Kent College Dubai

Kent College Dubai

Overview

Kent College Dubai is the sister-school of Kent College Canterbury in England. Located in Nad Al Sheba, KCD opened its doors for children aged 3 to 18 years in 2016. Despite launching with minimum fanfare, Kent College Dubai immediately established a positive reputation with parents for its association with KC Canterbury. 

Following the National Curriculum of England, Kent College Dubai offers British curriculum from Foundation Stage until senior school. The private and co-education school has 880 students belonging to over 71 nationalities. There are 80 teachers and 17 teaching assistants, making the teacher to student ratio to 1:11. Also, adhering to the KHDA inclusive framework, KCD school has around 79 students of determination.

The first KHDA inspection was performed in 2018 – 2019 and Kent College Dubai private school was rated ‘Good’ – a notable achievement for a school on its very first rating.

Residential Communities near Kent College Dubai

The nearest family-friendly communities include: 

The closest residential neighbourhood is Dubai Silicon Oasis. The community has an interesting combination of residential and commercial properties. 

Families who wish to live near the school can consider:

Campus of Kent College Dubai

The 53,000 sqm Kent College campus is an L-shaped building with facilities like a shaded play area and a sports field

Kent College Dubai has an impressive range of facilities. The Foundation Stage and junior school share the same building while the senior section has a separate building.  You will also find a 458-seater auditorium-turned-theatre.

Campus facilities at Kent College Dubai
The 458-seater auditorium holds numerous performance throughout the year (Image Credit: Kent College Dubai)

For extra-curricular activities, KCD has separate rooms for Drama, Art, Music Technology and Dance classes. Three libraries cater to FS, junior and senior sections. One can also find science labs, design technology workshops and food and nutrition labs

Besides these, there are ICT Suites for junior and senior section, a senior school inclusion room, 4 junior school intervention rooms and a well-being room. Similarly, sports facilities include a large indoor sports hall where students can take part in badminton, basketball, netball, volleyball, table tennis and gymnastics. Also, there are 4G pitches for cricket, rugby and football, an athletic track, 2 swimming pools and 3 play areas for primary section students.

Location of Kent College Dubai

Kent College Dubai location is Al Abjar Street in Nad Al Sheba 2, Dubai. The school is located close to Dubai – Al Ain Road (E66).

Why Kent College Dubai?

Kent College Dubai stands out because of its sister school in Canterbury, England which is almost 135 years old and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ numerous times

Despite being a new addition, Kent College Dubai is already enjoying a winning position with families and students. The school achieved a ‘Good’ KHDA rating in its first inspection. The KHDA report appreciates the school for its top-tier facilities and the use of innovative technology in the teaching schedule.

Apart from this, KCD has a secondary school.

Teachers with international degrees and a vast amount of experience in relevant fields are another asset of the school. Finally, Kent College Dubai, Nad Al Sheba runs a pastoral care service that prioritises the mental and emotional wellness of students besides the physical well-being.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

The Government of Dubai has developed protocols for schools to follow until the pandemic is over. This is an accumulative effort and approach to keep everyone, including students, teachers, parents and all the relevant third parties safe and healthy.

The KHDA has uploaded protocols for school reopening on the official website for your convenience. Here’s an overview of the preventive SOPs in place. 

  • Sterilising the school building, classrooms, laboratories and other facilities regularly, according to the recommendations of the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management.
  • Assessing the temperature of everyone who enters the school building daily.
  • Maintaining physical distance guidelines as recommended by the relevant health authorities and reducing the headcount capacity in classrooms.
  • Seats will be placed 1.5 metres apart in classrooms.
  • Keeping the bus capacity between 30% and 50%.
  • Limiting gatherings and suspending group activities such as school celebrations and sports events.
  • Appointing a trained health and safety officer to ensure that people and processes in the school comply with health and safety protocols.
  • Physical education will continue; however, swimming pools will be closed.
  • School-wide events such as sports day, assemblies, international days, activities are put on hold.
  • Students can either attend classes in person or opt for distance or E-learning; schools can and should provide 100% distance learning provisions.
  • For now, schools’ fees remain unchanged for the next academic year; however, schools have the authority to offer discounts as they deem fit.
  • COVID-19 PCR testing is not mandatory for students without travel history. Only those who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to take the PCR test.
  • The KHDA recommends schools to provide virtual tours. If parents do visit the campus, they MUST follow all the safety measures. This includes wearing face masks and maintaining a 1.5 metres distance.

