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Hi there, I have heard back from somd schools GEMS First Point School The Villa, GEMS Wellington Academy & Hartland International School. Does anyone have any experience with these schools? I am trying to find somewhere for my 3 children to school together. Thanks xx
 

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Hartland is still a building sight so it is impossible to comment. Wellington Academy...there are actually more than one, El Khail, Silicon Oasis (and possibly more) so you may get more information if you specify which
Both of those that I have listed are fairly new and very big schools. I think First Point opened last September.
As most established schools have long waiting lists for most year groups it is unsurprising that you are more likely to be successful in these newer/brand new schools.
Hartland will be organised in ks2 more like a UK prep school where subjects are taught by subject specialists (like a high school).
The GEMs schools are all international schools that follow the British curriculum, possibly with the IB in secondary.
I apologise that I haven't actually been able to give you any specific recommendations but hopefully given some details that may help. Good luck with the search.
 

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Hi. I am Head of Primary and Early Years at GEMS FirstPoint School. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
 

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Hi there, my main concern is that in Scotland we start school a whole year later than in England & our curriculum is child lead (Curriculum for Excellence) I'm worried how my youngest two children would adapt. My oldest is 11 in just over a week & is moving into P7, middle is 10 at the very beginning of September and is heading into P6 (she has also been diagnosed as dyslexic recently so is even further behind probably about 18mths to 2yrs based on average) and our youngest just turned 6 last week & is moving into P2. I do think that the IB curriculum would be relevant to the way they are currently taught but my biggest worry next to which education to go with is keeping them together in one school. I'm also hoping to seek employment in a school as a teaching assistant as I have a NC in Childcare and Education & I'm just about to finish a learning support course to become a dyslexia therapist & also a teaching assistant course as I was planning on heading back to work in Scotland now that all the kids are at school. Some people have said it's difficult to get work within schools but maybe you could advise better on this too. Thanks very much & any help would be greatly appreciated since happy children definitely mean a happy mummy xx
 

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Hi Shona,

When looking at schools the dyslexia could be an issue as it might impact the ability for your child to pass the exam (probably not but make sure you declare it) and if it is serious enough to require specialist help then schools can charge for the extra assistance. Dyslexia is one of the easier learning difficulties to cope with so any of the things I have mentioned may not apply but please be aware of the possibilities.

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Hi Shona,

A friend's teenage daughter is dyslexic, she's very much on track but she was diagnosed at early age in the USA where she received tons of learning support. She is brilliant but she does need extra tutoring support because what she is supposed to get at school is not enough. Is not cheap and not covered by insurance! (at least in their case). Also you mention you have 3 school aged kids - I'm sure you already know this but do make sure that you have good education allowance! Schools are very expensive here and on top of that you'll need to factor the extra tutoring if required, and keep in mind that school fees have just increased again and are likely to increase every year.
 
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