Kings School Al Barsha

Kings School Al Barsha

Overview

Kings’ School Al Barsha is a vital part of the Kings’ School family, providing foundation stage to sixth form education. It is an educational community based on positive outcomes, resulting in top-notch education for all. Since its inception in 2014, it has grown in popularity and now offers education to students till Year 13. Kings’ School Dubai and Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba are sister branches. The school caters to students from early years to high school and follows the National Curriculum of England. It also helps students attain the gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.

Currently, it provides education to around 2,000 students belonging to more than 70 different nationalities. It also provides education to over 120 students requiring special care and attention. An adequate amount of trained staff and faculty ensures an ideal educational environment. King’s School Al Barsha also offers extensive extra-curricular activities that further discover their hidden talents. All this has made Kings’ School Al Barsha one of the top schools in Al Barsha.

Read this comprehensive guide by Bayut to learn more about this school.

Residential Communities near Kings’ School Al Barsha

Located in Al Barsha 3, It is in proximity to various residential communities, providing easy access to those living near the Al Barsha campus.

Motor City is the nearest residential community that offers predominantly apartment-style living, satiable to meet the needs of many.

Campus of Kings’ School Al Barsha

The Kings’ School Al Barsha campus is the second of the three campuses in Dubai. It is the only branch of the Kings’ School in Dubai that offers secondary and sixth form education and is close to central Dubai. The campus sprawls over an extensive area with high-end educational and non-educational facilities. It has a purpose-built campus with roomy and spacious classrooms and high-end laboratories.

The campus has access to a wireless internet connection. Classrooms have Apple TVs and interactive whiteboards to assist in teaching. Students also have access to ICT devices such as iPads. It also has a food technology and design technology lab with modern equipment. Moreover, it has an enormous area dedicated to sports-related activities.

Use of ICT devices in Kings' School AL Barsha classrooms
Students use ICT devices (Kings’ School Al Barsha Facebook Page)

The educational institute also has a visual and performance arts section with an auditorium, art rooms, theatres and music recording studios. Two large-sized libraries, including an e-library, are also available for students to learn from the best available literature. The campus also has a fully-functional cafeteria and a terrace accessible by students, teachers and parents.

Location of Kings’ School Al Barsha

The Al Barsha campus of Kings’ School is on Umm Suqeim Street (D63) near Al Barsha South. Al Barsha South is a popular area in Dubai with various residential and commercial properties.

Located at the centre of Dubai, major residential and commercial areas like Al Barsha, Arabian Ranches, Motor City, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai Hills Estate and Academic City are near the school.

Why Kings’ School Al Barsha?

Kings’ School Al Barsha is synonymous with high-quality education because of its outstanding reputation and modern-day technology. With a highly trained faculty and advanced technology teams, students are exposed to a great learning environment for their future development. The school’s vision and culture also ensure that they can excel in academic and non-academic skills.

Also, an extensive range of co-curricular activities from Year 1 onwards makes it an attractive option for parents to let their children develop all-round skills. It offers one of the best sports facilities for schools in Dubai, which caters to pupils interested in different sports.

Another attractive feature of the Al Barsha campus is its inclusion policy. It admits children irrespective of their nationality, ethnic background, or other forms of discrimination. They follow the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework (2017), which ensures children with disabilities and special needs, English as their second language, English learners and gifted and talented students are given chances to avail high-quality education.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

KHDA has issued a revised set of protocols once the Ministry of Education (MOE) reopened schools for the academic year 2021-2022. Most COVID-19 protocols remain the same with slight modifications considering Dubai’s current health and safety situation. The revised COVID-19 protocols are as follows: COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory for students and staff members. Employees eligible for the vaccine but not interested will have to submit a negative PCR test result every week. Unlike schools in Abu Dhabi, students are not obliged to submit negative PCR test results.

All students must physically return to school by October 3. The remote learning programme will be offered to students that show a relevant medical certificate issued by the Dubai Health Authority. Schools can switch to distance learning if a positive COVID-19 case is identified.

Parents can now pick up and drop off their children from the classroom if the school allows. However, schools should ensure that parents do not have access to other facilities on campus.

Moreover, KHDA has reduced the minimum physical distance from 1.5 metres to 1 metre. However, schools should continue to take precautions by maintaining a safe distance. Staff members and students above six years old should wear a mask at all times.

