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Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Q & A

Dubai British School Jumeirah Park is located at the heart of this newer community, close to Jumeirah Lake Towers and the Jumeirah Park/Jumeirah Islands areas. Currently, there are approximately 1,270 children at DBS JP with a total capacity of the school of over 1,600.
Parents' Rating
4.1 out of 5 based on 88 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Very good
Availability 2021/22
No data
Availability 2022/23
No data
Annual fee average
AED 68,000
Annual fees
AED 58,000–75,000
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
Ms Rebecca Coulter
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Main student nationality
United Kingdom
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Welcome to the Dubai British School Jumeirah Park official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?

Yes in some year groups.

What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

DBSJP is ideally located for anyone living in Jumeirah Park or surrounding area. We have amazing facilities and excellent, dedicated teachers who are able to personalise the learning for each child. Students are guaranteed to make very good progress in both their academic and social development to enable them to confidently face the challenges ahead wherever that may be in the world.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

The majority of the students are from the UK, but we do have more than 70 different nationalities within the student body.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Yes, from the UK.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

We have an average of 18-22 students in each class. The maximum class size is 26. The Year 1 and 2 classes have a full-time teaching assistant and Years 3 to 6 share teaching assistants.

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

GL Progress Tests
Arabic IBT Tests
Year 6 SATs

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

Real life contexts are used to bring learning to life to promote the highest level of student engagement in lessons. Teachers employ a range of inclusive, active teaching and child-centred strategies including differentiated and personalised learning pathways. This supports the development of 21st century learning skills and independence.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

We have progressive homework from Year 1 to year 8 covering a range of skills and multi-media experiences. The amount of time recommended gradually increases as students progress through the school.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

In addition to the formal 1 PE lesson/week and 1 swimming lesson/week, students are encouraged to engage in activities before and after school. Many lessons have an active component, for example brain gym. We also offer a full range of After School Activities of which many are sports-based. Our external providers also offer a wide selection of evening and weekend sport activities.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

An understanding of nutrition and keeping healthy is built into our curriculum in all year groups. In addition, our Personal Social Health Education programme focuses on a student well-being, happiness and developing a healthy life. Positive education has been introduced to support the development of self-esteem and a positive self image.

How do you promote healthy eating?

An understanding of nutrition and keeping healthy is built into our curriculum in all year groups. We have a food policy to ensure that our students bring healthy options to school. Our varied hot meals are portion controlled, additive free and meet the Dubai Food in School Regulations. Students have unlimited access to the salad bar.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students? How does it promote a balanced diet?

Yes, the DBSJP cafeteria offers a wide range of hot and cold options.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

School days in the United Arab Emirates run from Sundays to Thursdays. Our school day timings for Year 1 to Year 6 are 7.45am to 2.50pm Sunday to Wednesday and 7.45am to 1.15pm on Thursday. Our school day timings for Secondary are 7.50am to 3.30pm Sunday to Wednesday and 7.50am to 1.20pm on Thursday.

Our administration offices are open Sundays to Thursdays, 7.30am to 4pm.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, at Dubai British School Jumeirah Park, our uniforms are traditional yet modern and have been designed with the local climate in mind. It is compulsory for our students to wear a uniform and to follow the Uniform Policy.

Please advise on your discipline policy?

At DBSJP we believe that good behaviour is essential for an effective learning environment in which all students are given the opportunity to achieve. We seek to create a caring and inclusive environment which encourages and reinforces good behaviour. Our approach is closely aligned to the KHDA requirements that guide the principles and practice in all Dubai schools. All students enjoy receiving recognition for expected behaviour. Students respond better when they are encouraged and rewarded for positive behaviour and actions. Once students realise that positive behaviour brings about positive recognition, they are more likely to behave appropriately. Choosing to act in a positive and responsible way results in positive consequence.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

We have an Open Door Policy which means that parents are always welcome to see us if they have any questions or concerns. They can also email teachers directly if they are unable to come to school. A formal report is sent to parents each term followed by a one-to-one Parent Teacher Conference.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

We have parent/teachers meetings every term. Also, the students get their reports end of every term.

Which languages are taught at your school - please detail any as a first as well as second language?

French from Year 3 and Spanish from Year 6.

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

Yes, we have a great Student Support team as well as trained additional adults who support in class and also in small intervention groups.

Do you offer a dedicated prayer room/s for students? For which faiths?

Dedicated prayer rooms are available in both Primary and Secondary sections of the school.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Our differentiated approach to learning ensures that every student will have learning that is suitable to their needs. Our Student Support Team caters for children with specific learning needs including offering support and challenge to our gifted and talented students. They also take part in planned enrichment and extension sessions and are sign-posted to after school activities to strengthen their range of skills and talents.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes the Team comprises of specialist teachers and learning support assistants.

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

We have Classroom Assistants who support students on an individual basis and in groups inside the class rooms. The Student Support Team also supports students with more complex learning needs.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

Yes we are able to support children with a range of learning needs.

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

Yes we have access to a local educational psychologist.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes, we have a very active Parent & Teachers Association that organises events for the school community where all parents are invited to join and support.

Each class has a Parent Rep who may also organise class events. Parents are encourage to share their skills and talents and come into the classroom for example, to be a class Mystery Reader.

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

Yes we encourage parents to come and support and get involved in all kinds of learning.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

Yes we have parent representation on our School Advisory Board.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

We host a range of Parent Workshops every term and also offer an Arabic language class for non-native speaking parents.

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