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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of TLC Oman in Muscat, Oman
Review-of-TLC Oman
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities provided in the Primary School are completely lacking. The essential reading books promised for the Oxford Reading Tree which is the cornerstone of the British Curriculum never materialised. The school does not have a library and the reading stand in each classroom has fewer books than the average child would have at home.

There are no classroom assistants for the junior students and my child was given hand-made as opposed to computer generated or printed worksheets. Substitute teachers are not all primary trained or are Montessori trained in developing countries and only three of the classroom teachers seem familiar with the British Curriculum they are purporting to teach. The proportion of children who speak English as a Second Language seems extremely high in relation to the staff ratio and teaching resources.

The playground is in inadequately equipped and unsafe in places. Metal manhole covers protruding from the playground have been thinly covered with matting. The swings kick out directly in line with the main gate resulting in frequent collisions. It is unclear how physical education would be delivered and related objectives in the curriculum would be attained as my primary aged child was never requested to purchase swimming or a PE kit and never engaged in these activities while at the school. The only extra-curricular activity offered was Irish Dancing for the primary school aged students. I only discovered this when I met the parent who offered this class by accident as it was never publicised.

The facilities in the nursery school are fair but the staff seem poorly trained and teachers are substituted without any advice or excuse given to parents. Classroom assistants are rotated between classes without a schedule being provided. There was an overall lack of discipline and hygiene with regard to toileting. A Montessori-based program was promised but I found my child watching Barney on numerous occasions.

Any attempt to raise these issues with the school's Principal or Co-Principal was met with derision or scarcely veiled hostility. We were forced to withdraw our children from this school after two months. We have subsequently discovered that we are not the only parents to have had difficulties in dealing with the School Principal. (Continue)

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Although I don't fully agree with the above review, there are some things that are true. There are better schools in Muscat, this is a regular one that is too expensive. Avoid sending your child there unless you are really desperate.
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Like the previous reporter I am suprised at the negativity of this report. TLC is a small Nursery and Primary school where teachers and pupils all know each other. Teachers, admin staff and principal are approachable and friendly. It is lovely to see social and emotional development is seen to be as important as academic skills.
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Expat Report Review of TLC International School in Muscat, Oman was published
Review-of-TLC International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Limited. I have noticed there is not much available at the school for children's learning. They are trying to increase extra-curricular activities but the school clearly lacks equipment and facilities. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of TLC International School Oman in Muscat, Oman
Review-of-TLC International School Oman
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Good. All classrooms look well equipped much like any british classroom. They have an arabic room, an art room and computer room and they have resource rooms with teaching equipment and PE equipment. They have a library with general reading books and Oxford Reading Tree books for all levels. My child is given a Oxford Reading Tree book every day to bring home and a library book once a week. After school they can do Karate, football, gymnastics and ballet this term. (Continue)
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I agree with the guests' comments below. It seems that TLC staff are desperate enough to find more parents to fool, so they go online and struggle to draw a positive image about a regular building that they woke up pne day and decided to turn it into a TLC thing, where your child will share the same "bathroom with a tub" with almost 60 other kids, and the teachers, and will spend a whole day in a non academic environment and a very poor education lacking system. I DO NOT RECOMMEND TLC for it is NOT A SCHOOL, rather a big nursery run by a very aggressive admins. The place is a 4 storey building with regular apartments, regular bathrooms, living rooms, and bedrooms!! Not imitially designed as a school, therefore lacking all school's facililties, playground and normal classes. The students are jammed into one narrow room, called lion class, turtle class or monkey class!! The curriculum is half british, half nothing! Your kid's learning and achievement will go down to zero in few weeks after joining this "learning community" thing! The administration is only busy gathering money for illusionary charity projects; the only time when they meet with parents. I had to withdraw my daughter after 9 weeks from TLC because of the manager hostilility and rude attitude. I dont think your kid will be safe in TLC either. The administration once emailed parents informing them that the water in all TLC tabs was contaminated by a germ that their kids will develop a type of rash that they would need almost a year to get clear and cured of..!! TLC is a commercial project run by an agressive british couple who lack any sense of good management, good business model, and effective communication skills. I advice you to seek a decent school with reputation and long academice history for your kids' sake, rather than paying a huge amount of money in return of absolutely nothing at TLC.
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I have just moved to Oman and live quite close to TLC school. I went and had a look when I arrived here and the school, to be honest, is a joke. The teachers seemed friendly but they have absolutely NOTHING in terms of facilities. And the fees are ridiculous - if they reduced their fees to a third of what they are currently charging then perhaps I would consider it. There are many other places in Muscat that are far better. My children are now at ABA.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of British School Muscat in Muscat, Oman
Review-of-British School Muscat
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Facilities are adequate but limited by space available on site. There is a fully shaded pool, sports hall, astroturf pitch, IT labs. There are plans to relocate the school to another site as the school is full with waiting lists for most year groups, when the facilities will improve considerably.

