FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

We have compiled a list of questions that parents are most likely to ask us in the early stages of the application process – we hope you find it useful.

Should you have any other questions, please get in touch with the Admissions team and we will be happy to help.

1) Is the school offering financial relief to parents in this crisis?

Yes, we are now offering parents a Fortes Relief Package comprising a discount. We have heard our parents and have heeded their call. We have now increased the Fortes Relief Package of financial support to include a discount to Term 3 Tuition Fees. Fortes is reducing Term 3 fees for all parents as below

Parents of children in Foundation Stage 1 and 2 will receive a 25% discount of the Term 3 Tuition Fees, while the parents of children in Year 1 – 13 will receive a 20% discount. For parents who have already paid their Tuition Fees, the discount will be deducted from Term 1 of the next academic year. For parents who have not paid their Term 3 fees, half the discount will be deducted with the Term 3 fees and half with the Term 1 fees of the next academic year. This applies to both Fortes Schools. 

 

PhaseDiscount off Term 3 Tuition Fees AY19-20Parents who have paid Term 3 FeesParents who have not paid Term 3 Fees
EYFS25%100% of the Discount will be credited to your account & deducted from Term 1 Tuition Fees for the next academic year AY20-21.50% of the Discount will deducted from the invoice for Term 3 fees for AY19-20

50% of the Discount will be credited to your account & deducted from Term 1 Tuition Fees for AY20-21

Primary & Secondary20%Same as aboveSame as above

* Preferred mode of payment, via bank transfer or credit card via the VLE.
** Due by 14.4.2020
*** Parents will receive their term 3 relief discount and their existing loyalty or sibling discount (if they have qualified for the latter

Furthermore, if the discounted fee is still too difficult for you to pay in one lump sum, we are happy to support you further by enabling you to pay in three instalments in April, May and June but the discount percentages will be halved. Post-dated checks can be dropped off at the School’s Bursar Office between on a weekday, between the hours of 8am to 2pm. 

If you have already received a discount as part of the Fortes Relief Package that will of course still be honoured, if you have received lower discount then the higher discount listed above will apply.  If you have received multiple discounts for siblings, loyalty etc., then only the higher discount will apply.  

We want you to continue your relationship with us through and beyond this crisis. We thank you for your continued support of all that we are trying to achieve and as we go on this incredible and challenging journey together, we assure you that here at Fortes Education we are with you every step of the way.  

2) What happens if I am not continuing at the school next year, when do I get my discount refunded?

You will receive your discount refunded latest by 31.8.2020

Please provide your bank transfer details to the school. 

3) What if I have already secured a payment plan from the school for Term 3 but not a discount, and would now also like a discount?

In order to avail a payment plan and a discount, please adopt the new payment plan as below and make payment as below. 

FS1 and FS2: Payment in 3 equal installments – April, May and June and a 12.5% discount 

For Year 1 – Year 13: Payment in 3 equal installments – April, May, Jun and a 10% discount 

Those parents who do not apply for an installment plan will be offered a higher Term 3 discount 

FS1 and FS2:  25% discount 

Year 1 – Year 13: 20% discount 

Please ensure that you avail this discount by 14th April 2020. 

4) I have paid the Term 3 fees and have already been offered a discount but it’s less than the 25% discount of FS1, FS2 and 20% discount of Y1-13 of the Fortes Term 3 Discount letter? 

The school will honor the greater discount offered.

5) I have paid the Term 3 fees and have already been offered a discount but it’s less than the 25% discount of FS1, FS2 and 20% discount of Y1-13 of the Fortes Term 3 Discount letter? 

The school will offer the greater discount as per the Fortes Term 3 Discount Letter. 

6) Can my Re-Enrollment fee for academic year 2020-21 be taken from the Fortes Term 3 Discount? 

Yes, half of the Fortes Term 3 discount will automatically be adjusted against the Term 1 fees. 

 Please ensure that you state your intentions to us for re-enroll for 2020-21 as soon as possible. 

7) How will I be receiving my Fortes Term 3 Discount, if I am leaving Dubai and will no longer have a Dubai bank account? 

As part of our standard process for overseas withdrawals we will ask for an account in your home/new country of residence or you can nominate someone to collect and forward the cheque for you. 

8)  I am a parent who has NOT paid the Term 3 tuition fees, what happens if I don’t pay the term 3 tuition fees by the deadline date of 14.4.20? 

We understand that this is a difficult time for many parents, both emotionally and financially. If you are concerned about your ability to pay school fees on time, please contact the school as soon as possible. 

