About GES

The Gulf English School was founded in 1980; it is widely regarded as one of the finest International Schools in the Middle East. At its spacious campus in Salmiya. It provides a rigorous, rounded and relevant British-style education for 2200 students between the ages of 3 and 19.

The curriculum of the Gulf English School is based on the English National Curriculum with due regard being paid to the cultural context of the Middle East and the traditions of over 70 nations from which the students come.

The school aims for academic excellence within an environment, which is safe, structured, caring and happy.

Teaching in English apart from Arabic and Islamic Studies, highly qualified teachers are appointed to the different phases of education,including specialists for courses leading to IGCSE, As and A2 level.

Teachers at GES know their students extremely well and are in a regular contact with parents, the contact with parents take place on a number of levels including telephone, email, set appointment and meeting.

Teachers are supported by highly experienced deputy heads and the head of department. Who are happy to meet parents at times by appointments.

School policies are designed to enhance the learning environment and the Rewards and Sanctions Policy outlines in straightforward terms, the many ways in which success is acknowledge it also sets out the discipline required by all students. Parents are given regular written updates on the behavior of their child in order to provide them with a clear picture of their progress.

Efficient and effective assessment, recoding and reporting procedures are essential to update parents on coursework, tests, continuous assessments and annual examinations.

Curriculum

In Prekg to Year 8, the students follow the English National Curriculum.In Reception, students complete the Early Years Foundation stage, whilst students in Year 1 and Year 2 follow the Key Stage 1 curriculum.

The students follow a broad and balanced curriculum which includes daily literacy and numeracy lessons, ensuring the children have a good grounding in these areas. In the module lessons, the students study a variety of exciting science, history and geography topics designed to stimulate the student's natural interest and curiosity. Module topics also include a variety of art and drama activities which are taught by the class tutor. The latest Information technology and communications such as the use of smart boards, laptops and programmable toys are there to enhance the students learning process.

Music, IT, PE and library are taught by specialist teachers and are designed to develop the student's physical and creative skills. The PE curriculum includes swimming, gymnastic, mini team games, athletics and dance.

Students who have Arabic as a first language are taught by specialist teachers , Islamic studies and Quran are taught also be specialist following the national Kuwaiti curriculum and similar number of lessons. Non- Arab students follow a designed and technology programme through which they develop their creative and problem solving skills. A learning support team works with students who require additional support in English and Math.

Children who require additional support in English or who have special education needs are taught in the classroom or in small groups and by our team of learning support teachers and assistants.

Class teachers assess student's progress and set relevant target to ensure that the students develop to their full positional in a progressive and coherent way. At the end of Year 2 students sit the UK National curriculum Sat Tests. Parents consultations days and comprehensive written reports, both target setting and summative, are used to inform the parents of student's progress and achievements throughout the year.

The partnership between home and school is extremely important as it enables parents to take an active role in their child's education.

Target booklet s in English, mathematics and module outline the learning objectives and suggested activities to be followed at home, teacher / parent communication books are used by all students to inform and communicate with the parents and also record progress in reading.

In addition to the planned curriculum, we also have many exciting events throughout the year including Gurgyan, National Liberation Day celebrations, environmental week, book week, sport days, swimming galas, assemblies, concerts and productions.

As part of their overall development students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities- sporting, cultural and academic. There is Student Representative Council in Primary and secondary. They represent the school and participate in a range of activities, music, productions of the highest quality.

Graduates

The GES graduates study at universities worldwide. To prepare students for the wide range of degree courses and careers that are available it is essential that the curriculum is flexible and comprehensive.

The subject options that are available in the upper department (IGCSE and GCSE as well as the sixth form department (AS and A2) have been developed to reflect the requirement of universities.

Year 9 (Key Stage 3)

The Year 9 students complete Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum of England. Top students can start their IGCSE from that year. They also study a number of additional subjects, for example ICT, business , to provide a firm basis on which to make option choice for the IGCSE program in Year 10 and Year 11.

Year 10 and Year 11 (IGCSE)

Student select subjects eight subjects plus the obligator subjects(English and Math) (Ministry obligatory subject Arabic and Islamic ) at GCSE from a wide range of subject options including English first language, English second language, English literature,mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, information technology, Arabic First Language, Arabic Second Language, business studies, economics, art, drama, geography, history, music and physical Education.

