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Ø     The School Philosophy

Ø     The Curriculum

Ø     IGCSE-Scheme of subjects

Ø     Instructional Strategies

Ø     Homework Policy

Ø     The Facilities

Ø     Text Books

Ø     Admission Criterion

Ø     School Routine

Ø     Academic Sessions

Ø     Evaluation Procedure

Ø     Co-curricular Activities

Ø     The Faculty

Ø     Parent-Teacher Communication

Ø     Office Hours

Ø      School Rules

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The School Philosophy

 Al Rayyan National (Pvt.) School was founded in September, ’94 with the objective of imparting high quality English medium education to children of nationals and expatriates irrespective of their religious, racial and linguistic background. The other primary goal of the school has been to reduce the burden on working parents by introducing the concept of self-study session during which most of the students complete their homework in the school itself. This practice also encourages self-reliance among students.


At a higher level, the School aims at developing its students into men and women of character and vision, aware of the social and material realities of this world, scientific in their outlook, pragmatic and successful in this life, fearful of their Creator and fully prepared for the life Hereafter. This goal is achieved by giving a scientifically balanced curriculum to the students, blending the academic work with co-curricular activities and by creating a friendly and socially rich atmosphere in the school.

 The School Philosophy is reflected in the following tenets :

 Ø     Pupil-centered, practical-oriented education.

Ø     All round growth of pupils through a wide range of co-curricular and creative activities.

Ø     Inculcation of moral and ethical values among all children, Islamic values among Muslim children. respect for religious sentiments of  followers of  other religions.

Ø     Education for tomorrow’s living achieved through the latest instructional strategies.

Ø     Academic excellence through rigorous coaching. Building of a strong foundation for higher education.

Ø     Creation of humane climate in the School to promote individual self-esteem, boost self-confidence and encourage creativity among students.

Ø     Dissemination of knowledge through various modern means including the latest in the field of Information Technology.

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The Curriculum

The School follows the British Syllabus using the relevant text books in subjects like the English Language, English literature, Mathematics, Science, Computer Studies, and Social Studies.

In the Pre-Primary and Primary Grades it has adopted the Phonic system of teaching English which makes learning of the language faster and easier for young children.

Arabic, ( for all students), Islamic Studies and Quran ( for Muslim Students only) are taught according to the syllabus prescribed by the Ministry of Education, U.A.E. The UAE Social Studies is also part of the curriculum from Grade IV.

French can be offered as an optional language from Grade IV.

Computer Studies is prescribed as a compulsory subject from Grade II.

Urdu (Sind Board, Pakistan), Hindi (CBSE) and Bengali are taught as optional languages to children hailing from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

Students are prepared for the IGCSE examinations of the University of Cambridge in grades IX and X. The School has plans to add A-Levels after shifting into its own custom made building.

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 IGCSE – Scheme of Subjects

In grades IX and X, this school prepares students for the IGCSE examination of the University of Cambridge, UK. The scheme of IGCSE is explained below:

The "International General Certificate of Secondary Education" is offered by the University of Cambridge and is internationally accepted as equivalent in standard to the British GCSE and the GCE, O’ level.

IGCSE, in comparison to the GCE O’ level, is a new and stimulating curriculum suitable for the whole ability range. While the GCE is said to be more subject oriented, IGCSE claims to be both subject and student oriented.

This School covers the IGCSE curriculum in 2 years : in grades IX and X.
(65% in IX and 35% in X).

IGCSE SUBJECTS : IGCSE covers a broad range of subjects. Of those subjects available under IGCSE and other syllabuses adopted (basically conducted by other examining boards) by the University of Cambridge, this School has made arrangements for the teaching of the following :





Second Language
First Language

Foreign Languages





History/Islamic Studies (adopted)



Physics, Chemistry, Biology






Computer Studies


Selection of subjects :

A student is expected to make his/her selection of subjects when he/she enters grade IX. While the IGCSE is basically a subject examination system allowing a student the freedom to select any number of subjects irrespective of the grouping, the school for its own administrative and academic reasons can not extend this freedom to its students. It has therefore to offer the subjects under a structured scheme ensuring a balanced curriculum for every student.

