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GEMS Our Own English High School Q & A

GEMS Our Own English High School is the largest school in the emirate and serves over 10,400 predominantly Indian girls aged 5-19 (KG to Grade 12). The CBSE based school currently has a rating of Very Good by Dubai's education regulator, the KHDA, a level of education it has maintained for the last five years.
Parents' Rating
3.2 out of 5 based on 113 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Very good
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Annual fee average
AED 10,500
Annual fees
AED 7,237 - 15,313
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Apr to Mar
Mr Thomas Mathew Koickal
GEMS Education
Main teacher nationality
Main student nationality
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Welcome to the GEMS Our Own English High School 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.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

Safe and Vibrant environment, sense of warmth and belonging.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

20 Nationalities

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

98% of the students are Indians.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?


Does your school have a waiting list?

Yes, if there is a vacancy we contact parents who have registered.

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

Compulsory Physical Education class. Afternoon Enrichment Programme for students in various sports. Sports selection are part of the school's curriculum. Our School takes part in all major sporting events.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Timetabled Physical Education classes, Sports Days from KG to Primary, Inter House and Inter- School Athletic Meets.

How do you promote healthy eating?

From KG to Grade 4, class teachers are with the students monitoring their recess and eating habits.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes, Variety of food items available, both Indian and Continental.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

The food served in the canteen are generally warm and fresh.

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?

AED 4/-

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

7:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, regular uniforms and PE Uniforms on Mondays and PE Days.

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

Various measures are employed. In the classroom through oral feedback, diagnostic remarks, written feedback based on Assessment for learning.

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

Parent Teacher meetings or Open House as it is called in our school are held thrice a year after every term examination/test. Both oral and written feedback shared with students and parents.

What is your medium of instruction?


Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

Arabic is taught as a second language till Grade 9.

Which other languages are taught?

French, Hindi, Urdu and Malayalam.

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

Not applicable as English is the Medium of instruction right across the school from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?

Islamic Education is taught in English

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?

Yes, we have prayer rooms

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes, Our Own Voice.

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 have Parent Engagement week. A great opportunity to the parents to show case the partnership and to strengthen the bond between the school and home.

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

Yes, We have a Governing Body where parents can represent.

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

Yes, There is an Orientation Programme for those parents who are new to school to acquaint with the practices followed in our school.

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