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vera
Posts 1025


14/03/2012 15:10:11
Is this really allowed?

ETA I had this issue with one school and has argued with them that they shouldn't have taken my application together with the 500 Dhs fee if she didn't stand a chance whatsoever, just wonder if it happened to others?
edited by vera on 14/03/2012





angelinaballerina
Posts 1358


14/03/2012 15:14:55
They wont assess her? how do they know that she's not bright enough?





clare1976
Posts 349


14/03/2012 16:43:05
doesn't make much sense, surely assessments are the way to find out a child's ability in the first place, so everyone has the same standardised test and therefore a similar chance of gaining a place? Sounds like they are just too full and are using this as an excuse, perhaps? Hope not, but it did occur to me.





humdinger
Posts 35


14/03/2012 20:18:17
Well I do hope they are going to refund the registration fee? It does sound very strange ! Gosh, which school is this (if its not confidential)?





neel1
Posts 22


14/03/2012 20:57:10
Sorry to hear, I can totally relate to you. If you dont mind can you tell me the name of school? If not a hint. Im having similar problems with a 'reputable' British, small school.Thanks.





adele82
Posts 27


14/03/2012 21:03:20
We had a similar problem to this too, then they decided they would assess my son and said he had to re do reception (fs1) and couldn't gointo year one as he should have, so we had paid another 500 for the assessment, i knew my son wasn't that behind, he had missed a month of reception but that was it and i had got him a tutor for this time, in the end i put him in another school and he wasn't behind at all ( i think they just didn't have a place in yr 1 but still wanted the fees)





orchard
Posts 193


14/03/2012 21:55:53
i paid 500 at a brit school in springs, and they sent my child after 10 minutes, because he was crying. and no assessment after that





fairycakeyumm
Posts 2858


14/03/2012 22:16:06
orchard wrote:
i paid 500 at a brit school in springs, and they sent my child after 10 minutes, because he was crying. and no assessment after that


Ridiculous that is, bet that was my dd school...was that for fs orchard?





vera
Posts 1025


15/03/2012 09:51:59
angelinaballerina wrote:
They wont assess her? how do they know that she's not bright enough?


They did ask for work before hand as she's coming from an American curriculum school and wanted to see if she was up to their standards, which she apparently wasn't after viewing them.

I just think they should have checked the work before taking my 500 Dhs.

At the moment I just feel it's their loss as I have ruled out this school for life and wants nothing to do with them anyway...





vera
Posts 1025


15/03/2012 09:53:14
neel1 wrote:
Sorry to hear, I can totally relate to you. If you dont mind can you tell me the name of school? If not a hint. Im having similar problems with a 'reputable' British, small school.Thanks.


Yes it's a small British school...





Appletiser
Posts 7472


15/03/2012 09:56:04
I think the dhs500 is considered as an admin fee,so by them reviewing your child's work their 'admin' has been done. Unfortunately the outcome was not what you expected but I think it happens quite often among schools to be honest.





vera
Posts 1025


15/03/2012 10:07:37
Appletiser wrote:
I think the dhs500 is considered as an admin fee,so by them reviewing your child's work their 'admin' has been done. Unfortunately the outcome was not what you expected but I think it happens quite often among schools to be honest.


It might be true .

I had a disappointing experience at another school as well, similar to this one, but they never charged me the admission fee as she wouldn't be up to scratch, which I thought was a lot more professional and honest and that's a school I would go back to .





orchard
Posts 193


15/03/2012 10:23:47
fairycakeyumm wrote:
orchard wrote:
i paid 500 at a brit school in springs, and they sent my child after 10 minutes, because he was crying. and no assessment after that


Ridiculous that is, bet that was my dd school...was that for fs orchard?


yes fairycake that was for FS1





vera
Posts 1025


15/03/2012 10:32:19
orchard wrote:
fairycakeyumm wrote:
orchard wrote:
i paid 500 at a brit school in springs, and they sent my child after 10 minutes, because he was crying. and no assessment after that


Ridiculous that is, bet that was my dd school...was that for fs orchard?


yes fairycake that was for FS1


That's ridiculous. They can't accept a child that starts crying at foundation stage...These places must make a lot of extra cash on admission fees...





vera
Posts 1025


15/03/2012 11:02:21
WoooooHoooo, I'm happy happy now, as she just got offered a place for a great British school within her year group!!!

My problem has been that my daughter has been in an American curriculum school year KG2, but with her age she will be in year 2 in the British system....and this has proven a bit difficult, but she got offered a space now in which seems to be a great school after sitting an assessment!!!
edited by vera on 15/03/2012





orchard
Posts 193


15/03/2012 11:51:58
congratulations vera





vera
Posts 1025


15/03/2012 12:18:19
orchard wrote:
congratulations vera


Thank you Orchard; I’m just so happy and proud over my daughter .





vera
Posts 1025


15/03/2012 12:53:56
americanfamily3 wrote:
vera wrote:
WoooooHoooo, I'm happy happy now, as she just got offered a place for a great British school within her year group!!!

