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Jumeirah College Q & A

Jumeirah College, Dubai is a private co-educational secondary school operated by GEMS Education for students between years 7 to 13 (ages 11 to 18). JC follows the English National curriculum, offering A Levels at post-16. It is very much at home in Jumeirah, where it has put down strong roots within the community.
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At a glance
School type
International
School phase
Secondary
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
radio_button_unchecked Limited
Annual fee average
AED 81,000
Annual fees
AED 72,988 - 91,235
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Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
1999
School year
Sep to Jul
Teacher turnover help
19%
Principal
Simon O’Connor
Owner
GEMS Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
British
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Which School Advisor: What is the official name of your School?
Jumeirah College. (The full review of Jumeirah College may be found here).

Which School Advisor: What is your school's Web site address?
http://www.gemsjc.com

Which School Advisor: How many nationalities are represented in your school?
60

Which School Advisor: Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
Yes there is

Which School Advisor: Which nationality (ies)?
British

Which School Advisor: What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?
1:12

Which School Advisor: Does your school have a waiting list?
Yes it does

Which School Advisor: Kindly add details. Can you also supply a link and/or contact person where a prospective parent could find out more information?
Registrar, Mrs. Jane Davies, E-mail: j.davies_jcd@gemsedu.com
Admissions Assistant, Mrs. Jeanette Sykes, E-Mail: j.sykes_jcd@gemsedu.com

Which School Advisor: If a secondary school, what percentage of your students achieve entry to higher educational institutions and, in general terms, which countries?
All of our students at the end of Year 13 (and some at the end of Year 12|) gain acceptance to the top universities across the world. The greater proportion of students attend UK Russell Groups Universities, for example in Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, LSE and Durham, but students also gain entry to Ivy League in the US such as Yale, Harvard and Stanford, and to prestigious Universities in Australia, South Africa, and a variety of European and home country institutions.

Which School Advisor: How does the school promote healthy lifestyles? If you have a general policy statement regarding this, please supply a link to the school website so that WSA can add it to your school details.
The PSHCEE programmes and the nurse’s programmes of health are fully integrated into the promotion of healthy lifestyles (including mental health concerns) from Year’s 7-13 – these are also supported in a cross curricular fashion in science and PE. The student counsellor, nurse and careers advisor are on hand to support the Heads of Year to deliver programmes to best inform the students of their healthy options. A dietician and a group of other speakers also come in to College as part of a roster of guest speakers who address the students

Which School Advisor: 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.
Physical Education is obviously a compulsory part of the curriculum until the end of Year 11 and all students eagerly participate. Over 300 students participate in over 50 sporting teams. Apart from ensuring that the students get ample opportunity for exercise to develop their fitness, sport instills qualities such as discipline, teamwork, leadership skills and a strong desire to succeed. Extra-curricular activities range from the traditional sports of rugby, football, netball, basketball and swimming to an extensive range of sporting activities such as sailing, diving and skiing,

Which School Advisor: How do you promote healthy eating?
Students are encouraged to eat healthy, nutritional snacks, fresh fruit and vegetables and follow a well balanced diet that will facilitate their learning process and physical development rather than empty calories and sugary snacks, which are detrimental to their learning. Students are also encouraged to drink plenty of water and bring a clear sports top bottle to lessons, (except science, ICT and some practical lessons), and extracurricular activities. In addition students should wear high factor sun protection, a hat and suitable sun protection eye wear. Please be advised that there are students in College who have serious NUT allergies. As such we would ask that nuts are not brought in to College and ask for your support in this matter.

The canteen publishes its weekly menu enabling discussions between students and parents that is supported by a cashless card system.

Which School Advisor: Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
Yes it does

Which School Advisor: If yes, does it serve hot food?
Yes it does

Which School Advisor: What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?
Less than 20 AED

Which School Advisor: What is the starting and finishing time of your school day? If you have this information on your Web site, please provide a link to it.
Information on school times may be found here.

Which School Advisor: Is there a school uniform?
Yes there is

Which School Advisor: If yes, what is it? Where can parents buy it? A link to your website would be a useful reference for parents.
Information on school uniforms may be found here.

Which School Advisor: Please advise on your discipline policy and/or provide a link to your website.
1. Rewards: Jumeirah College aims to continually promote high standards of student behaviour, effort, self-discipline and learning through positive encouragement and reward.

When you do something well your teacher will recognize this by speaking to you directly, writing a comment on your work, writing in your planner, sending an email home or awarding that achievement with high marks. Examples of students’ best work are displayed prominently around the College. Good effort and achievement are also recognized through the merits in Key Stage 3 and commendations at Key Stage 4. These will contribute to House Points.

In Key Stage 5, students will be rewarded with Head of Year commendations and Principal commendations at the end of Term 1 and Term 2 in assemblies. These will be based on their academic achievement and subject attainment at the end of each term. Students will also be recognized for 100% attendance and Sixth Form contribution to College life.

