REVEALED: Dubais outstanding schools

The 12 schools rated as 'outstanding' in the 2013 KHDA rankings
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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’. \n\nArabian Business reveals the highest ranking schools in Dubai this year. \n\nSchool name: GEMS Wellington International School \n\nCurriculum: UK/IB \n\nPhone number: 04 3484999 \n\nWebsite: www.wellingtoninternationalschool.com\n\nKHDA summary\n\nContext of the school\n\nThe 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 \nrepresentation of nationalities from around the world.\n\nThe 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.
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School name: Kings Dubai\n\nCurriculum: UK\n\nPhone number: 04 3483939\n\nWebsite: www.kingsdubai.com\n\nKHDA summary\n\nContext of the school\n\nKings’ 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 \nfollows 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.\n\nAt 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 \nassistants 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.\n\nIn 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.
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School name: Jumeirah College \n\nCurriculum: UK \n\nPhone number: 04 3954950 \n\nWebsite: www.gemsjc.com \n\nKHDA summary \n\nContext of the school \n\nJumeirah College is located in Al Safa. There were 1,078 students on roll, aged from 11 to 18 years. There were around 58 nationalities represented in the student body. A majority of the students were UK citizens. \n\nAll students followed the English National Curriculum and completed General Certificate of Secondary Education and Advanced-level examinations as part of their studies. \n\nThere were 91 teachers, including the principal and senior leaders, and ten teaching assistants. All teachers had appropriate qualifications. Four students were Emiratis. The school had identified 110 students who received support for a special educational need.
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School name: Jumeirah English Speaking School \n\nCurriculum: UK \n\nPhone number: 04 3945515 \n\nWebsite: www.jess.sch.ae \n\nKHDA summary \n\nContext of the school \n\nJumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) is located in the Al Safa district and caters for students from three to 11 years of age. \n\nChildren study the Foundation Stage curriculum initially and then the English National Curriculum after two years in school. \n\nThe 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.
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School name: Dubai College Speaking School \n\nCurriculum: UK \n\nPhone number: 04 3999111 \n\nWebsite: www.dubaicollege.org \n\nKHDA summary \n\nContext of the school \n\nDubai College is situated in Al Sufouh and opened in 1978. It is a private, not-for-profit school with a selective intake policy. \n\nThe school followed the National Curriculum of England and Wales. Students were presented for GCSE examinations at the end of the secondary phase and for GCE Advanced level examinations at the end of the post-16 phase. \n\nAt the time of the inspection, there were 819 students on roll, aged from 11 to 18 years. The school was in two phases: secondary (11 to 16 years) and post-16 or sixth form (17 to 18 years). Although drawn from countries across the world, most students had United Kingdom backgrounds. Four students were Emirati. The school had identified 110 students as having some form of special educational need including those with particular gifts and talents.
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School name: GEMS Dubai American Academy (US/IMB) \n\nCurriculum: US/IB \n\nPhone number: 04 3479222 \n\nWebsite: www.gemsaa-dubai.com \n\nKHDA summary \n\nContext of the school \n\nThe Dubai American Academy is situated in Al Barsha. The school opened in September 1998. It had an enrollment of 2,245 students, aged three to 18 years at the time of the inspection. The students represented over 100 nationalities and although English is the language used for teaching, English is not the first language of a significant minority of students. \n\nThe school followed a US curriculum. Students were entered for the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) in Grades 11 and 12. Students in Grades 3 through 9 participated in Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) assessments. High school students took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) and the \nScholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in the appropriate grades. \n\nThere were 177 teachers and all had a teaching qualification. They were supported by 57 teaching assistants. Fourteen staff members were deployed for learning support and counseling. Students were grouped into four phases: Kindergarten, elementary (Grades 1 to 5), middle (Grades 6 to 8) and high (Grades 9 to 12). Students in Grades 8 to 12 were required to bring their own computers to school to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) with learning.
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School name: The Indian High School \n\nCurriculum: Indian(CBSE) \n\nPhone number: 04 3377475 \n\nWebsite: www.ihsdxb.com \n\nKHDA summary \n\nContext of the school \n\nThe Indian High School is situated in Oud Metha. It opened 52 years ago and at the time of the inspection had a total enrolment of 5,707 students, aged nine to 18 years. \n\nThe school follows an Indian Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum. The school was progressively introducing the CBSE-i (International) curriculum across all phases. \n\nThere were 386 full-time teachers, including the Principal and a senior leadership team. Almost all teachers in the school had appropriate teaching qualifications. They were supported by a few teaching assistants. Students were grouped into 170 classes. About 370 students had been identified as having \nspecial educational needs. There were no Emirati students in the school. Nine different nationalities were represented among the student population. At the time of the inspection, the Chief Executive Officer was in his 17th year in post and 55 teachers had been in the school for less than one year.
