Founded in 1986 and licensed by the Jordanian Ministry of Education, the New English School (NES) is a coeducational private school catering for the 4-18 age range. From Kindergarten to KS3 students receive a largely bilingual education, the English-led element of which is based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales, which provides the foundation for IGCSE and A Level courses. NES graduates pursue a variety of university degree courses in several locations, including the UK, the US, Canada, Lebanon, the UAE and Jordan.
We aim to encourage all students to fully develop their intellectual, emotional and physical potential and to equip each child and young adult with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become independent, caring and responsible members of society.
Ethos and Objectives
The New English School subscribes to the Declaration on the Rights of the Child adopted by the UN General Assembly and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan:
‘Each child shall enjoy special protection, be given opportunities and facilities to develop physically, mentally, socially and spiritually in a healthy and appropriate manner in conditions of freedom and dignity.’
To this end, the school seeks to provide for its entire community:
A creative, supportive, pleasant and attractive learning environment;
An atmosphere in which high standards of work, behaviour and appearance are the norm;
A broad, balanced and relevant curriculum;
The motivation, challenge and inspiration for students to perform to the best of their abilities;
The necessary encouragement to work together with respect and tolerance
regardless of physical or
A variety of experiences which will promote and celebrate the culture of
Style of education which promotes a clear sense of moral, social and environmental responsibility.
The school as a whole implements the curriculum prescribed by the Jordanian Ministry of Education, as well as subjects taught in English in accordance with the National Curriculum of England and Wales. The Secondary Department adheres to the subject syllabuses issued by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Edexcel (London Board) for IGCSE and A Level qualifications. Additionally, the Secondary Department offers lesson support and teaching for the DELF Scolaire, US Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT1) and TOEFL qualifications. From 2004-05, the NES will also administer Key Stage SATs for core curriculum subjects under the auspices of the UK’s Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).
In common with other Jordanian schools, the NES operates a two-term scholastic year: Term 1 runs from September to December; the second term from January until June.
The school week is from Sunday to Thursday with some activities held on Saturday mornings.
Admission of Students
The NES provides a Bilingual, academic education for students who are capable and suitably motivated to benefit from such courses. The minimum age for admission to Grade 1 is 6 years.
Admission to Kindergarten is mainly based on interviews where a commitment to bilingual education must be evident from the parents. Elsewhere, admission is based upon interviews and testing plus references from previous schools, where applicable.
The school reserves the right to ask parents to remove their child from the NES if they are not able to benefit from the courses that are offered. In all such matters the Director’s decision is final.
Each class in the school is assigned a Form Tutor who is the responsible for the pastoral welfare of each student in the class. Where a form tutor requires assistance with an individual student in their class, The Head teachers and designated pastoral officers will be consulted and an interview with parents may be requested.
In addition, the NES has a counselor for the Primary and Secondary schools. Students or parents with particular problems are free to consult with the counselor either independent of - or in conjunction with - school staff; whichever is deemed most appropriate.
The goal of the NES policy is to provide for the existence of a relaxed, studious atmosphere in which maximum personal achievement can be encouraged while the rights and needs of all may be safeguarded. Ideally this would be achieved throughout self-discipline. However, those students who cannot behave in a responsible manner will ultimately be referred to a Disciplinary Committee who will decide on appropriate action. Major breaches of discipline and displays of anti-social behaviour are dealt with severely.
Students are encouraged to behave in a quiet and responsible manner at all times, and to observe the Code of Conduct. They should be polite to - and show respect - for staff members, administrative staff and fellow students. School buildings and property should be respected. Students should keep the classrooms clean and tidy. Students’ dress and personal appearance should be neat and full school uniform is mandatory at all times.
Code of Conduct:
The New English School expects all students to be a credit to themselves, their parents, their school (for Secondary students: and their team) and to show consideration for others at all times. For the benefit of the whole school community, school rules must be observed at all times.
The NES uniform for all students is obtained from the school itself via the uniform store.
Each year the NES publishes a Year Book as a record of Class photos, staff photos and all significant events and activities held during the year. It is distributed at the beginning of the following school year.
The NES is a member of the European Council for International Schools (ECIS) and Council for International School (CIS) linking us with similar international schools throughout the world.
Under the supervision of the Administration Department NES raises money and/or goods for charities in a variety of ways and at a variety of functions in each school section In the Secondary School activities are arranged through the Student Council or the office of the Director. In the KG and Primary schools, activities are co-coordinated by the Head teachers. Parents and students are asked to give their support and active assistance whenever possible.
Health and Safety Procedures
The school has a defined and well-practiced evacuation procedure, clearly marked fire exits, push-bar fire doors, fire extinguishers, emergency staircases and safe assembly points. Fire drills are rehearsed and evaluated regularly.
Our laboratory personnel observe strict safety procedures and do not allow students to handle chemicals, etc. unless they are closely supervised.
The Health Services department comprises modern and well-equipped medical and dental facilities and is working to promote active and healthy students and staff. The NES is fortunate to have the services of a resident doctor assisted by a qualified nurse. The goal of the school health programme is to achieve effectively and efficiently the policies and procedures concerned with students and employee safety, health and health services.
The duties of the medical team include the evaluation of standards of health and fitness of students involved in sport and physical education, vaccination of students and the supervision of sanitation throughout the school buildings as well as the provision of emergency treatment. There are yearly dental and medical checkups and a medical file is kept for each student.
All students are covered by a school insurance policy that reimburses medical expenses arising from accidents on the school campus or out of school on official school activities.
Students have regular access to the following facilities:
An outdoor football stadium, indoor and outdoor basketball/ volleyball courts, two indoor swimming pools and well-equipped sports halls.
A fully-equipped theatre with seating for an audience of 300.
assembly halls and well-appointed drama, dance and music studios.
Each section has a well-stocked library with dedicated study bays.
Our laboratories are modern, spacious, well-equipped and supervised by professional technicians.
Computing The school possesses several ICT suites with
up-to-date and high quality computer hardware. Supervised Internet access is
available through a fast and efficient ADSL connection. The school’s revamped
and informative website will be operational in the very near future.
The school possesses several ICT suites with up-to-date and high quality computer hardware. Supervised Internet access is available through a fast and efficient ADSL connection. The school’s revamped and informative website will be operational in the very near future.
Other Facilities and services include: Canteens. Book, stationary and uniform stores.
Photocopying. Students’ bus service Staff crèche.
Book, stationary and uniform stores.
Students’ bus service
School canteens are located in each section of the school serving sandwiches, hot meals, pastries and soft drinks provided by the school kitchen.
In addition to mail correspondence, circulars, e-mail, text and telephone contact, each department hosts dedicated parent-teacher days; one in each semester. The school directors, section heads, subject leaders and all teaching personnel may also be contacted via the school’s ‘on-call’ facility which enables parents to discuss issues of specific interest and concern with the member(s) of staff responsible.
Whole-School ICT Policy
The NES’s procedures for teaching Information and Communication Technology aim to develop each student’s IT capability, knowledge and understanding.
To promote and develop IT literacy, we strive to develop students’ skills in using hardware and software to manipulate information in the processes of problem-solving, recording and expressive work. We aim to develop our student’s abilities to apply ICT in support of their use of language and learning in other areas and to develop a clear understanding of its values for society and an awareness of its advantages, dangers and limitations.