RSB Secondary

Welcome to the website of the Secondary section of RSB. It gives you lots of information about our curriculum, our activities and hopefully a flavour of the community spirit and culture of kindness and respect that is the foundation of our success.

At the moment, many of the activities that make our school so unique, our activities programme, our sports success, UAE explorations, our international trips and our ECAs are on hold. Instead, we are trying to bring the excitement of enrichment into our classrooms. Not an easy task! But we are looking forward to the year ahead. Working with our students and families to create an energetic, dynamic and innovative learning environment, whilst ensuring that our students are safe and happy.

With a large inclusion team, we create a bespoke, differentiated curriculum to help our students develop their talents and gifts. Helping our students to make the most progress possible in their learning.

Our school values: respect, kindness, learning and leadership, are brought to life in our classrooms and in the strong relationships between our teachers and their students.

Working with our parents and families is an important part of our work, supporting the RSB community. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to find out more about our school, what we do and how we do it.

Learning

"Our school empowers all students to embrace learning, achieve their personal best and build their emotional, social and physical wellbeing"

Over its many years, RSB has developed an innovative and flexible curriculum that meets the needs of our Emirati students.  The curriculum combines Islamic Studies and Arabic, from the UAE Ministry of Education, with elements of the UK (English and Welsh) National Curriculum.  We then add a healthy mix of our own developments to ensure that the school meets the needs of our bilingual, Dubai-based, learners.

In Years 7 to 11 (pupils aged 11 to 16) our students work towards GCSE examinations along with Islamic Studies and Arabic.  In Year 12 around half of our students stay for our one-year High School Diploma course and the others stay for one year of AS levels or two years of AS and A-levels.  The High School Diploma prepares students for further and higher education through a series of core courses and electives written by the school and these cover topics as diverse as Psychology, Engineering, Film Making and Graphic Design.

As well as the more traditional academic subjects the school puts great emphasis on personal and social education.  We have a well-structured programme of activities that run throughout Secondary on topics such as health, leadership, environmental studies, careers and team building.  We make full use of the UAE’s exciting environment and all students are encouraged to take part in residential activities both locally and overseas.

Arabic and Islamic Studies

We are very keen on improving students’ basic Arabic language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). We also prepare supplementary activities that help to consolidate the concepts.

The UAE Ministry of Education syllabus is the core curriculum. We use modern teaching methods, and we follow the deductive method in the delivery of grammatical concepts to students.

In Islamic Studies lessons build closer ties between students, and we ensure that student put what they learn in lessons into practice, by urging students to commit to prayer and worship. The different topics that we cover include: The Holy Quran, the Hadith and biography, belief and Islamic personalities, and research.

Art

Students learn in a well-resourced, purpose built, open plan studio. The curriculum provides students with many opportunities to develop intellectual and practical skills through making a personal response to their own experiences and culture. Students express themselves through visual and tactile media and they experience a wide range of disciplines including painting and drawing, sculpture, printmaking, silk-screen printing, ceramics, and photography.

Art builds the confidence and self-esteem of all students regardless of ability. Art is promoted within the school through exhibitions, displays and events and plays an important supporting role to other subject areas.

Computing

Students learn how to:

  • Select, use, and combine information and assets from multiple applications, across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals and to meet the needs of known users
  • Gather, collate and search large sets of data, performing complex queries
  • Become proficient at computational thinking, adapting and using algorithms to solve computational problems
  • Become safe and responsible users of information technology

The subject is innovative, relevant and interesting with emphasis on project and practical work where possible. Many topics relate to events taking place in school or around the UAE.

Design and Technology

The curriculum is firmly based on a problem solving approach to learning, through designing and making. As the foundation to this approach, the design process is followed in all areas of the subject, and is used as the common structure for all student schemes of work.

The department boasts industrial standard equipment in all teaching areas and emphasises the ability to access and incorporate ICT, CAD and CAM in all aspects of design work.

