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 located all over the world, 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 1800 students with 70 different nationalities study at NAS.

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

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 closest residential areas 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 2 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. It also has a robotic 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, 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 large parking spaces.

Why Nord Anglia International School (NAS)?

A feature of Nord Anglia International School, Dubai, is a transformative educational experience. The global campus initiative started by Nord Anglia Education connects all the international campuses. This helps establish a standard education for all. In addition, the enhanced and enriched National Curriculum of England with contemporary teaching techniques assures all-round progress of students.

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

The school has a diverse and inclusive environment where learners from over 76 different nationalities study together. They also offer individual support and care to meet the needs of special students by following the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy framework. The experienced inclusion team of NAS assures that all their individual needs are met appropriately.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority has developed protocols to ensure a safe learning environment for students when returning to schools. KHDA has published protocols for school re-opening on its official platform. Here is an overview of the measures taken by schools, including NAS:

  • Sterilise campus and its facilities including classroom, laboratories, play equipment and books, etc. as per the recommendations of the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management.
  • Check the temperature of students and staff members entering the school premises.
  • Practise social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 metres from one another. Additionally, students above six years and staff members are required to wear a facemask at all times.
  • Limit gatherings and suspending school activities that can accelerate the spread of the virus. Also, school transport organisations are asked to reduce the school bus capacity between 30% to 50%.
  • COVID-19 PCR test is not mandatory for students with no travelling history. Those with a travelling history or have COVID-19 symptoms need to provide a COVID-19 PCR test result.
  • The school must provide 100% distance learning option to students unable to attend the campus.
  • The school must offer virtual tours to parents instead of regular face-to-face visits to help them in making an informed decision.

Years Offered at Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

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

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 primary section of the school consists of lower primary and upper primary sections. The lower primary section offers Year 1 to 2 and has children within the age limit of 5 to 7 years. Upper primary section offers Year 3 to 6 and has students aged 8 to 11 years old.

The secondary section of NAS Dubai also has lower secondary and upper secondary sections. The lower secondary section has year 7 and 8 students aged 11 to 12 years old. The higher secondary section of NAS Dubai offers year 9 and year 10 education to students aged 13 to 14 years. Year 11 and 12 denote sixth form education, which is relevant for children aged 16 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 stage. For sixth form education, it 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 important 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 in a way to target key skills like a strong sense of self, positive learning abilities, the formation of 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 aforementioned learning areas through an online application called Seesaw. The app records important information that helps parents review the progress made by their child. The curriculum includes subjects such as 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 inquisitive. The core subjects in the KS1 curriculum include Science, Geography, History, English Language, Mathematics, Music, Art and Craft, Health Education, IT Education and 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 subjects 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 in an intriguing manner with short-term to long-term teaching plans. In this stage, NAS Dubai aims to develop the necessary skills for secondary education. The curriculum includes a wide range of world languages including German, Spanish, French and Mandarin. Besides academic activities, extra-curricular activities like competitive sports are a 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. The separate subjects taught by the specialist teachers expand their learning capabilities. Besides, the school stresses on 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.

Key Stage 4 (KS4)

KS4 meets the requirements of students appearing for external examination (IGCSE). They must take both core and optional subjects to qualify for the IGCSE examination. The core subjects for KS4 are English Language, English Literature, Computer Science, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Arabic and World Languages. Optional subjects for KS4 are Art and Design (Photography and Fine Arts), Dance, Drama, Business Studies, Design and Technology, Food and Nutrition, Economics, Italian, Statistics, Psychology, Physical Education and 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 6 different subjects:

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

The core elements of the IB programme involves Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity Assessment Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE) which results in the development of skills leading to university-based education.

Distance Learning

The school uses its global campus facilities and resources to offer a fully functional distance-learning programme to students. The school uses alternative learning models with synchronous and asynchronous lectures to continue students’ education for the current academic year. Additionally, the school offers a complete virtual campus learning experience to students that are unable to continue their education at the campus. For more information, check out the virtual learning experience at Nord Anglia International School Dubai.

KHDA Rating

The government-owned Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) governs the quality and growth of private educational institutes in Dubai. Annually, they inspect schools and rate them based on a 6-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 the year 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 strength of Nord Anglia International School is its highly effective ethos and attention given to the well-being of students.
  • The imaginative and creative curriculum allowing opportunities for students in FS1 to Year 13 to follow their aspirations.
  • The school has an outstanding partnership with parent and community resulting in students’ social, personal, creative and academic development.
  • Students of NAS demonstrate outstanding behaviour, positive attitude towards learning and critical thinking.
  • Students attain outstanding achievement in science, mathematics and English.

KHDA also proposed a set of recommendations to help school function better and attain a better rating in future inspections. As per KHDA latest inspection report, the school needs to improve students’ achievement 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 any other British School in Dubai, the academic year for the Nord Anglia International School Dubai starts from the last week of August and ends on the first week of July. They split major academic 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. This is followed by a 3-week winter break.
  • The spring term starts from the first week of January and ends on the last week of March.
  • After 3-week spring vacation, the summer semester starts in the third week of April and ends 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. To start the admission process, the applicant’s parents must submit an application form, supporting documents and AED 525 as the registration fee. Please bear in mind that the registration fee is non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of the process.