This School has prepared a subject scheme after considering the requirements of students belonging to different nationalities. Students are not allowed to drop any subject in grades VIII and IX as this is also not permitted by the Ministry of Education, UAE.

Scale of Grades : At the IGCSE examination, the examinees are assessed on an 8 point grading scale : A* . A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Candidates who perform outstandingly well in a subject are awarded a "starred A" (A*). Grade G is awarded for the minimum satisfactory performance.

(ICE) International Certificate of Education :

The ICE is awarded to candidates who demonstrate their competence across a wide range of subjects and who fulfil the following conditions :

The candidate selects at least 7 subjects under a structured scheme, i.e. 2 subjects from group I and at least one from each of the other groups. (Please refer to the table above).

The 7 or more subjects should be attempted in a single sitting.


Successful candidates are placed in one of the following categories:


Distinction : Grade A in five subjects and Grade C or above in two subjects.

Merit : Grade C or above in five subjects and Grade F or above in two subjects

Pass: Grade G or above in seven subjects.

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Instructional Strategies

 The School encourages modern inter-active teaching strategies in which the learner is always in focus. Playway methods are commonly applied at the pre-school level. At the Elementary and Secondary levels methods involving maximum participation of the students are adopted.  Assignments and Project work foster research oriented activities among children. 

Teachers are specially trained to use the audio-video material and multi-media computer programs to enrich or reinforce children's knowledge of the subject matter. 

The students preparing for IGCSE in grades IX and X are subjected to a rigorous examination-oriented coaching by exposing them to IGCSE testing patterns on a regular basis.

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Homework Policy :

The School firmly believes that the work done by the students during their regular classes should be reinforced at a later stage through their own efforts. This helps in consolidation of the learnt material. However, there should be minimum interference of the teachers or the parents in the reinforcement process. The School has therefore designed a self-study session after the lunch break during which the students finish their homework in the school itself.  In general (except during the month of Ramadan), children up to grade VI are not expected to take any homework home. At week-ends they are given revision-based homework or projects to be undertaken at home.

There is a change in the homework policy when the students reach Grade VII. At this stage children need to spend a part of their evening hours to revise the day’s work and prepare themselves for the next day. The purpose is to ensure the strengthening of self-study habits in preparation for the IGCSE Examinations. Students of grades IX and X are expected to study on an average 3 hours a day.

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The Facilities :

At present the school is lodged in the heart of the city in a building specially renovated to meet the requirements of a full-fledged secondary school. It is fully equipped with facilities like a Science room, a Computer room, a library, etc. It has a fully covered basketball court for children’s recreation.

The Computer room is equipped with the latest computers. A wide and diverse collection of educational CD’s and programs help in enriching the children’s knowledge and understanding in a fascinating environment. The school has its own website at on which children are also encouraged to project their creations.

The Science room is equipped with all necessary equipment and material required for IGCSE level coaching.

The audio-video collection includes an array of engaging enrichment cassettes covering all subjects for all ages.

The library has books for children of all age groups besides encyclopedias and rich reference material. In grades KG to III library books are issued through the English language teachers under an Extension Reading Programme meant to enhance children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Children are often taken to municipal parks, Tourist Club and other sophisticated sports facilities provided in the city. School transport is provided free of charge for this purpose.

The School provides air-conditioned bus service to children opting for it. Children are picked up and dropped at all major points in the city.

The School plans to have its own-purpose designed building in a spacious campus in the near future.

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Text Books and School Stationery :

Text books and workbooks are sold in the school. Exercise books, art and craft material, worksheets are provided by the school against the fee charged for this purpose. Pencils, erasers and a small scale are provided one set in each semester.

Admission Criterion

Admissions are open to children of all nationalities. However, for obtaining admission in any Grade higher than the Kindergarten Grade the child should have come from an English medium school. The following age-limits prescribed by the Ministry of Education, U.A.E. are strictly enforced :

          Grade : KG-I                   :         3 years to 4 years.

          Grade : KG-II                 :         4 years to 5 years.

          Grade : I                         :         5 years to 6 years.

Ages in higher grades are calculated in the same manner by adding one year for each grade.

Age is considered on the 15th of September of the year in which admission is sought.

