Top 10 Schools by User Ratings

Top 10 Schools by User Ratings
By David Westley
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7th= place - Dubai English Speaking College
Your Rating: 3.9/5

A "Good School", and also rated as Outstanding by the KHDA (one of 12 in the whole of Dubai), Dubai English Speaking College is an England and Wales based secondary school - offering both IGCSE and A' Levels.

As a secondary school DESC is relatively small (but growing) with 950 students (up from 842 in 2012/13 and even more significantly from the 737 students in 2011/12), aged 11 to 18 years.

Academically it delivers. For the 2013 academic year, the last set of published results, the school’s GCSE results were impressive with 94% A*-C grades, and 90% of students achieving 5 A* -C (including English and Maths). The school has now had three years of A Level results and in 2013 it achieved an overall pass rate of 98% with over 70% at A* -C. According to the principal, when "you put in to context that DESC itself is still a relatively young school, with a sixth form centre that is only 4 years old, this is, as recognised in our last DSIB report, an outstanding school.” Note: These results are more impressive given DESC is not academically selective.

And the school delivers more than academically. Good student behaviour, self-discipline, consideration for others; outstanding teaching, learning and assessment in most subjects; a supportive caring and learning environment; its partnership with parents (2011) and dynamic leadership (2012/13 and 2013/14) are all recognized the school's inspection reports.

Your ratings are also pretty consistently high. Only Arabic language provision seems to satisfy you marginally less well than other indicators.

Level taught: Secondary
Curriculum: A' Level, English, IGCSE, UK
Fees: 66000-71000
Number of Children: 920
Emirate and Area: Dubai Academic City, Dubai
Tel and Web Address: 971-4-3604866,,
Principal and Owner: Andrew Gibbs, Board of Governors, Not for Profit
Gender: Mixed
School Inspection Rating: Outstanding
Year Founded: 2005

Full review: Dubai English Speaking College

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