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School name: Dubai Modern High School \n\nCurriculum: Indian(CBSE) \n\nPhone number: 04 3263339 \n\nWebsite: www.gemsmhs.com \n\nKHDA summary \n\nContext of the school \n\n\nDubai Modern High School is located in Nad Al Sheba, and is a private school providing education for boys and girls from pre-primary to secondary, aged three years in Kindergarten 1 through to 18 years old in Grade 12. \n\nAt the time of the inspection, there were 2,804 students on roll. Almost all of the students are Indian, with no Emiratis on roll. Just over nine per cent of the students had been identified by the school as having some form of special needs. \n\nThe school follows the Indian ICSE/ISC curricula, and ISCE examinations are taken in Grades 10 and 12. There were 164 appropriately qualified teachers including the Principal and the ten other members of the senior leadership team. They were ably supported by a team of 33 teaching assistants. Twenty-two new \nteaching members of staff had joined the school in the current academic year. The Principal had been in office for 12 years.
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School name: Horizon School \n\nCurriculum: UK \n\nPhone number: 04 3422891 \n\nWebsite: www.horizonschooldubai.com \n\nKHDA summary \n\nContext of the school \n\nLocated in Al Wasl, Horizon School is a private school providing education for about 500 boys and girls from Foundation Stage to Year 6, aged three to 11 years. \n\nThe school followed the English National Curriculum. There were 31 full and part-time teachers, including the Headteacher. Almost all teachers had appropriate qualifications. They were supported by seven teaching assistants. There were four Foundation Stage classes, one class for Foundation Stage 1 and three classes at Foundation Stage 2. At this stage the number of children in each class varied from 22 to 25 and each class had a full-time teaching assistant. There were three classes in each year group from Year 1 to Year 6. The number of students in each primary class varied from 18 to 26. \n\nThirty nine different nationalities were represented among the student population. The Headteacher had been in post for 14 years. Seven new teachers had joined the school during the current academic session.
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School name: Dubai English Speaking College \n\nCurriculum: UK \n\nPhone number: 04 3604866 \n\nWebsite: www.descdubai.com \n\nKHDA summary \n\nContext of the school \n\nDubai English Speaking College (DESC) is situated in Al Ruwwayah. The school opened in 2005. At the time of the inspection, there were 842 students on the roll, aged 11 to 18 years. \n\nThe school followed the English National Curriculum, starting at Key Stage 3. Students were entered for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations at the end of the secondary phase. Students completed Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level examinations at the end of Year 12, and \nAdvanced level examinations at the end of the post-16 phase. \n\nThere were 79 full-time teachers, including the Headteacher and the senior management team, and five part-time teachers. All had appropriate qualifications. They were supported by five teaching assistants. Students were grouped in 41 classes, seven in Year 7, six in each year group from Years 8 to 11 and ten in \nthe sixth form. Ten students were Emiratis. Thirty-three students, approximately four per cent, had Arabic as their first language. At the time of the inspection, the Head teacher had just started his second year in post and there were two new members of the senior leadership team. Twenty-two teachers were newly appointed.
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School name: Jumeirah English Speaking School – Arabian Ranches \n\nCurriculum: UK/IMB \n\nPhone number: 04 3619019 \n\nWebsite: www.jess.sch.ae \n\nKHDA summary \n\nContext of the school \n\nJumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) is located in the Al Safa district and caters for students from three to 11 years of age. \n\nChildren study the Foundation Stage curriculum initially and then the English National Curriculum after two years in school. \n\nThe 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.
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School name: GEMS Jumeirah Primary School \n\nCurriculum: UK \n\nPhone number: 04 3943500 \n\nWebsite: www.jumeirahprimaryschool.com \n\nKHDA summary \n\nContext of the school \n\nLocated in Jumeirah, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School is a private school providing education for boys and girls from Foundation Stage to primary, aged three to 11 years. The school follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales. At the time of the inspection, there were 1,370 students on the roll, an increase of 50 students since the last inspection. The student attendance reported by the school for the last academic session was good. \n\nThere were 80 full-time teachers, including the Principal, and 12 part-time teachers. Teachers were well qualified and had a good range of experience. They were supported by 60 teaching assistants and 22 learning support assistants. There were six classes in Foundation Stage 1 and eight classes in Foundation Stage 2. In the Foundation Stages there were up to 22 children in each class and each class had a full-time teaching assistant. There were seven classes in each Year 1 to Year 4 class and six classes at Year 5 and at Year 6. The maximum number of children in each primary class was 27. There were 16 Emirati students, equivalent to one per cent of the roll. There were 70 nationalities represented among the student population. The school had identified 100 students with special educational needs, in addition to 143 who were more able, gifted and talented. Enrichment support was provided to 390 students. There were 23 students who were learners of English as an additional language. The school had a well-established Achievement Centre and a Dyslexia Unit. \n\nThe Principal was in his second year at the school. One of two deputy heads had recently joined the school, as had 24 other teachers.