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Secondary Scholarships

Safa British School’s scholarship programme is offered to students who demonstrate Academic Excellence.  The school offers three entry points into the scholarship programme and each scholarship has a life span of an academic key stage. A discount of up to 50% off the KHDA advertised fees.

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Welcome Note

I offer you a very warm welcome to Safa British School, where students can navigate their educational journey starting in the Foundation Stage to completing their Post-16 education within the Secondary Stage. Our site is impressive, with specialist areas including dedicated science laboratories, design workshops, music and performance areas, an auditorium, and a range of sporting amenities including swimming pools and all-purpose outdoor pitches. More importantly, we place a great deal of focus on our school’s ethos; there is a sense of community that encapsulates the SBS journey and it is shared amongst students, parents and every member of the SBS staff.

Whilst we celebrate student attainment, for us the most important feature within the school is student progress. We provide a personalised pathway for each student that recognises and develops their unique talents. This works due to our small class sizes, highly trained staff, and the strong home-school partnerships that are formed between the school and parents.

Brian Horwell
Head of Secondary

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Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Our Key Stage 3 provides a range of subjects in which knowledge and skills are developed to ensure essential preparation for GCSE courses in Years 10 and 11. The teaching team is comprised of specialist staff, who combine research-based practice with innovation, ensuring that students are supported and challenged at every stage of their educational journey.

Aoife O’Connell
Assistant Head of Pastoral | Designated Safeguarding Lead

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Our aim at Safa British School is to provide each and every one of our students with a broad and balanced KS4 curriculum that is tailored to the individual’s needs containing a range of possibilities and opportunities for their education Post-16. The Key Stage 4 courses and the way they are taught at SBS are designed to best prepare your child for their future. We hope therefore that you and your child will find our Key Stage 4 courses meet your needs and ambitions for the future. 

GCSE Curriculum

GCSE is the acronym for the General Certificate of Secondary Education. They are undertaken over the two years of Key Stage 4, i.e. Years 10 and 11 At SCS we offer GCSEs, IGCSEs and BTECs. The GCSEs consist of a 2 year programme of study in Years 10 and 11 (in Key Stage 4).

Rebecca Barry
Head of Key Stage 4

Vocational Learning

Within an ever-changing world, a dynamic skillset and strong work ethic are crucial for success. This is exactly what the vocational learning programs at Safa British School instill in students. Vocational learning is all about building relevant skills to coincide with new and emerging technologies, materials and systems. Through UK accredited programs such as BTEC and ASDAN, our vocational learning platform gives students the opportunity to learn in a different way to the more traditional methods of classroom based practice.

The courses are all structured to support students entering the world of further education, employment and entrepreneurship with the majority of courses and assessment taking place through assignments, roles plays and work experience placements. This allows students to work at a pace that is suitable for each individual, and builds a foundation for our students to create their own success using the guidance and skills developed in our nurturing and engaging environment.

Students are required to complete tasks based on real-world scenarios, with every assessment having a direct link to working practices. This creates opportunities for students to not only gain vital skills, for example interviewing, but also allows them to network with organisations and individuals in various economic sectors, around Dubai. These connections often become invaluable, as students often find a passion for these areas of work, and begin their careers with these partners.

Vocational learning can also lead students to University placements, as the practical approach allows students to develop and apply the knowledge and skills that not only employers, but also colleges and universities are looking for in their recruits. These skills such as time management, independence and customer facing skills are cornerstones of our vocational studies and highly coveted by most institutions of higher learning. Previous vocational learners have gone on to study across the world, including The Hague – Amsterdam, Emirates Academy of Hospitality – Dubai, Ecole hôtelière – Lausanne/Geneva and most continue their studies within the UK/USA University system.

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Academic Year 2023 | FS1 - Year 11

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