Business Studies and Economics

Both subjects are very popular at RSB for both diploma and advanced level students. Students learn about different business models, HR and product development as well as finance, marketing and sales. A great course to help boys understand how businesses works and how they could, in the future, turn their business dreams into a reality.

English

The development of students’ English skills lies at the heart of learning at RSB. All students who graduate from Rashid have a high level of bilingualism. It is one of the greatest achievements of the school.

The aim is to make every student a confident communicator in English – both written and oral. This is done by fostering an enjoyment and interest in reading and literature. What’s more the department prides itself on delivering enjoyable and effective lessons, utilising the latest web, computer and smart board technologies and building strong positive relationships with students. The challenge is to make every student a lover of language, proud to be bilingual and aware of his rare, prized talent.

Importantly, the department believes that the most successful way to teach language skills is through contextualised learning: creating real-life situations, within a classroom context. Therefore, as well as fun and engaging lessons, they offer all students a wide variety of activities that allow them to use their English skills beyond the classroom: drama workshops and festivals; debating competitions; working with visiting authors; research projects; school productions; as well as theatre, cinema, book and heritage trips.

French

Boys with a good level of English in primary school, start studying French in Year 7 and continue until Year 9. There are two classes in each year group and students can choose to study IGCSE or AS Level if they want to pursue the language.

In lessons we focus on the four skill areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing) through games, websites on the computer, project work and pair/ group work. There are trips into the community throughout the year including a local French restaurant where they can use the language they have learned with French people. We study a French film every year and a short novel or story to encourage listening and reading skills and to connect what we are learning in French to the skills used in English for review writing.

We study topics relevant to the students’ lives such as Family, School, Food and Drink, TV and film, Technology, My town and Hobbies.

Geography

In years 7 to 9, the geography course is designed to provide all students with experience of the main human and physical branches of the subject that are most relevant to their lives. Each topic provides students with the concepts, knowledge and skills necessary for further geographical study at IGCSE and AS / A-Level. Wherever possible, emphasis is placed on Dubai and other parts of the Arab world. A number of local field trips are conducted.

For GCSE geography, the department follows the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus. Our fieldwork provision includes a week in England each autumn. The department also runs the Cambridge IGCSE in travel and tourism, which necessitates a number of local field trips within Dubai itself.

At AS and A-level, we follow the Edexcel syllabus. Also, in year 12 we offer two High School Diploma courses: global issues and geography of travel.

History and UAE Studies

Our aim to help students understand the history of Dubai, the UAE, as well as the wider world. As part of the RSB commitment to Vision 2021, our aim is to help produce RSB leavers who are well-informed and who are able to participate constructively in the future of Dubai and the UAE.

In Key Stage 3, History lessons look at the history of Dubai, the UAE and the broader Arab and Islamic World, the history of civilisation over time, including the story of the Rise of Islam, as well as detailed study of the 20th Century.

At Key Stage 4, the department teaches Cambridge IGCSE while at Key Stage 5, AQA AS-Level is taught, as well as various elective High School Diploma courses. The department contributes significantly to the school’s High School Diploma programme for the large proportion of HSD Year 12 students benefiting from this.

The department is also in charge of a very successful trip to the UK in Year 11. This Social Studies trip has been running for nearly 21 years and is designed to give RSB students an experience of life away from Dubai.

Inclusion

We have a strong commitment to the inclusion and pastoral support of all our families and students. We are committed to the vision that we will: create, promote and sustain a robust inclusive setting that respects diversity; support a sense of belonging; and ensure that every student receives a quality education.

