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Victory Heights Primary School

Victory Heights Primary School

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Overview

Victory Heights Primary School (VHPS) is an independent school that is situated in the Dubai Sports City district. Student numbers have steadily expanded in this British curriculum school since it started operations in 2013.

Students at VHPS follow the National Curriculum of England (NCE), which lays emphasis on an application-based approach to education as opposed to rote learning in which children are expected to remember more details. An application-based approach encourages students to understand concepts and apply them. As of 2018, there are 817 students aged between 3 and 11 years enrolled in the school between grades starting from Foundation 1 to Year 6.

There are more than 18 different nationalities represented at VHPS, however, the majority of the students are British passport holders as per the latest KHDA report. After leaving Year 6, students are usually transferred to other schools locally and globally.

VHPS is also an accredited member of British Schools of the Middle East (BSME), the council of British International Schools (COBIS) and British Schools Overseas.

Residential Communities near Victory Heights Primary School

Apart from parents and guardians residing in Dubai Sports City, families in nearby neighbourhoods can have easy access to VHPS. For more information regarding residential communities near the school, please click below:

Yet, the closest neighbourhood to the school is Dubai Studio City which is home to stunning residential apartments, villas and entertainment and luxury spots.

If families want to move near to Victory Heights Primary School, they can have a look at the apartments and villas available for both rent and sale.

Campus of  Victory Heights Primary School

Drama and Arts facility in Victory Heights Primary School
Students performing Marry Poppins at a drama event (Image Credit: Victory Heights Primary School)

The campus of Victory Heights is known for being technology savvy and offers a healthy learning atmosphere for students. The school’s state of the art facilities such as spacious classrooms, multi-functional sports halls, library, art room, music room, and other amenities add to the appeal of this British primary school with parents in Dubai.

Location of Victory Heights Primary School

VHPS is located at Dubai Sports City. It is near Zenith Tower A2 and Butch Harmon School of Gulf.

Why Victory Heights Primary School?

There are a number of reasons why Victory Heights is considered one of the best British primary schools in Dubai. VPHS offers state of the art facilities which creates a nurturing and supportive atmosphere for both its students and parents. In addition to this, the school has amassed a number of accolades in the short span since it started operations.

The principal of the school Ms. Sasha Crabb has been with the school since 2013 and is supported by a talented team of qualified teachers. In 2019, Miss Crabb won the Principal of the Year Award at the Top School Awards 2019 and the school was nominated for Best Primary School.  The newly appointed Assistant Head of Curriculum and Innovation, Mr. Ben Rothwell was also named as one of the ’10 Most Influential Education Leaders’ by the Knowledge Review.

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Pupils participating in a classroom activity (Image Credit: Victory Heights Primary School)

A majority of the teachers in Victory Heights Primary School are British nationals. There are a total of 56 teachers and 26 teaching assistants at Victory Heights Primary School. The teacher to student ratio is 1:15. The teacher turnover rate is lower than the average in comparison to the rest of the schools in Dubai.  The teachers are responsible for creating learning strategies and assessments that seamlessly link across various subject areas, helping students to easily form connections between related subjects and concepts.

The school has been awarded a “Very Good “ rating by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) for the second year in a row.

Inclusion

At VHPS, the inclusion team provides additional support for students with special educational needs.  This is provided within the classroom by specialised learning support teachers and learning support assistants. Support and intervention is also provided in Literacy, Phonics, Maths and motor skills.

