Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

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Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby shawarma » 03 Dec 2007, 15:51

Regent International School - Dubaifaq information

Headmaster's name is S S Makani?
Owner / executive body of school?
Qaulifications and curriculum?
Age range of students?
Number of students?
Number of teachers?
Teacher salary range and benefits package?

There is, or was, a Regent School in Dubai in Jumeirah with a predominantly Asian student body? Is Regent International School (RIS) is a new school entirely, or a re-branded Regent School? The two schools have the same PO Box but different tel numbers. Regent School originally opened in 1992.
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Regent International School

Postby abby » 09 Mar 2009, 13:44

Regent International School (RIS) is a private, independent, co-educational, international day school offering the National Curriculum for England and Wales at the Primary and Middle School, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Senior School. The school is part of the community of schools at Emaar’s Emirates Hills living community, and is located at The Greens. RIS is a large school fully equipped with excellent facilities and the latest technologies and teaching aids.

Tuition fees start from AED 30,000 and go up to AED 60,000 per year. School admissions start from Foundation and go up to Year 10 at present with the school expanding to Year 13 shortly. While most of the students are western expats, the student body on the whole is international and multi-cultural. The teachers qualified, experienced native English language teachers predominantly from the UK, but a few are also from Ireland, Australia and South Africa.

The school’s contact details are as follows: tel. no.: +9714 3608830, fax: +9714 3608831, and email address: registrar@risdubai.com. The school website is www.risdubai.com.
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Regent International School RIS

Postby shawarma » 09 Mar 2009, 17:28

Hello abby, welcome to the Dubai forums and thanks for the information :).

Some further information would be useful for the Regent International School (RIS) details at dubaifaqs.com ...

Principal's name, and executive body or school owner (I see on the RIS website that Mrs Patrice Radi is Primary Head, Mr Danny Lyons is Director of Education, and Mr Neil Morris is Deputy Head)?
Number of students and teachers?
Teacher pay scale and benefits package?
Expected date for start of grades 11, 12, 13?
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai

Postby abby » 10 Mar 2009, 14:01

Mrs Patrice Radi is Primary Head
Mr Danny Lyons is Middle School Head
Mr Neil Morris is Deputy Head
Number of students approximately - 695
number of teachers approximately - 35 to 40
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai

Postby RIS review » 10 Dec 2010, 22:50

From personal experience do not send your child to this school. The school is run as a business and has a huge staff turnover each year. The school treats its staff badly, and parents are made to pay expensive prices for book's that are no use and have no relevance to their child's education. Resources are limited apart from the eye catching interactive whiteboards and children's play equipment they have on display. Which serve the purpose of covering up for the lack of other resources the school should have in order to meet the educational requirements of the children.
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai

Postby dlacey » 19 Jan 2011, 00:43

Can I ask you to elaborate on your comment about treating the staff badly. I am looking into the school as a place of potential employment. thanks
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai

Postby freelibya » 10 Apr 2011, 20:23

My friend worked here and was completely abused by the head teachers and board. he has had to leave following constant threats of being sacked . he wan't even allowed time off when his dad died and because he did eventually go back to see him on his death bed, when he arrived back he was told he was on thin ice and they docked hin 2 weeks pay even though he only missed 3 days. They said it was because of their inconvenience but they dont buy in cover. If teachers are out they just dump the class in with another class. The pay is also not 12000 starting salary he was only paid 8000 far less than the UK. They also make you pay if resources are taken from your room even though you cannot lock the classroonm. They lost 15 members of staff in 2 terms! none handed in their notice all of them just packed up and left. DO NOT WORK AT THIS SCHOOL.
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby Happy RIS Parent » 13 Apr 2011, 23:15

I think these comments are unfair. Many schools in dubai have problems and i really dont think Regents has any more or less than others.

Yes, the owners are control freaks, but the teachers and head teacher are really really good.

My children have been there for five years and have advanced so well. I would recommend this school
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby Issa » 17 Apr 2011, 20:13

I am thinking of moving my 3 kids to RIS because I am looking for all rounded good education, teachers stability and commitment as I am missing these characteristics in their current school.

