Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

Overview

Nord Anglia International School (NAS) Dubai, a project of Nord Anglia Education, is a day school in Dubai. The parent organisation is the International Education Group, with over 30 schools worldwide, including the UAE.

It is one of the best schools in Al Barsha that offers high-quality education based on the National Curriculum of England and the International Baccalaureate curriculum (IB). Over 1,800 students with 70 different nationalities study at NAS. They are taught by a teaching crew of 172 teachers and 100 teaching assistants from the UK. The teacher to student ratio is 1:12.

The school believes in its students’ academic, personal, and social development as a parameter of success. With a modern campus and facilities, it has gained popularity quickly.

Read this comprehensive guide by Bayut to learn more about the facilities, educational programme, admission and fees, co-curricular activities and much more at this school.

Residential Communities near Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

NAS is located in Al Barsha South and is close to various residential areas in Dubai. The nearest residential communities from the school include:

Motor City is the nearest residential community for students of Nord Anglia International. The community has emerged as a laid-back and friendly family residential area with several options. Those living far from the school can relocate to this area for their children’s ease.

Campus of Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

Nord Anglia International School Dubai consists of a 3-storey L-shaped building on an expansive rectangular plot in Al Barsha South. The exterior of the building represents modern architectural excellence. There is a separate building for the foundation stage, and its entrance is behind the reception area.

EYFS building in Nord Anglia International school
Building for foundation stage students in Nord Anglia International School (Image Credit: Nord Anglia Education Website)

Next to the reception area lie a café and a chatterbox club surrounded by tables, chairs and sofas to provide a comfortable sitting environment for children.

Buildings surround two large quadrangles with open spaces for assemblies and school functions. Spacious classrooms surround the quadrangles that have necessary furniture items. The other end of the building consists of a large-sized auditorium/theatre with a seating capacity of 450 people.

The classrooms for the foundation stage are expansive and can accommodate 40 children at a time. These classes open into large playing spaces to provide playing and learning opportunities for young students.

The main building has classrooms, specialised teaching areas, science and IT laboratories. Students also have access to a robotics room, a library, food technology rooms, DT rooms, art rooms, music rooms, dance studios, and canteens.

 NAS Dubai also has well-established sports facilities, including swimming pools, a gymnasium and outdoor playing fields.

Location of Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

Located in Al Barsha South, NAS Dubai is near the junction of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Hessa Street. It is accessible through a private road with ample parking spaces. The school is a 10-minute drive from Dubai Science Park and a 12-minute drive from Dubai Miracle Garden.

Why Nord Anglia International School (NAS)?

 A prominent feature of Nord Anglia International School is that it offers a transformative educational experience to students. The global campus initiative started by Nord Anglia Education connects all the international campuses. Such an initiative helps in establishing standards for education. In addition, the enhanced and enriched National Curriculum of England with contemporary teaching techniques ensures overall progress.

They enhance their curriculum through links with the Juilliard School of Performance ArtUnited Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). These links have resulted in extra-curricular activities like Juilliard Performance Art Programme, UN’s Sustainable Development Goals projects, MIT led training and workshops based on innovation and STEAM.

Another strong point of Nord Anglia International School is its diverse and inclusive environment. Students from over 76 nationalities are part of the school, including special educational needs. The school has an experienced inclusion team that ensures that all the individual needs are met according to the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

KHDA has issued a revised set of protocols for the safe reopening of schools for the academic year 2021-2022. The protocols are mainly unchanged. However, KHDA has changed some of the essential protocols considering the emirate’s current health and safety situation. Here are the COVID-19 protocols for schools to consider for this academic year:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are not mandatory for students and staff. Employees that are not fully vaccinated need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result at the start of each week.
  • Schools can now run their buses at 100% capacity. However, they must comply with sanitisation and health and safety protocols.
  • Schools can now carry out extracurricular activities but must follow COVID-19 safety measures. Swimming, sports, school trips, excursions and holiday camps can all resume under the same condition.
  • Schools have to ensure that students and staff continue to practice social distancing on campuses. The preferable distance is reduced to 1 metre. Students above six years old, staff members and victors will have to wear facemask at all times.
  • From October 3, KHDA ordered schools to offer only in-person learning. Those wishing to continue their studies via distance learning must provide a medical certificate issued by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

For more information, contact the school.

Years Offered at Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

Nord Anglia School, Dubai is a day school in Dubai that provides education from the foundation stage to the post-16 stage.