Schools are now allowed to conduct swimming and sports lessons, holiday camps, extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs and catering services under strict health and safety measures. Schools must clean and sanitise the changing and sports areas after each group of children.

Students are asked to enter the specific gates wearing facemasks. The school has to check their temperatures at the entry points. Students with body temperatures over 37.5-degree centigrade are not allowed to enter. They will be sent home with their parents.

For more information, read the detailed COVID-19 protocols and guidelines issued by KHDA.

Years Offered at Kings’ School Al Barsha

Kings’ School Al Barsha has divided the school into five sections, as seen below.

Sections
Years Covered
Sections
Foundation Stage
Years Covered
FS1 and FS2
Sections
Key Stage 1
Years Covered
Year 1 and Year 2
Sections
Key Stage 2
Years Covered
Year 3 to Year 6
Sections
Key Stage 3
Years Covered
Year 7 to Year 9
Sections
Key Stage 4
Years Covered
Year 10 and Year 11
Sections
Key Stage 5 / Sixth Form
Years Covered
Year 12 and Year 13

Kings’ School Al Barsha Curriculum

 Kings’ School Al Barsha follows the EYFS curriculum for foundation education and the National Curriculum of the UK for primary and secondary education.

Foundation Stage Curriculum

In Foundation Stages FS1 and FS2, Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) is adopted. The school’s curriculum revolves around the following seven key areas of learning:

  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Communication and Language
  • Understanding the World
  • Arts and Design

Class teachers predominantly teach core subjects, but specialists conduct the Swimming, Music, Physical Education (PE) and Arabic classes.

Primary Curriculum

The school’s curriculum for primary education ensures a smooth transition from the playful foundation stage to a more formal learning environment. The Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) curriculum has a range of core and specialised subjects, including foreign languages.

Art-related activities in Kings' School Al Barsha
Students engaged in art-related activities as part of their syllabus (Kings’ School Al Barsha Facebook Page)

In KS2, the school focuses on learning through independent leadership and collaboration to build confidence and thinking skills. These skills are essential to ensure a smooth transition to secondary education.

Secondary Curriculum

Key Stage 3 (KS3) and Key Stage 4 (KS4) are the components of the secondary curriculum followed at this school. The skills learned in the primary education stage is put in use for secondary education. For Years 7 to 9, KS3 includes a broach curriculum taught by specialist teachers.

The subjects offered to students in KS3 and KS4 are:

Subjects
English
Subjects
Maths
Subjects
History or Geography
Subjects
Sciences
Subjects
Languages
Subjects
Computer Science

Sixth Form

Students in Years 12 and 13 can opt for either the A level or BTECH program. The curriculum for Sixth Form education includes the Duke of Edinburgh Award, leadership opportunities, work experience and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The curriculum develops emotional intelligence, critical thinking, enquiry, and leadership qualities. Subjects offered to students in this stage are:

Subjects
Arabic
Subjects
Art and Design
Subjects
Biology
Subjects
Business
Subjects
Business Studies
Subjects
Chemistry
Subjects
Computer Science
Subjects
Design and Technology
Subjects
Drama and Theatre Studies
Subjects
Economics
Subjects
English Literature
Subjects
French
Subjects
Further Mathematics
Subjects
Geography
Subjects
History
Subjects
Islamic Studies
Subjects
Mathematics
Subjects
Music
Subjects
Music Technology
Subjects
Photography
Subjects
Physical Education
Subjects
Physics
Subjects
Politics
Subjects
Psychology
Subjects
Sociology
Subjects
Spanish

Distance Learning at Kings’ School Al Barsha

As per the new COVID-19 protocols issued by KHDA, schools are discontinuing the distance learning programme from October 3, 2021. Those wishing to continue their education via distance learning have to show a relevant health certificate issued by Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Schools may revert back to distance learning if COVID-19 cases are detected in a class or a group in a class.

KHDA Rating

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is a governmental organisation responsible for the growth of education in Dubai. One key responsibility of the KHDA is to inspect schools on an annual basis and rate them on certain criteria. The overall rating of the school can fall into one of the following six ratings: Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Acceptable, Weak and Very Weak. The rating allows parents to select the best school for their children based on various aspects.

KHDA's 6-point rating scale
A brief explanation of the KHDA’s 6-point rating scale

In the recent inspection of 2018-19, the Kings’ School Al Barsha KHDA rating is ‘Outstanding‘. Their previous ratings also depict a ‘Very Good’ and ‘Good’ rating for the years 2017-18 and 2016-17, respectively.

