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Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy


Admissions Policy

The English College is a non-selective school which embraces being inclusive. We cater to all nationalities and religions; this is reflected in the values and culture of the whole school community so that learners feel welcome, accepted, safe and valued whatever their background. On entry to the school, we also effectively identify students who have special educational needs and disabilities as well as those who are gifted and talented. Where needed, we modify our curriculum accordingly and measure the impact of any intervention and specific support mechanisms through the use of feedback from monitoring and assessment processes. A completed application form is required along with documents listed on page 4 of the form. There is an application fee of AED. 800. This application fee is to cover administration costs and is non- refundable. An entry assessment is not always required and this decision is made by the Head of Secondary based on the application form and previous school report. The English College is a school for English Speaking students. We do not teach English as a second language.

Admission to Key Stage 3 and 4

Year 7 places will be offered on a first come basis and our admissions will close once all available places have been filled. Year 8 and 9 places will be offered on a first come basis as and when places become available in these year groups. Admission decisions are based on a student’s previous educational record, and, if necessary, a placement assessment, an interview and/or a letter of recommendation from the present school. If a place is offered, the initial placement in the school teaching set is tentative and we may advise a change of subject set after the child’s abilities have been fully assessed. Applicants who have not undergone an assessment prior to an offer being made will be required to sit an assessment as soon as they join the college. The assessment is necessary to determine the appropriate set within the year group for the applicant. We have a limited number of places for children with special educational needs. All applicants whom we feel require support in this area will be assessed to identify whether the College can meet their individual needs. Applications of students from outside Dubai for Years 7, 8, and 9 are accepted throughout the year. Year 10 students are only admitted at the beginning of the school year. Applications from students coming from other Dubai British curriculum schools can be accepted up to the start of the second term only as per the Ministry of Education (KHDA) rules. Transferring from International or American schools to English curriculum schools is not possible mid-year as per KHDA rules. Year 11 is the second year of the two year GCSE course. Entry is limited to those who have successfully completed the first year of the course and whose GCSE courses and examination boards match those at the College.

Admission to Years 12 and 13 (The Sixth Form)

The Sixth Form offers courses in Foundation Stage, GCE A level with AS being undertaken in Year 12 and the full A level in Year 13, as well as a range of BTEC courses. GCE courses, by their very nature, are demanding academically and entry to Year 12 has a competitive element to it. Places on courses are limited and it is not always possible to meet all of our students’ requests due to the popularity of certain subjects. Year 12 is open to those students who meet our entry requirement of at least five passes in their GCSEs at A* to C; have an aptitude in their chosen subjects (A* to B) and an attitude towards study that will allow them to succeed. Students offered a place at The English College will be placed in a year group as per the regulations laid down by the UAE Ministry of Education. All students must be registered with the KHDA. It is, therefore, essential that all required documentation is handed into the school when requested to allow us to complete this process within the time-frame stated by the KHDA.