We pride ourselves on a curriculum that not only enables our pupils to achieve exceptionally good examination results but also engages them in the excitement of learning, preparing them for the wider world.
Abu Dhabi Cranleighans will grow up to be independent, thoughtful and well-rounded individuals, confident in their ability to question, analyse and express opinions.
Our aim is to strike a balance between the academic disciplines and the wealth of extra-curricular activities on offer. We seek all-round excellence, sharing the same ethos as Cranleigh School in the UK.
Having been grounded in a range of subjects, and with the opportunity to try new ones, pupils delve further as they prepare for (I)GCSEs and the Sixth Form. Specialist subject teachers inspire and assist all pupils to achieve their best.
GCSEs and IGCSEs
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and International GCSE (IGCSE) courses are designed to be taught over two years in Years 10 and 11 although a start is often made in Year 9.
It is normal for pupils to take about nine (I)GCSEs. The following subjects are compulsory: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Other subjects are selected from a list of options. The study of Arabic language is also required under ADEC regulations, although is not a compulsory GCSE subject. More detail on Arabic and all other subjects is in the 2017-2018 (I)GCSE Options Booklet which can viewed by clicking below. Hard copies are available from the Admissions Department in the Senior School.
Unlike other schools in the region, Cranleigh Sixth Form adopts an innovative approach to teaching and learning by embracing Harkness style teaching, a dialogue-based approach that allows pupils to further develop their independent thinking through tutorial style lessons around an oval table. More information on Harkness is in Cranleigh Abu Dhabi – Sixth Form Reinvented.
Our Sixth Form offers A Levels as well as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a qualification taken by an increasing number of pupils in the United Kingdom, where it is equivalent to half an A Level. The EPQ is similar in concept to the IB Extended Essay, but more in-depth in delivery. It is completed over the two years of Sixth Form. Alongside the Academic studies, Sixth Formers are offered a range of enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities and benefit from a well developed support infrastructure as they start to explore and prepare for their university careers.
In a caring environment, boys and girls grow in their love of learning through stimulating lessons that stretch all abilities within small classes. The aim of the Prep School is to build firm foundations in all subjects, paving the way for deeper understanding and more complex ideas in the Senior School.
In Years 3 and 4 the boys and girls are taught in mixed ability classes, supervised by a teacher and teaching assistant. Most lessons are taught by their class teacher but specialist staff teach them music, sport, art, languages, Arabic and Islamic Studies. As they move into Years 5 and 6, the model moves entirely to specialist teaching. Setting and streaming is introduced to help support and stretch children at both ends of the academic spectrum.
From the ages of 3 to 7 pupils are based in the Pre-Prep which comprises FS1, FS2, Year 1 and Year 2. The classrooms, indoor and outdoor learning spaces are purpose-built, spacious and well-equipped with a wide range of learning materials available to challenge the children.
In addition, the children are also able to make use of facilities such as our Swimming Pool, Sports’ Hall, Dance Studio and Auditorium.
Throughout the Pre-Prep class sizes are small and each has a well-qualified and experienced classroom teacher supported by a teaching assistant. We provide the children in the Pre-Prep with a broad and balanced curriculum with valuable experience-based learning opportunities and a structured learning environment. This allows each child to be nurtured and develop at their own pace. In a supportive, caring, secure, happy and creative environment, they develop in line with our ethos, to fulfil their potential.
In FS1 we provide a healthy balance between free play and a more teacher-directed, structured approach to learning through play and engendering curiosity within each child. Under the framework of the UK Early Years Foundation Skills curriculum, children learn to be confident and independent, developing respect for themselves and others and social skills. In FS2 the children continue to learn within this programme with great importance placed on literacy, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy skills.
In Year 1 and 2 the curriculum continues to involve activity and investigation to enable pupils to think for themselves and to solve problems. Whilst maintaining the expectations of the UK national curriculum, the Cranleigh curriculum offers more by adding an international context while embedding core values such as kindness, respect, responsibility and collaboration.
The well-rounded curriculum is further complemented by specialist teaching in P.E., swimming and Music from FS1. The ADEK curriculum for Arabic (native and non-native) and Islamic Studies for Muslim children is introduced from Year 2. FS2 and Year 1 have an hour of Arabic a week as an introduction to this curriculum.