This indicates that the school is constantly upgrading its curriculum and teaching resources as per KHDA guidelines for providing high-quality education.

The key positives highlighted by KHDA include inspirational leadership, a safe, secure and protective learning environment and a strong curriculum based on innovation and creativity. Other highlights include the practices for FS1 and FS2 students and higher engagement of students towards general learning skills. KHDA recommends Kings’ Schools Al Barsha to build on the foundation set by the school for Arabic and Islamic education.

Academic Calendar for Kings’ School Al Barsha

The academic year starts in August and ends in July. The first term begins in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December. This is followed by a winter break till the end of December. Classes resume for the second term in the first week of January and end in the fourth week of March. The spring break begins in the last week of March till the first week of April. The last term starts in the second week of April and ends in the first week of July.

The calendar is subject to change due to Islamic and national holidays. For more information, visit the Kings’ School Al Barsha calendar.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Kings’ School Al Barsha?

The complete application process at Kings’ School Al Barsha Dubai is online. Parents who want to admit their child can visit the school website to fill out an enquiry form with the child’s and parent’s information.

Once completed, an automatic response will be delivered to the parents. The enrollment specialist will contact them within two working days. Also, login credentials will be sent to the parents to upload relevant documents for admission. The requisite documents are as follows:

  • Copy of child’s passport
  • Copy of residence visa of the child
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of Emirates ID card (back and front)
  • Colour copies of parents’ passport
  • Copies of parents’ visas
  • Copies of parents’ Emirate ID cards (back and front)
  • Four recent passport-sized photographs
  • Copy of last two academic reports of the child, the last three academic reports for admission in secondary school (if applicable)
  • Leaving certificate from the previous school (if applicable)

A registration fee of AED 500 plus VAT needs to be paid. The next step involves the candidate’s assessment to ensure the child’s current skills are compatible with those required for a smooth transition. Assessment for seats in FS1 and FS2 involves assessing communication and interactive skills through play-based assessment. For admission in Year 1 and Year 2, teacher-led projects are conducted for the assessment. For those enrolling in Year 3 onwards, a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) is conducted. Successful candidates will receive a formal offer letter. Successful candidates will receive a formal offer letter. Successful candidates will be placed on a waiting list if there is no vacancy.

Before seeking admission, parents must ensure that their child follows the age placement guideline provided below.

Years
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 1
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 2
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 1
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 2
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
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 August (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 Kings’ School Al Barsha

Except for the tuition fee, each deposit to the school is non-transferable and non-refundable. The Kings’ School Al Barsha fee is as follows:

Grade
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
Grade
FS1 and FS2
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
53,622
Grade
Year 1 and 2
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
56,079
Grade
Year 3
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
61,099
Grade
Year 4
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
63,022
Grade
Year 5 and 6
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
68,042
Grade
Year 7
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
79,461
Grade
Year 8
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
82,569
Grade
Year 9
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
85,574
Grade
Year 10
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
91,686
Grade
Year 11, 12 and 13
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
97,798

Scholarships at Kings’ School Al Barsha

King’s School Al Barsha offers limited scholarships to secondary and sixth form education pupils. Students receive scholarships after the interview, which covers up to 25% of the annual fee. Scholarships are offered on an academic, art and sports basis, and both internal and external students can apply for them. Please bear in mind that a student awarded one type of scholarship cannot be granted other types of scholarship; therefore, it is crucial to select the correct category in the registration form.

Those who display academic prowess need to clear the entrance test and the interview session for academic scholarships. Sixth Form students need to have predicted GCSE grades of either A* or A in 8-9 subjects. Candidates applying for art scholarships will be asked to appear for an interview where they will be assessed for their interests, previous artworks and art-based portfolio. Those interested in sports scholarships will have to display their talent in their respected sport of choice. These sessions are usually conducted between October and November, and skills such as stamina, speed and agility are assessed. For more information, visit the scholarships at Kings’ School Al Barsha.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Kings’ School Al Barsha

In partnership with Mastercook Catering Services, Kings’ School offers nutritious lunch options to their students at an additional cost. Mastercook catering started a canteen, GRAB & GO, where secondary students can buy delicious snacks and lunch items at affordable prices.

