Mission and vision

What is GES's vision and mission?

Vision Statement

"Our school seeks to provide a learning environment which is caring, motivating and supportive allowing all cultures within the GES community to achieve their personal best and to become responsible global citizens".

Mission Statement

The Gulf English School aims to develop in each student an awareness of his or her intellectual, artistic and recreational potential and an understanding of his or her history. The school believes in the development of each student's intellectual curiosity and is committed to academic excellence. To fulfill these aims, the objectives of the school are:

  1. Promote academic, social, physical and personal development in our students.
  2. Develop our students' learning skills which will be of lifelong value.
  3. Encourage positive risk taking in our students.
  4. Develop creative skills and critical awareness in our students.
  5. Encourage our students to become aware of and act upon their responsibilities, not only to themselves and their peers, but also to society in general.
  6. Foster within our students a healthy sense of self-esteem and self-awareness and encourage respect and compassion for others.
  7. Actively promote the preservation and protection of the natural world amongst all students.
  8. Create programs, assessments and experiences that serve to unite the school and celebrate the distinctiveness of each campus community.

What we do to achieve our Mission?

  1. The process of learning should be enjoyable, active and dynamic.
  2. We acknowledge that students come to us with a wide variety of learning styles, academic abilities, and linguistic and cultural experiences.
  3. An explicit commitment is made to continuing professional development to encourage teaching methods that are creative, varied and flexible.
  4. We endorse the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
  5. We promote community service throughout the school.
  6. Problem solving, discovery, creativity and self-direction characterize our work at all levels.
  7. Success is recognized, valued and celebrated in a variety of ways at many different levels.
  8. There is a spirit of partnership involving the students, staff, and parents in which each individual feels welcomed and valued.
  9. We endorse the UDHR Article #26.2.
  10. In addition to academics, the social climate of the school, in and out of class, encourages the development of international understanding, commitment to community service and cooperation with diverse cultures.

What is the role of the vision and mission?

GES's mission and vision is the main drive for the whole school development plan, improvement plans, policies and decisions. Our vision and mission is our announcement to parents on where GES is heading. At GES all staff members recognize the vision and mission as our common direction of growth, something that inspires GES community to become better.

When was The Gulf English School established?

The Gulf English School opened in 1993 to meet the need for an educational facility which would provide a broad and balanced curriculum based on the English National Curriculum and also offer an Arabic Language and Islamic Studies programme for Arabic students as authorized by the Supreme Education Council. The school is housed in modern, purpose built facilities.

Accreditations and Memberships

Is GES accredited?

GES is a fully accredited school by the Council of International Schools and International Baccalaureate organization. We are also an accredited center for the IGCSE/AS and BTEC examinations, by the examination boards in the UK, this includes CIE, Edexcel and AQA.

What is an accredited school?

An accredited school is one that has met the standards set by a professional organization that oversees schools and ensures that schools meet a high standard of excellence.

What is the CIS accreditation? What does it mean?

The CIS School Evaluation & Accreditation Process is a flexible, yet rigorous, vehicle for school improvement which leads to highly valued international recognition of the school if successful. The process involves evaluation of a school in the light of:

  1. The school's own Guiding Statements (i.e. Philosophy/Mission/Vision for Students/Educational Objectives/etc.)
  2. The CIS Standards for Accreditation

It should be noted that the CIS Standards for Accreditation are designed to ensure that a school is offering an international education of high quality. The Standards contain many references to three 'Driving Ideas' which urge the school to be:

  1. Mission Driven and Vision Led (the importance of the school's own Guiding Statements).
  2. Heavily focused on Student Learning and Student Well-Being.
  3. Committed to Internationalism/Inter-Culturalism to foster Global Citizenship.

However, the Standards do not pre-suppose any specific model of excellence nor do they seek to impose the methods of one school upon another. The underlying principle of this process is that a school will be evaluated in terms of its own Guiding Statements. (i.e. Does the school deliver what it claims to deliver to its students?).

The initial requirements for participation in the accreditation process are:

  1. The school must have been in operation for at least two full academic years.
  2. The school must be a member of CIS.

Once a school applies for participation in accreditation, the process involves five basic steps:

  1. Preliminary Visit/Preparatory Visit
  2. The Self-Study
  3. The Team Visit
  4. Decision on Accreditation
  5. Subsequent Procedures

The CIS Accreditation Service and selected peer Report Readers carefully review the Visiting Team Report and consider the Team's recommendations with respect to accreditation. A recommendation is then made to the CIS Board of Trustees which will take a decision

What is IB accreditation?

The journey toward authorization is an intensive learning period for schools through a transparent and highly supported process. The process ensures understanding of the requirements of the programme the school is applying for. Professional development supports the process to help administrators and teachers further develop education for international mindedness, conceptual understanding and inquiry-based teaching and learning that form the hallmarks of an IB education.

The authorization process is the same for all schools and has been designed to support schools in:

  1. Making the decision to become an IB World School
  2. Understanding the nature and requirements of the IB programme
  3. Defining their readiness to implement the programme
  4. Planning to sustain the programme in the long term

Schools will find this a challenging but rewarding process that normally takes 2-3 years to complete. The authorization process has a number of phases, each of which has distinctive objectives and is described below.

What is CIS?

The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a global non-profit membership organisation that provides services to elementary and secondary schools, higher education institutions and individuals focused on international education that have the following in common:

  1. a desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens; and
  2. a commitment to high quality education

What is IBO?

The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.

Is the school member of any other associations?

GES is also a member of the BSME which is the British Schools in the Middle East. We are also members of the PTC, Principal's Training Centre.

Admissions

What are the entrance requirements?

