FAQ

FAQ

What are the learning expectations of the students?

Our vision is that all children will achieve at and above the expected levels of progress and attainment against the National Curriculum for England. This needs a clear commitment between the students, parents and teachers to ensure success. We have high expectations of children’s manners and behavior. Children’s learning is monitored closely through a range of assessment practices, and personal learning goals are reviewed regularly with students and parents.

Who is the Principal?

My name is Colin Callaghan and I am proud and delighted to be announced as the new Executive Principal at the GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail. GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail is a school dedicated to fostering a passion for excellence in learning and in life, providing rich and relevant learning opportunities based on the highly successful GEMS Wellington Schools academic learning model.

Who are the teachers?

All teachers are highly qualified in their field of expertise and are KHDA approved, and are experienced in teaching the National Curriculum for England. GEMS have high expectations of the world class provision and challenge our teachers provide for students. All staff take part in regular and continuing professional development.

What Year levels are open for registration?

2016/17: FS1 to Year 10.

What Curriculum do we teach at Wellington Al Khail?

National Curriculum for England (NCfE)

How can I register?

For queries you can call 04-5107940 or you can email your questions to our Registrar at registrar_wek@gemsedu.com

Are there placement assessments?

In most cases our Senior Leadership Team read the last 2 school and nursery reports and approves an offer for a place from these documents. Where more information is needed beyond the reports, children may be invited in for a play assessment in FS 1 and 2 with the focus on social confidence, communication skills and English language ability. Children in Years 1-10 may be invited to sit a brief test with a focus on reading, writing and mathematics. In Secondary we use a range of assessment methodologies including current school reports, National Curriculum Assessments and Cognitive Ability Tests.

What are the school timings?

Gates open at 7.00am, registration is at 7.45am

FS1

Sunday to Thursday

Snack & Break and Free flow

Lunch in Dining Hall

7.45am to 12.30pm

9.15am to 09.40am

11.30am to 11.55am

FS2

Sunday to Wednesday

Snack & Break

Lunch in Dining Hall

Thursday

Snack & Break

7.45am to 2.40pm

9.15am to 09.40am

11.30am to 11.55pm

7.45am to 12.40pm

9.15am to 9.40am

Years 1 to 6

Sunday to Wednesday

Snack & Break

Lunch Time

Thursday

Snack & Break

7.45am to 2.45pm

09.45am to 10.10am

12.00pm to 12.50pm

7.45am to 12.50pm

09.45am to 10.10am

Year 7-10

Sunday - Wednesday

Thursday

7.45am – 2.50pm

7.45am – 12.55pm

 

Does the school have an abbreviated name?

WEK

Will there be specialist teachers?

Primary: Beyond the core subjects taught by the classroom teacher, the children currently receive specialist teaching in Music, French, PE, Arabic for all students and Islamic (Muslim students only).

Year 7-10: English, Maths, Science, Design Technology, Computing, French/Spanish, PE, Drama, Art, Geography, History, Music, Arabic for all and Islamic for Muslim students.

Are there Teaching Assistants?

There are full time Teaching Assistant for all FS1-Year 2 classes and a full time TA shared between 2 classes in Years 3-6.

Is there school transport?

GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail has outsourced the school transport service to School Transport Services LLC (STS).  This service is open to children in FS1 upwards. STS operates the bus fleet maintaining exceptional safety standards and strictly following the specifications and regulations laid down by the Road & Transport Authority of Dubai.  All buses are fitted with Video Surveillance System, Global Positioning Systems and scanners for the purposes of student attendance confirmation and safety. Please visit the STS website (www.stss.ae) or contact Rollen D’souza rollen@stss.ae  or telephone Rollen on 0552021882.

Will siblings get priority for enrolments?

Yes, siblings have priority in upcoming years. If the school is full, they will be placed up on the waiting list.

Where can I get the school uniform?

Our uniform provider are called Threads. Their working hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m, Saturday to Thursday.

For further information, please visit the Threads website: www.threadsme.com

Facilities:

  • FS1-Year 10 class rooms
  • Specialist language rooms
  • Specialist music room
  • Library
  • Outdoor shaded playground areas
  • Outdoor turf pitch areas
  • FS free flow play areas
  • Special Education/Inclusion rooms
  • Multipurpose hall
  • Medical centre
  • Inclusion specialist room

ACADEMIC / VOCATIONAL FACILITIES (in addition to General and Shared Learning Areas)

  • Primary Library
  • Senior Library
  • Post 16 Library
  • Post 16 Lounge
  • Specialist Science Laboratories
  • Full Suite of Design Technology Workshops
  • Full range of ICT & Media Suite
  • 600-seat Auditorium
  • Drama Theatre

SPORTS EDUCATION

  • 8 Court Sports Hall
  • 6 Court Sports Hall
  • 25m 8 lane Secondary School Pool
  • 25m 6 lane Junior School Pool
  • Learner Pool
  • Football Field
  • Rugby Pitch
  • 4 Multi Use Games Areas (including netball, volleyball and tennis courts)

Are there any provisions for Additional & Special Needs Education?

There is support forAdditional & Special Education Needs through our Inclusion Team and Learning Support Assistants. Each student is supported on an individual basis by our Registration and Inclusion teams.

Are there any After School Activities?

ECA’s: Extra Curricular Activities are provided for students from FS2 upwards. Students have the opportunity to sign-up for the activities in sports, information technology, performing arts, visual arts, etc. The lessons are presently offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 3.00pm – 4.00pm. Opportunities and the selection process are emailed to parents well in advance and selection is made via Oasis.

Do I have to buy school books and what stationery will my child need?

Your children’s books are included in their fees. The school provides all of the children’s work books, text books and writing materials.

Are there School Houses?

Yes. Children are assigned to a House upon enrolment and each house has a team colour. Pearl – White, Onyx – Black, Emerald – Green, Ruby – Red. With a focus on sun safety, the children wear their house colour sunhats when they are outside.

Will there be regular home learning?

For those students in Years 1 to 10, there are a variety of home learning experiences throughout the week and over term breaks. Home learning is set by the class teacher and/or Head of Year. The home learning is posted on the GLG with Home Communication Books being a key way for day-to-day communication. The home learning is a mix of numeracy, literacy and topic based work.  In years FS to Year 3 there is more of a focus on nightly homework while Years 4 to 6 students sees a focus on weekly homework. Our focus is on quality homework as opposed to quantity. We ask that all home learning be done with an adult, particularly for children in Years 1 to 4 as they develop their independent learning skills. Home learning and homework increase in expectation as appropriate through KS3, KS4 and Post 16. The use of technology to develop independence in learning is strongly encouraged.

What provision will there be for ICT and computers in learning?

Children have access to a variety of technologies so that they can create, communicate and collaborate. Items include iPads, laptops, interactive whiteboards, interactive LED’s, digital cameras, etc.

Are there student leadership opportunities?

We see the promotion and development of student leadership as an essential component within and beyond our curriculum, students are actively challenged and encouraged to take leadership opportunities across a wide range of options.

Does WEK have a Parent Association?

We have an active and committed Parents Association. The focus on the PA is ‘fun raising’ for the students and families as well as fundraising to support local and international charities.