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 for year groups (which is different to the American grade system) with the ages of children for classes as follows:

CLASS AGE DATE OF BIRTH
Pre-School 3-4 01.09.16 – 31.08.17
Reception 4-5 01.09.15 – 31.08.16
Year 1 5-6 01.09.14 – 31.08.15
Year 2 6-7 01.09.13 – 31.08.14
Year 3 7-8 01.09.12 – 31.08.13
Year 4 8-9 01.09.11– 31.08.12
Year 5 9-10 01.09.10– 31.08.11
Year 6 10-11 01.09.09 – 31.08.10

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, or simply email the School Registrar (registrar@royalflightschool.org) 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, the UK 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 If the application is declined or withdrawn, the fee is retained by the School.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 needs to be 3 years of age at 31st August of that academic year.

In February/March before the child is due to commence in Pre-School, applicants on the waiting list are invited to come in to school 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 yet ready for Pre-School.

*There is a charge of OMR 100 for the 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.

Contact the Registrar, Mrs Claire Nicholson, at email address: registrar@royalflightschool.org

For 2021-22 the School Fees are:

Enrolment Fee:

OMR 750 (paid once, on acceptance only)

Tuition Fees:

Pre-School:    2805 OMR per year

Reception to Year 6:    3640 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 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.

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 birthdate of 05 September 2016 will turn 3 on 05 September 2019 and will be eligible to commence Pre-School at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year which begins in September 2020.

Yes – admissions are accepted at any time of the academic year, if places are available.

Spaces become available when other pupils leave. In order for us to effectively plan admissions, we ask families to provide a term’s notice if they know they will be leaving.

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 and Diwan. We also give priority to siblings of current pupils and returning past pupils.

Yes. We give priority to children whose parents work for Royal Court Affairs, Diwan, siblings and returning pupils.

If the child is already in Muscat, they will spend a full day in School to be assessed by the relevant class teacher.

If the child is overseas, we request a CAT4 assessment and also request the most recent school report from their current school.

The School does not do online entry assessments. If your child is overseas, we request a CAT4 assessment and their most recent school report from their current school. If the child is already in Muscat, they will spend a full day in School to be assessed by the relevant class teacher.

The School does not provide transport.

‘Arabic as Second Language’ is taught to all pupils from Year 3 – Year 6.

‘Arabic as First Language’ is taught to Omani pupils from Year 1 – Year 6.

Islamic Studies is taught to Omani Pupils from Year 2 – Year 6.

All year groups have one lesson of Physical Education (P.E.) and one lesson of Swimming each week. These are part of the curriculum and all pupils must participate, unless they have a medical condition which prevents them from doing so in which case a doctor’s note is required for the child to be excused.

We have a large Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH) which is used for P.E. classes, Afterschool Activities, indoor breaks and full school Assemblies and Productions. 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, basketball courts, covered play areas and an adventure playground.

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 Year 4 there is one Assistant for the two classes.

In Years 5 to 6 there is one Assistant shared between the classes.

There is a maximum of 22 children in each class.

There are two (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.

Yes – we have Specialist Subject Teachers for Arabic, Art, Drama, French, Computer Studies, Music, Physical Education (PE) and Swimming.

The Classroom Teacher teaches the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and Design & Technology (DT).

Omani students take Arabic and Islamic Studies as per the requirements of the Ministry of Education.

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

Yes. We have an Afterschool Activity programme in Terms 1 and 2 which includes both indoor and outdoor activities.

We have a well-qualified and experienced Learning Support Team, including a Speech Therapist. Referrals are made by teachers to the Learning Support Coordinator and a member of the Learning Support team will assess a child in the classroom before recommending a Learning Support plan which is discussed with parents.  There is presently 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 classrooms are on the ground floor with lifts to the Specialist classrooms on the first floor. The lifts may be used by pupils with limited mobility and must be accompanied by an adult.

The School Office is open on week days between 7.30am and 3.00pm.  There are School tours 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 do not have a Cafeteria. The School break times are at 10:00-10:30 and 12:00-12:30. Children bring water bottles and food from home in lunchboxes to eat at these times – classroom teachers supervise the children for the first ten minutes of each break when they wash their hands and sit to eat at their tables in their classroom before they go out to play for the remaining twenty minutes of break time. We encourage healthy eating and the School has a policy of no nuts, chocolate or fizzy drinks or single use plastic water bottles.

The girls’ blue checkered uniform dress or culottes and the boy’s grey shorts are widely available in the UK and can be bought online from Next and Marks & Spencer.  The boys’ blue checkered shirts can be made locally in Muscat – the fabric can be purchased and shirts sewn by a 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 available for sale.

Please check the Uniform page on the School website for more detailed information: http://royalflightschool.org/about-our-school/school-uniform/

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

Please send your CV and covering letter to the Head Teacher at email address: headteacher@royalflightschool.org

The majority of pupils are British or Omani, but we also have pupils from 30 other countries.

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 their classroom 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

French is taught to all pupils from Year 2 – Year 6.

Arabic ‘second language’ is taught to all pupils from Year 3 – Year 6.

Arabic ‘first language’ is taught to Omani pupils from Year 1 – Year 6.

The curriculum is taught in English.

The School provides a written Summary Report at the end of Term 1 to let you know how your child has settled in, followed by a detailed report covering all subjects at the end of the Academic Year (Term 3).

In addition to written reports, Parent/Teacher meetings are scheduled twice yearly to discuss your child’s progress, next steps and any other concerns or questions you may have.

Please call or email firstaid@royalflightschool.org before 8.00 am to notify the School and confirm the reason for the absence. A doctor’s note is required for any absence of 3 days or more.

Please note that if a child has diarrhoea or vomiting they must be clear of symptoms for a full 24 hours before returning to School.

If your child has a fever, cold or cough please do not send them to school to avoid infecting others. Your child should be clear of all cold or cough symptoms for a full 24 hours before returning to School. If you are unsure whether your child is well enough to attend School, please err on the side of caution.

You are welcome to call or email the School Office to request any missed school work be emailed to you directly for your child to complete at home while they are off if you wish to do so, otherwise rest assured the classroom teacher will ensure they are ‘caught up’ on their return to school.

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