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Hi,

Hopefully a quick question.

I'm about to accept a position and move to Dubai.

I have two daughters age 7 and 4.

Obviously more important than anything is getting the girls into schools even before we find housing.

Are there any tips tricks?

I'm thinking we should have about 4 choices - to attempt. However, that's a lot of fees.

Is there a way of finding out if the school has actual places WITHOUT paying a fee?

I don't want to shell out a big fee just to be on a waiting list - if I absolutely have no chance for September.

If we have to - I could pull the kids out of school and try to get them in after the Easter break here in the UK if it's easier to get them into the right school then?

Any advice help much appreciated!

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Thank you very much for your reply. Really appreciate the advice and you taking the time to explain. I must admit, I had heard it was a nightmare and am dreading it. We're going over at Easter to view some areas to live so will hopefully get round to the schools and register and pay the fees and see how we go. Wish me luck! :-)

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Hi,

Hopefully a quick question.

I'm about to accept a position and move to Dubai.

I have two daughters age 7 and 4.

Obviously more important than anything is getting the girls into schools even before we find housing.

Are there any tips tricks?

I'm thinking we should have about 4 choices - to attempt. However, that's a lot of fees.

Is there a way of finding out if the school has actual places WITHOUT paying a fee?

I don't want to shell out a big fee just to be on a waiting list - if I absolutely have no chance for September.

If we have to - I could pull the kids out of school and try to get them in after the Easter break here in the UK if it's easier to get them into the right school then?

Any advice help much appreciated!
Hi,

it would certainly be easier to get your kids into a school between Easter and when they break up in June.
Many people will leave the region at Easter time and leave some vacancies in various schools.
Kids already at school here are not allowed to change schools mid-year - only at the start of the new school year.
For the above two reasons it would be far easier and the schools will be keen to fill voids and should therefore be more honest about available places - before you pay any registration fees or deposits.
Best of Luck!
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Good luck with that mate, it may well be the most difficult thing you have to get through out of all the hassle of moving to the UAE. To be fair the majority of stuff (visas, etc) goes through smoothly, even if it does take a while but schools are a headache....and some make it feel like they're doing you a favour even talking to you. I was made to feel like I was a nuisance even asking simple questions like "Do you actually have any places?" - having an honest conversation isn't always easy until after you've paid your admission fee. I have emails from one school asking me to pay the admission fee that bounced back and forth half a dozen times until they actually admitted that they didn't currently have any places. And another that kept telling me we'd have an answer on a place within a few days - this went on for three weeks until I got annoyed with them and then they instantly just said "No" and didn't reply to me again. What I can say is that the people at places like Repton, Dubai International Academy, Star International School, Dubai English Speaking School, Emirates International School and GEMS Wellington were all lovely, even if they didn't have a place they were nice and didn't mess me about, I won't comment on the others.
Thank you very much for your reply. Really appreciate the advice and you taking the time to explain. I must admit, I had heard it was a nightmare and am dreading it. We're going over at Easter to view some areas to live so will hopefully get round to the schools and register and pay the fees and see how we go. Wish me luck! :-)

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The internet seems devoid of any sensible information on schools, any info that does exist is a couple of years old at best. I’ve asked on here but no one seems to want to comment or give a review and everyone appears reluctant to give an opinion - is big brother watching?
I would guess that trying to get into a school in September means you’re competing with more people than trying to get them in halfway through the year, plus as someone has said they’d prefer to fill the gaps and be reasonably sure of the numbers returning in Sept.

Our experience from last time we were in Dubai was that some schools seem to be pretty honest about places, they’ll tell you upfront, but some are less forthcoming and some are also very choosy, but not necessarily for honourable reasons. They appear not to want to take students that might harm their results or make them work for their money, so the feeling we got is that they’ll reject your child if they think teaching them will involve any extra effort. The application process is akin to getting into the Masons, its all done in secret and they don’t have to give you a reason for rejection.

It gave me the hump to be honest, in the UK they tend to take the approach that every child is worth teaching and they’ll make the effort, whereas in some schools here they appear not to want to make any effort and run it purely as a business.

Our last experience is a few years old to be fair but UK schools tend to be very honest in their reports, so many will say things like “could try harder” or “can occasionally be disruptive”, in my opinion this is a normal report and I expect we all had comments like that growing up. They might not be so ‘honest’ here, or perhaps word things differently, so all the kids get fantastic reports that don’t say anything directly negative, perhaps because they don’t want you to take your child and money elsewhere. So if your child has a school report that hints that your child might be difficult on occasion then prepare for disappointment, they don’t appear to be used to that type of thing here so any negativity in a report makes them assume you’ve spawned a monster – or at the very least makes them think your child might involve some effort.
So it would be preferable to have a school report that is very good, read into that what you will.

At least that was our experience last time, our eldest daughter had a UK report that suggested she could be challenging at times, so we had difficulty getting a school place. A few years down the road and she is about to graduate from a red brick UK university with a predicted first, so she obviously wasn’t all bad.

Our experience this time wasn’t as bad as others I’ve spoken to, although it did involve some worry and a few weeks of running around doing assessment tests and paying more than half a dozen lots of 500AED (or 1500AED for Repton). The assessments vary from a 45 minute assessment to a 2.5hr exam in controlled conditions. Our daughter said some were easy and some were quite difficult. For example the Repton ‘test’ was hard and the fees are high, but in all fairness they were very nice indeed and seemed happy to go above and beyond to make the process as painless as possible. Another school that really stood out for us was Star International in Um Sheif, lovely staff and again they were very helpful and seemed to really take an interest in the whole family. GEMS Wellington was very impressive and the school is high on the favourites list, although we didn’t get the cosy and personal atmosphere that we felt in Repton or Star, the process was much more business like.

I can’t comment on the educational delivery of any schools yet but its probably fair to say 2/3rds of the schools we visited gave us a good feeling during the application and interview process and the rest made us want to leave quickly. Once we’ve made our decision we’ll be able to update in a month or two on how well they perform.

Unfortunately our experience involved two or three schools who took our fee and then kept promising to give us an answer “by Sunday at the latest” and we never heard from them again.

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I have registered my kids to go to RIS for 2014-2015 session. I am staying in Jumeirah Park.
The school currently has no bus services going to Jumeirah Park. The school would need minimally 15 students before they can start a new bus route service.
I have 3 kids going to RIS.
Anyone out there staying in Jumeirah park and having kids going to RIS?

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Hi there,

My husband is relocating to UAE next month and I will follow him with our three sons in mid August. Does anyone know of any new schools opening up for 2014/15 school year? I thought the new Kings campuses would be a great option until they sent me a new fee schedule. Its an extraordinary increase on current fees and not in our range now, for three children.

Any info appreciated,

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Hi Lib,

Off the top of my head, Nordanglia and Safa are opening new schools within the same area as the new Kings - I have no idea of fees though, I just see the signs when I'm in the area.

I've also heard there will be a new Gems Metropole in Motorcity but not sure when it will be open.

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Do you know if those new schools are senior or primary? Thanks!

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I'm not sure what age groups they will cover, best call them up and ask - the ones with already established sister schools might go all the way through from the get go (GEMS, Safa) but as Nordanglia are new to Dubai they might start with the lower age groups and expand from there.

My two go to Foremarke and they started with FS1 to Year 2 this year, up to Year 4 next year, then year 5 and finally year 6 - they are not planning on being at full capacity for up to 5 years but I know Gems like bums on seats very quickly and as they have a pool of staff to pull from, they can probably offer more age groups quicker.

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