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Dubai College Q & A

Established in 1978, Dubai College is one of the oldest UK curriculum schools in the city and one of the few Secondary only schools. It is also one of a limited number of not for profit schools - although this does not mean that the fees are lower than the for-profit schools. DC's reputation is built on its renown as the most academic of schools.
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At a glance
School type
School phase
Inspection rating
Availability 2021/22
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Availability 2022/23
No data
Annual fee average
AED 86,000
Annual fees
AED 82,482–93,999
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Opening year
School year
Aug to Jul
Teacher turnover help
Michael Lambert
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Main student nationality
United Kingdom
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Welcome to the Dubai College 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?

Selective entry.

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

Dubai College is much more than the leading academic school in Dubai, it is a community of excellence at the heart of the city. Our students do have a long track record of excelling academically and in a recent survey of top international schools taking British exams we were identified as the number one British school overseas in the world. However, our enviable reputation stems from our consistent and sustained excellence in what we see as the four foundations of the College: sporting, creative, philanthropic as well as academic endeavour. We champion this broader holistic education in the great tradition of the British independent schools which recognize that by producing socially articulate and well-rounded students we are preparing them for their future far better than any exam ever will.

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

Approximately 52

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Approx 45% British

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?


Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of how you measure, and current Value Added benchmark scores.


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

GCSE, IGCSE and GCE A level

Please provide details of how well your school did in its previous external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

Dubai College students are enjoying another highly successful set of A Level results in 2020 with 72% of all examinations resulting in an A or A*. Their achieved grades, as well as their globally recognised attributes and the strength of their extra-curricular pursuits, have secured their passage to some of the most prestigious seats of learning around the world. These include Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and UCL in the UK; MIT, Stanford, Yale, NYU and UPenn in the US; Toronto and UBC in Canada; Sydney and Melbourne in Australia and Trinity College, Dublin, among many others, all of which are published on the Dubai College website.

In GCSE our students achieved a phenomenal 94.25% grades 9-7, with well over 50% of Year 11 grades being 9. Twenty-two students achieved a complete set of grades 9s, with over 40 additional students achieving a complete set of grades 9 and 8. Excellent results were also achieved in the FSMQ Mathematics qualification and in the HPQ qualification.

In addition, our entire cohort of Year 10 students sat their English Language IGCSE one year early, with 85.7% gaining a grade 9/8. Further success came to the 40 Year 10 students who sat early entry mathematics, gaining 100% grades 9/8.

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

Almost 100% UK and USA

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

Yes. Outlined in our student planner

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

Extensive extra-curricular sporting programme

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Through our PSHE programme

How do you promote healthy eating?

Through our PSHE programme

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


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

Sunday to Wednesday 7.50am to 3.35pm
Thursday 7.50am to 12.35pm

Is there a school uniform?


Please advise on your discipline policy?


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

Parent consultation evenings and student progress reports

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

French, Spanish, Latin

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

Not applicable

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


Do you have a learning support team in your school?


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


Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?


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

Yes. We have a parent governor.

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

Annual Open Week and individual appointments and tours with the Registrar throughout the year.

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