Our entrance requirements are:

  1. Age (age chart available on Admissions section on our website)
  2. Entrance assessment conducted by Admission's coordinator or Early Years teachers (For Early Years students) for all year groups except AS-level and IB entrance is based on the IGCSE results and an interview with the programmes coordinators.
  3. Reference form (for students moving from other schools to GES)
  4. Parental interviews

The above is to ensure that GES is the right school for each child enrolling at GES.

Is it possible to visit classes prior to enrolling at GES?

GES organizes open days for prospective students. We also welcome any applicants to visit the school and have a look at all facilities. We are more than happy to show you around, to make an appointment please contact us. Our Gallery on the website gives an impression of the school as well.

What are the facilities available in the school?

GES is a well equipped modern school, with the following facilities:

  1. Interactive whiteboards to promote a fun, highly interactive and engaging way of learning.
  2. Modern computer facilities.
  3. Modern and interactive learning methods.
  4. Outdoor playgrounds, sandpits for Early Years, football Astroturf pitch and swimming pools.
  5. Multi-purpose halls with equipment for various sports.
  6. Libraries.
  7. Additional support classes.
  8. Role play areas.

What year groups do you offer?

We offer:

  1. Early Years: Pre-School and Reception (3-5 year olds)
  2. Key Stage 1: Year 1 and Year 2 (5-7 year olds)
  3. Key Stage 2: Year 3-Year 6
  4. Key Stage 3: Year 7-Year 9
  5. IGCSE: Year 10-Year 11

Post 16 options:

  1. International Baccalaureate Diploma
  2. AS-level (Year 12)
  3. BTEC (Year 12)

Do you have a track record of university placement?

Yes, we do. We have a record of where our students apply to, where they have been accepted and where they decided to go to. Our dedicated Career's Guidance Counsellors are trained and up to date on universities entrance requirements. We are also using Noviance.

Does the school have a bus service?

Yes, we offer bus service in Doha only, upon registering your child you should fill in the bus form and provide clear directions. You could choose one way (either morning or afternoon) or two way service.

Is there a dress code or uniform requirement?

Yes, we have a school uniform for all year groups from Early Years to Year 11. In Year 12 and 13 students are expected to be smartly dressed at all times. Full details can be found in the Admissions section.

Why do I have to re-register my child every year?

Re-registration at GES is not automatic, parents will have to re-register their children in April/May every year for the following academic year. A re-registration fee should be made to reserve a place for the following academic year.

What are the possible reasons for denying admission to a student?

Students may not be accepted at GES for the following reasons:

  1. Lack of academic preparation for an age appropriate year group.
  2. Insufficient knowledge of English.
  3. Disciplinary problems.
  4. Academic probation for the previous two consecutive years.
  5. Any reason that in the opinion of the Leadership Team may be in the best interest of the school and/or the students.

Withdrawal from GES?

Parents should inform the school during the re-registration of their intention to withdraw their child. If the withdrawal happens during the academic year parents will have to fill in the withdrawal form at least 2 weeks prior to date of withdrawal.

Staffing

How does GES recruit their teachers?

Recruitment begins in October of each year for the following academic year. Initial interviews are held through telephone and Skype. Personal interviews are required and are generally conducted in the CIS recruitment fair in London in late January.

What are the qualifications GES requires for teaching staff?

Primary and Early Years teaching staff must have a degree in Education in Primary or Early Years. Secondary teaching staff must have a degree in their subject and teaching qualification (PGCE or equivalent).

Do you have teaching assistants working with classroom teachers?

All year groups from Early Years to Year 3 have a TA assigned to each classroom. From Year 4 to Year 6 there are 3 TAs shared between a year group.

Do you have teaching assistants working in Secondary school departments?

We have teaching assistants working with our English department, Mathematics department and Science department. In addition, we have Art technicians working with our Art department and Lab technicians working with our Science department.

What are the qualifications of the teaching assistants?

We are always looking for fluency in English and preferably teaching degree or previous experience as a TA.

Curriculum

What is the GES curriculum (Early Years and Primary)?

In the Infant school at GES children start their learning journey in the Early Years department. In Pre-school and Reception years we follow the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum (EYFS) which precedes the National Curriculum of England and Wales which starts in Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2). The Junior Curriculum (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) is based upon the National Curriculum of England and Wales and has been adapted where necessary to meet the needs of our students.

What is the GES Curriculum (Secondary)?

The GES curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum of England and Wales. It is modified slightly as all Arabic students will also study Arabic and Islamic studies whilst all students have to be taught Qatari History. In Years 7-9 the curriculum follows the standards and learning outcomes as set out by the British Government. In Years 10 and 11 students opt to continue studying some subjects at (I)GCSE level. These are externally set syllabi with formal examinations at the end of Year 11. All students in Year 10 and 11 will study English, Maths and at least one Science subject. Post 16 there are two options for our students:

A one year AS level course where students take English and Maths and then choose three other subjects. These again are formally examined at the end of the year. Most students opting for this course will be aiming to go to foundation courses at University.

There is also a two year IB diploma course which is recognized by Universities all over the world and students opting to take this course are aiming to go straight to university degree programmes and it is very well regarded internationally.

Assessments at GES

How is my child assessed (Early Years)?

Teacher assessment forms the main part of assessment in the Early Years foundation stage. This means that teachers observe children during play in pre-school and work with children in small groups in reception to gain a better understanding of the level your child is working at. Children are also assessed according to the Early Learning Goals, which are clearly defined developmental stages that all children need to achieve by the end of this phase. The EYFS curriculum and assessment is broken up into 6 learning areas which are: Communication Language & Literacy (CLL), Problem Solving Reasoning & Number ( PSRN), Personal Social & Emotional (PS&E), Knowledge and understanding of the world (K&UW), Creative development and Physical development.

How is my child assessed (Key Stage 1-Year 1 and Year 2)?