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School Details

COVID-19 PROTOCOL

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

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

  • Sterilising the school building, classrooms, laboratories and other facilities regularly, according to the recommendations of the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management.
  • Assessing the temperature of everyone who enters the school building daily.
  • Maintaining physical distance guidelines as recommended by the relevant health authorities and reducing the headcount capacity in classrooms.
  • From this academic year, 1-metre distancing is recommended. Schools must take appropriate precautions to ensure that students and teachers stay physically distanced where possible.
  • Buses may run at full capacity provided they comply with health and safety protocols.
  • Schools shall reinstate Physical Education, swimming lessons and sports activities. Changing rooms and sports areas will be sanitised after each group of students
  • The canteen shall reopen and resume live cooking
  • School trips, excursions and holiday camps shall be resumed. 
  • After-hours care, extra-curricular activities, performances, assemblies and other events at school or external venues are allowed.
  • Students older than six years, staff and visitors to schools must continue to wear face masks.
  • Vaccination is not compulsory. Unvaccinated school staff must submit a negative PCR test each week. Students are not obliged to submit negative PCR tests.
  • From October 3rd 2021, all teaching and learning at Dubai private schools will only be face-to-face. Students who wish to continue with distance learning after the stated date must provide a medical certificate issued by Dubai Health Authority.

Years Offered at Victory Heights Primary School

Students At VHPS start off with the Foundation Stage One and Two (FS1 and FS2) which is offered for children aged 3 to 4 years old.

The VHPS Primary division usually starts from Key Stage 1 (KS1) and includes Year 1 and Year 2 for students aged 5 to 7 years old. At VHPS, primary school concludes with Key Stage 2 (KS2). It includes Year 3 to Year 6 for students aged 7 to 11 years old.

StageYearsAge
Stage
Foundation Stage
Years
FS1 – FS2
Age
3 – 4 Years
Stage
Primary Stage
Years
Year 1 – Year 6
Age
5 – 11 Years

Victory Heights Primary School Curriculum

VHPS offers the British curriculum which focuses on age-expected achievements in Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2. The advantages of this curriculum include independent critical thinking, embracing creativity, helping young learners to flourish academically and personally within a flexible system. The focus of the core subjects; English, Maths, and Science is on the method in which it is taught and how the student’s development and academic progress can be effectively measured.

A variety of teaching tools are used to engage students through creative topics linked across various subject areas. Teachers carry out both formative (on-going) and summative assessments, closely tracking each student’s progress and documenting student’s learning.

At VHPS, positive education is introduced through the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI). Key Attributes of Positive Education include creativity, curiosity, courage, integrity, resilience, empathy, fairness and tolerance. To make it simple for the students to relate to them, these attributes have been represented as animal metaphors.  They are as follows:

  • The Chameleon illustrates the ability to keep learning and changing
  • The Owl embodies strategic awareness and planning
  • The Tortoise represents resilience
  • The Cat shows the ability to develop an attitude of curiosity
  • The Unicorn is symbolic of creativity
  • The Bees possess the ability to work alone and in a team
  • The Spider is able to make webs of meaning and connections

Assessment

The management of VHPS is of the view that assessment is an important component of teaching and learning. Assessment can allow parents and teachers to understand the progress of the student so that they can chalk out relevant plans for further academic growth.

At VHPS, summative and formative assessments are taken on a regular basis and feedback is given to parents. Students assessed internally through examinations and projects based on the National Curriculum of England for Writing, Reading and Mathematics.

As part of the school inspection requirements of Dubai, VHPS uses internal and external data for the purpose of tracking student progress. Students at VHPS are assessed through the use of global benchmark tests.

As VHPS is aligned with the UAE National Agenda Parameter, they also offer global benchmarking assessments such as TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) for Year 5 students.

Parents receive a progress report at the completion of Term 1 and a full annual academic report at the completion of Term 3.

DISTANCE LEARNING AT VICTORY HEIGHTS PRIMARY SCHOOL

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

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Victory Heights Primary School was rated ‘very good’ by KHDA

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is a government organisation responsible for the growth and quality of private education in Dubai. They are also held responsible for inspecting private schools in Dubai as judgments are made on a six-point scale of:

  • Outstanding 
  • Very Good 
  • Good 
  • Acceptable
  • Weak 
  • Very Weak

VHPS was inspected by KHDA from 05 to 07 November 2018. For the academic year 2018-19, VHPS was given the rating “Very good” by KHDA which is the same as the previous academic year. You can see a snapshot of VHPS performance so far, below:

