Frequently Asked Questions

What are your fees?
Please refer to the Fee Schedule in our Admissions section on our website for full fee information.
Will your school fees increase next year?
Our KHDA-approved school fees are fixed for the first 3 academic years and will not increase until the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that the discounted Founders’ Fees are applicable to founding parents who join South View School during the 2018/2019 academic year.
Do you offer a sibling discount?
Yes. We currently offer sibling discount for our Founding Families for SY 2018-2019. Please refer to the link below:

Lifetime Sibling Discount – South View School

What is the admissions process & cost?
Please refer to the Admissions Process section on our website for further information.
How do I know what year group my child should be in?
At South View School, we follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales and children are placed in year groups as per their recommended ages, in accordance with National Curriculum guidelines. On a case-by-case basis only, and subject to academic approval, we may consider placing a child in a different year group, in accordance with the new KHDA-recommended age guidelines. However, please be aware that the final decision as to which year group a child will be allocated, is at the discretion of the school.

 

Enrolment Guidelines Academic Year 2018/19
Date of Birth Age Year Group
1st September 2014 – 31st August 2015 3 to 4 FS1
1st September 2013 – 31st August 2014 4 to 5 FS2
1st September 2012 – 31st August 2013 5 to 6 Year 1
1st September 2011 – 31st August 2012 6 to 7 Year 2
1st September 2010 – 31st August 2011 7 to 8 Year 3
1st September 2009 – 31st August 2010 8 to 9 Year 4
1st September 2008 – 31st August 2009 9 to 10 Year 5
1st September 2007 – 31st August 2008 10 to 11 Year 6
1st September 2006 – 31st August 2007 11 to 12 Year 7
1st September 2005 – 31st August 2006 12 to 13 Year 8
How do I know what year group my child should be in?
At South View School, we follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales and children are placed in year groups as per their recommended ages, in accordance with National Curriculum guidelines. On a case-by-case basis only, and subject to academic approval, we may consider placing a child in a different year group, in accordance with the new KHDA-recommended age guidelines. However, please be aware that the final decision as to which year group a child will be allocated, is at the discretion of the school.

 

Enrolment Guidelines Academic Year 2018/19
D.O.B:
01/09/2014 – 31/08/2015
Age: 3 – 4
Year Group:  FS1
D.O.B:
01/09/2013 – 31/08/2014
Age: 4 – 5 Year Group:  FS2
D.O.B:
01/09/2012 – 31/08/2013
Age: 5 – 6
Year Group:  Year 1
D.O.B:
01/09/2011 – 31/08/2012
Age: 6 – 7 Year Group:  Year 2
D.O.B:
01/09/2010 – 31/08/2011
Age: 7 – 8
Year Group:  Year 3
D.O.B:
01/09/2009 – 31/08/2010
Age: 8 – 9 Year Group:  Year 4
D.O.B:
01/09/2008 – 31/08/2009
Age: 9 – 10
Year Group:  Year 5
D.O.B:
01/09/2007 – 31/08/2008
Age: 10 – 11 Year Group:  Year 6
D.O.B:
01/09/2006 – 31/08/2007
Age: 11 – 12
Year Group:  Year 7
D.O.B:
01/09/2005 – 31/08/2006
Age: 12 – 13 Year Group:  Year 8
How many students are in a class?
Our target class size is 25 students. However, the school retains the right to increase the class size as required.
Will there be a classroom assistant in the class?
Our support staff are allocated as follows:

  • FS1 – 1 classroom assistant and 1 nanny per class
  • FS2 – 1 classroom assistant per class and 1 nanny between 2 classes
  • Key Stage 1 (Year 1 & 2) – 1 classroom assistant per class
  • Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) – 1 classroom assistant between 2 classes
What are the school timings?
Please find below, our school timings:

South View School Timings
Year Group Drop off Start Time Finish Time
FS1 & FS2 7:45-7:55am 8:00am 1:00pm.
KS1 and KS2
(Years 1 – 6)
7:30-7:40am 7:45am 2:30pm.
Secondary
(Years 7 upwards)
7:30-7:40am 7:45am 3:30pm
Is there any after-school care?

At South View, for the convenience of working parents, we offer both before-school and after-school care for Foundation Stage and the Primary School, at an additional charge. In addition to our regular after-school programme, we are also considering offering extended after-school care programme, until 4.30pm, subject to demand.

Will my child wear a school uniform?
Yes, school uniform is compulsory for all students at South View School. For more information, please visit the Parents/Uniform section on our website.
Do you have a Canteen or do parents need to provide a packed lunch from home?
At South View School, we have a School Canteen and students have the option of buying healthy school meals and snacks, at an additional cost. Parents can sign up and pay in advance for the term in addition to having children purchase food daily at the Canteen using a cashless system. Menus will be available on-line to parents throughout the school year. Please note that all students are required to bring a water bottle to school every day regardless, of whether they are buying food from the canteen or bringing food from home.

South View School has a healthy eating policy and is a nut-free and pork-free school. We ask parents to support us in this and include only healthy food choices in the packed meals that children bring from home. No junk food is allowed, in particular: sweets, chocolate, crisps and carbonated drinks are banned on school premises. We encourage a varied and balanced diet with lots of whole grains, lean protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables. More information is available in our Healthy Eating Policy.

Do you offer school transport?
Yes, we offer school transport to most areas around Dubai, via a third-party transport company. All South View School buses will have a female bus nanny on each bus. Please go to Parents/Transport section on our website for more information.
Will my child need to bring an iPad/laptop to school?
South View School will be an Office 365 school with access provided to the student devices for the students of Year 3 and above. Students in these Year groups will be able to bring laptops to use for educational purposes. For more information about our BYOD programme please contact our school.
Where are your teachers from?
We recruit and hire teachers internationally. A significant percentage of our teachers are from the UK and all of our teachers are highly-qualified and experienced, with the expertise necessary to deliver the British National Curriculum. All teaching staff have been carefully selected to ensure that our students receive the very best educational experience.
Does the school provide support for English Language Learners (ELL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL)?
Yes, at South View we are a highly inclusive school and we will provide support to those who do not have English as a first language. Our Inclusive Education Action Team has an ELL/EAL Specialist who is responsible for the progress of all non-native English-speaking learners.
What languages do you offer?
At South View, we offer parents the opportunity for a wide range of language instruction, both during and after the school day. As a part of our curriculum, we teach Arabic, French and Spanish. Children from Foundation Stage upwards, will learn Arabic throughout their time at SVS, in accordance with KHDA requirements. From Year 3 upwards, we also offer Spanish or French as a second language.

In addition to our curriculum teaching, we offer a peripatetic language programme, via a third-party language-instruction company, at an additional charge. This gives students the opportunity to attend mother-tongue language instruction, both during and after the school day.

What is your peripatetic tennis programme?
At South View School, in partnership with Los Atletas Tennis Academy, we are proud to offer a unique peripatetic tennis programme, integrated into our school day, available at an additional charge. Parents have the option to enroll their child in the Los Atletas tennis programme which will run before, during and after school hours on our dedicated tennis courts. During school hours, students will attend specialist tennis coaching instead of their PE lesson and be given access to the tennis courts at break times.
What is the relationship between South View School and Victory Heights Primary School?
South View School is the latest educational offering from the same team that created Victory Heights Primary School and The Wonder Years Nursery in Dubai Sports City. VH Primary is a sister school to South View and both schools are owned and managed by Interstar Education.