Key Stage 1 is made up of the Year 1 & 2. Key Stage 1 is the first stage of the National Curriculum of England and Wales which forms the foundation of our GES curriculum. Learners are assessed according to National Curriculum levels and targets are set for each learner to work towards achieving the Level 2 at the end of year 2 and ultimately a level 4 or above at the end of Yr 6. Children are assessed in all areas of the curriculum and we grade them according to National Curriculum levels for the subjects, reading, writing, science and maths. Teacher assessment is the main vehicle for assessment in Key stage 1. At the end of Year 2 each child will complete a sample SATS test in an informal setting in English, Maths and Science. The main reason for this is to verify our teacher assessment and ensure that our children are being prepared for Key Stage 2.

How is my child assessed (Key Stage 2-Year 3, 4, 5 and 6)?

Through the school year, each student is assessed in a variety of ways. Science, Reading, Topic, Speaking and Listening, Writing, Art, PE, Music are assessed by the teacher, based on the students level of work and contribution to each lesson. This is done termly and used for the termly report. English and Maths are also assessed using an online assessment process called PiE (Progress in English) and PiM (Progress in Maths). This will be done 2 times every year and you will receive specific feedback from this. At the end of each school year all of the Year 3 to Year 6 students do the SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) which are produced by the UK. Year 5 sit the CATs (Cognitive Abilities Test) which allows us to see the full potential of each student in different areas of learning. A report is sent home to the parents.

How is my child assessed (Key Stage 3-Year 7, 8 and 9)?

Students are assessed every 4 weeks by their teachers and a grade or level is recorded and is available to parents. This assessment can be any form that the teacher can level such as a piece of class work, homework, an oral or visual presentation. At the end of each half term a more formal assessment is conducted in class and again the results are available to students and parents. At the end of each year a formal examination is set in each subject covering the content from the whole year, except in Year 9 where it may cover the whole of the key stage (Years 7 to 9). The level achieved is given on the end of year report. English and Maths is assessed using an online assessment process called PiE (Progress in English) and PiM (Progress in Maths). This will be done 2 times every year and you will receive specific feedback from this. At the end of each school year all of the Year 7 to Year 9 students do the SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) which are produced by the UK.

What are the National Curriculum Levels?

The National Curriculum Levels are measured against a set of key standards and skills needed in each subject. Students will be given a target level that they are expected to achieve at the end of each year. GES's minimum expectations are:

Year Group English NC Level Mathematics NC Level
Year 1 1C 1B
Year 2 1A 2C
Year 3 2B 2A
Year 4 3C 3B
Year 5 3A 4C
Year 6 4B 4A
Year 7 5C 5B
Year 8 5A 6C
Year 9 6C 6A

What are the Reading levels?

Most of the schools reading books are leveled and have a colour coded sticker on them. They start from pink and go up to black. The table below shows the key expectations for the levels.

Colour Level
Pink and Red Using the pictures to tell the story in detail.
Beginning to read sentences.
Pointing to each word.
Adult support at home needed everyday.
Record in this book!
Yellow, Blue. Green, Orange No more pointing, use your eyes.
Retell the story in your own words.
Read fluently and with expression.
Predict what might happen next.
Answer questions in sentences.
Adult support at home needed everyday.
Record in this book!
Turquoise, Purple, White, Lime Will need to be asked more complicated questions.
Read quietly at home for 15 minutes everyday.
Retell pages read, to an adult at home.
Record in this book!
Brown, Grey, Dark Blue, Dark Red, Black All of the above, but with longer texts and less pictures.
Should be reading independently and writing book reviews.
Read quietly at home for 20 minutes everyday.
Retell pages read, to an adult at home.
Record in this book!
Band NC Level Reading Age
Lilac W 3 - 4
Pink W 4 - 5
Red W+ 4 - 5
Yellow 1C 5 - 6
Blue 1B 5 - 6
Green 1B 5 - 6
Orange 1A 6 - 7
Turquoise 1A 6 - 7
Purple 2C 6 - 7
Gold 2B 6 - 7
Beige 2A 6 - 7
Lime 3C 6 - 7
Brown 3C/3B 7 - 8
Grey 3B/3A 8 - 9
Dark Blue 4C 9 - 10
Dark Red 4B/4A 10 - 11
Black 4A/5C 10 - 11

Which reading scheme is used at GES?

We use a variety of Reading schemes at GES to allow us to meet the needs of our students and to ensure that a wide variety of texts are available. These include; Oxford Reading Tree, Collin's Big Cat, PM, Ginn, Rigby Star and Rigby Navigator.

How does GES report to parents?

Early Years and Key Stage 1: At the beginning of the Academic year parents are welcomed to a meeting with teachers and staff to discuss the year ahead and expectations. A welcome letter is also sent out giving full details of all that is expected of pupils with regards to homework, behaviour etc. Once a week we include a learning overview with the homework pack. This overview gives parents an idea of the content taught during the week and how they can support their child's learning. The overview and homework is also available to view on the Parent Portal. Once a term, pupils will be assessed by their teacher and a report will be written for each learner. Once the report is sent home, parents are invited to meet with their child's class teacher to discuss progress made and set targets for the following term. Parents will receive a written report 3 times in an academic year and meet with the class teacher twice.

Key Stage 2: At the beginning of the year we send welcome letters to every parent and we have a welcome meeting for each year group. Through the year the junior school sends a monthly overview home and puts it on the Parent Portal. The overview lets you know what is being taught in various subject areas and tells you of any upcoming events. At the end of each term a report is sent home with a grade for academic achievement and for effort, in each subject. Every student is issued with a diary in September which will be used for communication between home and school and includes your child's Reading Record too. Every parent and student receives log-in details for our Management Information System, which allows parents to receive school e-mails and documents and to contact the school via e-mail. The student portal will contain weekly lesson information and homework.

In Secondary: Parents receive a formal written report 3 times a year at the end of each term. These reports include levels achieved and targets for the students. Regular information is also passed to parents via the Parent Portal and parents can access this at any time of the year.

