Belvedere British School (BBS) Abu Dhabi
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3.4 from 10 reviews
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About Belvedere British School (BBS)


At Belvedere British School (BBS) our school community comprises a truly international mix of members, with Governors, Teachers, Parents and Students from a plethora of different countries and backgrounds. Although international in our members, there is a distinctive British feel to BBS.  Our British curriculum, traditional uniform, pastoral system and high expectations are characteristic of a leading educational system.  Staff are highly qualified and experienced, providing personalised care and support, to help each individual realise and achieve his/her own potential. The Belvedere name in the UK is synonymous with educational excellence.  Here at BBS we take pride in our shared history, but we are blazing our own trails here in Abu Dhabi.  The education we offer here at BBS goes beyond an academic focus – our children gain knowledge, skills and experiences that will prepare them for the bright futures they have before them.

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Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 18

Max Class Size

Unknown

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10 Reviews of Belvedere British School (BBS)

Average Ratings

Overall 3.40
Facilities 2.00
Academics 3.00
Teachers 4.20
Sports 1.60
Music & Arts 2.00
Science & Tech 2.60

Reviewer Nationalities

Indian (1) British (2) Egyptian (1)

How would you rate Belvedere British School (BBS)?

Staff, 08/07/2021 @ 12:32:14
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I can recommend this school if you are a parent and you want high scores for your children. By your child not attending school and not submitting work, they will get 80-90%. If your child does attend school and submit work they could get lower than this. If you complain straight to the principal or vice-principal, they will make sure your money is not wasted by encouraging teachers to work even more beyond the means than they already are. As a parent of a child that attends this school, you will get anything you want because parents are the reason the owners make a profit to stuff their pockets at the dismay and disparity of the workers. Currently, teachers write reports every half term (every five weeks, yes five weeks) for all subjects on top of their already intense work schedule; as well as this, there are three parents evenings (spread across a whole week, essentially making it five parent evenings over a week, three times an academic year). Senior leadership members say they have done teachers a justice as it replaces the five hours per week teachers made for recorded videos which were demanded under the previous principal and his ideologies. Timetables are very heavy every week and there are little time for breaks. HR and Admin teams monitor breaks and if teachers leave school premises for longer than 10 minutes during any of your breaks, you are docked wages. As my understanding, there is going to be an overhaul in teaching systems about to take place for 2021-2022 meaning there is even less time for teachers to plan, prepare, assess and mark children’s work with demand set to increase higher from the schools SLT. The school is based solely on data and will make it up to look good regardless and will reprimand teachers badly for any slip up. A once happy workplace now becoming toxic and relentless. In the academic year of 2020-21, there is more than 75% staff turnover and the standards of education is diminishing. Teachers often feel overwhelmed at the ever increasing workload set by the school. Work load for teachers here is much higher compared to other schools. The salary is not competitive as it is based on your passport and everyone has the same wage regardless of your years’ experience. There is no increment or increase on salary. Contracts are unlimited but are based on a two year initial deal and resignations/gratuity are usually a battle to observe correctly with MOI having to intervene every year.

Suji , 27/04/2021 @ 14:14:33
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Change in management has led the school to go downhill fast. Now a terribly toxic environment and very unhappy staff.

Student, 19/01/2021 @ 10:30:04
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I've been in this school since I was in year 4, I am now in year 11 about to sit my iGCSEs. This school is very good and the support you get from your teachers is extremely helpful.

Good teaching environment, 22/07/2020 @ 15:15:58
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Belvedere offers an amazing work environment where I have seen great development in the school, students and staff over the last couple of years in Primary. All the changes made during the years only inspired, motivated and challenged me to better myself. The school also provides opportunities for personal growth and professional development. The school day starts at 07:15 and finishes at 15:15. I rarely if ever have any work to do in the evenings and never at the weekends. The Head of Primary is always available and very supportive and helpful with an open door policy which really helps with those quick questions we have during the work day. Accommodation provided by the school is not great at all and you will be sharing a kitchen and living area with 6 other people. I have many great experiences working at Belvedere and hope to make many more.

Speaking the truth , 09/07/2020 @ 18:43:35
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Treat staff appallingly. Unfair pay depending on passport held. Staff accommodation is very unsafe. Do not pay gratuity to staff completing contract. Some British staff are made to do border runs to Oman instead of school doing work visa for them. High staff turnover. Senior leadership is false and does not care about the staff only how he appears. Terrible school. Facilities for children are very poor.

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Hafsa Mehboob, 3 months ago


This is an outstanding school with highly qualified and experienced staff. I highly recommend it to the parents.

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Ali AlTamimi, 2 months ago


I am a student there it is one of the best

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Umaima Zeeshan, 6 months ago


This school has excellent education. The educators are very hardworking and very well organized.

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Mama, 10 months ago


Great school with lovely children. Small class sizes and supportive SLT. My children love their school and their teachers have high expectations of them. Highly recommend.

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Dana 2, a year ago


Horrible school, rude staff members who are not willing to help you at all. They keep continuously changing teachers and that is due to the fact that many teachers left the school to the point where they have no teachers to teach a certain subject. Especially GCSE students who have to pick from a very limiting range of subjects which can impact their future

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