Years Offered at Kent College Dubai

Following the National Curriculum of England, KC Dubai offers education from Foundation Stage until the Sixth Form.

Phases
Years Covered
Phases
Foundation Stage
Years Covered
FS 1 and FS 2
Phases
Key Stage 1
Years Covered
Year 1 and Year 2
Phases
Key Stage 2
Years Covered
Year 3 to Year 6
Phases
Key Stage 3
Years Covered
Year 7 to Year 9
Phases
Key Stage 4
Years Covered
Year 10 and Year 11
Phases
Key Stage 5 / Sixth Form
Years Covered
Year 12 and Year 13
Secondary school at Kent College Dubai
The school offers a secondary section for the convenience of both students and parents (Image Credit: Kent College Dubai)

Kent College Dubai Curriculum

Foundation Stage

Kent College Dubai follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Programme. This stage sets standards for the learning, development and care of young children. The school emphasises on play-based and children-initiative activities to promote their confidence. 

Seven key areas of development are reinforced in FS1 and FS2. These include: 

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts

Furthermore, four themes are observed in the Early Year Foundation stage for planning, observation and assessment of students. These include:

  1. A unique child
  2. Positive relationships
  3. Enabling environments
  4. Learning and development

Junior School (Key Stage 1 and 2)

KCD starts engaging its students in extra-curricular activities to groom their learning skills, especially in numeracy and literacy areas. Additionally, specialised learning centres such as a Science lab, food technology room, art room, PSHE room, design and technology room and a primary library are available to students. 

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 includes Year 7 to Year 9. Since the students enter the first phase of senior school, the curriculum builds the foundation for courses that students will take up in their GCSEs. 

Additionally, students are taught to develop work ethics and independent thinking at this stage. 

Subjects offered include English, Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Arabic, Islamic Studies, French or Spanish, History, Geography, Design & Technology, Art, Music, Drama, PE and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).

Key Stage 4

At this stage, students appear for the General Certificate of Secondary Examination (GCSEs) in six (minimum) and a maximum of 12 subjects. 

Core courses offered here include English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Islamic Studies (non-examined) and PSHE (non-examined).

Optional subjects include Geography, History, ICT, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, French, Drama, Design Technology, Art & Design, Business Studies and Arabic.

Sixth Form

Sixth Form students appear for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced (A) Level examinations

Kent College Dubai requires students to have 4 B/ level 6 grades and 2 C/ level 5 grades in their GCSE for AS-Level admissions. English language (first language) and Mathematics are the two compulsory subjects. 

Subjects offered in A-Levels are Arabic, Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design Technology, Drama, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Maths, Further Maths, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology and Spanish.

Physical Education and Tour Time are a mandatory component of the Sixth Form curriculum. 

Please note that there is a 20-pupil cap for classes in senior school. This is to ensure that each student gets maximum attention from the teacher in the classroom.

Distance Learning at Kent College Dubai

The government of Dubai has mandated schools to offer distance learning provisions in addition to in-class learning, especially in the first phase of reopening. Distance learning format might differ from school to school and term to term but students opting for this model will be kept updated on the curriculum followed.

Kent College Dubai has been rated ‘Developed‘ for distance learning provision by the KHDA. This is the highest rating that a school can score.

KHDA Rating

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) inspects schools in Dubai and evaluates their performance based on a six-point scale as shown below.

KHDA ratings for private schools in Dubai
Kent College Dubai was recently rated ‘Good’ by the KHDA

Kent College Dubai’s KHDA rating for the year 2018 – 2019 is ‘Good. ’ The report further highlights the key strong and weak areas of the school.

Things that the school does best include:

  • Strong personal development of students in FS and primary years.
  • Students portray a positive attitude, good behaviour and commitment towards their health and safety. 
  • Resources and facilities provided by the school are exceptional.