Making Appointments and Contacting the School

How do I make an appointment to see my child's teacher?

At GES we follow an open door policy, however, due to timetable restrictions it is advisable that parents schedule appointments with teachers a week ahead. As a parent, you should activate your account on the Parent Portal-for more information on activation please contact MIS coordinator. You could schedule appointments through the Parent Portal, by telephone or at the reception of each school. You could also schedule appointments with Leadership Team members through the Parent Portal or by telephone.

How do I contact GES?

Telephone numbers:

Early Years: 44886790
Main school: 44578777
Student Support: 44578705
Registrar and enrollment enquiries: 44578704
Accounts: 44578714
Primary: 44578777 Ext 221
Secondary: 44578247

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National Curriculum Levels and Reading levels

What is the Parent Portal?

The Gulf English School communicates with parents in a variety of ways. One of the most important communication tools is the Parent Portal. On the Parent Portal, information is updated regularly and you will be able to see important information on the home page from here you can see the Notices, any Documents and the School Calendar.

The Parent Portal gives parents and guardians access to:

  1. View your child's timetable
  2. See your child's schedule
  3. Monitor your child's attendance
  4. Communicate with your child's teachers
  5. Stay current on homework, projects and deadlines
  6. View contact information

The Parent Portal has your details. We need to know if there are any changes in the following:

  1. A change of telephone number
  2. New mobile number
  3. Change of work number
  4. Change in emergency contact
  5. If any contacts will be out of the country and who to contact should an emergency arise.

How do I activate my account?

Follow the instruction below;

  1. Create an email account if you don't already have one. Hotmail and Yahoo are some examples of free services.
  2. If you have not already registered with the school as a contact of the student or have not provided an email address, then please contact our MIS team and we will open an account for you.
  3. To access the Parent Portal you will need to open a web browser and type web address: http://www.gulfenglishschool.com/engage. The Parent Portal is web-based and can be accessed from any computer with Internet access.
  4. Create account on the Parent Portal by accepting the terms and conditions statement.
  5. Each parent or guardian will have ONLY one username and password for all children in their family.
  6. Your log-in information will remain active as long as your child is a student at the Gulf English School.

Once the parents provide the school with their e-mails, the MIS team send them a letter via e-mail with a link and code to activate the Parent Portal account in simple steps or they can visit the MIS team in the school to help them activating their account.

What is the Student Portal?

The Student Portal is an online gateway where students can log into our school website to access important information.

  1. Personalization of the Portal through backgrounds and graphics of users' choice.
  2. Access to individual timetables.
  3. Students can access homework, lesson plans and assignments, it also offer links to useful web resources.
  4. Full control of what's accessible to students is managed through the Teacher Portal.
  5. Students can upload work or files which the teacher can view and mark.
  6. Students can request help, state work progress and hand in online.

How do I activate my account?

  • Every pupil and student at the Gulf English School will have a unique username and password.
  • This is automatically set up when the student has enrolled at the Gulf English School.
  • The Student Portal is web-based and can be accessed from any computer with Internet access.
  • To access The Student Portal you will to open web browser and type web address: http://www.gulfenglishschool.com/engage.
  • Your log-in information will remain active as long as you are enrolled as a pupil or student at the Gulf English School.
  • The MIS team create the accounts for the pupils and pass them to the Class teacher or Form Tutor and then to the pupils.

Pastoral Care

What is the behaviour policy in GES (Secondary)?

The current behaviour system is outlined below.

The schools agreed sanctions and strategies implemented for unacceptable behaviour is as follows:

The management of students' behaviour is organized through a behaviour chart. There will be exceptional circumstances where it is appropriate to permanently exclude a student for a first or 'one off' offence. These might include:

  • Serious actual or threatened violence against another student or a member of staff.
  • Supplying an illegal substance
  • Continuous bad behaviour

Please refer to behaviour chart

At first the low level behaviour is managed by the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher deals with the behaviour by implementing the following strategies:

  • Warning
  • Change of seating
  • Short period outside classroom (2/3 mins.)
  • Support from departmental colleagues
  • Detentions (break, lunchtime)
  • Report on MIS
  • Parental contact

If strategies fail and the student is not responding then the problem is referred to the Head of Faculty. The Head of Faculty deals with the behaviour by implementing the following strategies:

  • Faculty report (White report)
  • Parental Contact (letter sent home)
  • Faculty Detention – break & lunchtime
  • Faculty Detention – after school
  • Group change
  • Reports on MIS

If strategies fail and the student is not responding than problem is referred to the Pastoral Heads. The student's behaviour is managed by the Pastoral Leader:

  • Parental involvement
  • Behaviour report (yellow)
  • Liaison with school counselor
  • Fixed-term isolation with Pastoral Leader
  • Day- Suspension in school.
  • Detentions (after school and breaks)

Some types of behaviour may be addressed immediately to the Head of Faculty or even the Pastoral Heads depending on the severity of behaviour. Report system:

  • White report issued by the Head of Faculty and is monitored by the class teacher and Head of Department. The report is monitored for two weeks and if behaviour has not improved then it is referred to the Pastoral Leader.
  • Yellow report issued by the Pastoral Leader.
  • Red report for serious incidences and issued by the Head of Pastoral.

How do you promote positive behaviour (Secondary)?

The school uses extensive range of rewards to promote positive behaviour. Rewards should be regular, frequent and consistently applied. GES reward system:

  1. Verbal praise (individual and public)
  2. Written praise MIS
  3. Merit points
  4. Department/Faculty Awards
  5. Best students in subjects award (highest attainment, most improved)
  6. Trips and activities
  7. Awarding of certificates (academics)
  8. Extra prizes at the end of the year
  9. Award ceremonies in school
  10. Non uniform days
  11. ECA activities. (Certificates)

How do you promote positive behaviour (Juniors)?