Stage
Year
Stage
Foundation
Year
FS1 and FS2
Stage
Lower Primary
Year
Year 1 and Year 2
Stage
Upper Primary
Year
Year 3 to Year 6
Stage
Lower Secondary
Year
Year 7 to Year 9
Stage
Upper Secondary
Year
Year 10 and Year 11
Stage
Sixth Form
Year
Year 12 and Year 13

 For children aged 3 to 5 years old, NAS Dubai offers Foundation Stage (FS1 and FS2). The school’s primary section consists of lower primary and upper primary sections. The lower primary section offers Years 1 to 2 and has children within the age limit of 5 to 7 years. The Upper primary section offers Years 3 to 6 and has students aged 8 to 11 years.

The secondary section of NAS Dubai also has lower secondary and upper secondary sections. The lower secondary section has Years 7 and 8 and has students aged 11 to 12 years. The higher secondary section of NAS Dubai offers Years 9 and 10 education to students aged 13 to 14 years. Years 11 and 12 denote sixth form education, which is relevant for children16 to 18 years of age.

Nord Anglia International School (NAS) Curriculum

Nord Anglia International School Dubai follows the National Curriculum of England for foundation, primary and secondary stages. Sixth form education follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in Year 12 and Year 13. They split the curriculum for the NAS Dubai School into the following critical stages:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

Foundation Stage

For children in the Foundation Stages 1 and 2, NAS Dubai follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EFYS) framework. It is a popular early education framework for children aged 3 to 5 years old. It has shaped the curriculum to target critical skills like a strong sense of self, positive learning abilities, constructive relationships and confident communication. They have set high standards to ensure that every student makes progress towards primary education by targeting the following areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Expressive art and design
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world

They try to target the learning areas mentioned above through Seesaw’s online application. The app records essential information that helps parents review the progress made by their children. The curriculum includes performing arts, world languages, physical education and swimming.

Key Stage 1 (KS1)

The curriculum for KS1 focuses on Year 1 and 2 students to be academically curious. The core subjects in the KS1 curriculum include:

Subject
Science
Subject
Geography
Subject
History
Subject
English Language
Subject
Mathematics
Subject
Music
Subject
Art and Craft
Subject
Health Education
Subject
IT Education
Subject
Physical Education

The school specifically focuses on developing a stimulating atmosphere where students can develop a keen interest in reading fluently and accurately. They teach science and mathematics in a way to help them in understanding their importance in daily lives.

Key Stage 2 (KS2)

KS2 for primary students builds on the progress made in KS1 through organised and structured learning. Teachers teach the same range of subjects but intriguingly with short-term to long-term teaching plans. In this stage, NAS Dubai aims to develop the necessary skills for secondary education. The subjects taught in this key stage include the following:

Subject
English
Subject
Mathematics
Subject
Science
Subject
Modern Languages
Subject
Arabic
Subject
Humanities
Subject
ICT
Subject
Music
Subject
Drama
Subject
Dance
Subject
Art
Subject
Physical Education
Subject
Social Studies

Modern languages include German, Spanish, French and Mandarin. Besides academic activities, extra-curricular activities like competitive sports are also part of the KS2 curriculum.

Students of Nord Anglia International school playing soccer
NAS students participating in competitive sports (Image Credits: Nord Anglia Education Website)

Key Stage 3 (KS3)

For students in year 7 to year 9, KS3 focuses on increasing the range of subjects. Specialist teachers teach some subjects to expand students’ understanding of complex concepts. Nord Anglia International School also stresses PHSE programmes, including global citizenship and health education for social development. They tailored the secondary curriculum to improve students’ adaptability to IGCSE education in the subsequent key stage.

Subjects offered in KS3 are:

Subject
Arabic
Subject
Art
Subject
Computer Science
Subject
Design Technology
Subject
Drama
Subject
English
Subject
Food Nutrition
Subject
French
Subject
Geography
Subject
German
Subject
History
Subject
Islamic Studies
Subject
Mandarin
Subject
Mathematics
Subject
Music
Subject
Physical Education
Subject
Science
Subject
Social Studies
Subject
Spanish

Key Stage 4 (KS4)

KS4 meets the requirements of students appearing for external examination (IGCSE). They must take core and optional subjects to qualify for the IGCSE examination.

The core subjects for KS4 are:

Subject
English Language
Subject
English Literature
Subject
Computer Science
Subject
Mathematics
Subject
Science
Subject
History
Subject
Geography
Subject
Arabic
Subject
World Languages

Optional subjects for KS4 are:

Subject
Art and Design
Subject
Dance
Subject
Drama
Subject
Business Studies
Subject
Design and Technology
Subject
Food and Nutrition
Subject
Economics
Subject
Italian
Subject
Statistics
Subject
Psychology
Subject
Physical Education
Subject
Global Perspectives

Faculty assists them in selecting a group of subjects for future academic direction.

