About Us

Welcome to our school

We know that one of the most important decisions that a parent makes on behalf of their child is the decision about which school to send them to. There are few things which are likely to have more impact on a young person’s future than the quality of the school they attend. So we work hard to ensure that everyone who sends their child to the DAMS is happy with that choice. It is our belief that every child deserves the very best start in life and we make it our purpose to provide just that to all the children who enter our doors. We endeavour to provide the best possible teaching and curriculum; we want your child to make progress and achieve the very best they can; but most of all we want the children at DAMSto be happy and enjoy their life with us.

Established back in 2002,DAMS has a tradition of quality. The school was founded on the principles of developing and challenging the whole individual – ‘head, hand & heart’ – producing students with high aspirations and confident independence.

We pride ourselves on the fostering of strong values: mutual understanding, respect for others and high personal endeavour form part of our students’ everyday lives. Being part of the DAMS is about more than school work though. We try to offer our students a treasure chest of worthwhile and exciting experiences which they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

We provide a warm welcome and ongoing support for all new families who join us and do all that we can to help both parents and pupils settle in.

Above all we are proud of our students and what they achieve, and share with them a pride in our school. We are a happy learning community, where learning is enjoyed and valued. We believe that we offer one of the best educational experiences in Sudan. I hope that looking through this site – and taking a look at the video here – you will start to believe it too.

Principal

Our year group structure

The British System is organised in year groups, these year groups are then arranged into ‘key stages’ which go together to make up the structure of the curriculum.

We work on August 1st as the key entry date for each school year. It is the age of a child on this date that determines the year group to which they belong.

We have developed this Year Group / Age Comparisson Chart, for a number of other school systems around the world, to help parents understand the British System against groupings they are more familiar with.

Age Range
Year Group
Key Stage
3-4 Year olds Kindergarten 1 (KG 1) Early Years/ Foundation Stage
4-5 year olds Kindergarten  2 (KG 2) Early Years/ Foundation Stage
5-6 year olds Year 1 Key Stage 1 (KS1)
6-7 year olds Year 2 Key Stage 1 (KS1)
7-8 year olds Year 3 Key Stage 2 (KS2)
8-9 year olds Year 4 Key Stage 2 (KS2)
9-10 year olds Year 5 Key Stage 2 (KS2)
10-11 year olds Year 6 Key Stage 2 (KS2)

British education has a worldwide reputation for quality.  At DAMS we follow the British system, delivered by over 30,000 schools in the UK and overseas.

Our junior schools start with the Foundation Stage  (Kindergarten 1 & Kindergarten 2)and progress through Key Stages 1( Reception, year 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 ( year 3,4,5 and 6) until children move on the our Senior School( year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11).  Here, specialist teaching  in Key Stages 3 and 4 develops deeper knowledge and understanding across the arts, humanities, languages and sciences.

At age 16 (Year 11) students sit their IGCSE’s (International General Certificate of Education). This series of examinations usually covers 7-10 subjects which have been selected by the students, in consultation with parents and staff, some two years earlier.

The DAMS has a number of official policies and procedures which are applicable across all school sites.

Our key policies (such as school rules) are available at the bottom of the page and the following documents are available to prospective DAMS parents on request:

  • School Absence & Attendance Policy
  • Policy and Arrangements for Admissions, Discipline and Exclusions
  • Education and Welfare Provision for Pupils with Statements and Pupils for whom English is an Additional Language
  • Curriculum Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Policy for Health and Safety on School Visits
  • Rewards and Sanctions Policy
  • Academic Performance in the previous school year
  • Complaints Procedure / Number of formal complaints in the previous school year
  • Staff, including Temporary Staff, and Qualifications

Applying to G.E.M.S

We welcome applications to our school all year round and always try to deal with applications as quickly and as sensitively as possible. We are an inclusive non-selective school and welcome applications from students of all abilities.

There is an entrance test or special interview required to be admitted. Junior and Senior School aged children requiring support for English will be asked to sit for a standardized English test as part of the admissions process to help us assess the level of support they will require.  Families applying for children with Additional Educational Needs will be contacted by our special staff to discuss their needs in more detail.

Our Admissions Team follows each and every application from initial enquiry through to start date – this includes answering initial enquiries, organising school tours and all liaison between parents, school and company during the application process.

How to apply

1.Complete our online Application Form (one per child)

2.Attach the following documents* to the Application Form:

  • Copy of birth certificate or passport
  • Passport-sized photograph labelled with name & date of birth
  • Latest school report (or a recent drawing if your child is pre-school age)

* Important:All applicationsmust be accompanied by the documents listed above for the admissions process to start. If you do not have digital copies, then you can send them by courier service or deliver it in person to the admissions department.

What happens next?

Once a completed application form and the above documents have been received, it is reviewed by relevant senior teaching staff and specialists.

You and your child are encouraged to visit the school as part of the application process, but for families living far away we appreciate that this is not always possible. If you do visit, you will be shown around the school by a member of our admissions team and, in many cases, join a friendly personal meeting with a senior member of teaching staff.

As soon as a decision has been made – or if any further information is needed – you will be contacted by the Admissions Team.

Once an offer of a place is made to your child, you will be sent an offer letter with a School Contract, which needs to be signed and returned to the Admissions Office. You will receive a Welcome Pack containing additional, more detailed information shortly before your child starts at the School. If you have any enquiries prior to your child’s start date, the Admissions Office will be happy to help.

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