GCSE and IGCSE are two-year coursers with students sitting their final examinations in May and June of Year 11.

Kuwait Ministry of Education courses leading to Government approved qualifications in Arabic, Islamic studies and Quran Studies are available.

  • SAT EXAMS AND SWIMMING STARTS FROM YEAR 2
Class size

Class sizes at the Gulf English school are kept to a maximum of 27.

School Hours

Pre KG: 7.45 -12.30 .KG and Reception:7.45 -1.10 .Year 1 to Year 6:7.45 – 2.10 .Year 7- Year 12: 7.45- 2.15 .Departments are separated and students don’t mix during break times.


Accreditation

GES is accredited by the British School of Middle East Associations.The school is also formally recognized by the Kuwait Ministry of Private Education.

Activities

Students in grades Pre KG to Year 12, participate in well-balanced program of activities, most sports are offered for both girls and boys on varsity and junior varsity level.

Admission

Admission to GES is selective and due to the large number of applications, very competitive. Most of GES students have been high achievers, talented and have the desire to contribute to the success of GES's remarkable community of excellent.

We select students based on their past school records, letters of recommendations and also students should pass standardized test which determines their level in mathematics, English language and reading. Completed applications and tests are reviewed by Heads and director to select the best possible students for GES.

Age Requirements
  • PreKg must be 3 years old by 15 September.
  • KG students must be 3 years and 6 month old by 15 September.
  • Receptions students must be 4 years 6 months by 15 September.
  • Starting from Year 1 up to Year 12, registration based on the student's reports and attendance certificates.

PRE KG students must be toilet trained

GES can accept students from different other system not English without being able to Join the IGCSE program which started from Year 10.

Testing Policy

After you submit the application form and documents required, you will be notified with the test date and time. For KG the test is social test which measure the maturity of the children and their fitness.

From Reception to all year groups, test measures achievement in the academic contents areas, reading, language and mathematics. The students applying for Prekg and Kindergarten will be also assessed during personal interview.

Special Needs

GES is not designed nor accredited to educate students with special needs.

Study Support Program

GES provides extra support classes for students who need extra help in Reading, English and Math.

Transportation

GES bus services have been tendered to an independent contractor who has an office by the gate. Further information about the Transportation,please contract Transportation Supervisor.

Documents required for admission

The Ministry of Education in Kuwait requires that each of following documents is submitted to the school prior to acceptance.

  • Two completed Enrollment Forms (English and Arabic)
  • Three recent photographs of student (passport size)
  • Copy of student’s birth certificate
  • Copy of student’s passport with residency page shown.
  • Copy of student, father and mother civil Ids.
  • 3 years of previous school records (if applicable)
  • Official sealed school transcript
  • For Kuwaitis: Copy of father’s/guardian’s Kuwaiti nationality

*Parents will be granted two months to complete the residency and civil ID processes if needed.

The Ministry of Education in Kuwait requires that each of following documents is submitted to the school after acceptance.

  •  BCG and physical fitness cards, both obtainable only from the Ministry’s School Health Department.
  • Copies of student’s immunization records
  • For Students transferring from another school in Kuwait:
  • Transfer Certificate
  • Clearance Certificate
  • Student’s Health File
  • Students file
  • The application should be signed by father as per as the Kuwaiti law

If parents are separated or one parent is deceased, please provide the school with official documentations.

Mothers who have the custody are unable to register their children unless they have the educational custody produced the court decision No 210 from family and personal status Law in Kuwait.

Medical file

The School Health Department of Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Health requires for every student in Kuwait a complete physical examination file, and TB test. Additionally, students under five years of age are required to receive a BCG vaccination. These must be completed before your child attends school at ASK.

Only government clinics are allowed to do these screening tests.

Please arrange to take your child to the TB section of the School Health Department along with:

  • One (3 x 4 cm) photograph.
  • The original birth certificate.
  • A copy of and the original civil I.D of the student. (if available)
  • A copy of and the original immunization certificate.
  • A copy of the information pages of his/ her passport.

