3rd Place, Dubai College
Your rating: 4.3/5
Third placed Dubai College, as our review notes, is something of an institution, and certainly a reference point when discussing academically strong schools in Dubai - although 2014 IGCSE or A' Level results were not as strong as 2013 - admittedly the best in the school's history.
Full results here.
The school is recognized as an Outstanding school by the KHDA, by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com as a Good School, and the Dubai community in general - this is one of the most over subscribed schools in emirate.
Clearly confident in its own abilities, in 2014 Dubai College mooted the possibility of expanding into the UK - a reversal of the trend of importing great UK brand names into the UAE.
Speaking to TES, principal Peter Hill said, “...your Sherbornes, your Brighton Colleges, your Reptons, you see they are moving their models to the Middle East. They see there is a really strong market here. It’s great to see, but it obviously started us thinking. If we are a very strong competitor against those schools, why don’t we move our model back to the UK?”
Whether that's more PR hyperbole than actual planning, if any UAE school could do it, Dubai College is it. The reason is consistency - this is a school that delivers year in and year out.
One of the reasons for this of course is that it is academically selective (although parents complain that they do not understand the criteria Dubai College uses). Bright students, and good teaching, equals great results. In 2013, Dubai College students achieved its best GCSE and ‘A’ level results in the College’s 36 year history. At ‘A’ level, its A*/A rate of 74.2% placed the College in 23rd place in The Daily Telegraph table of high performing UK Independent Schools. 2014 has seen a drop - but the results would still make most Dubai headmasters seriously envious.
The majority of students leave the College heading for UK universities, with the majority of those getting into high ranking ‘Red Brick’ institutions – Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Warwick, etc. Very few decide to take the less and less traditional “gap year”. The school has a reputation of pushing students hard academically, and perhaps the gap year notion does not sit well with the mindset drummed into its students.
In your ratings, the school scores very highly in a number of areas - academic performance, quality of teaching, sports and student guidance top the list however.
Level taught: Secondary
Curriculum: A' Level, English, IGCSE, UK
Number of Children: 790
Emirate and Area: Al Sufouh, Dubai
Tel and Web Address: +971-4-3999111, [email protected], http://www.dubaicollege.org/
Principal and Owner: Not for Profit, Peter Hill (headmaster)
School Inspection Rating: Outstanding
Year Founded: 1978
Full review: Dubai College