For Sunmarke:

Yasmine Fierdele
Head Registrar
Tel.: +971 (04) 4238900, extension 904

Gail Constantino
Admissions Officer
Tel.: +971 (04) 4238900, extension 907

Natalie Walsh
Admissions Officer
Tel.: +971 (04) 4238900, extension 906

9) I have not paid fees but intend to and would like for the remote online learning not to be suspended, whom should I contact at the school? 

Please contact the Admissions team via the VLE through your desktop or mobile app by doing the following: 

 Click on “Dashboard” or the menu button on the top left of the VLE (it’s the 3 horizontal bars).
Click “Contact School Departments”.
In “To”, Admissions is automatically the default dropdown.
Add a “Subject”.
Type in your “Message”.
Click “Submit”. 

After receiving your email, the school will discuss with you a plan with regards your payment to avoid suspension of online learning. 

After this, should you wish to speak to someone, you can also place a call and speak to our admission team handling all fee-related issues: 

For Sunmarke:

Yasmine Fierdele
Head Registrar
Tel.: +971 (04) 4238900, extension 904

Gail Constantino
Admissions Officer
Tel.: +971 (04) 4238900, extension 907

Natalie Walsh
Admissions Officer
Tel.: +971 (04) 4238900, extension 906

10) What is the deadline for availing the Term 3 discount?

14th April 2020. 

11) Are Dubai banks providing parents support?

Yes. We encourage parents who are eligible, to apply for the numerous measures that have been put in place by UAE banks to support customers, including interest-free instalment plans for all school fee payments made by credit card. (Note, the Dubai Government has issued a decree on financial support from UAE Banks for customers).

Please view the links below for more information on each bank’s relief package:

12) Can I get a refund for Term 3 fees if I withdraw my child from the school?  

In these exceptional circumstances, parents are entitled to a full refund of Term 3 fees provided they inform us before the start of term on 5th April 2020. Any application for refund of the Term 3 fees, after this date will be subject to the Registrations and Refunds Policy. 

 In accordance with the directives from the UAE’s Ministry of Education and KHDA, children who are currently in Year 2 and above, must attend Term 3 if they wish to be passed and promoted into the next year group for 2020-21. 

 If your child is in Year 2 or above and does not participate in distance learning for Term 3, your child’s year of education will be incomplete and your child will be asked to repeat the current year group. 

 Receiving a refund on fees is the equivalent of a withdrawal of enrolment from the school. You will need to pay any outstanding balance to the school to receive academic certificates and reports. 

 Please ensure that you complete the Withdrawal Form, when making a request for withdrawal. 

 a) Withdrawals Prior to the start of Term 3:The student withdrawalsubmission date is the official written notification signified by a parent submitting to the school a signed and emailed Withdrawal Form regarding the student’s withdrawal. 

The Leaving date is the official last date the student is attending school. When considering the refund of any fees, if applicable, the Admissions team will inform the Accounts of the effective withdrawal date to compute the refund as per the KHDA fees refund policy. A withdrawal form must be submitted in all cases.  

b) Withdrawals submitted from the 5th of April:Student withdrawal notifications on or after the 5th of April 2020 will be accepted and processed as per the date of submission of signed and emailed Withdrawal Form to the school.

With regards refund of any fees, if applicable, the Admissions team will inform the Accounts of the effective notification date to compute the refund as per the KHDA Fees refund policy. A withdrawal form must be submitted in all cases 

13) Can I get a refund for Term 3 fees and continue to receive online learning? 

No. As per KHDA’s directives, the school can suspend online learning if term 3 fees are not paid due to the crisis caused by global pandemic Covid-19.  

 In accordance with the directives from the UAE’s Ministry of Education and KHDA, children who are in Year 2 – Year 13 must attend Term 3 if they wish to be passed and promoted into the next year group for 2020-21. 

If your child does not participate in distance learning for Term 3, your child’s year of education will be incomplete and your child will be asked to repeat the current year group. 

14) Can I get a refund from the school to cover the days my children aren’t at school?

No. You will not be able to receive a refund if your child is participating in distance learning for Term 3. 

In accordance with the directives from the UAE’s Ministry of Education and KHDA, children who are currently in Year 2 – Year 13 must attend Term 3 if they wish to be passed and promoted into the next year group for 2020-21.  

Our school is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that your child receives a very high-quality online learning programme 

15) Can I get a refund on Bus Fees and/or ECA and/or After-care Fees for Term 3? 