Areas for improvement according to the report are:

  • KCD should raise the attainment levels in the junior and senior phase.
  • Improve the quality of self-evaluation by setting clear priorities and increasing the quality of teaching in all subjects.
  • KCD should reinforce the role of middle leaders to support teaching, learning and assessment across the school.

Academic Calendar for Kent College Dubai

Like other British schools in Dubai, Kent College Dubai academic calendar starts from September. The calendar is divided into three terms.

  • The first term starts in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December, followed by a 3-week winter break.
  • The second term starts in the first week of January and ends in the last week of March, followed by a 2-week spring break.
  • The third term starts in the second week of April and ends in the first week of July, followed by a 2-month summer break.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Kent College Dubai?

Kent College Dubai’s admission is open all-year-round. It is divided into three stages – Registration, Assessment and Acceptance to simplify the process. 

Registration

The admissions process starts with online registration.  Following this, parents will have to pay a registration fee of AED 500 and bring along the following documents:

  • Copies of the last 2 school reports or a nursery report (only in English)
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport, UAE residence visa, Emirates ID card and birth certificate
  • A copy of the applicant’s immunisation record
  • A copy of parents’ passport, UAE residence visa, Emirates ID card and birth certificate
  • 4 passport-size pictures of the applicant (White background)

Assessment

Ideally, assessments are made at Kent College Dubai. However, for overseas students, the school can arrange remote assessment facilities at their current school campus.

Although not mandatory, Kent College Dubai encourages prospective students to visit the school in the morning before appearing for assessment in the afternoon.

Assessments will be arranged after parents/students have successfully paid registration fees, registered online and have submitted all the relevant documents.

  • Foundation Stage students have their assessment from January to March in small groups. They are assessed for school readiness. 
  • Students applying in Year 1 and 2 will meet with the Deputy Head or Head of Junior section and will be assessed for age-appropriate reading, writing and maths skill.
  • Students applying in Year 3 to 6 will have to sit for a 60 to 90-minute computerised abilities assessment (CAT4) and submit a writing sample.
  • Students joining the senior school will have to sit for a 90-minute computerised abilities assessment (CAT4), submit a writing sample and meet the Deputy Head or Head of Senior School.
  • Students joining the Sixth Form will have to submit their GCSE result.

Acceptance

After receiving an offer from the school, parents can sign the acceptance paperwork and pay a deposit within 4 weeks of the start of school to confirm a place. They must also complete the KHDA registration within the deadline, which typically is within four weeks of the start of the school.

For KHDA registration, parents must provide the school with a transfer certificate (for Years 1 to 12) and a valid Emirates ID for the student and the parent/guardian. They must also sign the KHDA Parent-School Contract. The admission office will provide further details on how transfer certificates need to be attested.

Nevertheless, parents must ensure that their child meets the following age criteria before initiating the admission process.

Years
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 1
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
4
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 2
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
5
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 1
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
6
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 2
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
8
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 3
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Years
Year 4
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Years
Year 5
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Years
Year 6
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Years
Year 7
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10
Years
Year 8
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Years
Year 9
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Years
Year 10
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Years
Year 11
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Years
Year 12
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Years
Year 13
Minimum Entry Age
17
Maximum Entry Age
20
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
16

This is based on the age of the students on 31st July (for schools beginning in April) and 31st December (for schools beginning in September). Source: KHDA

* This is to cater to students transferring from systems that admit students of a younger age)

Fee Structure at Kent College Dubai

Here’s the Kent College Dubai fees structure for the current academic year is as follows:

