Dubai: Dubai's outstanding schools

In the Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s latest annual inspection report, 12 schools were rated ‘outstanding’, while 51 were considered to be ‘good’, 67 were deemed ‘acceptable’ and 13 were found to be ‘unsatisfactory’.

Arabian Business reveals the highest ranking schools in Dubai this year.

School name: GEMS Wellington International School
Curriculum: UK/IB
Phone number: 04 3484999
Website: www.wellingtoninternationalschool.com


KHDA summary: Context of the school

The student population of GEMS Wellington International School had increased by a small margin from the previous year. Almost a quarter of students were new to the school. Overall, the largest nationality group was British. There were sizeable minorities of other Europeans, Indian and Arab students and a wide representation of nationalities from around the world.

The school followed two main curricula. Children in the Foundation Stage and students in the primary and secondary phases followed the National Curriculum of England and Wales. Students in the post-16 phase undertook the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Islamic Education and Arabic provision followed the Ministry of Education guidelines. Classes had an average of 25 students; the teacher to student ratio was 1 to 13. Half of the students were in the primary phase and approximately one third were in the secondary phase. The provision for special educational needs was by two specialist leaders and 12 specialist staff working from a support unit, the Achievement Centre. The 179 teachers were predominantly British and almost all had teaching qualifications. There had been a significant change of teachers, due in part to the expanded student population. Of these teachers, 52 (29 per cent) were new this year and 65 (36 per cent) were in their second year. There were 68 teaching assistants. The principal had been in post since September 2012.

School name: Kings Dubai
Curriculum: UK
Phone number: 04 3483939
Website: www.kingsdubai.com
 

KHDA summary: Context of the school


Kings’ Dubai is a private school located in Umm Suqueim. It provides education for boys and girls aged three to 12 years in the Foundation Stage, primary phase and secondary (Year 7 only). Plans were in hand to return to providing only for Foundation Stage and primary students in the next session. The school follows the recently reformed Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for Foundation Stages 1 and 2. At the primary and secondary phases it follows the English National Curriculum. Students are assessed at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 using National Curriculum standard assessment tests.

At the time of the inspection, there were 765 students on roll. This was a significant increase of 58 per cent since the last inspection. Twenty-nine nations were represented in the school, with the largest group of students, 63 per cent, coming from the United Kingdom. There were 61 teachers and 20 learning assistants on the staff. This showed an increase of 31 teachers new to the school, but all had prior teaching experience. Teachers were appropriately qualified. There were 25 Emirati students, representing approximately three per cent of the school roll. The school had identified students with special educational needs and they were supported in classes and tutorials. Data for the last academic session reported by the school indicated outstanding levels of attendance.

In order to cater to the large increase in student numbers, accommodation had expanded with the opening, in September 2012, of a new building. The enlarged campus, increased student roll, new secondary department, doubled teaching staff and an expanded senior management team all posed significant challenges for the school. The staff, students and parents had addressed these challenges extremely well.

School name: Jumeirah English Speaking School
Curriculum: UK
Phone number: 04 3945515
Website: www.jess.sch.ae
 

KHDA summary: Context of the school
 

Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) is located in the Al Safa district and caters for students from three to 11 years of age. Children study the Foundation Stage curriculum initially and then the English National Curriculum after two years in school.

The school is the partner school of JESS Arabian Ranches to which many students transfer at the age of 11 years. Both schools have the same Director of Education and Governing Body. At the time of the inspection, the Headteacher was on maternity leave and the Deputy Headteacher was the Acting Headteacher.