To ensure this the team:

  • Identifies and provides for students who have special educational needs and additional needs
  • Provides support and advice for all staff working with special educational needs pupils
  • Ensures that the school provides an inclusive learning environment with a curriculum that is responsive to the learning needs of individuals
  • Ensures that the school meets its statutory responsibilities for students with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Allocates resources flexibly to target and support students of determination
  • Provides a staffing structure with clear lines of responsibility for Inclusion
  • Ensures that appropriate training and support are provided for all staff in relation to their responsibilities for meeting the needs of students of determination
  • Puts in place programmes of study which enable all students to experience success and enthusiasm for learning
  • Operates a system of record keeping and regular monitoring of each student’s progress.
  • Ensures effective ways are found to inform and consult with all parents about Students of Determination in school; and to support those parents whose children have SEND
  • Devises effective lines of communication between all involved: children, parents, staff, governors and other agencies.
  • Monitor and ensure all Students of Determination have full and equal access to extracurricular activities and events.

Learning Resource Centre

A vibrant space for students to read and study. It is a place where reading is positively and actively encouraged.  Student friendly shelving and genrefication of fiction books help to make it easier for our students to locate just the right book. Computers allow students to use online resources to complement research. The LRC aims to be a welcoming place with an open door policy that supports both students and teachers.

The LRC plays a key role in supporting teaching and learning as well as holding events to encourage reading, research and independent learning. 

We use Accelerated Reader, which is an online reading program, and is used to measure reading progress. In addition, we have recently acquired myON, giving students access to over 4,000 digital books, many of which link to the Accelerated Reader quizzes where students can earn reading points.

RSB subscribes to Britannica School which is a great resource for access to trusted content and invaluable for research and project work. Students will need to log in to Britannica and can access both in school and remotely.

Mathematics

The Years 7 and 8 course has been adopted from established resources matching the philosophy and content of the 9-1 National Curriculum in England. The students are assessed throughout the academic year and at the end of the year by both external (GL progress tests for Maths PTiM) and internal (National Curriculum Optional Progress tests).

In Years 9 (pre-IGCSE), 10 and 11, the students continue in their sets and follow the Pearson’s Edexcel IGCSE 9-1 course. There is history of some students who have been fast-tracked and begin their AS level courses. The school has a good history of students making good progress in their attainment from when they enter the school in Year 7 to when they finish Key Stage 4 in Year 11.

In Years 12 and 13, students will either be entered into the AS-Level course or sit the internal RSB Maths Studies course. Students leaving at the end of Year 12 sit, in addition to their AS-levels, the American College Board SAT examinations. This is an external exam taken by the students in a venue outside of the school site. The department offers support to these students with voluntary attendance required for classes delivered on a Thursday afternoon.

ICT is fully integrated into maths learning. Students have access to school software at home that is monitored by their teacher and this includes “Mymaths” and “Prodigy”. Teaching resources include “Active Learn” used in conjunction with interactive whiteboards available in all the classrooms.

Media Technology

Media technology explores how we communicate through sound and moving images. Boys learn to manipulate sounds using their voices, instruments and electronic devices. Great emphasis is placed on listening skills and group collaboration. The school has a purpose – built media technology suite with six practice rooms, a specialised listening room, two classrooms and a dedicated recording studio. 

All students learn to play a musical instrument, as well as traditional dancing and sound production and recording techniques. Students are able to study for examinations in recording technology and music. Many links exist with other schools and community groups in Dubai. The department is keen to promote Arabic, and in particular Khaleeji music to a wider audience.

Sound technology encourages active participation, creativity and self-motivation. Boys learn skills which will help them become lifelong learners, and contribute to the development of the community at large.

GCSE music, AS-Sound Technology and BTEC Creative Media Production are offered as examination options. 

Physical Education

Students are offered the opportunity to participate and increase their knowledge and understanding in a wide range of activities, with the emphasis on enjoyment and having fun.

The structure of the lessons enables the boys to be comfortable taking part at their own level, whilst also allowing scope to extend and challenge themselves. Pupils work with others as part of a team as well as concentrating on their own individual performance. They are encouraged to abide by the rules and spirit of the game. They learn to deal with failure and manage success.

Our main focus is on making the boys aware of the effects of exercise on their bodies and of the importance of good health and hygiene. All pupils work towards passing the Army Fitness Tests, a requirement of their Military Service after leaving RSB.

