Repton School, Dubai

Repton School, Dubai

Overview

Established in 2007, Repton School is one of the most popular British schools in Dubai. It is a part of the Repton International Schools, which have been providing quality education for over 400 years. A strong emphasis is placed by the Repton schools on developing academic skills among students which is also evident from the practices of its sister school in Dubai.

This private school is one of the few boarding schools in Dubai that educates over 1,700 students. Along with residential students who stay in the Repton hostel, there are also day scholars who attend this outstanding school in Dubai.

With an exemplary academic record and commitment to developing academic and non-academic skills of students, it has gained popularity with parents in Dubai within a limited time.

Repton School, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, provides education to pupils from 3 to 18 years of age. Currently, it has over 1,700 students, both boys and girls, studying and living in Repton School. They are taught by a teaching staff of 165 teachers and 50 teaching assistants. This makes the teacher to student ratio of 1:10, ensuring plentiful attention and care. It follows the National Curriculum of England. From September 2021, Repton School Dubai has plans to offer A-levels in Year 12 and Year 13 alongside the existing International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Residential Communities near Repton School Dubai

Located in the popular area of Nad Al Sheba 3, Repton School is in proximity to several key residential areas. These areas offer a plethora of residential options for people based on their budget and needs. These areas include:

Nad Al Sheba 4 is the closest to the Repton School with spacious and luxurious villas. Those looking for apartments can opt for International City and Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Campus of Repton School Dubai

Currently, Repton School has only one campus, which is spacious and has specialised centres for excellent educational and non-educational activities. With a covered area of 1.3 million sq. ft, it is amongst the largest Dubai schools in the area.

The Repton Dubai campus comprises of 10 buildings that surround a massive circular outdoor area with green spaces. These buildings have classrooms, laboratories, an art room, indoor halls for sports including a large-sized swimming pool and a two-storey library for learning purposes. The libraries are spread across two floors catering to different age groups that are connected through a spiral staircase. For younger students, it has a drawing canvas and other props.

The spacious classrooms in Repton School Dubai open to the outdoor area where children engage in a variety of activities.

The buildings located to the left of the campus are for the junior school. For students belonging to Year 1 to Year 3, the classrooms are on the ground level to ensure access to open spaces. Classes for Year 3 to Year 6 are on the first storey of the primary section. This building also includes an art room, technology spaces and a library. The building to the right of the junior school includes two cafeterias and other leisure facilities. The cafeterias are spacious and have proper seating arrangements to ensure students can enjoy their leisure time in a relaxed environment.

Senior school is spread across three buildings to the left of the main centre of the campus. The corridors of the secondary section are more spacious. Entire corridors are dedicated to Humanities, Science and MFL.

Two buildings, one each for boys and girls, are allocated for the boarding facility. Right now, the Performance Arts centre is under construction and the auditorium is out to tender.

Location of Repton School Dubai

Developed by Nakheel, Nad Al Sheba is an outstanding residential community with four grand sub-communities comprising villas, schools, colleges, supermarkets and restaurants. Repton School is located in Nad Al Sheba 3 near Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. It is in proximity to the major areas of Dubai such as Dubai Silicon Oasis, International City and Ras Al Khor Industrial Area.

Why Repton School Dubai?

With over 450 years of experience in providing quality education to students in the UK, Repton School in Dubai carries the legacy of its sister school.

Using cutting edge teaching facilities, Repton School is able to offer high-quality education to its students. It offers the IB Diploma Program to secondary school students in year 13. Schools offering IB programs and diplomas are increasingly popular with parents as they provide intensive training, preparing students for the academic commitment required to ace their time at Ivy League universities.

Repton School has well-trained staff, which meets all the educational needs of children. Many of their students get admissions to the best universities in the world.

Another reason behind people preferring to enrol their children in Repton School is the availability of the boarding facility. Since Repton is the only British boarding school in Dubai, parents are likely to consider it to be a good option. However, the quality of education and the level of care taken by the school’s boarding management is exemplary.

With a top-notch boarding facility, including excellent pastoral care services, Repton School is a credible option for high-quality education in Dubai. It is inclusive of students irrespective of their ethnic background, colour, religion, ability or any other form of discrimination. Despite a majority of children belonging to British origin, children from different nationalities are also welcomed warmly. This makes it a friendly place for both locals and expats to enrol their kids In addition to this, cutting-edge teaching techniques make it an ideal school for a person of determination.