If the parent has paid the Bus and/or ECA and/or After-care fees and has paid term 3 tuition fees (and has no outstandings arrears from this or previous years like tuition or other fees), the bus and/or ECA and/or After-care fees will be refunded by a cheque or wire transfer (parents must provide their bank account wire transfer details) within 4 weeks from the date of receiving the request from the parent considering the current lockdown situation. This conforms to KHDA’s regulations. 

If the parent has not paid term 3 tuition fees but has paid Bus and/or ECA and/or After-care fees, the Bus and/or ECA and/or After-care fees will be adjusted towards unpaid term 3 fees. 

If the parent has not paid Bus and/or ECA and/or After-care fees for term 3, the bus fees are not required. 

16) Can the school deny access to distance learning because of late tuition fee payments? 

All outstanding term fees need to be paid by 14.4.2020 to enable student to continue access to distance learning. 

17) Why do I have to pay school fees if my kids are learning from home?

Our school will continue to provide distance learning. Paying your school fees before 14.4.2020 means that your children’s learning will continue uninterrupted. It also means that your children’s teachers will continue to be paid, and our school will be able to offer the same facilities and services when we reopen. 

 We understand that this is a difficult time for many parents, both emotionally and financially. If you are concerned about your ability to pay school fees on time, please contact our school as soon as possible. 

18) I wish to suspend my child’s registration for Term 3 and want a refund, they will stay at home, here in Dubai. What happens? 

Applicable to families who have children in Year 2 – Year 13: 

 Should your child not be educated, whether through e-learning or not, unfortunately your child will not be passed and promoted in 2020-21 and will also not receive a Transfer Certificate, as per KHDA regulations 

 Our priority as a school is to ensure that we can continue to provide an excellent service which is not compromised. Please make note of the following: 

 Transfer Certificate cannot be provided to other schools without payment of the fee 

  • Non-payment of fees means that the teacher and staff job security is compromised both in the short term and the long term. 
  • Receiving a refund on fees is the equivalent of a withdrawal of enrolment from the school. You will need to pay any outstanding balance to the school to receive academic certificates and reports. 

 a) Withdrawals Prior to the start of Term 3:The student withdrawalsubmission date is the official written notification signified by a parent submitting to the school a signed and emailed Withdrawal Form regarding the student’s withdrawal. 

The Leaving date is the official last date the student is attending school. When considering the refund of any fees, if applicable, the Admissions team will inform the Accounts of the effective withdrawal date to compute the  refund as per the KHDA fees refund policy. A withdrawal form must be submitted in all cases.  

Please click here for the Student Online Withdrawal Form. 

b) Withdrawals submitted from the 5th of April:Student withdrawal notifications on or after the 5th of April 2020 will be accepted and processed as per the date of submission of signed and emailed Withdrawal Form to the school.

With regards refund of any fees, if applicable, the Admissions team will inform the Accounts of the effective notification date to compute the refund as per the KHDA Fees refund policy. A withdrawal form must be submitted in all cases. 

Please click here for the Online Student Withdrawal Form. 

19) Am I entitled to a full fee refund if I transfer my child to another school? 

If you inform us school before the start of Term 3 on Sunday April 5, you are entitled to a full fee refund. If you tell us after the start of term, the refund you receive will be determined by the Registrations and Refund policy. 

a) Withdrawals Prior to the start of Term 3:The student withdrawalsubmission date is the official written notification signified by a parent submitting to the school a signed and emailed Withdrawal Form regarding the student’s withdrawal. 

The Leaving date is the official last date the student is attending school. When considering the refund of any fees, if applicable, the Admissions team will inform the Accounts of the effective withdrawal date to compute the  refund as per the KHDA fees refund policy. A withdrawal form must be submitted in all cases.  

Please click here for the Online Student Withdrawal Form. 

b) Withdrawals submitted from the 5th of April:Student withdrawal notifications on or after the 5th of April 2020 will be accepted and processed as per the date of submission of signed and emailed Withdrawal Form to the school.

With regards refund of any fees, if applicable, the Admissions team will inform the Accounts of the effective notification date to compute the refund as per the KHDA Fees refund policy. A withdrawal form must be submitted in all cases. 

Please click here for the Student Online Withdrawal Form. 

1) Does the temporary closure of the school have any impact on the dates of summer holidays? 

No. The dates of summer holidays remain unchanged. 

2) How long will distance learning continue?

According to the decree issued by the UAE Ministry of Education on March 30, distance learning will continue until the end of the academic year – 2nd July 2020. 

3)  When is the school going to re-open?

We are planning on re-opening, as per the KHDA, at the start of the academic year 2020-21. We will keep you appraised of any updates from the KHDA on this matter. 