Any more views would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Issa
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby shamma » 01 May 2011, 13:45

Please, dont send yor kids to RIS.. should you need to look at their student turover you will then have another thought.
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby Jamila Dubai » 21 May 2011, 20:16

Please reserve judgement on RIS and go and read the KHDA report which was published last week. The school was graded good overall which is a true credit to the SMT, teachers, parents and pupils. The staff are great and really care about the children and I believe it has come along way in the last 12 months. The school isn't perfect but none of them are, go and see for yourself and definately read the KHDA report. :-)
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai

Postby adriana » 14 Jun 2011, 08:25

every school in dubai has its share of issues. the difference is that ris is not a cake walk where teachers can come and do as they please and party. parents ask that the school is accountable for its results. the teachers who leave ALL schools during the year cannot hack the concept of being accountable for their students results. what a change this has been for me coming from a small city school in england to an international private school in dubai. my learning curve has been vertical. i am glad that the teachers who left, came to the quick understanding they did not fit at ris or for that matter any GOOD school in dubai and they headed back home to the state maintained where we all know has many problems. they pulled all of us down and needed a reality check. as for the pay i am making about 40% more than i was in the the uk and i do not pay tax. happy teacher who is renewing her contract :)
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby JP » 09 Aug 2011, 13:49

In response to Adriana. You claim to be a teacher at Regent and you are clearly trying to boost the school's image, however, your poor spelling and frequent grammatical errors really do call into question the educational standards at this 'school'. If you are teaching young and impressionable minds with such poor basic literacy standards then I think it safe to say that the school is not 'good', regardless of how they obtained their KHDA report.
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Regent International School information

Postby RIS info » 10 Aug 2011, 13:25

  • School Name: Regent International School
  • Emirate / City / Town: Dubai, UAE
  • Description of school location: Regent International School Dubai (RIS), is a private, independent, co-educational, international Primary and Secondary day School offering the British National Curriculum. RIS offers students a high quality and academically rigorous education within a caring and personalised setting. The curriculum is balanced with a broad range of extra-curricular and sports activities as well as a human values programme that builds character and values, and promotes holistic development. RIS is committed to enabling students to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors to society. The school is located in Emaar's The Greens, part of the Emirates Hills Living Community.
  • Principal / Headteacher name: Ms. Nikke Alley - Head of Secondary School, Ms. Gillian Robertson - Head of Primary, Ms. Janet O'Keefe - Head of Early Years
  • Executive Body/Owner: Fortis Education Ltd. The school has an independent Board of Governors/Advisors to advise the school on all school related matters.
  • School is private, embassy/consulate run, or government (UAE): Private
  • School is profit making or non-profit: Profit
  • Date school was founded: 1993
  • Dates and details of major refurbishments, or relocation: Fully equipped school with state-of-the-art premises. Facilities include 2 large football pitches, swimming pool, tennis court, basket ball courts, netball court, cricket pitch, multiple play areas, libraries, labs, classrooms, auditoriums, etc.
  • School is single or split shift: Single
  • School day start and finish times for students: 7.40am - 3.30pm
  • Number of students (approx): approx. 950
  • Girls school, boys school, or mixed: Mixed (co-educational)
  • Nationality of most students, or nationality breakdown: International mix. 63 nationalities. Majority of the students, i.e., 40%, are British.
  • Number of teaching staff (approx): Approx. 100+ teaching staff.
  • Nationality of most teaching staff, or nationality breakdown: All teachers (except specialist subjects such as French and Arabic) are British.
  • Range of students: Age range of students: 3 yrs to 18 yrs.
  • Postal Address / PO Box: 24857, Dubai, UAE
  • Telephone: 04 360 8830
  • Fax: 04 360 8831
  • Email: info@risdubai.com
  • Website: www.risdubai.com
  • Curriculum: British National Curriculum
  • Qualifications: All teachers are qualified from the UK and hold a Bachelors or Masters in Education, and have had experience in delivering the British National Curriculum.
  • How much are the annual fees: From AED 32,700 to AED 70,000. Average is AED 42,000.
  • Breakdown of fees by grade if possible:
  • Teacher salary range per month: AED 10,000 to AED 14,000 per mo. Housing + Medical are additionally provided.
  • Any other comments which would be helpful for students, teachers, and/or parents:
RIS was rated "Good with Outstanding Features" by DSIB (or KHDA) for the year 2011.
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby Sally » 13 Aug 2011, 09:27

