Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Al Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

Good American Massachusetts State Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not Applicable English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
VISIT ALDAR ACADEMIES MAIN SITE

As part of our GCSE PE course our students had the opportunity to attend a residential trip to Ras Al Khaimah to complete a crash course in rock climbing. They would learn all the necessary skills before being assessed and then using this as one of their three practical sports to go towards their final practical grade. This was led by qualified instructors who were fantastic throughout the weekend and gave valuable information and demonstrations. Eight students from Year 10 and 11 attended the trip that took place over three days. The progress they all made was drastic and from knowing very little to becoming totally independent in such a short space of time was amazing.  
The trip started with a bus journey up to an indoor climbing wall in Dubai, where students learnt what equipment was essential, and how to use it. They spent the majority of the day on the bouldering wall, learning how to plan routes and incorporating the different hand and foot grips.After learning it wasn’t as easy as it looked, pupils started to gather their evidence for their file, using the ipads to take photos and videos. Student learnt different types of knot and why they would use them.
Student were then transported to Ras-Al-Khaimah to the accommodation that they would be staying in for the next two nights. Students settled in and then headed for dinner, played some basketball and finished the evening watching a documentary on some free climbers. 
Day two started with an early morning breakfast before heading out to the valley to climb some real rocks. Unfortunately the group suffered a setback when the rocks had moved during the recent storm and therefore blocked the path. 
Due to this unforeseen circumstance the instructors had to resort to plan B and drive to a new location. The groups learnt different types of knot and how to belay. There were three different climbs that they could perform, all with different difficulties. Everyone shown determination and resilience throughout the day. The teamwork and attitudes that were displayed were admirable. Each student had their strengths and weaknesses and helped one another to become confident and competent. Throughout the day students worked in pairs to collate all the evidence they needed. All students were successful in reaching the top of the climbs and were proud of their achievements.
Back at camp students perfected coiling and carrying of the rope before having some free time to splash around in the pool, watch a movie or play basketball. 
Day three was our last day, technically morning. The group had breakfast before heading to the onsite climbing tower where they would demonstrate using different belaying devices. The last activity of the weekend was their final climb, the competitive climb. All students performed brilliantly and they were a credit to Al Yasmina. It was a pleasure to accompany the student on this educational trip and I’m pleased to say that they gained some excellent practical grades through choosing to attend this residential.