4) My child is in FS1 / FS2 /Year 1. I don’t want to continue with distance learning for Term 3, but would like to register for the next year group, next academic year. How can I do this? 

If you decide to withdraw your child for Term 3 and re-enroll them in the following year group for 2020-21 the new academic year, the same conditions and procedures apply as for new students. These include availability of places, and meeting the school’s assessment and age requirements for the grade your child will be enrolled in. 

5) If I withdraw my child from school for Term 3, will he/she have to repeat the year?  

According to UAE Ministry of Education ministerial decree no. (299) article 4, a student in Year 2 and above who withdraws before the end of the academic year must repeat the same grade the following year. 

1) Will the School be providing distance learning?

Yes. Our School is already providing distance learning and will continue to do so until the end of the academic year – 2nd July 2020. 

2) Does my child have to attend distance learning in Term 3?

All students MUST continue their registration and enrollment during the period of application of distance learning, stipulated in Article (2). 

In the event of non-compliance, the student is considered withdrawn from the Academic Year and will not be promoted to the next year group as they will not have completed the current year. 

3) How do we access our child’s distance learning?

Please check your Fortes VLE for instructions for your child’s access.

We are using Teams, OneNote, Jigsaw, Tapestry and Sway.

4) I cannot access my child’s Apps.

Please contact IT support through the VLE through your desktop or mobile app by doing the following:

  • Click on “Dashboard” or the menu button on the top left of the VLE (it’s the 3 horizontal bars):
  • Click “Report a Technical Issue”
  • Put your remarks in the message box
  • Click “Submit”

For Sunmarke School: 

Murtaza Khan

  1. m.khan@forteseducation.com
  2. 04 4238975

5) Will my children still be able to communicate with their teachers if they need help?

Yes – All teachers are available to provide daily content to your child. Our teachers are providing high quality learning through e-learning using the many apps already used by the school.

You can contact your child’s teacher through the VLE.

6) Will participation in E-Learning affect the Attendance record of my child? 

We are monitoring participation during E-learning and this counts towards the attendance record for every child.  

Students that do not engage with their lessons and teachers may be marked as absent. This will affect their attendance record.  

We will contact you if your child appears not to be accessing the lessons, if we are unable to contact you via phone or email and your child has not accessed their lessons, their attendance maybe marked as absent. 

7) We are struggling with the implementation of distance learning because we don’t have internet connection. What can we do?

During the distance learning period, all Du, Etisalat and Virgin Mobile customers can access selected video conferencing tools (Microsoft Teams and zoom) and the school websites without data charges. Operators are working to expand the list of available platforms and all information and updates can be found at these links: 
 
https://www.du.ae/distancelearning 
https://www.etisalat.ae/en/c/learning-together.jsp 
https://www.virginmobile.ae/distance-learning-school-sites 

https://www.du.ae/distancelearning
https://www.etisalat.ae/en/c/learning-together.jsp
https://www.virginmobile.ae/distance-learning-school-sites


8) My children can’t access distance learning because they don’t have electronic devices. What can I do?

We recommend that you get in touch with the school and inform us as soon as possible so that we can help to assist.

You may also then wish to register your details with Dar Al Ber Society using this link. They may be able to assist in providing devices that have been kindly donated from the community.

9) My family are stuck outside the UAE

You can access the e-learning content from any location as long as there are no local issues barring certain Apps.

Please advise us if you have any issue accessing the Apps used by the school.

We will do our best to ensure that lessons can be delivered to your child should you experience any specific issue.

10) How can an Individual Education Plan (IEP) be applied as part of distance learning education programme?

Each child’s Individual Education Plan is altered to reflect the new context of the learning programme. For students of determination who experience the most significant barriers to learning, goals and activities have been altered so that they can be applied as part of a life-skills based programme in the home.

1) Can parents go to the school to collect their children’s books and uniforms?

No. Parents and students are currently not allowed to enter the school.

A UAE government circular further prevents the school from exchanging paper-based materials with students, including text books, for the time being.

2) Can families receive a school tour?

Families wishing to enroll their children into our school are currently not allowed inside the physical premises of the campus for a school tour or meeting.

Our Admissions Teams are available to conduct virtual school tours at this moment in time.

Meetings with our Admissions Team and Senior Leadership Team can be conducted through video calls via Microsoft Teams.

Please contact:

For Sunmarke:

Yasmine Fierdele
Head Registrar
Tel.: +971 (04) 4238900, extension 904

Gail Constantino
Admissions Officer
Tel.: +971 (04) 4238900, extension 907

Natalie Walsh
Admissions Officer
Tel.: +971 (04) 4238900, extension 906

1) My kids have exams coming up – what happens with those?