We field representative teams at Football, Rugby, Athletics, Basketball, Softball and Volleyball. The department also offers a full and varied programme of extra-curricular activities with pathways for participation outside of school.

Science

Science is an exciting and vibrant part of the school; combining practical investigations with critical thinking skills and real life examples.

Through KS3 and 4, students explore topics in biology, chemistry and physics, culminating in two iGCSE’s (Edexcel combined science, double award). The KS3 curriculum (Exploring science) seamlessly supports students moving up from KS2 and prepares students for the move into iGCSE with exposure to key content and skills, complimented with consistent terminology and quality resources. In addition to this, teachers regularly review teaching schemes, adapting them to meet the specific needs of our students.

At KS5, the majority of students follow the HSD route, with science based courses, such as Animals of the UAE, being very popular choices. Our top performing students opt to take AS levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and it is fair to say that the boys taking these courses usually do well and all reach their desired goal of attending Universities either here in the U.A.E. or abroad.

Careers

The Career Department has been busy over the years. They have helped thousands of students find the right college, university or career. From Boston and Oxford to the police and the army the Careers Office, led by Mr. Kilani ensured that graduating students had the right qualifications to make their future career ideas a reality.

From discussing majors to offering advice on university choices, and from SAT, TOEFL and IELTS registration to work experience, the Careers Department provided personalised support to help students pursue a career that met their goals.

Fun

"We provide a lively, exciting and relevant education for the future leaders of Dubai"

Over its many years, RSB has developed an innovative and flexible curriculum that meets the needs of our Emirati students.  The curriculum combines Islamic Studies and Arabic, from the UAE Ministry of Education, with elements of the UK (English and Welsh) National Curriculum.  We then add a healthy mix of our own developments to ensure that the school meets the needs of our bilingual, Dubai-based, learners.

In Years 7 to 11 (pupils aged 11 to 16) our students work towards GCSE examinations along with Islamic Studies and Arabic.  In Year 12 around half of our students stay for our one-year High School Diploma course and the others stay for one year of AS levels or two years of AS and A-levels.  The High School Diploma prepares students for further and higher education through a series of core courses and electives written by the school and these cover topics as diverse as Psychology, Engineering, Film Making and Graphic Design.

As well as the more traditional academic subjects the school puts great emphasis on personal and social education.  We have a well-structured programme of activities that run throughout Secondary on topics such as health, leadership, environmental studies, careers and team building.  We make full use of the UAE’s exciting environment and all students are encouraged to take part in residential activities both locally and overseas.

Sport

International Award

Ski Trips

Expeditions

Productions

Dive Trips

Outward Bound

Umrah

National Day

Carnivals

Thursday Activities

Camps

International Trips

Local Trips

"RSB is a happy and dynamic place where children always come first"

Almost all our secondary students are Emirati. We pride ourselves on being inclusive, non-selective… a true community school. Many of our families have had a relationship with the school for as long as it has been open.  Although based in Nad al Sheba our students come from all over Dubai and represent the very best of Emirati families. We are committed to educating all students, including students identified as experiencing special educational needs and disabilities, students who are most able and students with English as an additional language. All students have access to high quality instruction, intervention and support to ensure success in learning. 

At Rashid School for Boys we cater for students with a range of additional needs.  Places are offered on our guiding principle that we are able to meet a pupil’s learning needs to enable them to achieve their full potential. We follow the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework. The framework provides valuable information about the required standards of educational practice as well as clear guidance for the provision for pupils with SEND. 

Many of our students are gifted in different ways and at Rashid we do all we can to support their endeavours. Over the years we’ve had international show jumpers, musicians, golfers, falconers, tennis players, marksmen and endurance riders. The accomplishments of our young men in traditional Emirati cultural pursuits are one of the most exciting aspects of our school and we take great pride in their achievements. Students at Rashid School, supported by the royal family, have been instrumental in contributing to the cultural heritage of this wonderful city and country.