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Jumeirah College Review

Jumeirah College, Dubai is a private co-educational secondary school for students between grades 7 to 13 (ages 11 to 18). It is very much home in Jumeirah, Dubai where it has put down strong roots within the community. The school had been due to move to a huge new purpose-built campus in Barsha at the beginning of the 2013/14 academic year but GEMS Education rethought that decision "due to the overwhelmingly negative feedback they received from parents regarding the move". GEMs does listen...
Jumeirah College
First Published: Monday 1 October, 2012
Updated: Saturday 16 December, 2017

Jumeirah College, Dubai is a private co-educational secondary school for students between grades 7 to 13 (ages 11 to 18). It is very much home in Jumeirah, Dubai where it has put down strong roots within the community. The school had been due to move to a huge new purpose-built campus in Barsha at the beginning of the 2013/14 academic year but GEMS Education rethought that decision "due to the overwhelmingly negative feedback they received from parents regarding the move". GEMs does listen...

First Published: Monday 1 October, 2012
Updated: Saturday 16 December, 2017

NOTE: As Jumeirah College received an Outstanding rating in 2015/2016, there is no new KHDA report for the 2016/2017 inspection cycle.

Jumeirah College was first established in September 1999. Jumeriah College provides a UK based (English National Curriculum) curriculum to 1108 secondary stage students from 56 nationalities (with the biggest demographic being British). Supporting the students are 89 teaching staff including the Principal and senior leaders, and 11 additional teachers or teaching assistants. This ratio and numbers has remained remarkably consistent for well over 5 years, however teaching staff themselves have changed significantly in this time. Between the last academic year and 2015/2016, teacher turnover was 30% and between 2013/14 and 2014/15 is was 24% - combined this is top end for Dubai. A strong principal, Simon O'Connor has provided consistency during this period, but to lose on-third of teaching staff cannot but impact a school, its processes and its performance.

Click here for WSA's Jumeirah College School Experience

Not significantly enough to get in the way of its rating however. As of 2015-2016 the school received the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) inspection rating of Outstanding - a rating it has held for seven of the last eight years with one Good rating in between.

The school prepares students for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams at the end of grade 10. Students are then further prepared to sit the key stage SAT examination as well as AS and A2 levels in order to help them enter both local and international universities. The school has so far bucked the trend of introducing IB into its curricula offering.

According to its KHDA report Jumeirah College provides an Outstanding quality of education for its students - something it has achieved consistently since inspections began.  The school places a strong emphasis on academic and personal development - acknowledged by parents in school feedback. This is something to take note of if your child is not so academically focused.

Academically this is a school that delivers. GEMS Education as a group has stopped publishing the performance in external examinations - but those for JC are still available. That it is able to do so is very good news for it. Jumeirah College does very well indeed.

In 2017 an impressive 82.7 percent achieved A* to B (an increase of 5.8 percentage points) and 51.9 percent scored A* to A at A Level. For 2016 A2 (A' Levels) exam results, 46% of JC grades were A* and A, far outstripping the UK average at 25.8%.

For 2017 GCSEs, at Jumeirah College 62% of all grades were at A*to A, with 90% of grades at A* to B or equivalent. Of the cohort, 18% gained all A* to A grades or equivalent and 52% achieved all A* to B grades. 2016's GCSE results also told a similar story with JC outperforming many other UAE schools and the UK average with its 64% A* to A and 98% A to C scores.

In 2015, 206 students sat the GCSE examination from JC in 2015, and over 6 out of 10 grades were A*/A. 60.4 percent of students gained 5 or more A*/A grades, and 30.1% achieved 8 or more A*/A grades. The school exceeded the UK A* average by 20.9%, the UK A*-A average by 42.2% and UK A*-C average by 31.4%. Thirty of its students gained straight A*/A grades

JC has consistently performed above the UK average since 2010, the earliest figures we have had access to.

You can find the school's latest examination results here.

Arabic and Islamic education seems to fare least well is terms of both teaching and achievement - a theme running strongly across many of Dubai's private schools.

In terms of its latest inspection JC is praised for its attainment and progress in science at secondary level, and in English and mathematics throughout; the learning skills of its students, particularly their interaction and collaboration; the maturity, confidence and sense of responsibility displayed by students; the breadth and balance of the curriculum and the skillful way in which the school had adapted it and the outstanding relationships with parents and the community and the comprehensive systems of communication.

To further improve the school needs to ensure teaching is at least very good in all subjects by sharing, and building on, current best practice, particularly in Arabic language lessons. It also needs to improve inclusivity by reconsidering admission procedures, including assessment, "to ensure that students with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can benefit from the high quality of provision that exists in the school".

Just under 10% of Jumeirah College students have some form of special educational needs (SEND) requirement.

Facilities at JC are good. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard in each room, digital projectors and is connected to a wireless network with high speed broadband access. The school is also equipped with a number of facilities including a video conferencing room for distance learning courses, communication and resource centre, design and technology suite (for graphic design, wood work, metal work and plastics), drama studio, music suites with en-suite practice rooms, art room, science laboratories, indoor and outdoor eating areas.

A number of sporting facilities are also available including a multi-purpose gymnasium, swimming pool, tennis courts, netball courts, grass playing fields and recreational areas. Just in case there are any injuries during sporting or other activities the school also has an inbuilt medical centre with two full time nurses and a part time doctor.

Facilities in general are rated highly by students and parents, and are in general available to students to explore their own talents at their own pace.

The school achieves a high recommendation value among parents of students who attend, but parents are driven, and according to the WSA survey clearly want the school to do more academically despite the results it achieves. Students are a more universally happy bunch, forming close friendships that seem to endure beyond their time at the school.

School fees are top end - no surprise as this is an outstanding school, and part of GEMs. Fees for 2016-2017 fees range from 68,223 AED for grade 7 students to 85,219 AED for grade 13 students. There is a non-refundable registration fee of AED 500 is due at the time of application. If your child gets an offer an admission fee of AED 7500 is needed to secure the seat. This admission fee is non-refundable but adjustable against the 1st term fees.

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