x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

British school expanding facilities for next school year

The British International School in the capital will add 200 students to its capacity from the next school year to meet increasing demand, officials say.

ABU DHABI // The British International School will increase capacity by a third to accommodate more than 800 pupils in the next academic year.

The school will open 16 new classes in September to address demand in the lower grades. It currently has 600 pupils from Foundation Stage (FS) to Year 10.

"We plan to open six new Foundation Stage classes as this is our strongest sector of growth," said Kylie McKenzie, the admissions manager. "We are opening eight new primary classes and introducing our first two classes of Year 10 pupils in secondary."

Ms McKenzie said they were accepting applications but had waiting lists for FS2, Year 1 and Year 3.

"We encourage parents to apply as it is very likely spaces will become available in the coming weeks," she said.

Lesley-Ann Wallace, the school principal, said new teachers from the UK were well-qualified.

"I do my homework and look for teachers who come from outstanding schools in the UK and I check on their recent performance reviews", she said. The school is expanding its playground, adding a sports facility and library space and completing the third floor during the coming year, said Andy Duffield, the buildings and projects manager of the Nord Anglia group of schools.