My problem has been that my daughter has been in an American curriculum school year KG2, but with her age she will be in year 2 in the British system....and this has proven a bit difficult, but she got offered a space now in which seems to be a great school after sitting an assessment!!!
edited by vera on 15/03/2012


First...congrats on your child! Wonderful news. Secondly though, I am confused about the issue with Year 2 versus Grade 1 next year (if she had stayed in the American curriculum) They are the same grade level. Or...are you speaking about placing her right now? That would be tricky in this case as she would be moved an entire year ahead in curriculum based on her age? Just looking for clarification...


It’s quite complicated as my daughter was in KG2 in the American school (which was correct according to her date of birth) but would have been in year 1 in the British system (with her date of birth).
I never really thought about it as I’m from Scandinavia and we don’t start school until we are 6 or 7 and just thought children get placed after their year group and if they pass their assessment.
My husband is British and he said it’s better for her to go to a British school, as we might one day live there, so that’s why I’m doing the transfer.
One British school wanted to place her in year 1 as she hadn’t completed a year 1 (in the American curriculum…which she’s too young for), but she would go with kids younger than her, which I didn’t think would be good for her as she’s quite smart and surely it will be an issue when she’s older + I got the feeling she would repeat a lot of things from the American KG2.
Never ever thought it would be this complicated and stressful, but it seems like we found a solution in the end.
ETA -for answering your question: the British and the American system doesn't have the same cut date on date of birth how they place them in the grades.
edited by vera on 15/03/2012





fairycakeyumm
Posts 2858


15/03/2012 13:17:35
orchard wrote:
fairycakeyumm wrote:
orchard wrote:
i paid 500 at a brit school in springs, and they sent my child after 10 minutes, because he was crying. and no assessment after that


Ridiculous that is, bet that was my dd school...was that for fs orchard?


yes fairycake that was for FS1


Congrats Vera

I think they have so many with older siblings which are piority ...they just accept lots more for assessments that they know they are not gonna give places too....for the money....as my friend had an assessment there last yr and they called her after 10 min due to crying and he wouldn't talk but he still got a place because of his Older sister at the school.
edited by fairycakeyumm on 15/03/2012





ziiii
Posts 104


15/03/2012 23:45:13
congrats vera for securing a place for ur DD.... may i ask which school??





Ginnee
Posts 2321


16/03/2012 09:02:19
That's really disgusting. The school my girls are in only ask you to pay the registration fee AFTER they have done the assessment and they've passed. Just a way of making money for them, it seems.





loube
Posts 725


16/03/2012 09:52:57
I find this whole method of money making by schools here in Dubai quite shameful. You pay the 500 for the admin, then a fee for the assessment, and then some schools want fees in advance and post dated cheques for the whole next academic year....ridiculous, but I did point out that their PDC was pointless, as you can cancel a cheque anytime with your bank.

We applied to 3 British Curriculum schools here across 3 year groups, not having visited the schools first, as we were in another country, but we took them for assessments on our look-see.

All schools wanted the 500 dhs fee, then they wanted 1000 dhs for the assessment.

School 1 took both fees, my kids passed but we declined the place as we did not like the school on our visit. Conduct of the children nor the teachers reaction to them.

School 2 (my preferred choice) took the 500 dhs, but refused to charge the assessment fee until they can assess the child, which they only do once there is a place available (very sensible system IMHO) no places came up until after Term 1 began and I have declined for now but they are all still on the wait list as they can sit there for 2 years.

School 3 - places available for all 3 kids, paid 500 dhs, paid 1000 dhs for the assessment, and that is where they are now...but goodness I wish they would complete the remaining buildings that are not finished..my DH says if he gets one more atrium closure note he will go crazy!!





moonindxb
Posts 35


16/03/2012 11:07:40
I don't know which schools are you guys referring to, but my daighter been to 2 different schools,none ask for assesment. As usual just the 500aed which i can understand for various logical reasons.





loube
Posts 725


16/03/2012 11:22:21
I would say that there are over 20 British Curriculum schools here, so my experience could be from the minority - but to name the schools would probably get the thread deleted





vera
Posts 1025


19/03/2012 17:25:34
I would like to give an update, although this problem was easily forgotten when we were offered a space in another school.

The school that never gave an assessment phoned me yesterday and offered me a refund of the 500 Dhs registration fee and I picked it up today

I wonder if me posting on EW had anything to do with it or they just realised that they wanted to the right thing .
edited by vera on 19/03/2012





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