Year Group
KHDA Approved Fees
UAE National Discount Fees
Corporate Discount Fees
Year Group
FS 1
KHDA Approved Fees
AED 54,000
UAE National Discount Fees
AED 38,200
Corporate Discount Fees
AED 38,200
Year Group
FS 2
KHDA Approved Fees
AED 54,000
UAE National Discount Fees
AED 43,200
Corporate Discount Fees
AED 45,900
Year Group
Year 1
KHDA Approved Fees
AED 58,000
UAE National Discount Fees
AED 46,400
Corporate Discount Fees
AED 48,000
Year Group
Year 2 and Year 3
KHDA Approved Fees
AED 69,00
UAE National Discount Fees
AED 55,200
Corporate Discount Fees
AED 55,200
Year Group
Year 4 and Year 5
KHDA Approved Fees
AED 74,000
UAE National Discount Fees
AED 56,200
Corporate Discount Fees
AED 56,200
Year Group
Year 6
KHDA Approved Fees
AED 80,000
UAE National Discount Fees
AED 58,000
Corporate Discount Fees
AED 58,000
Year Group
Year 7
KHDA Approved Fees
AED 80,000
UAE National Discount Fees
AED 64,000
Corporate Discount Fees
AED 68,000
Year Group
Year 8 and Year 9
KHDA Approved Fees
AED 86,000
UAE National Discount Fees
AED 66,200
Corporate Discount Fees
AED 73,100
Year Group
Year 10 and Year 11
KHDA Approved Fees
AED 92,000
UAE National Discount Fees
AED 68,080
Corporate Discount Fees
AED 73,600
Year Group
Year 12 and Year 13
KHDA Approved Fees
AED 98,000
UAE National Discount Fees
AED 72,520
Corporate Discount Fees
AED 78,400

Some other additional charges include:

  • A non-refundable registration fee of AED 500 (due upon registration)
  • Upon acceptance of admission offer, up to 10% of the annual fee will have to be paid, which will be later deducted from the first term fees.
  • A re-registration deposit of up to 5% of annual fees to confirm a seat in the next academic year. 

Discount Policy

Kent College Dubai has multiple discounts to facilitate parents. However, you cannot avail more than one discount at a time. 

  • Corporate Discount: A discount of 15% on tuition fee applies to corporate partners’ employees. This discount is valid up to July 2021 and can be renewed for a similar term based on mutual agreement between the school and the corporate partner. However, organisations like Emirates Airline, Fly Dubai and ICE/MHK Group have separate corporate discount agreements with the school.
  • Sibling Discount: 10% discount on the second sibling, 15% discount on the third sibling and a 20% discount on the fourth or more siblings.
  • Senior students are eligible to apply for Kent Scholarship (discussed later in this section). 

Fees Payment

Kent College Dubai fee is payable in three parts. The first instalment has to be paid by 1st August, 2nd instalment by 1st December and third instalment by 1st March.

Scholarships at Kent College Dubai

Kent College Dubai has a scholarship program only for senior school students. Under this program, students can get a 50% concession on the KHDA approved annual tuition fee for two years. The school is currently accepting applications for the year 2020 – 2021. 

Students can apply for scholarships in four categories including Academic Achievement, Music and Performing Arts, Sporting Excellence and Arabic Language Studies (open to both native and non-native speakers).

Eligibility Criteria

Current and prospective students contending for a scholarship by Kent College Dubai often have similar eligibility criteria. The scholarship is granted to those who:

  • Show remarkable performance in academics
  • Participate in extracurricular activities
  • Successfully satisfy the criteria for a specific award
  • Have shown commitment towards the school and the community
  • Have fulfilled the role of the leader in their academic, extra-curricular activity or community work
  • Have endorsed the vision, mission and values of the school

Additional Offerings

Qualifying for the scholarship programme not only provides up to 50% concession in the annual tuition fee but places the student on the highest level of the school’s Personal performance Pathways Programme and brings more perks as well.

  • Academic scholars are given a 1 on 1 tutorship with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
  • Performing Arts scholars get a one-on-one meeting and guidance from a member of the Performing Arts Team. Also, they get the chance to attend master classes and summer school. Last, there is an opportunity to receive a scholarship from Urdang International – one of the most prestigious Performing Arts academies in the UK.
  • Athletic scholars receive mentorship and guidance from Sports specialists. They also join Excellence Pathway and attend individual and team-based skill mastery sessions along with sports, nutrition, psychological preparation and strength and conditioning.
  • Arabic scholars will be part of one-on-one mentorship sessions with the Arabic Language Team. They attend summer school in schools and universities. 