At GES we promote positive behaviour by celebrating the good work and good behaviour of our students, in effect we try to 'catch them being good'. We believe that focusing on the positive behaviour of our students will have a major impact on all those in the school community and will encourage those whose behaviour is not meeting expectations to make a positive change.

We reward students who attend school every day for a whole term, with a 100% attendance certificate. We reward hard work, effort and positive behaviour with housepoints and when enough housepoints have been collected there are bronze, silver, gold and platinum certificates.

Students who work hard and behave well, all of the time, will be invited to join the 'Always Club'. These students will be rewarded by spending a break time with the Head of Primary and getting a treat as their reward. Stickers will be given to students who are seen being kind, caring or thoughtful at break times and around school. At the end of each week we have 'Golden Time'. Students who have behaved well during the week will be able to choose an activity to do for that lesson as a reward for working hard all week.

What is the behavior policy (Early Years and Key Stage 1)?

We believe in positive reinforcement to change undesirable behaviour in the Infant school. Our behaviour policy focuses on rewards for positive behaviour (smiley faces) and warnings for bad behaviour that breaks the school rules (Red cards). Learners work towards collecting as many smiley faces as they can and are rewarded with 100 / 200 / 300 Smiley Face Medals each term. If a child misbehaves and breaks the school or classroom rules he / she will be given a red card and time out within the classroom. If the negative behaviour persists, he/she will be sent to another class for time out and will lose some of their Golden Time on a Thursday. Throughout the process learners are spoken to about making positive behaviour choices and how they can work together with the class and not get into trouble.

How do you promote positive behavior (Early Years and Key Stage 1)?

We work on encouraging positive behaviour in the Infants building. Children are given Smiley Faces for good behaviour, following the school / class rules, being helpful and kind to others etc. Throughout the term, children are rewarded for this good behaviour and given Smiley face medals for reaching 100/200/300 Smiley face milestones. Our learners respond well to this challenge and these achievements are celebrated at joint assemblies on Thursdays.

Who do I contact for behavior issues in Secondary?

GES Pastoral Care:

GES Pastoral Care diagram

How does the school communicate with parents with regards to behavior issues?

Your child's diary is used to communicate between home and school and for low level disruption. Behaviour information can also be recorded on a student's termly report and discussed in the parent meetings. We also communicate with parents through e-mail, the Parent Portal and by requesting meetings with parents.

What is low level disruption (Primary)?

Low level disruption is behaviour that is occurring on a regular basis in the classroom. Low level disruption can include:

  • Talking during the lesson
  • Walking around the class without permission
  • Annoying other students
  • Not doing what is asked by the teacher
  • Not focusing on the task given
  • Dropping things on the floor

These are all little problems on their own but when a student is behaving like this in every lesson it begins to affect the learning of the other students in the class.

What is low level disruption (Secondary)?

For low level disruption please refer to behaviour chart. Some low level disruptions are listed below:

  • Late to Class
  • No Equipment
  • No Homework
  • Not working in class
  • Chewing Gum
  • Verbal insults
  • Calling Out
  • Excessive Talking
  • Excessive Arabic
  • Eating in Class
  • Rudeness to a student
  • Refusal to Follow Instructions
  • Use of Mobile Phones or MP3 Player

Attendance and Punctuality

What are GES's attendance requirements?

Children who attend GES are expected to attend school for the full academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence. At The Gulf English School we do not differentiate between authorized or unauthorized absence;

  • If a child is absent, parents should call the school on each day of the absence stating the reason. A sick note should also be sent on the day the child returns to school.>
  • If the child will be absent for a protracted length of time due to illness, parents will notify the school ensure that they log-in to the Parent Portal and Student Portal to complete the work set up for the student.>
  • If contact explaining the child’s absence fails to be made by parents>, then the school would contact the home by telephone on the Third day of absence.
  • If a student's absences exceeds 20 school days they will automatically lose their place at GES.>
  • If a student in Year 11, 12 and 13 misses 3 lessons of any subject they will receive a warning from the school. If they miss 6 lessons they will NOT be entered for examination.

Children with 100% attendance and an excellent record of punctuality will be rewarded by the school with a certificate at an assembly at the end of each term and will be invited to lunch with the Heads of School.

How do I apply for a leave for my child?

All absence has to be supported by a medical note or a request for leave of absence form. Failure to do so may result in losing placement at GES. Parents requesting leave should fill in the pre-arranged absence form available at the main reception, on parents' portal and GES website. The form should be signed by parents and handed in to the main admin reception 1 week prior to the requested leave. Leave will be counted as absence from school.

What do I do if my child is off sick?

  1. Let the school know as soon as possible why your child is absent.
  2. Send a note when your child returns to school.
  3. Only make appointments out of school time.
  4. Do not allow your child to have time off school unless it is absolutely necessary.
  5. Ensure that your children get a good night’s rest, has a good and balanced diet and gets plenty of exercise.
  6. Be sure that your child is woken up early enough to ensure they will get to school on time, remembering that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a young child.

Probations and Re-registration

What is a Behaviour Probation?

At the end of every term, the administration will review the personal and social learning behaviour of all students. Students who have committed serious violations of school policies and have received several warnings will be placed on Probation. The objective of our Behaviour Probation is for the school to work collaboratively with the student, teachers, and parents to provide the needed assistance for the student to improve his or her conduct in order to meet minimum behavioural standards of performance.

When students are placed on Behaviour Probation, a parent conference will be held to discuss the conditions of the Probation. The following items will be discussed and shared with parents.

  • The probation/ conditional letter will address the specific measures that are required to assist the student to improve his or her behaviour and make the necessary growth in order to meet GES’s behaviour policy requirements.
  • As a condition of Probation parents may be required to provide educational and/or psychological testing.
  • The full and complete results of any educational or psychological assessments be shared with GES’s administration in order to gain a better understanding of the student’s learning needs.
  • Parents who refuse to meet the requirements of the Probation within a reasonable amount of time will be in violation of the Probation, and this may affect the child's continued enrollment at GES.
  • Probation will last for one academic year, progress will be monitored closely to evaluate the situation.