YEARSKHDA RATING
2014 – 2015 Acceptable
2015 – 2017 Good
2017 – 2019 Very Good

Some of the key reasons for the attainment of this rating are as follows:

  • Improvements made through research and innovation facilitated by the principal’s vision of inclusion. 
  • Outstanding progress made by students in Science, Math, and English along with evidence of improvements made in Arabic and Islamic education
  • Strong sense of community that supports student development 
  • A strong understanding of Islam along with innovation skills and social responsibility within the primary school
  • The strong assessment, teaching, adaptation, curriculum design, health and safety, support and care throughout the school
  • The good governance, facilities and staffing available at the school
  • The outstanding collaboration of the school with parents and the community

Academic Calendar for Victory Heights Primary School

Library in Victory Heights Primary School
The well-stocked library allows students to prepare better for examination
  • The first term commences in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December, followed by a 3-week winter break.
  • The second term begins in the first week of January and concludes in the last week of March. The school closes for a 2-week long spring break.
  • The final term starts in the second week of April and finishes in the first week of July. Students then go on a 2-month summer vacation.

You can view Victoria Heights Primary School’s academic calendar for more information.

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Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Victory Heights Primary School?

When a student enters a school within the UAE, it is a legal requirement to register with the Ministry of Education. VHPS performs this important activity on behalf of the parents by providing the required documents to the student when they start primary school. After an offer has been received, the required documents for registration are as follows:

  • The student’s valid passport copy 
  • Birth certificate copy of the student 
  • Copy of transfer certificate received from the previous school
  • Student’s valid Emirates ID copy 
  • Parents or Guardian’s valid Emirates ID copy 
  • A consent form and medical immunisation

Foreign students transfer documents

  • If any student is arriving from a foreign school, and overseas Transfer Certificate (TC) would be required if they have joined from Year 1 onwards.

All transfer certificates are required to be:

  • Written in Arabic or English and should be on the school’s letterhead along with school stamp signed by the Head Teacher or Principal.

It is important that the transfer certificate should be attested by the following:

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • The Ministry of Education
  • UAE Embassy

If students arrive from any of the GCC Countries, they require a stamped certificate by the Ministry of Education. It is not necessary to have transfer certificates from the following countries: Canada, North America, Australia, Western Europe, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

For further information, parents can always visit the Admissions Overview page.

Also, please refer to the following age requirements before initiating the admissions process.

GradesMinimum Entry AgeMaximum Entry Age
Grades
FS 1
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
4
Grades
FS 2
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
5
Grades
Year 1
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
6
Grades
Year 2
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
7
Grades
Year 3
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
8
Grades
Year 4
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
9
Grades
Year 5
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
10
Grades
Year 6
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
11

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

Fee Structure at Victory Heights Primary School

Victory Heights Primary School fee can be paid in three installment. It is as follows:

Year GroupTerm 1 FeeTerm 2 FeeTerm 3 FeeTotal Annual Fee
Year Group
Foundation 1
Term 1 Fee
AED 14,630
Term 2 Fee
AED 10,973
Term 3 Fee
AED 10,973
Total Annual Fee
AED 36,576
Year Group
Foundation 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 15,960
Term 2 Fee
AED 11,970
Term 3 Fee
AED 11,970
Total Annual Fee
AED 39,900
Year Group
Year 1 – Year 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 17,291
Term 2 Fee
AED 12,968
Term 3 Fee
AED 12,968
Total Annual Fee
AED 43,227
Year Group
Year 3 – Year 4
Term 1 Fee
AED 18,621
Term 2 Fee
AED 13,965
Term 3 Fee
AED 13,965
Total Annual Fee
AED 46,551
Year Group
Year 5 – Year 6
Term 1 Fee
AED 19,951
Term 2 Fee
AED 14,963
Term 3 Fee
AED 14,963
Total Annual Fee
AED 49,877

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: AED 500
  • Enrolment Fee (for New Students): 10% of the annual tuition fee
  • Re-Enrolment Fee (for Existing Students): 5% of the annual tuition fee
  • Medical Fee: AED 525
  • STEAM Resource Fee: AED 525

Method of Payment: Cheque payment and Bank transfer payment.