All international exam boards have a contingency plan, and they are working on alternative solutions for each country affected by school closures. They will be communicating these plans with our school as soon as they are ready.

2) Are international exams cancelled?

UK curriculum:
The British government has cancelled international examinations in the May/June 2020 series in any country. This includes AQA, Edexcel, Oxford AQA, Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level, Cambridge International AS & A Level, Cambridge AICE Diploma and Cambridge Pre-U.

For more information, please see:

Tuition Fees

At Sunmarke School, we understand that your child’s education is one of the greatest personal investments you will make and we strive to provide the highest quality education in a world class IB and British curriculum school at an affordable price.

EYFS & Primary Phase Tuition Fees
Year GroupDiscounted Tuition Fee 2020-21*
Foundation 144,900
Foundation 249,900
Year 154,900
Year 254,900
Year 355,900
Year 455,900
Year 555,900
Year 655,900
Secondary Phase Tuition Fees
Year GroupDiscounted Tuition Fee 2020-21*
Year 769,900
Year 869,900
Year 969,900
Year 1072,900
Year 1172,900
Year 1273,900
Year 1373,900

Note: The discounted Tuition Fees in 2020-21 and subsequent years will increase reasonably taking into account the school’s continuous improvements and investments in the recruitment of outstanding teachers and senior leaders, teacher and staff training, curriculum development, resources, the overall education, infrastructure and facilities. 

Please view Sunmarke’s Admissions & Fee Policy 2019-20 here

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Application & Assessment Fee: A one-time application fee of AED 500 for new students (this includes the Assessment Fee) – Non-refundable & due on submission of Application.

Acceptance Fee (New Students): 10% of Tuition Fee – Non-refundable & payable within 2 days from the date of Offer. This fee is deducted from the Tuition Fee due in the term of joining.

Re-enrolment Fees (Existing Students): 5% of Annual Tuition Fee or AED 500 (whichever is higher) – Non-refundable and due at the start of Term 3 of the current academic year.

Sibling Discounts: 1st Sibling 5%, 2nd Sibling 10%, 3rd Sibling 10%, 4th Sibling 10% and 5th Sibling 10%. The sibling discount scheme is available to those siblings from the same family who enrol at the school for one full academic year. The sibling discount is applicable to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th child from the same family. The amount of the discount is calculated off the actual Tuition Fee paid of the child who pays the lowest tuition fee amongst the siblings enrolled at the school. The maximum discount per family cannot exceed 35% of the lowest paying sibling’s Tuition Fee.

Payment of Fees (Tuition, Transport, Exam, Activity & Uniform Fees): 

For your convenience, we offer parents multiple ways to pay fees. Parents can pay by credit card via the School’s secure Desktop Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or VLE Mobile App which can be downloaded from the Google Playstore for Android phones or Apple App Store for iPhones. Once a child is admitted, the Admissions team provides parents with their login credentials, i.e., username and password.

Parents can also pay fees by (a) Bank Transfer to the bank account given below, or (b) by Cash, Credit Card or Cheque (in favour of Sunmarke School) at the School’s Account’s Office.

 

Uniform fees are to be paid separately at the School’s Uniform Shop.

Fees for field trips, events and fund-raisers must be paid online, (as and when the activity takes place), via the School’s secure Desktop Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or VLE Mobile App.

SCHOOL ACCOUNT DETAILS
Payment can be made via wire transfer to the following account:
Account NameSunmarke School LLCTuition Fees – Due Dates

Re-enrolment: 15th February

Autumn Term: 01st August

Spring Term: 15th November

Summer Term: 12th April

Account Number012000921414
Bank NameNational Bank of Fujairah PJSC
BranchJebel Ali
Swift CodeNBFUAEAFDXB
IBAN NumberAE220380000012000921414
Remarks<School / Nursery> | <Student First & Last Name> | <Year Group> | <Academic Year> | <Term 1,2,3>

 

Please email proof of all payments to: accounts.sms@forteseducation.com and cc:

officemanager.sms@forteseducation.com & registrar.sms@forteseducation.com

Additional Fees (charged separately from Tuition Fee):

  • Optional Transportation Services via 3rd Party Service Provider
  • Optional Dining Services via 3rd Party Service Provider
  • Optional After-School Activities provided by 3rd Party Service Providers
  • School Uniforms
  • Educational Visits

Please note, the School’s Tuition Fees are subject to change in accordance with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) Fee Framework.

For full details of fees and any applicable discounts, please contact the Admissions Office telephone +971 (04) 423 8900 or email: admissions.sms@forteseducation.com.