International Baccalaureate (IB) programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is an internationally recognised academic program covering specialised subjects. NAS Dubai offers six different subjects:

Subject
Studies in language and literature
Subject
Language Acquisition
Subject
Individuals and societies
Subject
Science
Subject
Mathematics
Subject
Arts

 The core elements of the IB programme are:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Creativity Assessment Service (CAS)
  • Extended Essay (EE)

The elements mentioned above result in skills development leading to university-based education.

Distance Learning

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 government-owned Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) governs the quality and growth of private educational institutes in Dubai. Annually, KHDA inspects schools and rate them based on a six-point scale of outstanding, very good, good, acceptable, weak and very weak.

Explanation of KHDA's 6-point scale
KHDA’s rating scale explained
Years
KHDA Rating
Years
2016-2017
KHDA Rating
Good
Years
2017-2020
KHDA Rating
Very Good

KHDA rated NAS Dubai as ‘Very Good’ for 2019-20. They made steady progress and maintained their previous rating through decisive actions. The followed strengths of the school were identified by KHDA in the latest report:

  • One of the strengths of Nord Anglia International School is its highly effective ethos and attention given to the well-being of students.
  • The imaginative and creative curriculum allows opportunities for students.
  • The school has an outstanding partnership with parents and the community, resulting in students’ social, personal, creative, and academic development.
  • Students of NAS demonstrate outstanding behaviour, a positive attitude towards learning and critical thinking.
  • Students attain outstanding achievement in science, mathematics and English.

KHDA also included some recommendations to help the school improve its rating for future inspections. KHDA recommended that the school improve students’ attainment in Arabic and Islamic Education by following the same approach used to improve consistency in teaching and curriculum.

Academic Calendar for Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

Like most British Schools in Dubai, the academic year for the Nord Anglia International School Dubai starts from the last week of August. It ends on the first week of July. They split major educational activities into three terms: winter, spring and summer.

  • The first term starts in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December. It is followed by a winter break that ends in the last week of December.
  • The second term starts right after the end of winter break in the first week of January and ends in the fourth week of March. Students then go on a spring break that ends in the first week of April.
  • Classes resume with the start of the last term in the second week of April and end in the first week of July.

For more information, view the academic calendar for Nord Anglia International School.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Nord Anglia International School (NAS)?

The application system at Nord Anglia Dubai is straightforward yet involves a rigorous assessment of a student’s skills and knowledge. The applicant’s parents must submit an application form, supporting documents, and AED 525 as the registration fee to start the admission process. Please bear in mind that the registration fee is non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of the process.

Before applying, parents can ask questions to the admission team. The team is more than happy to answer you and assist you throughout the admission process. Fill out the enquiry form to ask your questions and book a virtual discovery meeting.

The required documents are:

  • Previous academic records
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport
  • Recommendation form by the previous school
  • A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate
  • A copy of the applicant’s resident visa (if applicable)
  • Transfer certificate
  • One passport-sized photograph

Once submitted, the school will contact the parents to assess the applicant’s skills and knowledge thoroughly. Those applying for Year 7 to Year 9 will need to appear for a formal entrance test within school premises.

Admission above year 10 includes an interview session either in person or online.

After a thorough examination of the assessment test, interview and previous academic record, the school will notify parents about the outcome. If cleared, parents need to deposit a certain fee within seven days of receiving the offer. The fee will be readjusted in first term fees.

The age-grade guideline followed at this school is given below:

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

To learn more, read the admission process at NAS Dubai.

Fee Structure at Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

The Nord Anglia Dubai fee structure is as follows:

Grade
Annual Fee (AED)
Grade
FS1 and FS2
Annual Fee (AED)
63,447
Grade
Year 1 and 2
Annual Fee (AED)
74,021
Grade
Year 3, 4, 5 and 6
Annual Fee (AED)
79,308
Grade
Year 7, 8 and 9
Annual Fee (AED)
84,596
Grade
Year 10 and 11
Annual Fee (AED)
90,940
Grade
Year 12 and 13
Annual Fee (AED)
95,946

Besides the tuition fee, the school charges AED 525 as an application fee and AED 5,000 as an enrollment fee.

For more information, view the fee structure of NAS Dubai.

Scholarships at Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

Nord Anglia International School Dubai only offers scholarship opportunities to its IB programme students. The Nord Anglia Dubai IB scholarship programme rewards scholars with impeccable creative, academic and leadership skills.

The Nord Anglia Dubai IB scholarship programme offers two scholarships with a reduction of 50% on the fees for both year 12 and 13 and 5 scholarships with a 20% reduction in school fees for both years of the IB programme.

To qualify for the scholarship award, they must appear in the CAT test, including questions from Mathematics, English and Science. They also have to participate in an interview/presentation and a group session to be eligible for the NAS Dubai IB scholarship programme. To participate in this scholarship program, download and submit the NAS scholarship form.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

Nord Anglia School, Dubai, offers lunch and breakfast facilities for its students. The cafeteria on the first floor of the refectory building provides students with healthy yet tasty meals.

