Thanks for the replies and advice. Yes Sally Anne the head does believe his own publicity, if it were not so sad it would be hilarious. The head of the College is sound but quite why Repton UK chose the head of prep I have no idea. Yes Dubai has gone beserk. When I first moved here 15 years ago it was quite a nice place to live. Dubai branches of many public schools are opening up here as if we don't have enough schools already. I know that Wellington is on the way as is Dulwich College. They are opening up here to partially finance their schools in England.
Boarding is not an option I would consider. All the males in my family and my husbands were long term boarders and it is not a tradition I wish continue - spend time with them and you will understand why!! Boarding is also a subject I have studied professionally so no, if I move them it would have to be to another school in Dubai. Long term, no fixed ideas where they might go after school. Highly unlikely it would be to England though.
I'm in the process of writing a list of points that I want to raise with the school. I am not hoping for any significant change to be honest but I am certainly not going to remain silent when I know that there are many stressed out children and, consequently, parents. So few parents here speak up - I find it so frustrating! Many of them are more than happy to moan like **** about the homework etc but when you ask them if they have raised it with the school the response is usually ' Oh no, I couldn't do that - my child might suffer as a result'.
Once again I really appreciate your feedback. I just needed to be sure that this overload and the daily Bond paper thing is not considered standard at prep schools in Britain these days.
This morning I was telling another mother at school that when I was writing my previous post on here as I was writing the school just sounded more and more absurd. As we sat there and watched all the obscenely expensive cars pull up outside school she said, 'It could be worse Posh and Becks and Jim Davidson ( who live here part time) could put their kids here!! Sense of humour intact - just! www.reptondubai.org