A balanced approach ensures children take part in both academic and non-academic activities. The Repton School offers a plethora of extra-curricular activities including sports opportunities, giving students access to a well-rounded education

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

As per the COVID-19 protocols and SOPs issued by the Ministry of Education, Repton School Dubai has undertaken the following steps for students well-being:

  • Strict drop-off and pickup arrangements for students using private and school transport services
  • Checking the temperature of each individual entering the school premises
  • Limiting large gatherings within classrooms and other parts of the campuses by terminating or limiting extra-curricular activities and field trips
  • Sterilising campus and its facilities regularly
  • Organising students’ day to avoid large gathering
  • Reducing the bus capacity to 30% as per the policies issued by RTA
  • Hire a trained professional to handle new changes as per COVID-19 protocols
  • Ensure support staff and unnecessary staff do not enter the school in the presence of students

Additionally, the school has suspended canteen operations, boarding facilities and swimming pools for students’ well-being. For more information, read the school re-opening initiatives by Repton School Dubai.

Years Offered at Repton School Dubai

Repton School is a comprehensive educational facility catering to students aged 3 to 18 years. The following stages of education are found at this school:

Stage
Years
Stage
Nursery and Reception
Years
Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) and Foundation Stage 2 (FS2)
Stage
Lower School
Years
Year 1 to Year 4
Stage
Middle School
Years
Year 5 to Year 8
Stage
Senior School
Years
Year 9 to Year 13

Children aged 3 to 4 years are enrolled in the Nursery and Reception stage. Children aged 5 to 8 years are enrolled in the lower school. Middle School has students aged 9 to 14 years old. Senior School has students between 12 to 15 to 18 years of age.

Repton School Dubai Curriculum

Based on the British style of education, Repton School follows the National Curriculum of England until secondary education and International Baccalaureate (IB) for students in higher secondary grades.

For children in the Foundation Stage (FS1 and FS2), it follows the EYFS programme.

The primary school in Repton Dubai focuses on developing fine motor skills along with social and emotional development of children. The components of the EYFS curriculum including Mathematics, literacy, communication are designed in such a way that a firm foundation is set in students for core subjects.

Confidence, creativity and curiosity development is the main aim of KS1 (year 1 to 2) and KS2 (year 3 to 5) curriculum. It includes subjects such as Mathematics, English, Art, Music and Science. Apart from educational competencies, the curriculum also focuses on developing basic sporting skills by introducing them to competitive sports.

The curriculum for middle school children (year 5-8) in Repton includes a more complex version of the core subjects: English, Science, Maths, Music, Art, DT, PE and ICT. It also includes world languages like Arabic, French, Spanish and German. Specialised teachers conduct accelerated classes for native speakers. Other additions in the curriculum include social studies, moral education and educational trips.

For children in year 9-11, the IGCSE curriculum is followed, which includes mandatory and optional subjects for students. Mandatory subjects include English Language and Literature, Mathematics and Science i.e. Biology, Chemistry and Physics. World languages and Physical Education is also part of IGCSE. Optional subjects include Art, Music, Drama, Computing, Business Studies, Geography, Economics, History, PE and Psychology.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program in Repton school helps students to learn specialised skills. English and Mathematics are compulsory subjects. Students also have to select at least one science, humanities and world language subject. Students also have to take one BTEC Course (Business or Sport) and 2 IBDP subjects. The school will also offer the A-Level programme to students in Year 12 and Year 13 from September 2021.

For more information, read the curriculum overview of Repton School Dubai.

Distance Learning

All the schools in the UAE followed distance-learning provisions to students from March to April. With the surge in corona cases, most schools have adopted e-learning or distance learning for the start of the new academic year. Repton School Dubai if offering in-campus education to all students from September 2020. The school is also offering distance-learning provisions for students on medical grounds. The school believes that its large campus facilities are adequate to provide in-campus education to students with COVID-19 protocols.

KHDA Rating

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority is a governmental body that is responsible for improvements in private education in Dubai. They inspect schools on an annual basis and rate them according to certain criteria. In total, there are 6 different ratings: outstanding, very good, good, acceptable, weak and very weak.

KHDA rating for schools
KHDA rating for schools in Dubai

From the academic year 2014-15 to 2018-19, KHDA rated Repton School as Outstanding, an incredible feat achieved by few schools in the last few years. Here is a history of KHDA rating over the last 10 years:

Years
KHDA Rating
Years
2008-2014
KHDA Rating
Very Good
Years
2014-2019
KHDA Rating
Outstanding

Overall the review of Repton School by KHDA concludes that the school’s management and leadership have been able to take considerable steps in ensuring high-quality education is delivered to their students. In addition, children from foundation years to higher secondary school have shown tremendous progress in core subjects. It has also performed exceptionally well in terms of health and safety. The main strengths of the school reported by KHDA are:

  • Students in Foundation Stage has shown tremendous progress in language and scientific skills.
  • Primary, secondary and post-16 students are making progress in English, science and mathematics.
  • Harmonious and conducive school environment due to students’ outstanding personal behaviour, appreciation of Islamic values and sense of responsibilities.
  • High-quality health care support and safety standards are appreciated by parents.
  • The school’s leaders have played an outstanding role in promoting the school as a first-class learning institute. They have established effective relationships with parents to improve the overall school’s experience.

