FAQ

The School follows a British Curriculum, adapted to reflect our needs.  For further information see www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum

We are an Infant and Primary School catering for children from age 3 to age 11.

You can register your child at any time.  It is recommended that you register as soon as possible for Pre-School.

We follow the English system of Year Groups (which is different to the American Grade system).  See chart below.

CLASS AGE DATE OF BIRTH
Pre-School 3-4 01.09.14 – 31.08.15
Reception 4-5 01.09.13 – 31.08.14
Year 1 5-6 01.09.12 – 31.08.13
Year 2 6-7 01.09.11 – 31.08.12
Year 3 7-8 01.09.10 – 31.08.11
Year 4 8-9 01.09.09– 31.08.10
Year 5 9-10 01.09.08– 31.08.09
Year 6 10-11 01.09.07 – 31.08.08

We operate a Waiting List for all Year Groups; there is no charge to put your child’s name on the Waiting List and you can apply at any time of the academic year.  Please call or visit the School to request an application form.  This should be returned with a copy of the child’s and sponsoring parent’s passport.

When a space becomes available in a class, parents on the Waiting List are contacted.  Priority is given to the children of parents employed by Royal Court Affairs and children who have current siblings at the School.  Before a place can be offered the child will be invited to come to School for an assessment to check that he/she is working at the level required for that Year Group.  Pupils coming from other British Curriculum Schools, in Muscat, U.K. or International Schools overseas may be admitted on the basis of a recent school report.

There is a charge of OMR 100 for an assessment.  This is deducted from the Enrolment Fee if a place is accepted.  If the School is unable to offer a place, for any reason, the fee is refunded.  If the application is declined or withdrawn the fee is retained by the School.

If we are unable to offer your child a place in the current academic year the application will automatically be carried forward to the next year – unless you inform us that you no longer require a place.

Our Pre-School is consistently over-subscribed, it is advisable to apply for a place as soon as possible and applications are accepted as soon as a child is born.  To commence in Pre-School a child has to be 3 years of age at 31st August of that academic year.

In the February / March before the child is due to commence in Pre-School applicants on the Waiting List are invited in for an assessment in order of application / priority.  This is to check that the child has reached the developmental stages necessary to benefit from the structured environment of Pre-School.  Pre-School is not a Nursery and all children must be toilet trained before they start in Pre-School.  Children should have some knowledge of English as this is the teaching medium of the school.  It is not uncommon for children born in the summer months to have their entry deferred until the following year if they are not ready for Pre-School.

There is a charge of OMR 100 for an assessment.  This is deducted from the Enrolment Fee if a place is accepted.  If the School is unable to offer a place, for any reason, the fee is refunded.  If the application is declined or withdrawn the fee is retained by the School.

Please call in to the School or contact us by phone on 24516444 to request an application form. Parents applying from overseas should contact the Head Teacher by email: rfschool@omantel.net.om, please include your children’s dates of birth.

For 2018-19 the School Fees are:

Enrolment Fee:

OMR 750 (paid once, on acceptance only)

Tuition Fees:

Pre-School:    2620 OMR per year

Reception to Year 6:    3400 OMR per year

Tuition Fees are paid in equal amounts in September and January

School Extras (for school trips, photographs, Year Book etc.)

OMR 50 per year paid in Term 1

There is no charge for books.

There is no charge for putting your child’s name on the Waiting List.

Pre-School children, who do not have English as a first language, must be secure in their own language and have some knowledge of English.

In Reception to Year 6 children must have the level of English necessary to access the curriculum and be working in English at the same level as their peer group.  This is assessed before a place is offered.

We use phonics for teaching English. You can help your child by teaching them phonics (letter sounds not letter names) see www.jollylearning.co.uk.

Children start in Pre-School during the academic year when they have reached the age of 3 as at 31st August.  For example a child with a date of birth of 5th September 2016 will turn 3 on 5th September 2019 and will be eligible to commence in Pre-School at the beginning of the academic year 2020/2021.

Yes.  Admissions are accepted at any time of the academic year, depending when places become available.

That is a very good question but quite difficult to answer!  Spaces become available only as other pupils leave and this can be very hard to predict in advance.

Admitting siblings at the same time is totally dependent on spaces becoming available simultaneously in the required Year Groups.  However, after a place has been accepted, and Enrolment Fees have been paid, the siblings will immediately be given priority status on the Waiting List.

There is no sibling discount.

As we are part of Royal Court Affairs (RCA), priority is given to children whose parents work for RCA.  We also give priority to siblings of current pupils and returning past pupils.