Fee Structure – Transferring students from Regent International School to Sunmarke School

At Sunmarke School, we understand that your child’s education is an investment and we strive to provide the highest quality education at an accessible price for a Premium School.

Application FeeDhs.500/-– Not chargeable
Re-enrollment Fee (Existing Students)5% of Tuition Fee– Non-refundable, adjusted against the 1st Term’s Tuition Fee, 1st day of Term3

 

EYFS & Primary siblings of transferring RIS Secondary Students EYFS & Primary Phase Tuition Fees
Year Group2016-172017-182018-192019 onwards *KHDA Approved Tuition Fees
Foundation 144,90044,90044,900Tuition Fees increments will follow a similar pattern as in the Founding Years
(2016-19)
55,000
Foundation 247,90048,90049,90060,000
Year 152,90053,90054,90065,000
Year 252,90053,90054,90065,000
Year 353,90054,90055,90067,500
Year 453,90054,90055,90067,500
Year 553,90054,90055,90070,000
Year 653,90054,90055,90070,000

 

Transferring RIS Secondary Students Secondary Phase Tuition Fees
Year Group2016-172017-182018-192019 onwards *KHDA Approved Tuition Fees
Year 760,90060,90060,900Tuition Fees increments will follow a similar pattern as in the Founding Years (2016-19)80,000
Year 860,90060,90060,90080,000
Year 960,90060,90060,90080,000
Year 1061,90061,90061,90090,000
Year 1161,90061,90061,90090,000
Year 1262,90062,90062,90095,000
Year 1361,90062,90062,90095,000

* From 2019 onwards

From Academic Year 2019-20 and onwards, the School will implement “Early Bird” payment discount schemes for its families, to ensure that:

  • our Tuition Fees will continue to remain affordable, and increments will follow a similar pattern as in the “Founding Years” (i.e. AY 2016 – 2019); and
  • our families have the financial clarity to plan and budget for their child’s education at Sunmarke School.

Additional Benefits:

  • In the first 3 years of operation, (i.e. AY 2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20), a secondary child’s Tuition Fee will include Learning Packs; and
  • In the first year of operation, (i.e. AY 2016-17), the school will provide 1 no. free Uniform Basic Set consisting of 1 no. trouser / shorts / skort / skirt, 1 no. shirt, 1 no. tie and 1 no. Blazer), to each student. Additional uniform items are chargeable as per the uniform provider’s tariff card; and
  • Sibling Discounts: 1st Sibling 5%, 2nd Sibling 10%, 3rd Sibling 10%, 4th Sibling 10%. The sibling discount scheme is available to those siblings from the same family who enrol at the school for one full academic year. The sibling discount is applicable to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th child from the same family. The amount of the discount is calculated off the actual Tuition Fee paid of the child who pays the lowest tuition fee amongst the siblings enrolled at the school. The maximum discount per family cannot exceed 35% of the lowest paying sibling’s Tuition Fee.
SCHOOL ACCOUNT DETAILSTUITION FEES – DUE DATES
Payment can be made via wire transfer to the following account:Re-enrolment 15th December
Account Name:SUNMARKE SCHOOL LLCAutumn Term01st August
Account Number:12000921414Spring Term15th November
Bank Name:National Bank of Fujairah PJSCSummer Term15th February
Branch:Jebel Ali
Swift:NBFUAEAFDXB
IBAN #:AE220380000012000921414
Remarks:<Student Name> <Year Group>

Please email proof of all payments to: accounts.sms@sunmarkedubai.com, and cc: officemanager.sms@forteseducation.com & registrar.sms@forteseducation.com

Additional Fees (charged separately from Tuition Fee):

  •  Optional Transportation Services via 3rd Party Service Provider;
  •  Optional Dining Services via 3rd Party Service Provider;
  •  Optional After-School Activities provided by 3rd Party Service Providers;
  •  School Uniforms;
  • ·Educational Visits;

School Fees are subject to change in accordance with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) Fees Framework

Where the eldest sibling transfers to secondary phase at Sunmarke School, but where the FS and Primary Phase siblings stay at RIS the following discount policy will be applied on full year attendance:

Example 1:

  • Eldest Child (1st Child in the family) – Attending Sunmarke: No Discount
  • 2nd Child from the same family (Sibling 1 at SMS): 5% deducted from  3rd Term Tuition fee as per SMS Policy
  • 3rd Child from the same family (Sibling 2 at SMS): 10% deducted from 3rd Term Tuition fee as per SMS Policy
  • 4th Child from the same family (Sibling 3 at SMS): 10% deducted from 3rd Term Tuition Fee as per SMS Policy
  • 5th Child from the same family (Sibling 4 at SMS): 10% deducted from 3rd Term Tuition Fee as per SMS Policy