The continued enrollment of those students who continue not to meet minimum level standards of performance, and who have made minimal growth despite additional support from GES classroom teachers, specialists, school administration, and parents, may result in a decision to either extend the Probation for a limited period, or to not offer the student a class placement at GES. This decision will be made on a case by case basis, and the final decision rests solely with the administration. These decisions will be based on the student's reports, educational and/or psychological testing, observations, parent input, and/or recommendations from outside professionals.

What is Academic Probation?

At the end of every term, the administration will review the academic performance of all students. Students who are not meeting target levels, and who are below expected levels for their year group will be placed on Academic Probation. The objective of our Academic Probation is for the school to work collaboratively with the student, teachers and parents to provide the needed assistance for the student to improve his or her academic performance in order to meet target levels. When students are placed on Academic Probation, a parent conference will
be held to discuss the conditions of the Probation. The following items will be discussed and shared with parents;

  • The probation/ conditional letter will address the specific measures that are required to assist the student to improve his or her academic performance and make the necessary growth to enable him/ her to achieve target levels
  • As a condition of Academic Probation, parents may be required to provide additional tutoring for their child as well as educational and/or psychological testing.
  • The full and complete results of any educational or psychological assessments conducted must be shared with GES’s administration in order to gain a better understanding of the student's learning needs.
  • Parents who refuse to meet the requirements of the Academic Probation within a reasonable amount of time will be in violation of the Academic Probation and this may affect the child’s continued enrollment at GES.
  • Students who are placed on Academic Probation will be placed on it for a minimum of a year. Students who are placed on Academic Probation at the end of the academic school year will start the following school year.

The continued enrollment of those students who continue not to achieve the required levels, and who have made minimal growth despite additional support from GES classroom teachers and specialist teachers, may result in a decision to either extend the Academic Probation for a limited period, retain the student, or not to offer the student a class placement at GES. This decision will be made on a case by case basis, and the final decision rests solely with the administration. These decisions will be based on the student’s reports, educational assessments, PIE and PIM testing results, educational and/or psychological testing, classroom observations, parent input, and recommendations from outside professionals.

What is a blocked Re-registration?

A blocked re-registration is when the school makes a decision not to offer a placement for a student at GES. This will be a result of academic, behaviour or attendance concerns.

How do I know if my child's re-registration has been blocked?

You will be invited to a meeting with the Head, Deputy Head or Curriculum Coordinator to inform you of a blocked re-registration.

Why would GES block a student's re-registration?

Students may be blocked for a variety of reasons including;

  • Low academic levels or exam grades
  • Below 90% attendance
  • Serious or continued behaviour issues

All of these students will have been put onto probation first.

IGCSE Options

When do we have to select subjects for Year 10?

Subjects are chosen in the second term of Year 9.

How do we select subjects?

Subjects are chosen after discussion with staff and presentation evenings about the courses offered. There are also PSHE sessions and discussions with students on the courses already. A taster day is also provided for students to get an idea of what the subjects will be like.

What are the compulsory subjects?

PE, English, Maths and a Science. Arabic for all native speakers.

What if we want to change options?

This must be done within the first two weeks of Year 10 to ensure that you have all possible chance of passing the examinations. It may not be possible to do so as timetables are written based upon original choices.

What are the subjects offered?

Accountancy, Business Studies, Film Studies, Economics, Study Skills, French, Geography, History, Media Studies, IGCSE PE, Spanish, Art , Textiles, ICT, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, English as a First Language, English Literature, English as a Second Language, Mathematics.

What are IGCSEs?

IGCSE examinations are International examinations set by UK based examination boards and recognized worldwide as a mark of achievement at age 16. They are two year courses in Years 10 and 11.

When do they take the IGCSEs exams?

May and June in Year 11.

How many IGCSEs does my child needs for universities?

A minimum of 5 A*-C passes would be expected.

When do they receive IGCSE results?

Results are normally posted in late August of the year that examinations are taken.

What is higher level?

In some subjects IGCSE examinations can be taken at foundation level where the maximum mark possible is a C. The higher level paper gives students access to grades A*-C but is obviously more demanding.

What is the difference between English as a Second Language and English as a First Language?

English as a Second language is focused on the range of skills needed for a language learner to make themselves understood and is testing skills such as speaking and listening as well as reading and writing. English as a First Language is at the level of a native English speaker and so is a more technically challenging paper with no speaking or listening formal examination.

If the school does not offer a subject that my child wishes to take, could we do it at the British Council?

No. There are already enough examinations for the students to focus on. The examinations at the British Council clash with examinations here in school as they happen at the same time of year. As such, any attempt to do this would either take time out of school for exams or create possible clashes with the subjects studied in school and so one of the examinations would not be able to be taken.

What is considered as a pass?

Grades A*-C allow students to continue with the subject Post 16 and increases the likelihood of future success.

Additional Support

What is Additional Support?

This is extra support provided for those who are below the expected levels for their year group. They are supported with either Learning Support or EAL support. This is outside of the classroom for between 3 and 4 hours per week. A pupil will come out of either their Maths or English lesson for additional support.

What is EAL support?

The purpose of the English as an Additional Language (E.A.L.) Department is to support children who require additional support to learn or to develop their English.

Support in Primary is given through:

  • Withdrawal where small groups (up to 6 students) are taught by a specialist teacher in a dedicated language classroom. Some students are taught individually if their needs are very specific.
  • In Class Support where an EAL specialist goes to the student’s Curriculum lessons to work with and support them in the mainstream environment.