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School Facilities

Lunch Options at Victory Heights Primary School

VHPS has a Tuck Shop cafe for its students. Students are also allowed to bring a packed lunch from home along with a snack for morning break. It is important for parents to make sure that healthy lunches and snacks are sent to the school for their child.

School Transportation at Victory Heights Primary School

The areas covered include Arabian Ranches, Victory Heights, Dubai Marina, IMPZ, Layan Community, Al Barsha, Motor City – Green Community,  Barsha Heights, Sports City, Greens, Jumeirah Village Circle, and Jumeirah Village Triangle.

Holiday Camps at Victory Heights Primary School

VHPS has outsourced its holiday camp to Elite Sports Academy. The holiday camps provided by Elite sports school offer students an opportunity to participate in and learn the essential skills in sports. This may include cricket, football, dodgeball, hockey etc.

Sports Facilities

Sports day in Victory Heights Primary School
Primary students in action on sports day (Image Credit: Victory Heights Primary School)

The sports facilities at VHPS includes shaded play areas along with high-quality playground equipment, surrounded by safety surfaces. The school also has a 3G playing field that allows students to participate in different team games including rugby, football and hockey. The school also has multi-purpose court for netball, basketball and tennis. In 2016 a second building was added which comprises of an indoor swimming pool.

Extra-curricular Activities at Victory Heights Primary School

The Victory Heights Primary School takes the holistic development of students seriously. There are various extracurricular activities offered at Victory Heights to enable this. All students at VHPS can participate in two ECAs per week and per term. Students can also choose a third activity, Arabic ECA. However, this activity is subject to availability.

Some of the extra-curricular activities that VHPS students can get involved in include the following:

Brownies Diverse
Rick Bhullar Fitness Premier Genie
Urban Swim Los Atletas
Elite Sports Freedom Yoga
UAE Karate Kids Science Made Fun
Beyond Basketball British Overseas Dramatic Arts
Rugby Tots Let’s Play Capoeira
Budo Juku Street Jazz

Field Trips From Victory Heights Primary School

VHPS organises field trips that are linked to learning and development. The various trips in the past include trips to other emirates like Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah, cultural venues such as the Dubai Opera House and charitable centres including the Senses Children Centre in Jumeirah where students got to interact with children with special educational needs. Apart from the field trips, the school hosts a lot of events to promote learning and development such as shows, productions, visits to the LitFest, Queen’s Birthday celebration, sports day etc.

Field trips arranged by Victory Heights Primary School
Foundation Stage 2 pupils on a field trip to Ski Dubai (Image Credit: Victory Heights Primary School)

After-school Care at Victory Heights Primary School

At VHPS, after-school care is provided for students of FS1 and FS2 who have siblings in Year 1 to Year 6. There is an extra charge that is levied for this care. Moreover, it is important to note that after school child care is only available until 02.30 pm and does not cover after-school activities.

Medical Care at Victory Heights Primary School

At VHPS, the school clinic is located on the ground floor, adjacent to the swimming pool area. The school’s health requirements are covered by the school’s full-time nurse and a part-time school doctor. All health practitioners at VHPS are licensed by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

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Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

A parent portal is available on the official website of VHPS. Feedback is provided to parents on a regular basis. There is also a Class Parent Representative, so parents can address any concerns that they might have or to help coordinate joint events.

There are other ways to connect as well,  including class activities, workshops, different information sessions and social media platforms like Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Twitter. Parents can also request to be made part of the grade sepecific Whatsapp groups so they are kept informed about all the latest updates from the school.

The school has also successfully developed a broadcasting program called the VPS news channel where students are given turns to report on weekly news. This initiative links students, teachers, parents, community and produces a platform to display the students’ work.

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