KHDA recommends Repton School to improve on the Arabic and Islamic Education for all stages, especially secondary and post-16 stages.

Academic Calendar for Repton School Dubai

The academic year in Repton School starts in September and ends in July. Fall, Spring and Summer are the three terms for students in Repton School lasting for approximately three and a half months. Fall semester typically starts in September and ends in December. Spring Semester starts from January and ends in March while the summer semester starts in April and ends in July. Days between the end of the existing semester and the start of a new semester are vacations for children. The holidays are subjected to moon sighting. For further information, view the academic calendar for Repton School Dubai.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Repton School Dubai?

Like many other schools in Dubai, admission to Repton School is a straightforward task. Usually, the school recommends parents to visit the school for a tour. However, due to COVID-19, the school is unable to cater to the in-person walk-in tours.

To overcome this, the school offers a virtual tour to parents. A member of the school’s admission team shows the facility and answers questions. This allows an opportunity for parents to see the school and its features before opting for admission to Repton Dubai. For a school visit, contact admissions@reptondubai.org or fill out the virtual tour form on the website. However, this step is not mandatory and parents can directly contact the school for an online admission form which needs to be filled along with the following documents:

  • Child’s passport copy
  • Latest report card (if applicable)

The age-requirements followed by the Repton School Dubai are:

Years
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Nursery/Foundation Stage S1
Minimum Entry Age
3 years
Maximum Entry Age
3 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Foundation Stage 2
Minimum Entry Age
4 years
Maximum Entry Age
4 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 1
Minimum Entry Age
5 years
Maximum Entry Age
5 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 2
Minimum Entry Age
6 years
Maximum Entry Age
6 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 3
Minimum Entry Age
7 years
Maximum Entry Age
7 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Years
Year 4
Minimum Entry Age
8 years
Maximum Entry Age
8 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Years
Year 5
Minimum Entry Age
9 years
Maximum Entry Age
9 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Years
Year 6
Minimum Entry Age
10 years
Maximum Entry Age
10 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Years
Year 7
Minimum Entry Age
11 years
Maximum Entry Age
11 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10
Years
Year 8
Minimum Entry Age
12 years
Maximum Entry Age
12 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Years
Year 9
Minimum Entry Age
13 years
Maximum Entry Age
13 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Years
Year 10
Minimum Entry Age
14 years
Maximum Entry Age
14 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Years
Year 11
Minimum Entry Age
15 years
Maximum Entry Age
15 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Years
Year 12
Minimum Entry Age
16 years
Maximum Entry Age
16 years and 11 months
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Years
Year 13
Minimum Entry Age
17 years
Maximum Entry Age
17 years and 11 months
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: Repton School Dubai

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

After submitting the admission form along with the required documents and registration fee, parents will receive an invitation to bring their child for an assessment. In the assessment stage, a child’s social, competencies, maturity and other relevant skills are measured. For admission in primary school and above, the child’s Mathematics, Reading and English language skills are assessed.

Currently, the school is not conducting face-to-face interviewsand assessments due to COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to offer a seat to your child is based on previous academic record and pastoral references. Additionally, the school may opt for online interviews and observations. For such information, contact the school’s admission team.

Parents receive the decision via email in three to four working days. For further information about admission procedures and requirements, learn more about the admission process at Repton School Dubai.

Fee Structure at Repton School Dubai

For registration, students will have to pay a non-refundable registration fee of AED 500. The Repton School Dubai fee structure is as follow:

Year
Tuition Fee (AED)
Year
Foundation Stage 1
Tuition Fee (AED)
52,863
Year
Foundation Stage 2
Tuition Fee (AED)
58,270
Year
Year 1
Tuition Fee (AED)
59,754
Year
Year 2
Tuition Fee (AED)
59,754
Year
Year 3
Tuition Fee (AED)
61,697
Year
Year 4
Tuition Fee (AED)
62,191
Year
Year 5
Tuition Fee (AED)
70,221
Year
Year 6
Tuition Fee (AED)
70,221
Year
Year 7
Tuition Fee (AED)
75,000
Year
Year 8
Tuition Fee (AED)
78,000
Year
Year 9
Tuition Fee (AED)
80,000
Year
Year 10
Tuition Fee (AED)
88,000
Year
Year 11
Tuition Fee (AED)
88,000
Year
Year 12
Tuition Fee (AED)
95,000
Year
Year 13
Tuition Fee (AED)
95,000

It is important to note that all these fees are per annum. If a payment for an academic year is made in full, parents will receive a discount of 5%. For further information, visit the official website to understand the fee structure of Repton School.