The school follows a no nut policy; none of the food items available has nuts. There are separate menus for students based on their age group to ensure that the food meets their needs for growth.

The food items available in the cafeteria include vegetarian, gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance students. The cafeteria uses the best quality raw materials for preparing the food items on the menu.

School Transportation at Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

 Nord Anglia Dubai also offers transportation services. In partnership with School Transportation Services, a reputable name in providing school transportation services, they offer a safe and swift transportation service to their kids. They have state-of-the-art safety systems, which ensures a child’s safety all the time.

Boarding Facility at Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

Currently, they do not offer boarding facilities to their students.

Holiday Camps at Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

An integral part of the NAS Dubai is their holiday camps. Their holiday camps differ from those offered at other schools. Their camps include sports, arts, and music-related activities and have activities that lead to the development of leadership skills. In collaboration with Swiss Leadership Academy, the school’s leadership offers unique holiday camps that target the all-round abilities of their students.

Sports Facilities

Nord Anglia Dubai has several sports facilities available within the school premises. The campus has a large-sized gymnasium on the ground level of the school’s building with high-end sporting facilities. The second floor of the building has two swimming pools. There also exists a large playing field where students can play outdoor sports like football and rugby.

Football pitch at Nord Anglia International School
Football pitch as one of the several sports facilities at NAS (Image Credit: Nord Anglia International School’s official website)

The school emphasises physical and sports education. For this purpose, Nord Anglia School, Dubai, splits the sporting activities into the primary and secondary groups.

The sports activities for students in primary school include swimming, football, athletics, rugby, basketball and cricket. The acquired skills in the primary section are further polished in secondary school. It allows outstanding athletes to represent school teams in national and international competitions.

Extra-curricular Activities at Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

Nord Anglia School, Dubai, has a plethora of extra-curricular activities that provide various opportunities for children to develop diverse skills. They believe that extra-curricular activities are essential for enhancing the learning experience. The options in NAS Dubai include:

Extra 1
Art
Extra 2
Choir
Extra 3
Community awards
Extra 1
Drama
Extra 2
Languages
Extra 3
Music
Extra 1
Public speaking
Extra 2
Robotics
Extra 3
Sports
Students of Nord Anglia International School participating in extra-curricular activity
NAS STEAM Festival as extra-curricular activity (Image Credit: Nord Anglia International School’s Facebook page)

They emphasize the development of exceptional social etiquette and respect values among students through these activities. A noticeable extra-curricular activity in all schools belonging to Nord Anglia Education Group is the Model United Nations. This activity plays a crucial role in developing future leaders and activists to solve heated international issues.

Field Trips from Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

School trips are an essential part of the NAS Dubai way of teaching. Nord Anglia School, Dubai, plans trips to ensure students learn outside the school’s premises as well. Most school trips complement the curriculum and provide opportunities to teach them entertainingly. For older students, especially those in the secondary stage, some trips involve residential stay.

Some noticeable field trips include Year 7 trip to Ras Al Khaimah, Year 8 trip to Sri Lanka, Year 9 trip to Tanzania, Year 10 trip to London, Year 11 trip to Singapore, Year 12 trip to Thailand and Year 6-11 trip to Switzerland.

Nord Anglia International School's student in Malaysia
Nord Anglia International School’s field trip to Malaysia (Image Credit: Nord Anglia International School’s Facebook Page)

Students’ security and safety is paramount to NAS Dubai. They conduct a risk assessment before planning a trip to ensure that students can enjoy without fearing security and safety concerns.

After-school Care

The only after-school care offered by NAS Dubai is the extra-curricular activities and field trips.

Medical Care at Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

 Nord Anglia International School Dubai has no problems tackling medical emergencies due to a medical centre. Doctors and nurses are available at all times to treat medical emergencies like allergies and injuries.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

 Nord Anglia International School had a parent portal where they shared valuable information such as academic records, attendance, notifications and much more. However, the school has discontinued the parent portal and introduced the NAS application for the same purpose. General information is also available on their official website and social media pages. Parents and teachers can also communicate in parent-teacher meetings.

Besides this, teachers and parents can also communicate on WhatsApp groups specifically made for each year. These groups are used to notify parents of various upcoming events and answer parents’ urgent queries.

Nord Anglia International School (NAS) Contact Information

Parents can contact the school’s administration and leadership in several ways. The easiest way is to fill out a query on the contact us form on their website.

Telephone

  • Main reception: +971 04 219 9999
  • Finance: +971 04 219 9905
  • Communications: +971 04 219 9952
  • Principal: +971 04 219 9988

Email

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