Support in Secondary is given through:

  • Specialist English Lessons where students follow are carefully selected curriculum in order to develop their skills in English and raise their level of English so that they may rejoin the mainstream. Students follow this course for 6 periods per week during normal English time.
  • In Class Support where an EAL specialist goes to the student’s Curriculum lessons to work with and support them in the mainstream environment.

Who gives the additional support?

The additional support is provided by a range of teachers responsible and qualified Teaching Assistants. We have 2 coordinators to oversee our two streams of additional support, whole school Learning Support Coordinator and whole school EAL Coordinator. In each of the additional support departments we have 6 teachers and a number of assistants to work with students from Reception to Year 9. Each teacher will have a timetabled session with a particular student or small group of students.

Who decides if my child needs additional support?

At the beginning of the academic year a list of students who are identified as in need of support is created. This is mainly due to academic attainment in the previous year. During the course of Term 1 a teacher may also refer a student if they feel they are not making expected progress.

What is the difference between EAL and Learning Support?

The nature of learning support is that students are supported with the work they are studying in the curriculum. It is not a separate program but serves to support, reinforce and master the basic concepts in literacy and numeracy. In addition the learning support also covers the development of essential learning skills such as co-ordination, spatial development, fine motor skills and learning how to work more independently. EAL deals primarily with language elements so learning whereas learning support will deal with other areas such as operations in Maths etc.

How do you decide if a child needs additional support?

Once the attainment of a child has been reviewed and the referral information from teachers has been confirmed the student can receive support if there is an obvious need. The SEN teacher in each school will make that decision with agreement with the whole school Learning Support Coordinator. We then use a range of diagnostic assessments with those students to identify any significant areas that may need focusing on. These include reading and maths diagnostic testing, spelling and handwriting diagnostic assessments and motor-skill tasks to see if support is needed in that area as well.

How long is the additional support for?

We have provided support for a term at a time, so a child will start in the second week of each term and complete and then be identified as in need of further support or the support can be ended by the penultimate week of each term. We would like to move to a system of support where pupils are supported for an entire academic year as this is the best way to ensure that progress can be made.

Do I still need to hire a tutor at home if my child is receiving additional support at school?

It all depends on the quality of the tutor. Tutors can help if they are aware of the UK Curriculum, if they are able to support with literacy and English language learning and if they are committed to promoting independence for the child. Contact can be made between the tutor and school in order to complement the learning that is happening in school.

What happens if my child does not progress with the additional support?

Here we look at the reasons why this may be. Has attendance had a factor or are there further areas of support that may be required. We would seek the help of an Educational Psychologist to diagnose further any learning or behavioural needs if we felt that we could not address the lack of progress any further within school. The report would allow us to work together to provide a more specific form of support for that individual child; both at school and at home.

Who is in charge of additional support?

The whole school Learning Support Coordinator is Geoff Vaughan. The whole school EAL Coordinator is Sara Howe.

How does the school report on my child's progress with the additional support?

Currently parents receive a written academic report at the end of Term 2 and Term 3. This goes home alongside the class and subject reports.

Fees and Payments

Who decides on school fees?

School fees are set by the Board of Trustees. As a private school we have to ensure that our school fees covers our expenses which includes:

  • Overseas and local staff salaries
  • Overseas staff accommodation, gas, water and electricity
  • Overseas staff flight tickets and other benefits
  • Professional development for staff
  • School resources and equipments
  • School ongoing maintenance

School fees are proposed by the financial committee of the Board of Trustees and approved by the Supreme Education Council of Qatar.

When are school fees due?

School fees are due as per the fees schedule handed out to parents during the re-registration process.

What is the voucher scheme?

The voucher scheme is a scheme initiated and organized by the Supreme Education Council to cover school fees up to 28,000QR for all Qatari students in accredited schools. GES is part of the scheme.

Extra Curricular Activities

What are ECA?

ECA means Extra Curricular Activity. This is an activity which is provided by school after hours.

Does my child have to take part?

Extra Curricular Activities are optional.

Why is it important?

Extra Curricular Activities allow students;

  • to take part in activities that they would not be able to do during the school day
  • to improve their English and Maths skills
  • to do extra sporting or creative activities that they enjoy

What type of extra-curricular activities does GES offer?

In the Infants School we offer a variety of sporting and creative activities each term. This runs on a 4 week cycle and gives pupils the opportunity to experience something different each session.

The Junior School provides a selection of sporting and creative activities after school. We also offer extra English and Maths lessons to support students who need support.

The Secondary Schooloffers a wide range of extra-curricular activities ranging from revision classes to horse riding. Senior students are also involved in Charity events, CHAT, Mock United Nations events, football clubs, rugby clubsand Art sessions. Each year the IB students also invest a lot of time in creating a Careers’ Fair for the whole school and also invite other schools to attend.

Trips

Does GES offer International Trips?

There are several international trips offered by GES. Last year alone GES offered the CAS trip to Malaysia, an visit to London for Y10 English students, an MUN conference in Istanbul, Turkey, PGL trip to the UK for Y6 students.

What is the purpose of the International Trips?

International trips offer the students a way to expand their horizons and to experience things they may not get from in country experiences. These trips back up the lessons students learn in the classroom and allow them to apply that knowledge in a practical setting. It also allows them to experience working with students from different places and with different backgrounds.

What is the CAS trip?

The CAS trip is a wonderful opportunity for the students to gain CAS hours. It gives the students the opportunity to work with other people, with children with disabilities, to experience to different environments and different situations. All students that have returned from previous CAS trips have explained how it has changed their outlook and has made a huge impact on their attitudes and their lives.

Is it important for my child to go on the international trips?

International trips are a fantastic experience for the students. They allow them to broaden their horizons and experience different things that they may not get the opportunity to do in different situations. They allow them to back up the lessons they learn in the classroom and see things that it is difficult to bring to life in the classroom environment.

What are the field trips?

Field trips tend to be done in country to support the learning of the students. They happen in a number of subjects and are used to increase the students' skills.

