Emirates International School (EIS) Meadows has 1655 students aged from four to 18 years old from Kindergarten (KG) to Year 13, which is a similar number to the previous year. Teacher turnover is 15% this year, compared to 30% in the previous year.
Conveniently located in the heart of the beautiful Meadows community within easy access of the Lakes and Dubai Marina developments, EIS – Meadows officially opened its doors on 10th September 2005, initially for children from KG 2 to Year 10 (4 to 14 years). The school now provides quality international education from Early Years 1 to Year 13 (3 to 18 years).
EIS – Meadows is a fully authorised International Baccalaureate Continuum School offering IBDP, MYP, and PYP.
The school’s leadership and academic teaching team comprise of international educators and administrators who share a common passion for teaching and learning. It has a total of 145 teachers and 29 teaching assistants, posting a 1:11 teacher-student ratio.
It has received a ‘Good’ rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Previous inspections have acknowledged strengths in terms of attainment and progress in English as well as the impact of the curriculum in developing students to achieve their academic ambitions.
Summary of KHDA Inspection
Emirates International School (Meadows) was inspected by DSIB from 16 to 19 January 2017. The overall quality of education provided by the school is good. The section below summarises the inspection findings for each of the six performance indicators described in the framework.
- Students’ attainment and progress are mostly good in KG and the primary years programme (PYP) but better elsewhere especially in English and science in the diploma phase where attainment and progress are outstanding. Students’ enquiry, research, problem solving and critical thinking skills are developed effectively across the curriculum but particularly well in English and science.
- Students’ personal and social development are very good in KG and PYP, and outstanding in the middle years programme (MYP) and diploma programme (DP) where students have more opportunities to demonstrate positive attitudes. Students have a very good understanding of Islamic values and other cultures. Their community and environmental awareness are very good in KG and PYP, and outstanding in MYP and DP.
- The quality of teaching is good in KG and PYP, and very good in the MYP and DP. Teachers demonstrate strong subject knowledge and lessons are well planned. Relationships are supportive but strategies to meet the range of students’ needs remain inconsistent. Assessment data are used well and most teachers have a clear understanding of their students’ abilities.
- The school follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum with due regard given to the requirements of Arabic and Islamic education. The curriculum is enhanced through a range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities. Modifications to the curriculum for students with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) are good but higher attaining students are not always challenged in their lessons.
- Health and safety is very good and the school provides a safe, secure and supportive environment for students. The protection, care and support of students is very good in KG and outstanding elsewhere with strengths in teacher-student relationships and the promotion of students’ well-being.
- The recently appointed principal has done a commendable job in reversing the decline identified in the previous inspection report. The leadership team has a secure understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses although written self-evaluation is an area for improvement. Relationships with parents are very good. Management, facilities, staffing and resources are good with an increasing focus on the use of technology to support students’ independent learning skills.
- The attainment and progress of students in English and science are outstanding in DP. Learning skills are very good in MYP and outstanding in DP. Students are keen to learn and take responsibility for their own learning. They interact purposefully and productively.
- Students’ personal and social development are very good in KG and PYP, and outstanding in MYP and DP. Students demonstrate positive attitudes and tolerance to others. They have a very good understanding of Islamic values and other cultures. Their community and environmental awareness are very good in KG and PYP, and outstanding in MYP and DP.
- Assessment is outstanding in DP where assessment practices are established and consistently applied. Most teachers have a knowledgeable understanding of their students’ achievement and assessment data are used well.
- Health and safety is very good. The protection, care and support of students are very good in KG and outstanding elsewhere with strengths in staff-student relationships and the promotion of students’ well-being. The school provides a safe, secure and supportive environment for students.
- Partnerships with parents are very good and parents are well informed about their children’s learning and school events through regular, high quality newsletters and various forms of social media. Parents are welcomed into the school and their concerns are addressed effectively.