All admissions are provisionally made until they are approved by the Ministry of Education, U.A.E.

In order to be admitted to a particular grade a child must satisfy the following conditions :

(a)      Must prove himself\herself academically fit for the Grade he\she is seeking admission in.

(b)     Must fulfill the conditions laid down by the Ministry of Education, U.A.E. For this purpose he\she has to submit :

I)     Original Birth Certificate attested by the competent authority.(not required in case of local transfers).

          II)    Original Transfer Certificate attested by the competent authority.

          III)   A copy of the Passport showing the child’s name and his\her valid residence visa.

          IV)   One passport size photograph.

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School Routine

Kindergarten Section       :      7 : 30 a.m to 12 : 30 p.m.

Grades I to X                  :      7 : 30 a.m to 2 : 30 p.m.

Activity Session              :      2 : 30 p.m to 4 : 00 p.m.

There are eight academic periods a day for all Grades. Thereafter, the routine differs for different levels.

Grades I to VIII have a lunch break followed by a Self-Study session during which the students complete their homework under the supervision of the teachers. The duration of the self-study session is 70 minutes. Grades IX and X have regular coaching during the self-study session.

In addition to the Self-study session grades II and above have an Activity Session of one and half hour duration during the day during which various indoor and outdoor activities are conducted. Participation in  the Activity session is optional. Nominal charges are also collected depending upon the activity.

The School works five days in a week and remains off on Thursdays and Fridays.

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Academic Sessions

There are two academic sessions in a year. The first academic session begins in September and ends in January of the following year. The Second session is from February to June.

July and August are months of Summer Vacation. There is a short winter vacation of about two weeks in January - February starting immediately after the half-yearly examination.

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Evaluation Procedure

In all Grades from II and above, a student’s performance is continuously assessed throughout the year. Tests are given regularly by the concerned subject teachers. Remedial coaching, wherever necessary is conducted as a follow-up to these tests. This scheme is named as the Continuous Assessment Programme (CAP). The year is divided into three terms. A scientifically developed subjectwise report is provided to the parents at the end of each term.

Half-yearly examination is conducted in the month of January and the final examination in the month of June. Twenty percent of the marks obtained in the Half-Yearly examinations are incorporated into the Final Examination Marks.

Promotion to the next higher grade is made on the basis of the combined marks obtained by the students in the half-yearly examinations, the final examinations and under the Continuous Assessment Programme. Rules of the Ministry of Education, U.A.E. are applied for deciding promotions.

A descriptive mid-term report is provided to parents whose children are studying in grades KG-I, KG-II and I.

Stars are awarded to appreciate the meritorious performance of the students at various examinations. Students with aggregate marks of more than 85%, 70% and 60% are respectively awarded Gold, Silver and Red Stars.

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 Co-curricular activities

All efforts are made to nurture leadership qualities among students. Various leadership assignments like captains, vice-captains, monitors etc. are distributed among as many deserving students as possible with a view to develop initiative and enterprise. Shy students are helped to overcome their social inhibitions and develop social graces.

All teachers and students belong to one of the four houses in the School. Various inter-house competitions are arranged to cultivate a healthy competitive spirit.

Elocution and Recitation competitions, dramatics, debates, essay writing, chart making and similar competitions are held round the year. Picnics are a routine phenomenon. An effort is made to train children in various aspects of the local culture. Swimming classes are arranged for desirous students in a local five star hotel.

Major events during the year are the Sports’ Day and Annual Day generally held in the middle of the second semester.

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 The Faculty  

 The school recruits teachers of high calibre who are professionally equipped with knowledge and skills, are articulate and have love for the children. Great care is taken in the recruitment of teachers. Their over-all personality and the quality of their spoken language and accent are also taken into consideration while selecting them

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School Uniform

Girls :

Grades KG-I to V :  Grey pinofore knee length. White half-sleeved shirt.

Grades VI to X :  Grey long skirt (ankle length), white full sleeved shirt and grey jacket. Only white scarf is allowed with the uniform.                          


White shalwar, grey shirt and plain white dupatta or plain white scarf.

 Boys :

 KG-I and KG-II : Grey short pant (knee length) and white half-sleeved shirt.

 Grades I to X :  Grey trousers white half-sleeved shirt.

