Kent College Dubai is one community spread across three schools; Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Junior and Senior. Each school has its own building and dedicated facilities on our 53,000-square-metre campus, and from a child’s viewpoint, progression through the school is marked by ascending building size – the EYFS building is single storey, the Junior school has two storeys and the Senior three. We believe that this three-schools-in one approach offers many advantages for our pupils – smooth transitions from one stage to the next, many opportunities for integration between age groups, and the advantages of both specialised and shared facilities.
The whole school is overseen by our founding Principal, Patrick Lee-Browne, while Carmella Jodrell is Head of the Junior School (including the EYFS). They both work closely with the Senior Management Team to create a cohesive and integrated whole-school ethos. Pupils in each school wear a slightly different uniform and each school has specialist teachers who are fully qualified in the relevant pupil ages and developmental stages.
Children start at Kent College Dubai at the age of three, where they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. At five years old they move from the Early Years Foundation Stage, progressing to Key Stage 1 in Years 1 and 2. As they continue through the Junior school, pupils follow Key Stage 2 in Years 3 to 6 (ages 7-11). At age 11, pupils move to the Senior school to study Key Stage 3 in Years 7 to 9, and Key Stage 4 in Years 10 and 11, leading to GCSE qualifications. In the Sixth form, Years 12 and 13, Kent College Dubai offers a wide choice of A levels ( the International Baccalaureate will be offered in the near future).
At KCD we pride ourselves on being an inclusive school which focuses on the well-being and progress of each and every pupil. We have high expectations of all our pupils and provide a range of services, strategies and support to overcome any barriers to learning. A pupil may develop a need that requires additional support at any time and stage during their journey at KCD, be it academic, emotional or behavioural, a language barrier, or a special gift or talent that needs nurturing. The Learning Support staff work closely with class teachers and parents to identify additional needs as early as possible, to ensure support is provided to enable the pupil to fulfill their full potential. We have two Learning Support departments, responsible for pupils in the Early Years and Junior School and those in the Senior School.
Learning Support staff qualified in teaching children with Special Educational Needs may provide support in class, in small groups or on a 1:1 basis as required by the pupil. They work closely with the class teacher to ensure effective strategies are in place to remove any barriers to learning and ensure the full inclusion of the pupil within the whole-class setting. When support of a more specialist nature is required, such as Speech or Occupational Therapy, we have therapists working within the school in partnership with Riverston Children?s Centre.
At KCD we celebrate the diversity of our pupils and encourage the bilingual nature of our community. Where pupils are in the early stages as English Language Learners (ELL), members of the Learning Support department are on hand to ensure they can fully access our British curriculum and support the development of their spoken English language skills.
KCD strives for all our pupils to succeed in their education and recognises that some of our pupils have outstanding abilities and specific talents and gifts. We aim to provide a range of opportunities for pupils to develop, extend and challenge those special abilities both inside and outside of the classroom, whether of an academic, musical, sporting or artistic nature.