At a glance
At Dubai British School Jumeirah Park, the Foundation section of the school is not only located in a separate unit but is also geographically distant from the main campus – Dubai British Foundation is located close to the original DBS Meadows. School timings however ensure that drop off and pick up from both schools is convenient.
The curriculum is modelled on the 2014 National Curriculum for England, GCE, IGCE, As and A levels examinations. The school currently caters for children from Year 1 to Year 8, with the intention to expand to an all through Years 1-13 A' Level school in 2017. The maximum number of students in a class is 26 as per Taaleem regulations. DBSJP keeps an average of 18-22 students in each class this academic year.
Currently, Year 1 is the largest year group and currently has 7 classes, Year 2 has 6 classes, Year 3 has 4 classes, Year 4 has 3 classes, Year 5 has 3 classes, Year 6 has 2 classes, Year 7 has 3 classes and Year 8 currently has 1 classes.
Dubai British School Jumeirah Park is situated on a large site next to the main Shopping Centre for the Jumeirah Park development. Its white exterior with blocks of colour around each section ensures that it stands out from the rather monochrome housing around it. Currently, there is adequate parking around the school, but inevitably as the school grows this will become the usual challenge, and the shopping centre will no doubt become a convenient overspill for the school.
The buildings themselves are situated around 3 sides of a spacious site with the Primary school located in the left wing, the Secondary and connected 500+ seater auditorium in the right wing and the main shared facilities at the centre. Outside, to the rear of the centre of the buildings lies are very large open play area with plentiful outdoor play equipment and behind these are two large sports halls with enormous indoor sports areas and and indoor eight lane championship sized pool with training pool which caters to both Primary and Secondary students. The external facilities are topped off with a very large astroturf pitch and seating has cleverly been incorporated into the rear of the sports buildings to enable spectators to have a great view of the activities.
The school is entered through the central lobby area which is light, airy and spacious. The teaching wings of the building are constructed over 2 floors, whilst the central area, which includes the library over two floors (incorporating a specialist ICT teaching room) and a school cafeteria that is managed by Gary Rhodes’ school catering team, houses the main administration on the ground floor and numerous specialist teaching rooms on the upper floors. The auditorium is very impressive and has been constructed at considerable expense to ensure excellent acoustics and will no doubt become a vibrant environment for school assemblies and productions in future years.
Dubai British School Jumeirah Park classrooms are light, bright and effectively furnished. All have windows to the exterior of the building. They feature the usual interactive white boards and appropriate play equipment.
In addition to the usual core subjects, the school offers a range of additional activities representing a full range of arts and sports.
Interestingly, DBS-JP has made the decision to offer only Arabic as a foreign language as a core part of the curriculum. Other languages will be available as after-school activities but will not take away from the time devoted to English and Arabic as the core languages. This is unusual; the majority of schools in Dubai at Primary level introduce at least one additional language from year 1 onwards. That being said, French is offered at the school from Year 3 and Spanish from Year 7. Additional language classes are offered as an extra-curricular activity.
The Secondary School is now open and includes very well equipped with Design Technology and Science labs in addition to the usual classrooms.
Children seemed to be happy and engaged when we visited the school, which had been open for only a few weeks at the time. The fact that the school was complete and fully operational on time is to be commended, given the difficulty experienced by other schools in past years at opening for the start of the academic year. As an organisation, Taaleem, the owners of the school, are committed to an inclusive school and this means that children with additional learning needs or special access requirements can and will be provided for.
For families living in the area around the school, Dubai British School JP offers a very convenient, well thought out and equipped option and will no doubt become a real centre for the Community both during and outside school hours.
Fees at the school start at 75,000 AED and raise to 85,000 AED for Year 7 and Year 8. The school fee does not include the Application Fee which is a one-time non-refundable non-transferable fee1,000 AED is required to process a child’s application. This fee, however, is waived for all transferring students from Dubai British Foundation and The Children's Gardens. Fees do not include uniforms, additional SEN/ EAL specialist support, or Extra-curricular activities that are provided by external suppliers.
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