COVID-19 Discounts

Most schools in Dubai has offered discounts to facilitate parents in difficult times. Repton School Dubai has offered 15% discount on tuition fee for the third term of the academic year 2019-2020. The 15% discount will be carried forward for the three academic terms of the academic year 2020-2021. Additionally, the Repton family has launched a Repton Family Support Fund worth AED 8 million to support families affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Scholarships at Repton School Dubai

In Repton School, scholarships are available to internal and external students in year 5-8 and IB students in year 12. Those with outstanding performances in academics, music and sporting activities can apply for a scholarship. Awarded as per the discretion of the headmaster, students can expect a scholarship which covers 10% of the tuition fee.

Bear in mind that upon attainment of music scholarship, scholars should remain available for Repton School music performance groups.

Similarly, sports scholars need to participate in the school’s sports teams.

To apply for the scholarship, parents of the children must submit an application on headmasterspa@reptondubai.org, clearly explaining the chosen category. For more information, visit scholarships at Repton School Dubai.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Repton Dubai

Repton School offers lunch to their students. To avail school lunches, one needs to fill a form and pay the fee for the academic year. The request form for school lunches is available online. Once the form is submitted and the fee is paid, parents have to wait for at least 24-hours before their child’s name is added to the list.

It offers separate formal eating areas for young and older students to meet their needs. Healthy meal options are available for students that are mostly prepared within the school premises.

Children belonging to Muslim families do not need to worry as the school offers Halal food, which is completely nut and shell-free.

In partnership with Food Nation LLC., they provide lunch boxes to their students. To ensure healthy and nutritional lunches, each item is prepared from scratch. In addition, ‘Eat Bright’ Program by the school ensures they use products with targeted nutrition for growth and nourishment of children. They believe that food children take plays a great role in their academic success.

The school lunch fee for children enrolled in the foundation stage to year 4 is AED 4,778 per annum. Annual lunch Fee for older children is AED 5,733.

The school has suspended its canteen operations to comply with COVID-19 protocols and SOPs.

School Transportation at Repton Dubai

Repton School also provides transportation services to its students. School Transport Services (STS) is their school bus provider, which is a reputable name in the UAE. They are known to deliver vehicles that are in excellent condition with some of the finest technology to ensure safe and hassle-free commute to children from home to school and vice versa. Moreover, they cover almost all the routes to ensure children living in different areas in Dubai can reach school on time.

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, STS has adopted new safety protocols to offer safe transportation to students. As per the new protocols, STS sanitises the bus before and after the trip every day. Students are asked to practice social distancing when on-board and off-boarding. Other steps taken by STS are temperature checks of staff and students, mandating face masks and seat belts, use of smart bus ID cards to avoid unnecessary contact and monitoring students’ welfare. Additionally, the bus capacity has been dropped to 50% to 30% to avoid large gatherings.

For pricing and details please contact the school transport representative:

  • Service Delivery Executive: Amanullah Badshah Amin
  • Email:amanullah@stss.ae
  • Contact number: 056 994 6020

Boarding Facility at Repton Dubai

Only a few schools in the UAE like Repton School offer boarding facility to its students.

Boarding facilities at Repton School Dubai

Full-time weekly and flexible boarding (3-day and 4-day) facilities are available for students in year 7to 13. Repton School offers an incredible residential boarding experience to its residents with high-end facilities like high-speed internet in study bedrooms, attached bathrooms and study areas. In addition, the school policy allows parents to stay in their room for evenings, which allows children to meet their parents.

Hygienic and nutritional foods are prepared on-site and offered to the occupants. To ensure a perfect living environment, Repton School has a highly experienced housemaster/housemistress, residential house tutor, gap year boarding assistant, house matron and support staff. The support staff includes highly trained housekeepers, nurses, and on-site doctors. The fee structure for the boarding facility is as follows:

Full boarding (Sunday to Saturday) – AED 66,000 per annum
Weekly boarding (Sunday to Thursday) – AED 60,500 per annum
4-day boarding – AED 51,500 per annum
3-day boarding – AED 42,500 per annum

Currently, boarding facilities are temporarily terminated due to COVID-19 restrictions. For further information, contact admissions@reptondubai.org.

