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2013 Inspection Report New

The latest inspection was carried out.in May 2013 by Mr. Terry McDermott, an Ofsted Additional Inspector. He has led almost 200 hundred inspections of Primary and Secondary schools in England as an Additional Inspector accredited (Ofsted Inspection Number: 20192) by the British Government.

The school closely follows the British model of education, and names its Year groups from Reception (age 4), through Year 1 and on to Year 13 (age 18). This enables students to meet the requirement for 12 years of continuous education. The school's work is based upon the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for younger children, through the English National Curriculum in Key Stages 1 to 4, and on to AS-level and A- Level courses in Years 12 and 13.

Admission to the school strictly follows the guidance prescribed by the Kuwait Ministry of Education and.is based upon the key principles of: discipline; continuous development; high academic standards. Attendance registers are completed twice daily for all pupils. The school site is secure. CCTV cameras monitor the interior and exterior of the school. Pupils' welfare is overseen by qualified nurses in an onsite clinic.

From Reception class onwards, pupils' progress is measured formally at Year end by standardized tests supplied by-the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER). As in England, lower school pupils do not sit a summative test at the end of Key Stage 1. To enter the Upper School (age 11 onwards), pupils must undertake an entrance examination and successfully complete an interview. Additional interim assessments are made termly by class and subject teachers. This information effectively tracks-the progress pupils are making from one year to the next, and is used as the basis for regular reports to parents. Middle School and Upper School pupils are assessed twice yearly.

The school uses the University of Cambridge International Examination Board for external accreditation at IGCSE level, and the University of Cambridge International Examination Board and Ed Excel for external accreditation at AS-level and A2-level. The integrity of examination procedures is rigorously maintained. Question papers are received and held securely and remain unseen by pupils before examination. Completed scripts are forwarded untouched for marking in the UK. Detailed records of examinations entries and subsequent results are available for inspection. The school has excellent arrangements to ensure that parents are well informed about what their children .can expect from the school.

The School Prospectus is a crisply written document which makes clear the school's values, expectations and traditions. Close personal contact with parents begins before children join the Kindergarten, and is sustained through the following years with weekly newsletters, on the school's website and through unequivocal text messaging. These are complemented 'by thrice yearly.

Open Evenings when parents are encouraged to come into school-to discuss their child's progress. The focus of these meetings is on the-standards pupils have reached, the efforts they have made, their attendance and their behavior. All of this ensures that pupils are respectful towards each other, their elders, and their environment. All teachers are appropriately qualified to teach their subjects and are accredited by the - Kuwait Ministry of Education to teach their age groups. Teachers are carefully chosen and accredited after a rigorous selection procedure.

Many subjects throughout the school are taught by specialist teachers, including in Key Stages land 2.(Year 1 to Year 6), for example Physical Education, Information and Communication Technology, Computer Studies, Music, French and Art. Most lessons have a very favourable ratio -of teachers to pupils. The school's individual appraisal system is based upon senior staff monitoring the quality of learning taking place in lessons and giving feedback for improvement. This keeps teachers' professional skills well honed and up-to-date, and provides the impetus for teaching staff to access appropriate continuing professional development as and when that is required.

The curriculum is broad and balanced and meets the needs, aspirations and ambitions of pupils and their parents. By taking proper account of local conditions and circumstances, it prepares pupils well for each subsequent stage of their education. Though clearly based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales, it is modified to conform to the requirements of the Kuwait Ministry of Education in respect of Arabic language and Islamic Studies. Details of all aspects of the curriculum provision and planning can be found in the school's exemplary academic documentation.

The school has invested heavily-in the resources in provides to underpin its timetabled . lessons. The Early Learning equipment in Kindergarten and reception Classes gets children off to a good start in learning to write in English. Modem high quality electronic equipment in the Computer Centre dedicated Audio-Visual centres. Science labs, Theatres and a large indoor heated swimming pool add to curriculum enrichment as pupils move through the school.

The wide range of extra-curricular activities and special interest clubs provided by the school ensures that all pupils have an -equal opportunity to take the best possible advantage of all that the school has to offer. External sporting, artistic and cultural activities and competitions are arranged under the auspices of both KFSAC (Kuwait Foreign Schools Activities Conference) and ISACK (International Schools Activities Conference Kuwait). Internal and charitable activities include the annual Winter Fayre non-uniform day, Book Week and the School. Art competition and exhibition.

Overall Evaluation:

The English School Fahaheel meets or exceeds all of the criteria laid down by the Kuwait Ministry of Education for the inspection of schools which offer a British Curriculum. Its relentless commitment to its goal of achieving 'Excellence in Education 'is undoubted . The outcomes of this commitment can be seen in the significant success of ESF pupils and students in external examinations, and in their personal development as polite, confident and articulate young citizens of the world.