Students can also come with homemade lunches and snacks. However, the school does not allow children to consume chocolate, sweets, crips and other unhealthy items within its premises.

School Transportation at Kings’ School Al Barsha

This educational institute provides transportation services to students in Year 1 and above. They cover the following routes in Dubai:

The Springs
Emirates Hills
Jumeirah Park
The Lakes
JLT
Palm Jumeirah
Dubai Marina
JBR
Arabian Ranches
Mudon
Umm Suqeim 1
Downtown Dubai
Business Bay
Al Barsha South
Dubai Motor City
Jumeirah 3
Jumeirah 1
Al Satwa

Holiday Camps at Kings’ School Al Barsha

Kings’ School Al Barsha offers several holiday camps to its students. External organisations drive most of these camps. One noticeable half-term holiday camp is Dubai City Football Club, which offers exceptional sporting facilities.

Ecoventure UAE and multi-activity summer camps are other externally driven holiday camps. These summer camps include pool games, archery, climbing, arts and crafts, sports, martial arts and STEM challenges. They are suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years.

Sports Facilities

Sports facilities at the campus are top-notch. With state-of-the-art facilities and trained staff, they ensure that their students have access to a wide pool of competitive and recreational sports. Furthermore, the school is an active member of the British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) and Dubai Affiliated School Sports Association (DASSA). Both organisations allow Kings’ School Al Barsha students to participate in school sporting events in the Middle East and internationally. The Al Barsha campus has the following sports facilities:

  • Hard rubber courts for basketball, netball and volleyball
  • Full-sized grass pitches for rugby and football
  • Tennis courts
  • Three swimming pools (beginner, primary and competition)
  • A basketball hall with spectator seating
  • Multi-sports AstroTurf pitches
  • Running and grass tracks for athletes
  • Two large indoor gymnasiums
  • Two fitness studios
Students playing at Kings' School Al Barsha
Indoor sports hall for Physical Education at the school (Image credit: Kings’ School Al Barsha Facebook Page)

All these facilities have resulted in exceptional athletes competing in national and international sports events.

Extra-curricular Activities at Kings’ School Al Barsha

The school offers an extensive range of co-curricular activities, especially for students in the primary stage. These programs are conducted during and after school hours and offer opportunities to gain the necessary life skills. It includes after-school clubs, most of them run by the school itself, while external clubs are also available.

Students of Kings School Al Barsha participating in dance activity
Dance-related extra-curricular activity (Image credit: Kings’ School Al Barsha Facebook page)

The extra-curricular activities range from sports to music and academics to social skills. The school changes these activities every term to ensure students participate in unique activities throughout the academic year. Ballet, yoga, engineering, karate and Lego are popular activities arranged by external clubs. Each child can join up to two internal clubs completely free of charge. Besides, the school conducts various competitions such as cooking competitions, alongside school plays as extra-curricular activities.

Students of Kings School Al Barsha participating in drama activity
School play at Kings’ School Al Barsha (Image credit: Kings’ School Al Barsha Facebook Page

Field Trips from Kings’ School Al Barsha

School trips are essential for providing education to students at Kings’ School Al Barsha. Through school trips, it ensures that students can continue to learn outside the walls of classrooms. For this purpose, they have arranged several field trips all over the UAE.

From learning aerodynamics at the Yas Island F1 Circuit to the importance of cleaning at beaches, each field trip is specifically designed to ensure they learn and enjoy doing it. The most popular school trip in Kings’ School Al Barsha is the Week Without Walls, an overseas adventure for students from Year 7 onwards. Previous Week Without Walls trips include visits to Nepal, Kenya, Borneo and Cambodia.

After-school Care

Currently, the only after-school care activities offered by the school is extra-curricular activities like after-school clubs.

Medical Care at Kings’ School Al Barsha

There exists a medical centre on campus equipped with doctors and nurses.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Several modes of communication are available at Kings’ School Al Barsha. The Kings’ Communicator is an application for mobile and computers that provides all the necessary information such as newsletters, calendars and events notifications to parents. Students also have communication books where teachers write messages for parents. Also, the parent portal is available online, where parents have access to valuable information. The information available at the Kings’ Al Barsha parent portal include attendance records, school reports and fee information.

Kings’ School Al Barsha Contact Information

You can fill out the online form to contact Kings’ School Al Barsha Campus. You can also reach out to the school using the following information:

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