To start the application process, students are required to submit their application form, essay and supporting documents to the Admissions department.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Kent College Dubai

The KCD school encourages children to make healthy choices when bringing lunch from home as well as when buying a cooked meal from the kitchen. They can have lunch in the EYFS building.

School Transportation at Kent College Dubai

KC Dubai outsources transport service to School Transport Services (STS) LLC. All STS drivers are highly trained and have a valid driving license. They also participate in on-going customer care and driver’s training courses. Each year, the drivers go through a 30-hour Safe Driving course

All the buses are well-equipped with GPS tracker and video surveillance. The routes cover five major areas including Jumeirah, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Silicon Oasis, The Villa and Arabian Ranches

In case a student is absent, parents must inform the driver and the school beforehand. If there’s a change in the drop-off location, parents are advised to extend a signed written request to the school in advance. For covered areas and breakdown of transportation fee, please click here.

Holiday Camps at Kent College Dubai

Aquatix Dubai arranges a winter camp at the Kent College Dubai and Horizon International School. Children willing to participate in this camp will have to pay AED 150 for a day and AED 600 for a week

Children will have the opportunity to participate in ECA champions Karate, badminton, triathlon training and Aquatix swimming.

Sports Facilities

Sports facilities at Kent College Dubai
The all-girl sports team at the school (Image Credit: Kent College Dubai)

Interested students will be glad to see the sports facilities that the school has arranged for them. Students can play sports like basketball, volleyball, netball, badminton, table tennis and gymnastics in the large sports hall designed for junior and senior schools. Foundation stage children have their own sports hall in addition to the three play areas

Besides that, you will find two swimming pools. There are 4G cricket, rugby and football pitches and an athletic track as well.

Extra-curricular Activities at Kent College Dubai

Extracurricular activities at Kent College Dubai
Foundation Stage students receiving applause after a performance (Image Credit: Kent College Dubai)

Extra-curricular activities at Kent College Dubai allow students to explore and engage in various experiences. These activities are divided into four categories – sports, academic, performance and creative

ECA Categories
Activities
ECA Categories
Creative
Activities
Pen-pal writers, chess, sewing, art and craft, school newspaper, board games, design and make, economics club, film club, language leaders and upcycling
ECA Categories
Sports
Activities
Athletics, baseball, basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton, football, cricket, cross country, fitness, gymnastics, hockey, hip hop cardio, rugby, swimming and horse riding.
ECA Categories
Performing Activities
Activities
Production and dance classes.
ECA Categories
Academic Activities
Activities
Languages (Arabic, French, Italian and Spanish), ICT, STEM, book club, debating society, Model United Nations (MUNs), EAL study skills and support, Enterprise, Geography club, History society, Maths support, Physics, Science club, presentation skills and world scholar’s cup.

Field Trips from Kent College Dubai

To enhance and understand the various cultures, KCD arranges local and international trips for students. Children have visited Legoland Park, Al Ain Museum and Dubai Butterfly Garden while international tour included a trip to Borneo Island.

Field trip from Kent College Dubai
Students on an international trip to Borneo Island (Image Credit: Kent College Dubai)

After-school Care

After-school care is available for junior and senior section students. Junior school children have their after-school session from 02:30 pm to 03:20 pm while senior students have their session from 03:20 pm to 04:30 pm.

Medical Care at Kent College Dubai

The school has 2 small clinics that are managed by full-time nurses. Parents have to provide complete details regarding their child’s allergies, medical conditions and prescription medications.

KCD, Nad Al Sheba, maintains health records for each student. In case of minor accidents, students are provided first aid at the school. If specialised medical treatment is needed, the school takes the student to the nearest hospital via ambulance.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

KCD realises the value of involving parents in children’s academic life. Hence, the school has established a Parent and Friend Association (PFA) that organises various events to expose students to enriching experiences. KCB PFA allows parents to be a part of the organising team. 

Also, there’s a parent portal where parents can sign up to view information regarding their child’s performance and attendance. The portal lists all past and upcoming school events. 

You can also be a part of the grade-specific WhatsApp group and receive instant notifications.

Kent College Dubai Contact Information

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