Example 2:

  • Eldest Child (1st Child in the family) – Attending Sunmarke School: No Discount
  • 2nd Child from the same family (Sibling 1 at RIS): 5% deducted from  3rd Term Tuition fee as per RIS Policy
  • 3rd Child from the same family (Sibling 2 at RIS): 10% deducted from 3rd Term Tuition fee as per RIS Policy
  • 4th Child from the same family (Sibling 3 at RIS): 10% deducted from 3rd Term Tuition Fee as per RIS Policy
  • 5th Child from the same family (Sibling 4 at RIS): 10% deducted from 3rd Term Tuition Fee as per RIS Policy

*Please note, that these discounts will be applied to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th siblings 3rd Term of joining actual Tuition Fee. The maximum discount per family is equal to 35% of the lowest sibling’s tuition fee.

Students transferring to Sunmarke School from Regent International School, will not be required to pay additional Assessment or Registration fees. Transferring students are only required to complete the RIS Re-Enrollment Form and pay the 5 % re-enrollment fee by the Start of the 3rd Term each year to secure their seat.

If an RIS or Sunmarke student leaves the school but returns to the School before the end of one (1) academic term, they will keep their entitlement to the RIS Transfers to SMS Tuition Fee Structure. If more than one Term passes, then the student will be considered as a New Student and will be required to pay the New Students Fee Structure as applicable to their group of re-entry.

Tariff for the following KHDA services as stipulated by KHDA:

  • Request for student Education Continuation Certificate for visa renewal (AED 120)
  • Request for student leaving form for the students who are leaving Dubai (AED 120)
  • Request for student transfer between private schools (within the stipulated time frame)-Student transfer (AED 120)
  • Request for student transfer between private schools (after the stipulated time frame)-Student transfer (AED 520)
  • Request for attestation of student certificate or report card (120 AED).
  • Issuance of ‘To whomsoever it may concern’ certificate for matters related to School – Attestation (AED 120)
  • Issuance of ‘To whomsoever it may concern’ certificate for matters related to Students – Academic History (AED 120)
  • Request to change student data at the Authority – Student exam grade amendment (AED 120)

In case any of the above services are required, please make payment of the respective amount with our school accounts office before collecting the document listed above.

Please see the table below for the dates that Term Fee Payments are due.

Letters and invoices are typically sent out at least a month in advance of the due date.

Tuition Fee and Re-enrollment DatesDue Date
Term 11st Aug 2019
Term215th Nov 2019
Term 315th Feb 2020
Re-Enrollment  – to Secure Seat for next Academic Year14th April 2020

Admissions are now open for applications for 2019-2020 & 2020-2021* entry.

The 2020-2021 Assessment Diary is Open – We are now booking assessments for year groups FS1 & FS2, Year 1 to 10 and Year 12.

Please contact the Sunmarke Admissions Office to confirm your child’s assessment date.

For students currently Overseas: For students in current Year 6 and above we can offer Assessment at the current school attended.

Please contact us to find out more. Students transferring from UK schools in all years please contact us directly for more details.

* 2020-21 Admissions: Foundation Stage 1 & 2 assessments will commence in the Autumn of 2019 – We will be in touch with all applicants once dates have been confirmed. All other Year groups will commence in January 2020.

For Students entering Year 7 and above assessment can be offered at the current school attended if that school is willing to administer the test under examination conditions.

The assessment will be the same as that taken by our local students with the addition of a Skype interview.

You will need to provide Registration, a letter of enrollment, latest school report and recommendation form by the date of assessment.

For Students transferring from UK schools please contact admissions directly to discuss your application.

The KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority – the governing body for Education in Dubai) set entry age for early years’ students within their legislation as follows: The KHDA curriculum guidelines run from 1st of January to 31st of December.