Holiday Camps at Repton Dubai

To keep students engaged with healthy and creative activities, Repton School Dubai offers holiday camps to its students. Most of the holiday camps are run by Gulf Star Sports. Most prominent holiday camps in the school include sporting activities and featured games. All this leads to the development of sporting and social skills.

Currently, the holiday camp activities at the campus are limited. Gulf Start Sports might offer the holiday camps for summer break for the current academic year. For more information, contact Gulf Star Sports and school’s administration.

Sports Facilities

Repton School offers an incredible sports facility to its students.

The sports area in Repton Dubai lies behind the cafeteria section, which has numerous options for children to play competitive sports.

Sports facilities at Repton School Dubai
Some of the sports facilities at Repton School Dubai include outdoor sports fields

There exist two large-sized indoor pools, a state-of-the-art gymnasium and a large outdoor playing area. The outdoor playing area has a full-sized rugby field, tennis courts and facilities for other popular sports. In addition, pupils have access to experienced sports professionals including those who have performed on the national and international stage.

Students have represented Repton school in football, cricket, netball and other famous sports at national and international levels. Students living in the boarding facility can also avail sports facilities available through Dubai that include access to a golf course and horse racing.

Please note that the Repton School Dubai has closed its swimming pools to comply with the COVID-19 safety protocols issued by the Ministry of Education.

Extra-curricular Activities at Repton School Dubai

Numerous extra-curricular activities are available for students of Repton School. The school encourages students to participate in these activities that result in the development of skills outside the curriculum to compete in the 21st century.

Most of these extra-curricular activities fall into the category of music, sports and adventure. Activities pertaining to debating, learning programming languages and drama are a few of the many activities that happen throughout the academic year.

science activity repton school dubai
Repton School Dubai student’s participating in a science based extra-curricular activity

Considering different interests of children, Repton School has more than 150 extra-curricular activities for them. Some noticeable extra-curricular activities in the school include Model United Nations (MUN), UK Mathematics challenges, F1 events in schools and 4×4 challenges.

Some extra-curricular activities are temporarily suspended to ensure that avoid large gatherings as per the COVID-19 protocols.

Field Trips

Repton School offers field trips to its students. Most of these field trips are in conjunction with their educational curriculum, providing practical knowledge to students. Primary and secondary students go on various trips in Dubai including Magnet Planet.

repton school dubai students italy trip to ggran paradiso
Repton School students visiting Gran Paradiso in Italy as part of the outdoor education initiative

Students enrolled in IB programs undergo several national and international field trips. Previously students in the first year of the IB program went on a trip to Thailand in an attempt to complete their fieldwork in specialised subjects like Biology and Geography. Last year, senior school IB program students participated in an expedition to climb Gran Paradiso in Italy.

The school arranged this 5-day trip where students had to climb up to 3000 meters and learn the art of using equipment to reach their goal. School trips for younger students include Escape Hunt, where students’ cognitive, emotional and physical skills are challenged. In addition, international trips for senior school during vacations are also arranged by the school.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world, Repton School Dubai has cancelled any upcoming national and international field trips for students. For more information, contact the school’s administration.

After-school Care

Several after-school care facilities are available for students of Repton School. Students availing the boarding facility have on-site medical services that are available 24-7.

It also includes a pastoral care team encompassing experienced teachers, school counsellors, doctors, nurses, heads of the year and other important representatives to ensure a safe and friendly environment for each student. Other after-school care facilities include extra-curricular activities, field trips and sports trips.

After-school care based on extra-curricular activities is suspended. Pastoral care for students is still available. Additionally, the school’s leadership is taking initiatives to help students overcoming the physical and emotional trauma associated with global pandemics.

Medical care at Repton School Dubai

There is a medical centre where students with minor to moderate injuries and illnesses are provided medical assistance.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Communication between parents and teachers is essential for the progress of a child. For this purpose, Repton School has an online parent portal, which provides key information about the child’s progress and upcoming events. Teachers can also inform parents about the progress of their kids through detailed reports on a half-termly and annually basis.

Regular parent-teacher meetings are also organised as another source of communication between parents and the management in Repton School. Currently, the school has no plans to conduct parent-teacher meetings at the campus as per the COVID-19 protocols.

Teachers can also inform the parents about the latest updates regarding upcoming events through Whatsapp group for each year.

Repton School Dubai Contact Information

For general enquiries, interested parents can fill an online contact form with their query. Parents can also ask their queries on Repton School Dubai contact numbers and email address:

Telephone numbers:

  • General Enquiries: +971 4 426 9393
  • Admission: +971 4 440 3482

Email Addresses:

Official website and Social Media:

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