What is the importance of my child's participation in field trips?

In particular subjects especially at GCSE level it will be difficult for the students to achieve their potential in grades if they do not participate in field trips. The field trips are used to inform their research for their controlled assessments.

Events

What is international day? What is International Week?

Infants:

International Week is celebrated annually at GES. During this week each class focuses on a specific country and discovers more about their cultures, beliefs and traditions. This week is designed to ensure that our pupils become more internationally minded and open their eyes to the wonderful world around us. Learners celebrate the differences we discover between our lives here in the Gulf and the world around us. This week links in with the schools Vision to enable all our pupils to become responsible Global citizens.

Juniors:

International Week is one of 3 special weeks we have in Primary. Each class teacher chooses a country which the students will learn about through a variety of subjects, mainly Geography and English. The students learn about where the country is, what their culture is like, what food they like to eat and they compare it to life in Qatar. Parents are asked to provide an outfit and some food linked to the country based on guidelines from the class teacher.

Secondary:

We celebrate International Day. Students transform their form room into the country of their choice. They prepare a short play focusing on the traditions, dance, song or history of the country. The boys have a World Cup Football Tournament and the day is spent learning about new cultures through food, music and costume. This is a really fun week/day which staff and students enjoy very much.

Is it important for my child to participate in International Day/Week?

Internationalism is an essential part of our life at GES. We have staff and students from a wide variety of countries around the world. Therefore it is an important part of every student's education to attend this week to develop understanding of the world around us.

What is Sports Day?

Infants:

In the Infants school Sports day is a celebration of all the learning that has already taken place during the year in PE lessons. We hold two seperate Sports day for Early Years and Key Stage 1 as this allows us time to ensure that all events meets each learners specific needs and physical abilities.
Events are designed to be fun and challanging while all the time focussing on the learners gross motor development.
At this stage we encourage participation as our main emphasis and ensure that all our children feel confident enough to try. Parents areinvited to join us on the day and encourage their child to participate and try their best.

Juniors and Secondary:

Sports Day is a whole-school event in which pupils have the opportunity to showcase their athletic talent and development through sports participation and competition. The event is usually held at Gharaffa Sports Stadium, where all children take part in the full range of track and field events. There are also novelty events and physical challenges that add excitement and interest to the day. For some children, participation contributes significantly to their competitive endeavours and allows them to reach and set new goals. For others, the comradery and atmosphere provide a sense of enjoyment that many children remember for the rest of their lives.

Why is it important for my child to take part in Sports Day?

Participation in Sports Day is a compulsory part of the Physical Education Curriculum. Additionally, experience of competition, team-work and overcoming a personal challenge are all essential developmental processes for young people; students benefit from such experiences when they participate in Sports Day. Alongside this, students have the opportunity to measure their performance against their previous achievements and that of their peers; this helps them to appreciate their current skill and fitness levels, which in turn helps them to work more meaningfully during Physical Education lessons. Children also benefit from the reward systems used at Sports Day, which offer them the opportunity to earn house-points or merits for themselves , their house, their class or their form. Annual prizes can often be determined by the points earned at Sports Day and all children, regardless of ability, can benefit greatly from participation in the event and can contribute to the success of their form, class or house.

How is the Sports Day organized and where?

Infants:

In Infants we hold our Sports Day on our campus. We intentionally do this to ensure that pupils are comfortable with their surroundings and are free to have fun and enjoy the day. Activities are designed for both outside in our play ground and inside our PE hall to give the students different experiences that challenge them in fun ways.

Juniors and Secondary:

Sports Day takes place in or around February at Gharaffa Sports Stadium with one day each being dedicated to the Primary School, Senior Girls and Senior Boys. The pupils are chaperoned in form or class groups to each of the events that are set up at the stadium. Events typically include (although this may vary by age group):

  • Track events – 100m sprint, 200m and 400m run, 100m relay and 60m hurdles
  • Field events – long jump, high jump, javelin, shot putt.
  • Novelty events – obstacle relay, bat and ball balance, sack race, bean-bag throw.

Points are awarded to the children for attendance at Sports Day, participation in events, being placed in events and for conduct and team support.

Children will normally arrive at school at the usual time, where they are then transported or escorted to the stadium. At the conclusion of the day’s events, children are returned to school for collection. Prior to the event parents will be notified if collection from the stadium is to be permitted.

What are the other events that take place at GES during the academic year?

Art week, Book week, World Maths Day, Qatar National Day, School Concert, Class Assemblies, Subject Assemblies, English, Math and Science week, After school activities (ECAs), Y6 Graduation, School Carnival, Fitness Week and MUN meetings and conferences are all events to enhance and broaden our students education.

The Swimming Gala is another annual event that forms part of the compulsory Physical Education Curriculum. This is held in October at the Senior School site with one day each being dedicated to the Primary School, Senior Girls and Senior Boys. As with Sports Day, pupils can participate in individual and team events and earn points accordingly. The event caters for the serious swimmer as well as for those who are still building confidence or simply enjoy having fun in the water. Children compete in width and length races of freestyle, breast stroke, backstroke and butterfly. There is also the team hoop dive, woggle relay, float race and surf board relay; so there really is something for everybody.

As part of the growing enrichment programme being run by the Physical Education Department, a number of opportunities arise throughout the year which serve to extend the students’ learning, develop their sports’ skills, broaden their outlook and enhance the student experience whilst at GES. Such activities include attending national or international sporting events, participation in national and international sports tournaments and experiencing new developments in competitive sport, sports science and sports entertainment in Qatar. Fitness week takes place in February in the Infants, Primary and Senior Schools. This is a time when all staff and pupils reflect on their own health and lifestyles and engage in activities that support healthy living. Pupils studying GCSE PE have the opportunity to attend residential sport and study camps in school; these may also take place off site in the coming year.

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