Jebel Ali School Q & A

Jebel Ali School is one of a select number of WSA's Good Schools. The school relocated from its original site, where it had been located for over 35 years, to a new purpose-built school at the Akoya development on the Emirates Road in September 2016.
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4.7 out of 5 based on 26 reviews
At a glance
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Very Good
Availability 2018/19
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Annual fee average
AED 52,000
Annual fees
AED 44,960 - 79,000
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Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
1977
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
7%
Principal
Peter Hill
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
British
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What is the official name of your School?
Jebel Ali Primary School. We will change to Jebel Ali School as of September 2016 and will relocate to the Akoya by Damac development close to Arabian Ranches. Jebel Ali is a not-for-profit school and will remain so.

What is your school's Web site address?
www.jebelalischool.org

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?
Jebel Ali was established in 1977 and provides high quality education on a not-for-profit basis. All fees received from parents are directly invested into the school. We believe in ‘Putting Children First’ and our non-profit status allows us to do so. We pride ourselves on our village school and community ethos and our staff, children and parents highly value these attributes. We have an excellent reputation within Dubai.

As we move to our new location, all staff will also transfer. Therefore, we will retain the experienced and committed team that has forged the reputation of the current Jebel Ali Primary.

Our levels of attainment in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science are outstanding and teaching and learning are regularly judged to be outstanding also. Inspectors comment extremely positively on the learning skills and personal attributes of our students.

As well as academic excellence, our music and sports departments have an extremely high profile within the school and we encourage all students to participate and have the opportunity to represent the school.

In keeping with our guiding principle of putting children first, we are opening our secondary school in stages to ensure we do not grow by too much too quickly so, we can maintain our focus on ensuring quality in all that we do and securing the best outcomes for our students. We will, therefore, expand to five form entry within the primary school as a measured increase and open only Year 7 and Year 8 in the secondary school for September 2016.

Our secondary head has been appointed and comes from a similar, highly reputable school in Dubai.

Note, we are a non-profit school. Currently, we offer stages FS1 to Y6 but Year 7 will be offered from September 2016. We are recognised by the UK Department of Education and Employment.

How many nationalities are represented within JAPS currently?
In total, 39

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
We are truly an international school as our 39 nationalities demonstrates. The single biggest group is UK passport holders. We celebrate not only the local culture of the UAE but also the cultures of our students, for example, though topic studies, assemblies and International Days. Our students’ knowledge of, and attitude towards, their own and others’ cultures is regularly commented upon by DSIB and judged as outstanding.

What is the teacher: student ratio at JAPS?
We have an excellent teacher/pupil ratio with classes of 24. Teachers are supported by a highly effective team of teaching assistants. In addition, we have specialist teachers for Arabic, French, Islamic Education, Learning Support, Music and PE. All teachers are well qualified and many have experience of teaching in the UK.
We have a low turnover of staff which means our staff offer the best blend of experience and fresh ideas from newer teachers.

Does JAPS have a waiting list?
Yes – but this can be fluid given the nature of families coming and going from Dubai and prospective parents should always check with our Admissions Team. We are currently open for registration for all year groups from FS1 to Year 8. Prospective parents should note particularly the openings in Year 7 for September 2016. We also welcome notes of interest in Year 8, again for September 2016. Parents should contact: registrar@jebelalischool.org

For admissions from September 2016, we will operate a debenture scheme in common with other schools in Dubai. Personal Debentures have been set at AED25,000 and Corporate Dentures at AED60,000. Prospective parents should contact our Admissions Team: registrar@jebelalischool.org

Our fees are currently AED 41,093 for primary. Secondary fees have been set at AED 75,000 which is in line with similar schools across Dubai.

Increasingly a school is judged on its all round attention to a child and really developing the human. How does JAPS promote, for example, healthy lifestyles?
We promote healthy lifestyles through our curriculum as part of relevant topic studies and initiatives such as Health Day held every year. Our nurses discuss healthy eating and what children have for snacks and lunches and we encourage all parents to provide healthy snacks.

Our PE curriculum is fully inclusive, is regularly timetabled and is delivered by specialist staff. We also provide extensive after school sporting activities and regularly enter multiple teams into tournaments to facilitate as wide a range of participation as possible.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity? Please supply a link to this section in your website if you have one.
As above

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
FS1: 8.30am – 12.30pm
KS1: 8.00am – 1.50pm (includes FS2)
KS2: 7.45am – 2.10pm

Is there a school uniform?
Yes there is, it is available at Stitches, in Al Quoz.

Please advise on your discipline policy and/or provide a link to your website.
We very much encourage positive discipline and promote self-awareness and self-management for students. Rewards and praise are extensively used to promote the very positive ethos that exists across the school. Our students’ behaviour and relationships within the school are regularly judged as outstanding by DSIB.

How does Jebel Ali Primary currently differentiate learning?
Differentiation is expected as part of teachers’ planning in order to meet the needs of students. The nature of this differentiation depends on the analysis of needs of the students.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
Homework is part of the expectation for students. The time allocation increases as children mature and covers a broad variety of tasks and curricular areas.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
Through parent consultation meetings held twice per year and end of year reports. We will also involve parents at an early stage if there are any concerns regarding their child’s learning as our parents are partners in the learning process.

Students receive feedback on all classwork, written and/or verbal, and there is a focus on personalised targets so that each student knows their next steps in learning.

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language at JAPS? Which other languages are taught?
We teach Arabic and Islamic studies in line with the guidelines laid down by Dubai authorities. This governs curriculum, language of delivery for Arab and non-Arab students and timetabling. We exceed the requirements by teaching Arabic in our Foundation Stage classes. We also teach French to all students at KS2.

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

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?
We use a range of internal and external assessments and these are kept under review to ensure they meet our needs. We see assessment primarily as a tool to improve learning as well as benchmark our attainment and progress against international standards to ensure we retain our standing as a school of academic excellence.

As an English Curriculum school, we always comply with the English National Assessment protocols, currently SATs.

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 JAPS offer support for those with learning differences?
We offer learning support based on analysis of students needs so, programmes of support are individualised and regularly reviewed. Support programmes are provided both for students with additional learning needs and for those who require extra challenge. Class teachers, specialist learning support staff and parents are all part of the process of supporting students’ learning. The learning support team consists of qualified teachers and learning support assistants.

Our quality of support for students is regularly judged to be outstanding by DSIB.

Do you have a learning support team in your school? How do you support gifted, able and talented students? Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth? Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs your school provides?
Our class teachers are skilled in dealing with a range of learning needs. In addition, our specialist support teams have in-depth knowledge of many and varied specific needs and provide learning and behavioural support. We base our support strategies on analysis of each students’ individual 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?*

Does JAPS have a parents’ group supporting the school?
We have a very active PTA and all parents are welcome to get involved, whether as full committee members of if they are only able to spare a few hours a year.
Please pass on contact details of the parents' group.

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?
Kindly add details of such parent group activities you deem will be of interest.
We encourage our parents to become involved in appropriate activities which support learning and specific activities and events as these occur throughout the year. All such opportunities are communicated to parents via our regular communication channels.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
As a school, we have induction procedures for our new FS intake which includes information literature, orientation/taster sessions for children and parent meetings. For all new starts in September who are new to Dubai, we offer school orientation prior to the whole-school start date so any students/parents new to Dubai can meet senior leaders, class teachers and find their classrooms! Information literature is also provided to this group.

Our system of Class Representatives ensures all new parents are welcomed to their class parental group.

 

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