Arcadia School is committed to providing all students with an outstanding educational experience and believes that all students have learning potential and the right to education in a common learning environment. A key objective at Arcadia is to provide a personalised learning journey for students who are identified as experiencing SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and celebrating key milestones along that journey. We believe that this ethos will raise the attainment and progress of students and create an environment that is truly inclusive in all aspects. Arcadia's commitment to being an inclusive school is also reflected in our admissions policy wherein it is recognised that student diversity is integral to the school. Lesson observations and planning scrutinies take place on a regular basis and it is clear that teachers differentiate for students’ needs. The Head of Inclusion and Inclusion Support Teacher meet regularly with teachers to advise on planning and learning environments where necessary
At Arcadia we recognise that the KHDA identifies students with special gifts and talents are one of the groups most at risk of educational exclusion and we strive to prevent this. Teachers therefore routinely try to stretch and challenge the most able in every lesson rather than have dedicated lessons for the most able. Where possible and appropriate, setting by ability in certain subjects will aid the provision of subject matter at a pace appropriate to the teaching group. The extent to which this happens is determined by the preferences of individual departments as well as timetabling constraints. Challenge and stretch opportunities also exist across the school in extra-curricular activities and there are many opportunities for students to compete nationally and internationally alongside the best students in the UAE and the world: e.g. Young Musician of the Gulf, Mathematics and Science Olympiads, Model United Nations, World scholars Cup. At Arcadia we develop specific pathways for students to follow after identification of exceptional learning talents, in academia, the arts, music, social enterprise, business and sport.