Your civil I.D. address will guide you to the relevant regional clinic. The following clinics are open Sun. through Thurs. from 7:15 a.m. to noon:

Area of Residence Clinic
Rawda, Adaliya, Shamiya,Shuwaikh, Keifan, Faiha,Nuzha, Dahiya, Daiya,Qadisiya, Mansouriya, Doha,Suleibekhat, Bnaid Al Gar &Surra. Dahiat Abdallah Elsalem’s clinic,opposite Shamyeh Area.
Salmiya, Jabrya, Maidan Hawally, Sha’ab & Hawally. Salmiya clinic near Sultan Center.
Fahaheel, Riqa’a Sabahiy,Ahmadi, Wafra, Zour, Fintas,Zahar, Hadiy, Abu Halaifa,Mangaf & Adan. Abu Halifa clinic.
Farwaniya, Kheitan, Ardiya,Rabiya, Omariya, Zahra, Sabah Al-Nassar, Firdous, Qortuba,Yarmouk, Andulus, Riqae,Sabhan, Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh(Abbasiy), Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh(Hassawi) & Rai. Farwaniya clinic.
Nasr, Tima’a Ayoun, Naeem,Sulaibiya & Jahra. Jahra or Naeem clinic.
Salwa, Sabah Salem, Mishref & Bayan Rumathia. Rumathia clinic.

Every student attending GES must also complete a Student Health File and Medical Emergency Release forms for first aid treatment. These forms will be provided upon admission.Students transferring from different schools in Kuwait, need to:

  1. Fill out a GES health form.
  2. Bring their TB/ BCG card and physical fitness file from their previous school.
  3. Bring an updated vaccination record.
Dress Code

Purpose

The purpose of the School Uniform Policy is additional to encourage our students to experience a greater sense of school identity and belonging,to reduce school clothing costs and to encourage a high level of program participation. Schools uniform is available at the school uniform store.

Tuition Fee Policy

Give list of fees attached with the application

Please note that tuition fees are subject to change at any time with the approval of the Ministry of Education.

Payment Schedule

Deposit

  • 1st September, first Installment
  • 1st December, second installment
  • 1st February, their installment

A tuition fee deposit of KD 100 is required with the enrollment form to reserve a seat in the school. However, payment of a tuition deposit ensures a seat only when all other admission criteria have been met. The KD100 reservation fees should reserve the place till 1st September only. The deposit fees once paid is not refundable.

School Terms

Term 1        (September to December)
Term 2        (January to March)
Term 3        (April to June 15th)

Holiday

Public holidays are granted as Ministry law.

School Rules

SCHOOL FEES

  • If a student attends school during a term, full term fee will be charged irrespective of the number of days attended.
  • If the school dues are not paid by the date specified, then all related discounts applicable to the student would be cancelled.

CANCELLATION / WITHDRAWL

  • Application for withdrawals or cancellation during the school year should be made in the prescribed form at least 15 days before the date leaving.
  • If a student withdraws or cancels during a term, full term fees for the term are to be paid.
  • Transfer certificate will be issued only after all dues have been paid and any school property taken on loan has been returned.

TRANSPORTS / BUS RULES

  • All students who travel by school transport should carry the admission card daily.
  • All students using bus facilities must behave in a disciplined manner in the bus, and any misuse by the student will result in cancellation of his/her facility without any notice.
  • The school will recover the cost of repairs of any damage caused to the bus by any student.
  • Complaints from parents, in writing, regarding the school transport should be handed over to the Director.
  • No parent or student will deal with the driver for any complaint.
  • One month’s notice should be given or I month’s fee will be charged in lieu of notice for discontinuing the transport facilities.
  • The school management at its discretion can modify these rules.

Academic Rules

  • Parents and students will abide by and support all the rules, codes of conduct and regulation of the school.
  • All subjects in the Gulf English School are compulsory (except Religion for non- Muslims)
  • Students in the Gulf English School will participate in a full P.E programmed including sports days and swimming.
  • Students will participate in a full Music and Drama program and all this entails including school productions, special events and assemblies.
  • Students in the Gulf English School will wear official school uniform. No other jacket but the school jacket can be worn to and from school. All uniform is available in the school uniform shop.
  • Parents of students in the Gulf English School will ensure that their children arrive and leave school at the correct time.
  • All parents of students in the Gulf English School will respect and accept all the educational decisions of the Heads and Deputies.

Reward/ Punishment
We have different way of praising kids through events such as prize giving which is giving according the effort of the students in each subject and results, plus scholarship for the top students.
Punishment is determined according to the individual cases and investigations, it might be warning, extra, detentions inside the school,or block from re-enrollment.