The required documents are:

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

Once submitted, the school will contact the parents for a thorough assessment of the applicant’s skills and knowledge. 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 amount of fee within 7 days of receiving the offer. It 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
4
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Year
Foundation Stage 2
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
5
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Year
Year 1
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
6
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Year
Year 2
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
8
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 December (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 KHDA approved Nord Anglia Dubai fees for the year 2019-20 in NAS Dubai is:

Year
First Term (AED)
Second Term (AED)
Third Term (AED)
Tuition Fee (AED)
Year
FS1
First Term (AED)
25,379
Second Term (AED)
19,034
Third Term (AED)
19,034
Tuition Fee (AED)
63,447
Year
FS2
First Term (AED)
25,379
Second Term (AED)
19,034
Third Term (AED)
19,034
Tuition Fee (AED)
63,447
Year
Year 1
First Term (AED)
29,608
Second Term (AED)
22,206
Third Term (AED)
22,206
Tuition Fee (AED)
74,021
Year
Year 2
First Term (AED)
29,608
Second Term (AED)
22,206
Third Term (AED)
22,206
Tuition Fee (AED)
74,021
Year
Year 3
First Term (AED)
31,723
Second Term (AED)
23,793
Third Term (AED)
23,793
Tuition Fee (AED)
79,308
Year
Year 4
First Term (AED)
31,723
Second Term (AED)
23,793
Third Term (AED)
23,793
Tuition Fee (AED)
79,308
Year
Year 5
First Term (AED)
31,723
Second Term (AED)
23,793
Third Term (AED)
23,793
Tuition Fee (AED)
79,308
Year
Year 6
First Term (AED)
31,723
Second Term (AED)
23,793
Third Term (AED)
23,793
Tuition Fee (AED)
79,308
Year
Year 7
First Term (AED)
33,838
Second Term (AED)
25,379
Third Term (AED)
25,379
Tuition Fee (AED)
84,596
Year
Year 8
First Term (AED)
33,838
Second Term (AED)
25,379
Third Term (AED)
25,379
Tuition Fee (AED)
84,596
Year
Year 9
First Term (AED)
33,838
Second Term (AED)
25,379
Third Term (AED)
25,379
Tuition Fee (AED)
84,596
Year
Year 10
First Term (AED)
36,376
Second Term (AED)
27,282
Third Term (AED)
27,282
Tuition Fee (AED)
90,940
Year
Year 11
First Term (AED)
36,376
Second Term (AED)
27,282
Third Term (AED)
27,282
Tuition Fee (AED)
90,940
Year
Year 12
First Term (AED)
38,378
Second Term (AED)
28,784
Third Term (AED)
28,784
Tuition Fee (AED)
95,946
Year
Year 13
First Term (AED)
38,378
Second Term (AED)
28,784
Third Term (AED)
28,784
Tuition Fee (AED)
95,946

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 is to reward scholars with impeccable creative, academic and leadership skills.

The Nord Anglia Dubai IB scholarship programme offers 2 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 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 take part in an interview/presentation and a group session to be eligible for the NAS Dubai IB scholarship programme. To take part 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 within the school consists of nuts. There are separate menus for students based on their age group to ensure that the food meets their need for growth.

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

The school canteen is currently closed to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

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 have been able to 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.

STS has reduced its school bus capacity by half to reduce the number of children travelling in a confined environment. This step is taken in light with the guidelines and COVID-19 protocols adopted for school re-opening.

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 not only include sports, arts and music-related activities but also 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 skills of their students.

Currently, Nord Anglia International School has suspended its holiday camps because of COVID-19 pandemic. The school will inform you about the status of holiday camps before the start of seasonal holidays.

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 the 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 the secondary section and it gives outstanding athletes the opportunity to represent school teams in various national and international competitions.

Please note that some sports facilities at the campus, such as swimming pools, are closed to comply with COVID-19 regulations. The school still offers physicals education lessons under strict protocols.

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 opportunities 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 developing exceptional social etiquettes 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.

The school has suspended some of its extra-curricular activities that result in large gatherings. The school will keep you updated regarding the status of these activities on official platforms. Keep an eye on parent portal and social media accounts for the latest developments.

Field Trips from Nord Anglia International School (NAS)

School trips are an important part of the NAS Dubai way of teaching. Nord Anglia School, Dubai, plans trips to ensure students learn outside the premises of the school 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.

Both international and national field trips are postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 at school due to the presence of a medical centre. Doctors and nurses are available all the time to treat medical emergencies like allergies and injuries.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Nord Anglia International School, Dubai has a parent portal on its website, which is the main mode of communication between school and parents. The portal provides important information about the child’s progress, upcoming events and important notices. General information is also available on their official website and social media pages. Parents and teachers can also communicate in a parent-teacher meeting.

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 to 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

  • General Enquiries and Main Reception: +971-4-2199-999
  • Admission: +971-4-2199-913
  • Finance: +971-4-2199-905
  • Nurse: +971-4-2199-920
  • Communications: +971-4-2199-920

Email

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