My 3 daughters studying in the SRS for a year now! I have moved them from another school in Dubai where they were enrolled for 3 years!
With regards to KHDA's inspection reports & SRS, I think the report is indeed misleading as my judgment about the SRS is very positive. We expected at least 'Good'
. My kids were enjoying the school, we as parents can foresee the improvements the kids have made in all aspects. Though in their previous school they have been exposed to the American Syllabus yet in SRS they made outstanding progress! The environment in the School is wonderful and they have a mix of Arabic/Islamic culture and British flever of education
. The teachers are very committed. The kids enjoyed the school activities yet they ask too much fees for it!
My cons as follow:
1- The school board is exaggerating the school's level of students by sharing the wrong statistics, i.e. they used the wrong data to compare the school's student level to the British NC's system being the whole UK school's statistics vis-a-vis the 'single' SRS's school statistics which I found it very funny. The KHDA's report on this respect came very positive indicating that the school has to make more attention to expose English as second language!!!
2- The school fees has been increased to more than 25% although the KHDA's report inspected SRS as 'Acceptable'! The school is entitled to a maximum of 9% increase!!
3- The school adminstration and especially the account are not friendly. One incident to proof my point is during the final exams they bombarded us with lots of harassing SMS's texts about the new registeration. Eg. if you don't pay by this date your kids will not be accepted for next year. It was not acceptable to me. They treated us as they are an incasso bureau. I complained to the school with no avails!
4- I feel that the workload for some teachers is not equally divided. I.e. you can realize this point when visiting the school for the evaluation day as you can see clearly that some teachers are overloaded!! To be more specific the Social Studies teacher of all my daughters is the same person. He is teaching grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 (multiple classes as well)!!
5- The turn over for the teachers is minimum during the year 2008/2009!!
Thanks and best regards,