Yes.  We give priority to siblings and children of Royal Court Affairs employees

This depends on the age of the child.

In Pre-School a child is accompanied by a parent and it will involve activities to assess the child’s large and small motor skills, level of English, ability to follow instructions etc.

In Reception to Year 6 the child will spend time with the relevant year group teacher who will conduct assessments in English and Maths.

We do not do online assessments.  Pupils coming from overseas can be assessed on the basis of a recent school report – if they are attending a British Curriculum School.

The School does not provide transport.

Arabic (second language) is provided from Year 3 – Year 6

Arabic (first language) is provided for Omani pupils from Year 1 – Year 6

Islamic studies is provided for Omani Pupils from Year 2 – Year 6

All year groups have one lesson of PE and one lesson of Swimming each week.  These are part of the curriculum and all pupils must participate unless there is a medical condition which prevents them from doing so.

We have a large Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH) which is used for PE and indoor games.  Adjacent to the MPH is a covered outdoor 25m competition swimming pool and a separate training pool, both of which are temperature controlled.  We also have a large outdoor astro-turf sports field and basketball courts.

The School is a member of the Muscat Primary Sports League (MPSL) and competes against other international schools in Swimming, Football, Basketball, Benchball, Gymnastics etc.

In Pre-School there are two Assistants in each class.

In Reception to Year 2 there is one Assistant in each class

In Year 3 there is one Assistant for the two classes.

In Years 4 to Year 6 there is one Assistant shared by all classes.

There is a maximum of 22 children in each class.

There are 2 classes in each Year Group.

We have two classes per Year Group, a total of 16 classes.

The maximum number of pupils is 352.

The Class Teacher teaches the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and DT.

We have specialist teachers for Arabic, Art, Computing, Drama, French, Music, PE and Swimming.  We also have a qualified Librarian.

The School follows the Omani syllabus as directed by the Ministry of Education.

Yes. We have an activity programme in Term 1 and Term 2 including a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities.

We have a well-qualified and experienced Learning Support Team, including a Speech Therapist.  Referrals are made by the class teacher to the Learning Support Coordinator and a member of the team will assess a child in the classroom before recommending a Learning Support plan which is discussed with parents.  There is no charge for Learning Support that takes place within School hours.  If additional support or testing is required any costs will be agreed with parents in advance.

If you are applying to the School and your child has previously received Learning Support please provide detailed information on the application form.

All form rooms are on the ground floor and there are passenger lifts to the specialist classrooms on the first floor which can be used by pupils with limited mobility, accompanied by an adult.

You can visit the School any working day between 8am and 2.30pm.  There is a School Tour every Tuesday at 12 noon – it is not usually possible to show parents around at other times as we do not wish to interrupt lessons.  If you are visiting from outside of Oman and are unable to visit on a Tuesday for the tour, please contact us to make special arrangements.

No.  We have breaks at 10am and 12 noon and the children bring food in insulated lunch boxes to eat at these times.  We encourage healthy eating and the School has a policy of no nuts, chocolate and fizzy drinks.

The girls’ School Uniform dresses are widely available in the UK (and can be bought on-line from Marks & Spencer).  The boys shirts are made locally in Muscat – the material can be purchased from Mehdi Stores in Ghubrah and Qurum and made up at any local tailor.

School PE and swimming kit can be bought from the School Uniform shop opposite the Main Office, which also has a selection of second hand dresses and shirts

Please send your CV and covering letter to the Head Teacher on rfschool@omantel.net.om.

Applicants must have a British teaching qualification and experience of teaching a British National Curriculum. The school offers full sponsorship, a competitive salary and a supportive working environment.

The majority of pupils are British or Omani but we also have 30+ other nationalities in School.

The School gates open at 7.30 am.  Children in Reception to Year 6 may be dropped off and left at this time.  Children in Pre-School should be accompanied by their parent / carer at all times and taken to the class when the bell rings.

Pre-School:                           7.55am – 12 noon with one break at 10am-10.30am

Reception to Year 6:        7.55am – 2pm with two breaks, at 10am-10.30am and 12 noon-12.30pm

Arabic first language for Omani pupils from Year 1

Arabic second language from Year 3

French from Year 2

No the curriculum is taught in English.

There is a summary report at the end of Term 1 to tell you how your child has settled in to their new Year Group and a very detailed report covering all subjects at the end of Term 3.

Please call the School before 8.00am and give details to the School First Aider.  Please do not inform the School by email as emails are not always opened first thing in the morning. At the end of the absence period please send in a letter or email confirming the reasons for the absence.

Please note that if a child has had diarrhea or vomiting they must be clear of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to School to avoid infecting others.

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