Hey JP I think you are being unfair to Adriana and Regent school by generalising stuff about its teachers based on Adriana's grammar. For petes sake, the connection between the two is flimsy at best.
Am a teacher in a neighbouring British school but have quite a few mates teaching at Regent. Like all schools they have a whole bunch of good teachers and the odd rotten apple.
Like myself, their teachers are experienced and trained teachers all from the UK. Oh lord, we can't all be bad?
And anyways, writing on forums and posts is all annotated, truncated, shorthand-ed, etc.
So sunshine, let’s all be civil, sensible and responsible in posts.
Badmouthing based on false info on public forums = lack of maturity + poor civic sense.
JP, it's unfortunately you who comes off as someone with an agenda and an axe to grind.
Dubaifaqs is otherwise a pretty good forum useful for parents and teachers alike. As a teacher, it just gets my goat when people badmouth or try to ruin a school's rep.
Reminds me of the senseless thugs ruining London's streets.
So lay off JP. and start appreciating. Trust me, it'll make you're life a whole lot brigher :). (woops, hope you're not going to slam me for my emoticons and grammar).
And Mr. Moderator - hope you're not going to let your streets (this forum) be spoilt by silly posts and thug like behaviour.
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby shawarma » 13 Aug 2011, 14:03

Sally wrote:And Mr. Moderator - hope you're not going to let your streets (this forum) be spoilt by silly posts and thug like behaviour.

That is the intention. The line between silly and not silly, or thug-like and not thug-like varies for everyone. In this forum, posting the same thing 5 times (the other 4 were deleted) comes across as silly. And personally, I think comparing words on a forum to riots on the streets of London which resulted in the deaths of several people as well as severe disruption to the lives of many, is insensitive to say the least.
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby parents » 13 Aug 2011, 20:06

shawarma wrote:And personally, I think comparing words on a forum to riots on the streets of London which resulted in the deaths of several people as well as severe disruption to the lives of many, is insensitive to say the least

- well said Shawarma

Sally wrote:Hey JP I think you are being unfair to Adriana and Regent school by generalising stuff about its teachers based on Adriana's grammar. For petes sake, the connection between the two is flimsy at best.

Sally, I am at a loss as to how the connection is flimsy? Adriana is a self-proclaimed teacher at the school in question and her weak spelling and grammatical errors, do, indeed, reflect poorly on her place of employment, which, in this case, is at the school named. Therefore, her post only serves to place the school in a negative light and that is her doing and not that of any other party.
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby JuliaM » 14 Aug 2011, 12:03

Sally's right. It’s a shame that you are ruining a good schools reputation by giving malicious impressions about a school only based in grammar and spelling of one person. don’t think there’s something wrong with Adriana’s post. I’ve heard lots of good things about RIS. Besides KHDA would not rate them as good if they had lousy teachers. Agree with Sally. JP's comments are just plain malicious and below the belt.
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby Laura » 18 Aug 2011, 09:49

We are very happy with the quality of education our kids have been getting at Regent school. Daughter's in Yr 4. Son's in Yr 10.
While our children have benefited from an all-round education, they have made strides in English and Maths and related subjects. I find RIS offers a good balance of academic rigour and extracurriculars.

They are also expanding their facilities with a new football pitch, tennis courts, basketball pitch and cricket pitch. Really look forward to that.
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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby mason » 21 Jan 2012, 14:51

Hello

I am aware that this discussion is about the school. However, as a teacher thinking of taking up a position at the school, I wondered if any staff could comment on the accomodation provided by the school.

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Re: Regent International School RIS Dubai reviews

Postby Jamila UAE » 26 Jan 2012, 18:23

Hi Mason, accomodation for a single person I believe is a studio apartment, which is literally one room with a kitchen and bathroom off it. It is in an OK area but you don't have access to a pool (they have been unfinished now for 3 years!). The area does have very smelly drains however it is close to a mall! In comparison to other schools the accomodation is not as good as most schools generally offer teachers 1 bed apartments. Salaries are also lower than other schools in Dubai. The staff and children at the school are great however it is not without its problems. These originate from the highest level and consquently lead to a high staff turn over. Would I go to the school to work? - No. Why? - Other schools just offer better packages and working conditions and i could not work for people who are solely orientated by profit and treat people like a commodity.
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