The first few years of your child’s education are essential for their future as he or she moves into more formal schooling and then adult life beyond. It is vital, therefore, to get those first few years right.
Our Pre-Prep Department cares and educates your children from the age of three to five. It consists of Nursery and Reception classes in a series of bright, colourful, self- contained classrooms centred around a large library. Each classroom is fully equipped with quality learning materials; and enjoys its own tree-lined, secure and shaded playground with superb outdoor play equipment. Teaching Assistants support the class teachers and the ratio in our Pre-Prep is never more than 1:10.
Both our Nursery and Reception classes follow the British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS), which is based upon the seven areas of Learning and Development and includes communication and language, personal, social, emotional and physical development. Almost all of our activities are based on structured play and exploring, which allow the children to develop their essential skills in areas of literacy, mathematics and expressive arts. Whilst Music, PE and Languages are taught by specialist subject teachers in dedicated classrooms.
We believe that children learn through experiences and that it is our job to provide them with those learning opportunities every day they come to school. At The RGS Guildford in Qatar we record those special moments of your child in our online Tapestry Learning Journal, which allows us to capture and share your children’s progress with you, as well as monitor their development and learning. Videos, photos and samples of your child’s work will be regularly uploaded for you to view. You can also add your own observations which help your child’s teacher to personalise your child’s education and create a lasting memento of their early learning experiences.
Specialist teaching of Music and PE begins from Nursery and is open to all pupils as part of our broad and balanced curriculum.
We are fortunate to enjoy fantastic music and sports facilities at the RGS, as well as plenty of large, open spaces in which to practice and perform. We have dedicated Music Rooms, an Art Room, an impressive Sports Hall, a large all weather sports pitch, athletics track and undercover basketball courts. Pupils also benefit from swimming lessons throughout the year as part of their PE curriculum.
The sound of music can be heard throughout the School and plays an important part in school life. All of our pupils receive specialist music tuition and we offer a range of practical and theoretical music lessons. There are opportunities to study various instruments and all pupils from Year 3 receive an instrument provided by the School. 1:1 tuition is also available.
Prep School pupils enjoy creative art lessons in our dedicated art room and their handiwork can be seen adorning the school walls and noticeboards. Displaying and celebrating our pupils’ work is essential for building confidence and developing a sense of pride and competition.
Languages are taught from Nursery onwards by specialist teachers. This begins with an introduction to their chosen language in Pre-Prep before lessons become more formalized in the Prep and Senior School.
In accordance with the Ministry of Education in Qatar, all Qatari pupils receive Arabic language lessons with a specialist Arabic teacher. All other pupils can choose between Arabic or French language lessons. Islamic Studies is available to our Muslim pupils from Year 1 and all pupils are taught the History of Qatar from Year 3.
We can offer limited support to children who require a small helping hand with either their English language or subject skills.
English as an Additional Language
The language of instruction at The RGS Guildford in Qatar is English and so it is essential that all children have a basic working knowledge of the English language prior to enrolment. We do however provide support to pupils whose first language is not English and we have excellent relationships with a number of high quality English schools in Qatar that we are happy to recommend.
Special Education Needs
The RGS Guildford in Qatar adopts an inclusive policy and students with SEND are offered the opportunity to join the School if they satisfy the School’s selection criteria and we possess the facilities and expertise to meet their needs. Our fully qualified and experienced Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is always available to support pupils 1:1 or in groups where required.