 Black shoes and white socks for both boys and girls of all grades.

 Both boys and compulsorily have the school logo on their uniform.

 Winterwear : Navy blue cardigans and pullovers with school logo (available in the school store)

 Sportswear :  White trousers and House colour (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow) t-shirts bearing school logo (available in school store).

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Parent-Teacher Communication

 It is important for every parent to explicitly display his/her interest in the child’s education. Children, when they come back from the school should be asked about their activities during the day. They may be queried on the contents of their learning. Such interest should be dispalyed on a daily basis and not only during the examinations.


Every child is issued a diary by the School which he\she is expected to maintain on a daily basis. Academic and co-curricular work done in the School is entered in the diary and parents are expected to go through it and sign it everyday. This helps them keep abreast of the progress made by their children in the School. The diary should also be used as an effective means of communication between the School and the Parents.

 Parents are welcome to meet the teachers on the day of parents-teachers meeting which on an average is held once every working month in the evening at a convenient time for working parents.

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Office Hours  

 From Saturday to Wednesday :

                  Morning : 7 : 30 a.m. to 2 : 30 p.m.



School Rules 

  1. Punctuality is of great importance in developing a disciplined and organized individual.  As such habitual offenders will be subjected to corrective action. A record of late attendance will be maintained  in the diary and appropriate action taken depending upon the severity and frequency of the offence.


  1. Regularity is another important virtue that needs to be cultivated among students. Absence may cause serious academic loss to the concerned student.  It may even affect his attitude towards studies.  Absence without valid reason will be conducted a serious offence and action taken accordingly.  Habitually irregular students may even be asked to leave the school.


  1. Politeness and good manners will be expected from all students towards each other and towards all members of the staff.  Compliance to instructions given by teachers and other members of the staff is obligatory for every student. A student found to be repeatedly arrogant and disrespectful to his teachers will be asked to leave the school.


  1. Stealing others’ belongings is a very serious offence.  It can lead to immediate expulsion from the school.


  1. It is important for the school to develop English speaking atmosphere as this has a positive bearing on the children’s quality of spoken English. Hence all children are expected to communicate with their teachers and with  other students only in English. Speaking in any other language other than English may invite penal action.


  1. Lying and deceitful behavior are considered to be serious offences.  Frequent offenders can face expulsion from school.


  1. Unruly behavior in the school premises or even in the school bus will not be tolerated by the school authorities.


  1. Wearing of the prescribed School Uniform is compulsory for all students during normal school hours, at school functions during picnics. etc. Winter-wear and Sportswear should be used according to the instructions issued by the school authorities from time to time.


  1. Parents are expected to follow the decorum during parents-teachers’ meetings and avoid entering into heated arguments with teachers. Such an attitude affects the morale of the teachers and is detrimental to the interests of their own children. Meetings between parents and teachers are strictly disallowed on other normal working days.



  1. School fees should be paid within the specified time. School has the right to collect fine for late fee payment. The school will levy a fine of Dhs. 50/- if a cheque issued by a parent is not honoured by the bank for any reason.


  1. Children are not allowed to make telephone calls to their parents during regular hours of the school unless in an emergency with prior permission of the school authorities. Parents should not send telephonic messages during school hours to their children on trivial matters.


  1. Children should be neatly dressed.  They are not expected to keep long nails.  Boys are not allowed to have long hair.


  1. Children should not bring expensive articles to the school. The school will not undertake any responsibility if precious belongings are lost by them. Girls are not allowed to wear jewellery of any kind.


  1. A child whose academic progress is not satisfactory in spite of the best efforts of the school and its staff will be presumed to have such deficiencies which hamper his growth under our system or that the syllabus is not compatible with the child’s abilities and therefore he may be asked to change the school.


  1. Punishment in acceptable forms may have to be enforced to correct the behaviour of the child. Parents are expected to appreciate the fact that such steps are always taken in the interests of their own children.


  1. Children suffering from contagious diseases will not be allowed to attend school.


  1. The School Administration realizes and takes all necessary precautions to avoid accidents and injuries to children in the school premises, during the excursions, picnics etc.  The school will not accept responsibility for unavoidable and unexplainable accidents


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