What is the official name of your School?
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
What is your school's Web site address?
What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, one of the most sought-after schools in Dubai, is a long-standing (we’re celebrating our 20th birthday in 2016), well-established UK Curriculum primary school offering ‘outstanding’ and inclusive provision (KHDA, BSO accredited) to all of our children. Despite being a large primary school, it has a small-school feel, and is very much centered on all children achieving academic excellence beyond their potential, whilst also developing into well-rounded, global citizens. Our children have an excellent work ethic and strive to be the very best versions of themselves.
As well as in the academic subjects, our children excel in music and sport, as a result of the specialist teaching provision and excellent facilities the school offers. We have an extensive enhancement and after-school activities programme, ensuring our children have access to activities above and beyond the curriculum, e.g. Master Builder, Ukulele Club, Let’s Perform, Movie Maker, Debating Club, Fashion and Textiles, to name a few, as well as a varied sports programme offering access for all to clubs such as Archery, Water Polo, Irish Dancing, Table Tennis, and to competitive squads for swimming, football, rugby and netball, amongst others.
Parents play a pivotal role in a child’s development and so we work in very close partnership with our parents, whose involvement and engagement with GEMS Jumeirah Primary School is to be celebrated. Our extremely active Parent Teacher Association works tirelessly to raise money for charity and to enhance the experiences of the children of GEMS Jumeirah Primary School. Our annual International Day, National Day and Spring Fair are notable events, celebrated across the school and the wider community. Our Parental Council is an invaluable asset in helping us to be ever-evolving.
How many nationalities are represented in your school?
There are over 70 different nationalities represented at JPS.
Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
The largest nationality group is British at 30%.
What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?*
Foundation Stage: 1 : 10
Year 1 – Year 3: 1 : 13
Year 4 – 6: 1 : 19
Does your school have a waiting list?
Yes, we have waiting lists for all of our year groups but, as Dubai is a transient country, we are able to offer a small amount of places every September, and throughout the year, as places become available to all year groups. To register, please visit our website. For further information regarding availability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does the school promote healthy lifestyles?
JPS has a Healthy Eating and Hygiene for Eating policy, which promotes healthy food and lifestyle choices. GEMS Jumeirah Primary School recognizes that healthy eating impacts on health, learning and behaviour. All staff work together to promote healthy food choices and regular exercise, as well the importance of hygiene for eating. We have a strict NO NUT policy to ensure the safety of children with Nut Allergies.
We regard healthy eating education and hygiene education as a whole-school issue and we believe that opportunities to teach about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle occur throughout the curriculum. Healthy eating education and hygiene education is supported by work in other curriculum areas such as science, ICT and design technology.
Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?
Our children have two Physical Education lessons per week, as well as access to a vast range of sporting After-School Clubs and squads. Children from FS to Year 6 have a weekly swimming lesson.
From our web site: "Physical Education develops the children’s skills, knowledge and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include gymnastics, games, swimming and water safety, dance, athletics and outdoor adventure activities. Physical Education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus we enable them to make informed choices about physical activity and the benefits of it throughout their lives."
How do you promote healthy eating?
Healthy eating is promoted across school by teachers, TAs and our school nurses. The children study healthy eating as part of the curriculum and information is available to all parents to help promote it at home.
Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
Foundation Stage: 7.30am – 12.30pm
Year 1 – Year 6: 7.30am – 2.15pm, 7.30am – 1.15pm on Thursday
Is there a school uniform?
Yes, Threads at Sunset Mall is our supplier of school uniforms.
Please advise on your discipline policy...
At GEMS Jumeirah Primary School we believe that developing a culture where positive behaviour is rewarded has a more desirable and effective result to behaviour management than an emphasis on negative punishments. Although we have agreed systems to target incidents of undesirable behaviour, we favour the use of positive reward systems to manage pupil behaviour.
What is your policy on mobile devices such as mobile (cell) phones in school?
Children are not allowed to have mobile phones in school.
How does your school differentiate learning?
Learning is differentiated through a differentiated curriculum; provision within class; discrete groupings, where appropriate; and adult support, where necessary. We have an ‘Outstanding’ Achievement Centre that supports children with an identified Special Educational Need and challenges those identified as being Gifted and/or Talented.
Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
Home learning is set on a weekly basis and children have a week to complete their tasks, which are a balance of written, creative and screen-based. Time spent on homework varies depending on the age of the children.
How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
Children receive written and/or oral feedback about how well they are achieving on a daily basis from their teachers. Formal feedback is given to parents at Parents’ Evenings and in end-of-term reports.
How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
Parents have the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers on a termly basis and reports are sent out twice per year.
Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?
Yes. Our Arabic department teaches children who are native Arabic speakers independently of children who are non-native Arabic speakers from Year 1. Our Foundation Stage children are taught Arabic by designated Arabic teachers as a class group, including both Arabic and non-native Arabic-speaking children.
Which other languages are taught?
From Year 3, children are also taught French.
Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?
Children are given EAL support.
Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?
Yes. Muslim children who are Arabic speakers study Islamic Education in Arabic. We also teach Islamic Education in English for Muslim children who do not speak Arabic as their first language.
Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?
If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?
Children in Year 1 to Year 6 complete GL Progress tests in English, Maths and Science.
What is your medium of instruction?
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?
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School is a fully-inclusive school with an ‘Outstanding’ Inclusion Department, offering individual support to those with Special Educational Needs. Our provision includes the Dyslexia and Dyscalculia Units; a Well-Being department, with trained psychologists, and The Listening Programme. The Inclusion Department also receives support from Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.
Do you have a learning support team in your school?
Yes. All classes have access to a Teaching Assistant and Learning Support Assistants are employed to support individual children with additional learning needs.
How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
We have a talented team of enrichment teachers and specialist teaching assistants who provide targeted small group lessons for our gifted and/or talented children. Intervention occurs both inside and outside of the classroom.
Our children have had notable successes at the World Scholars Cup and in various debating, mathematics, poetry, writing and reading competitions.
Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School has an ‘Outstanding’ Inclusion department, with a specialized Dyslexia Unit and Dyspraxia Unit.
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Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School has an Educational Psychologists working within the Inclusion Department, which forms part of the Achievement Centre.
Does your school offer activities to students from other schools after school hours?
E-sports provide after school activities to all children across Dubai, utilizing our facilities after school hours. E-Sports | GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
We have two main groups of parents that support our school: a Parent Teacher Association and a Parental Council.
The PTA works very closely with our Parent Relations Executive, organising various fun activities and charitable events throughout the year; their main event being The GEMS Jumeirah Primary School Spring Fair, which attracts thousands of visitors from the Dubai community and which raises a significant amount of money for charity, working closely with Dubai Cares for distribution of funds. The PTA hosts three annual Coffee Mornings, held at the beginning of each term, informing parents of upcoming events. At least two activities are organised each term and non-PTA members are encouraged to join in the fun and help if they can.
Our Parental Council is involved in school development, particularly in offering their opinions regarding new school initiatives. They work closely with our Engagement Champion, a teacher in school, on a termly basis. The meetings are structured to include school-led changes, allowing parents an opportunity to give their feedback. Parents are also encouraged, at these meetings, to contribute their ideas on new initiatives that they feel would benefit the school community.
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Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?
Absolutely! GEMS Jumeriah Primary School parents are an integral part of the school and are actively encouraged to be involved in school life, in both an engagement and involvement capacity. Parents are frequently invited into school to support learning in the classroom, e.g. through offering volunteer reading and mathematics support; and to help out on school trips and at school events.
The school hosts an annual International Day, when parents are invited to come together to celebrate and educate the children and other parents about their home country. For one day, the school comes alive with the culture and cuisine of the world as parents work together to showcase the best that their country has to offer.
During the second term, our Year 6 children and Music and Performing Arts Department produce a spectacular show. Parents are invited to help with the set design, costumes and make up. It is a fun opportunity for parents to celebrate their children’s final year at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School.
Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
Every September, we hold an Induction event, whereby outside companies are invited to school to give new parents the opportunity to learn a little about Dubai and the surrounding community. At the beginning of every new term, we have an induction session for new children and their parents to welcome them to school.
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