  • Age 3 (Jan 1st to 31st December) FS1
  • Age 4 (Jan 1st to 31st December) FS2/KG1
  • Age 5 (Jan 1st to 31st December) Year 1/KG2

The UK curriculum guidelines run from 1st September to 31st August:

  • Age 3 (on or by 31st August) FS1
  • Age 4 (on or by 31st August) FS2/KG1
  • Age 5 (on or by 31st August) Year 1/KG2

From Year 3 entry onward we follow Transfer certificate information from the previous school and results from assessment. For students born between 1st September and 31st December there is an overlap in the year of entry between the UK and KHDA guidelines. For children affected we take into account the UK age appropriate year group of your child and also the KHDA year group at assessment. From the results of assessment your child will be offered a seat in the most appropriate year group according to your child’s development, readiness for school and ability – physically, socially and emotionally for that year group. For more information or if you would like to discuss this further, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

We have state-of-the-art facilities on offer with special attention paid to athletics, the arts and the latest technological advancements. Below is an idea of what our facilities will include:

Athletics

  • IFA- 18 Sized Football Pitch
  • 200 Meter Athletics Running Track
  • Two Swimming Pools
  • Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball and Netball Courts
  • Two Expansive Multipurpose Halls

Creative and Performing Arts

  • Three Fine Arts Labs
  • Dedicated Drama Studio
  • 600 Seat Auditorium
  • Four Music Labs
  • TV & Radio Production Studios

Academic

  • Nine World-Class Science Labs
  • Five Design Technology Labs
  • Three Libraries with Media Centres

To insure each student receives the individualised care he/she deserves, we cap  classes based on the year. Below is a breakdown of student to teacher ratios by year:

 Year GroupFS1FS2 – Y2Y3 – Y6Y7 – Y9Y10 – Y11Y12 – Y13
Maximum number of students222426262626

At the end of each academic year, it is the school’s policy to mix and reallocate all classes throughout the school. This process is undertaken to ensure the even spread of age, gender, nationality and ability across the classes.

Sunmarke is a truly international school with a focus on fostering diversity and nurturing talent. Sunmarke continues in Regent International‘s tradition in regards to enrollment with 80+ nationalities represented, the largest percentage hailing from the U.K.

A bus service is in operation at Sunmarke School. The details of this service, route and fees, are now available from the Bursar’s Office. The school is not intending to offer a ‘shuttle service’within the community or between the 2 schools. Please refer to the Transport section in the drop down labelled “For Parents” on our website for more details.

Sunmarke has two state-of-the-art dining halls offering outside catering services at an additional charge. One dining hall for Primary and the other exclusively for Secondary. Foundation years typically have two snack breaks a day which are taken in the classrooms.

By accepting the cards, you and your child hereby agree to the below terms and conditions.

1.  Users must wear the ID around their neck at all times whilst on school premises.

2.  Validity of each card is subject to student payment of full tuition fee.

3.  Students with valid ID card can use various services within the school during the academic term/year duration such as Library book borrowing or subscribed optional services like bus or catering services.

4.  To ensure student safety, please wear this card around your neck when collecting students during school hours & present upon request.

5.  ID Cards are non-transferrable, non-exchangeable.  Please ensure that the ID cards are kept secure, and are not deliberately or inadvertently made available for use by any other person.

6.   Users must return all ID Cards and lanyards on expiry or when a student withdraws from school.

7.  Lost cards must be immediately reported to the Administration Office.

8.  Replacement of lost card is subject to AED50/-   and for lost lanyards at AED30/-.

9.  It is the duty of the parent/guardian to return all ID cards if there are any changes in the status of a student’s legal custody.  Please notify the School Administration so that we can issue you an updated card free of charge. Subject to documentary evidence.

10.  Alteration, falsification, copying or misuse of the ID card is a violation of the school’s regulations and will be subject to disciplinary action which may include reporting to competent government authorities.

At Sunmarke, we exercise a positive and inclusive admissions policy. Candidates will each be given due consideration on a case by case basis, and we will take into account the capacity of the premises, staff and curriculum pathways to effectively meet the needs of the individual. Our Achievement Centre offers a broad range of additional support for students with SEND, including targeted support in language, maths, literacy, and functional independence. We are currently working to develop our range of alternative curriculum pathways for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 so that, in time, we can offer an appropriate pathway for every learner.

Below are the school timings for Sunmarke’ s Foundation Stage, Primary and Secondary
students:

FS1 – 7:30am – 08.00am until 1:00pm

FS2 – 7:30am – 08.00am until 1:00pm

Aftercare for enrolled students is provided for FS1 to Year 2 up to 5pm – please contact Admissions for more information.

Primary (Year 1- Year 6) – 07:40am – 3:00pm

Secondary (Year 7-Year 13) – 07:40am – 3:10pm

Students in Primary and Secondary finish at 2:00pm every Thursday.

ACCEPTING ADMISSIONS FOR 2020-21

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus prevention, we invite you to take a virtual tour of our school where you can experience the Sunmarke Life from the comfort of your own home.
Our Admissions Team are available to accept applications and enquiries & virtual assessments are currently being conducted via video call.

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