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The Al Dar Academies Group of schools is fast becoming known for their resourcefulness and accomplishments within the education sector. The schools have received outstanding reports based on the results of their Irtiqaa inspections. Al Bateen Secondary School, which opened in September of 2011, is counted among the group’s outstanding schools.
In their most recent inspection, Al Bateen was judged to be a High Performing School and was awarded a Band A rating. Al Bateen is an inclusive school and offers a high quality holistic education from Years 7 to 13.
Teach UAE Magazine visited this outstanding school and discussed with the school’s Principal, Mr David Hutson and Dr Chiara Tabet, IB DP Coordinator and Head of Senior School, some of the areas that continue to contribute to the school’s successes.
A key area of focus at Al Bateen is the protection, care, guidance and support of students. The school is reputed to have an exceptionally caring ethos that ensures that students receive strong personal and academic support. This encourages students to form very positive attitudes towards learning.
When asked about what makes Al Bateen outstanding, Principal Hutson states, “It may sound cliche but what makes our school a world-class school is our staff. To have an outstanding school, you also need to have a very solid curriculum. The teaching and learning have to be outstanding. The leadership across the school on all levels also need to be very strong.”
He asserts, “Additionally, you need to have high standards in terms of academic expectations. I enjoy coming to work every day because our students are excited about learning. We have a very supportive and caring environment.”
The leadership and educators at Al Bateen Secondary School are keen on fulfilling one of the most common desires of parents. This desire is that each child receives a high quality of teaching in an environment that promotes student engagement and positive learning outcomes. As such, a lot of emphasis is placed on learning, and on continuous improvement in the quality of teaching, which are fundamental to delivering high quality education.
In order for the school to ensure that excellent teaching and learning remain consistent across the school, teachers are continuously provided with high quality professional development. This involves empowering teachers with a framework for lesson planning in order to maximise student learning and progress. Care is also taken to ensure that teachers provide quality experiences for all students, while helping them to develop 21st century skills.
“There is a common belief that we have at the school,” notes Principal Hutson, “we believe that all of us are lifelong learners. We want our students to become lifelong learners, so it is important for us to lead by example.” This has proven to be very beneficial and is reflected in the significant progress made by students who enter Year 7 with varied backgrounds in English, Mathematics and Science. By Year 11, many students achieve results that are well above international standards.