Teaching, however, is good and not dependent on excellent facilities. Extra-curricular facilities are limited for the younger children but increase further up the school and there are different activities each term (some continue through the year). Activities not provided by school can sometimes be found out of school (more football, ballet, horse riding, tennis lessons etc) (Continue)

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There is now a very active PTA
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what if Indian parents chose this school for there child is it good for there kid to relocate to India, without disruption of child s education.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Muscat, Oman
Living-in-Muscat
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
If there is an American Women's Group (AWG), or other English-speaking group of women, join them, even if it doesn't sound like your thing. You will find a vast amount of knowledge, experience and advice, as well as new friends there. Although it sounds exclusive, our AWG has members from all over the world, including our host country, so you will make new contacts from a variety of locations. Also, if you have school-age children, immediately get involved in the school's parent volunteer or PTA program and volunteer for a committee...you will make friends faster, and that will be your saving grace on those days you feel homesick. (Continue)
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If im a single lebanese/british girl moving to muscat for work...is there anything that I should watch out for? like places not to visit, or people not to talk to you?times that i shouldnt be out?
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Muscat, Oman
Moving-to-Muscat
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Take a good look around first; there are so many options. Think about the location of your chosen school, nearest shops and place of work. The biggest and newest (and often, surprisingly, the cheapest) houses are quite far out of town, and traffic jams and accidents can be a real problem as there is only one arterial road. As in most cities, the houses nearer the centre (though Muscat doesn't really have a centre, as it is spread out along the 40km main highway) are older, but usually have more character. A very important consideration is to find a good landlord, whom you get on with, and who will undertake to sort out any problems quickly. Remember that you have to sign a lease for a year so you can't get out of it once you've decided. Many people move house when their leases are up simply because they can't get basic problems sorted like AC breakdowns and water leaks.

Carpe Diem; live life to the full and enjoy all the fantastic opportunities of living in another city and culture. Keep things in perspective and try not to let your pleasure be affected by the inevitable irritations of living in an unfamiliar world and the bureaucracy of another country. Of course they do things differently. (Continue)

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Hii,, Ur report is very helpful,,could u plz tell more aabt things like what basic things a family should bring with them when they r moving to muscat, like shuld they carry home stuff with them or utensils n all..plz reply.. AN
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Expat Report Moving to Muscat, Oman by iramusmani was published
Moving-to-Muscat
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
No doubt. Certainly Oman is wonderful place to spend life if you are nature lover and believe in family life. The best location to move in are Al Khuwair, Al -Athaibah, Al Seeb and Al Qurum. These are decent locations with shopping mall in close vicinity. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of The International School of Choueifat in Muscat, Oman
Review-of-The International School of Choueifat
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Excellent/Facade. Extra curricular activites are available. (Continue)
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I used to be a student at Choueifat Muscat and can approve with complete honesty that this is the truth. I am now studying abroad and doing my last years of high school and I am very happy that I left.
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This comment is perfectly true..... My daughter is at Schoueifat Manama and I am really facing hell with unqualified teachers who are assigned to bully our little ones.........My daughter is going to be in another school next year...Definitely!
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