with any questions you may have on admissions@theaquilaschool.com or submit your enquiry here.

We are delighted to be able to offer school tours Sunday to Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm and on Saturdays during our open days. Please note an appointment is required to visit the school as per the KHDA guidance. Please book your visit with our admissions team on +971 (0) 4 586 2777. Register for our next open day here or check our upcoming events. As safety is our first priority, school visits are by appointment only and are limited to 30 minutes. We know many families want to come to visit so we respectfully ask you to be on time to avoid any delay.

The Aquila School currently welcomes early years, primary and secondary children (up to Year 9), and then will grow in subsequent years to become an all-through school planning to offer IB and BTEC curriculum in Years 12 and 13.

Recommend us to your friends

At The Aquila School, we recognise that families and friends are the best ambassadors for our unique style of learning and community-minded environment. To support this, we are rewarding all enrolled families with an extra 1000 AED off your child’s tuition fees if you refer a friend who’s child joins The Aquila School.

Is my child joining the right year group?

Using the information below, alongside your child’s most recent school report, we will make sure that there is no confusion over which is the right year group for them, whether you are moving from another school in Dubai or from out of the emirate. 

We are proud to always follow the rules when placing children into classes without exception; this ensures fairness and parity for everyone.

Children moving from other private schools in Dubai:

To complete your registration process, we need to have a leaving request (LC) from your child’s previous school. Please visit your previous school and ask them to issue the leaving certificate for your child. You will need to pay them 120 AED. Then, please visit our school bringing the leaving certificate and the original Emirates ID for yourself and your child to register him on KHDA system with The Aquila School.

Year group your child will go to in September 2021Age requirement
Foundation Stage 13 years old by Aug 31*
Foundation Stage 24 years old by Aug 31*
Year 15 years old by Aug 31*
Year 26 years old by Aug 31*
Year 3 and aboveBased on last class attended (leaving certificate from previous school)

*Please note that if your child is coming from another school within Dubai, we will follow your child’s previous school’s leaving certificate.

*If the children are in the Indian curriculum then it is based on the year they have completed, not the one they started in April 2021.

View the up-to-date information from the regulatory body.

HOW TO APPLY

Our admissions policy has been written to ensure that the school is following fair and appropriate procedures regarding the selection of children. It sets out the requirements for admissions in-line with KHDA regulations.

STEP 1 Submit your application:

Register your parent account and complete your application here. You can contact our admissions team with any questions on +971 (0) 4 586 2777 or admissions@theaquilaschool.com.

STEP 2 Meet and tour:

We are delighted to be able to offer school tours Sunday to Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm and on Saturdays during our open days. Please note an appointment is required to visit the school as per the KHDA guidance. Please book your visit with our admissions team on +971 (0) 4 586 2777. Register for our next open day here or check our upcoming events. As safety is our first priority, school visits are by appointment only and are limited to 30 minutes. We know many families want to come to visit so we respectfully ask you to be on time to avoid any delay.

The safety and well-being of all staff and families prior to opening and during school tours include but are not limited to:

  • Temperature checks upon arrival with a member of our team
  • Masks are to be worn at all times
  • Physical distancing of 2 metres at all times
  • Advance booking for all tours and individual family tours to be conducted
  • Hand sanitisation before entering the school building
  • No shaking hands

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to The Aquila School soon! We won’t shake your hand but will welcome you with a smile and wave!

STEP 3 Securing your child’s place:

We will contact you as soon as possible after the visit. Once you receive an offer, you have one week to complete the registration fee to secure your place. The registration fees is 2,000 AED and is deductible from the first term’s school fees. This fee is non-refundable. By this stage, your child’s documents will have all been submitted.

STEP 4 Starting school:

The school fees should be paid for the term before the first day of school. All documents should be received by the school Registrar before your child can start.

This includes:

  • Passport copy for child, mother and father
  • Visa copy for child, mother and father
  • Emirates ID copies (front and back) for child, mother and father
  • Vaccination record for child
  • Leaving certificate from previous school (attestation required from some countries)
  • Internal school forms (shared by Registrar upon offer acceptance)

 

Placement of our pupils in their new class is carried out by our teachers and senior team, and for pupils joining us at the start of the academic year you will be invited into school before the term begins to meet us and to find out about the day-to-day running of our school.

In order to allow a smooth transition into our school, we have dedicated start days throughout the week, if you are joining us after the start of the term. Our team will advise you and your family about your anticipated start date, once all required documents and payment has been received.

We then look forward to welcoming you on your first day!