Following each formal report, Principal’s Letters of Commendation are presented to those students who have performed particularly well, achieving good or outstanding in every aspect of their curriculum. These students are also recognized on the Honour Board. We also celebrate student success regularly in Year Group, Key Stage, House and Whole College Assemblies.

Subject Attainment and Attitude to Learning, Heads of Year and Principal Awards are presented annually at the Awards Evening for Years 7-10. There is a GCSE Presentation Evening and a Graduation Evening for Sixth Form to celebrate the successes of our senior students.

2. Sanctions:  Should a student make poor choices which contravene our expectations, a comment will be made in the student’s planner. In serious matters, additional work and detentions will be issued as appropriate. Parents will be given 24 hours notice if a student is to be detained at the end of the College day or on a Saturday morning. A student whose behaviour or attitude to learning is deteriorating will be monitored, as a supportive strategy, and parents invited in to discuss the way forward.

Which School Advisor: What is your policy on mobile devices such as mobile (cell) phones in school?
Students are strongly advised not to bring mobile phones into College. There is a courtesy phone outside the staffroom if students need to contact home. If parents need to get a message to their children, reception staff will pass this on. However, if students need to bring a phone into College this should be switched off and locked securely in a locker. Under no circumstances should mobiles be switched on during lesson time. Mobile phones will be confiscated on sight or disturbance of lessons and returned at the end of the school day in most circumstances. Sixth Formers may use mobile phones/electronic devices in the Common Room only. Jumeirah College will not be liable for the loss, damage or theft of any electronic equipment, valuables or sums of money brought into College. Personal insurance is advisable as the College does not provide insurance for the loss of students’ belongings. In exceptional circumstances valuable items might be handed to reception staff to be locked in the safe. During PE, valuables may be placed in the PE valuables box.

Theft is the removal of an article without the prior consent of its owner, with no intention of returning it. Stealing is a criminal offence. The College will not tolerate theft and any student found stealing will be liable to severe sanctions.

The College policy for the use of electronic devices is currently under review. The current policy will be available for reference in the near future.

Which School Advisor: How does your school differentiate learning?
Jumeirah College seeks to provide a quality British Education in a caring and individualised learning environment that is enhanced through a friendly and constructive partnership with parents.

We carefully monitor the children's progress through the College and ensure that students are set appropriately challenging targets for learning. There is a strong emphasis on achievement and the celebration of success.

Our happy and supportive environment enriches the learning process and provides the students with a well-rounded education that builds confidence and self-discipline. Our child-centred approach nurtures the individual abilities of each child. Students are taught to think independently, to utilise their own initiative and innovation and to actively participate in the learning process.

The children are equipped with all the skills required in a challenging and changing world.

The focus of the National Curriculum together with the wider College curriculum is to ensure that the children develop the essential Literacy and Numeracy skills, alongside a breadth of subjects that will extend their knowledge and understanding as well as their creativity.

Which School Advisor: Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
Homework is set regularly in accordance with a timetable published for each year group at the beginning of each academic year. This should then be copied into the homework timetable at the back of the student planner for easy reference.

Students record each homework and date due in their planner and should expect homework every night. If homework is not formally set, they should note ‘None Set’ and use this time to review, prepare revision materials or read ahead. Homework should be completed on the night it is set. Larger projects or coursework should be entered as several smaller manageable deadlines.

In the early years, many students benefit from close monitoring and support from parents to establish a regular routine for homework in a suitable learning environment. Student planners contain space for comments by parents and teachers and are checked weekly by form tutors. Parents are asked to confirm that homework has been completed to their satisfaction and check and sign every week until students have developed autonomous routines.

Which School Advisor: How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
Jumeirah College is at the forefront of educational practice in the way it uses the information from the assessment tests to set targets for each student to track their progress on a regular basis. This strategy provides a powerful motivator for students and helps students learn the importance of working towards specific goals. Parents and teachers too, are provided with a realistic basis for assessing the progress and achievement of each student.

Which School Advisor: How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
Parental Engagement is clearly identified in the College Development Plan with clear objectives and professional development highlighted. This has been informed by parents’ views.

Throughout the year parents are informed of progress through very well attended parent teacher consultations. These are clearly focussed on student progress. Reports give clear targets and show progress against expectation in all Key Stages. There are two official Parent Consultation Meetings per year group each year. In addition, there are a number of evenings and mornings to keep parents informed of what is happening at the College. These include options evenings, a curriculum evening to explain Key Stage 3 and 4 and various other information evenings and mornings. Some of the Parental Information Evenings have been used to directly focus on students’ learning in years 7 and 8. These focused on areas such as learning styles in general and subject specific study skills.

Which School Advisor: Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?
Yes

Which School Advisor: Which other languages are taught?
French
Spanish

Which School Advisor: Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?
Yes we do

Which School Advisor: Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?
Yes it is

Which School Advisor: Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?
Yes we do

Which School Advisor: If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?
The College is an approved exam centre for AQA/EDEXCEL/WJEC/Northern Irish Board and offers GCSE, iGCSE, AS and A Level as well as EPQ

Which School Advisor: What is you medium of instruction?
English

Which School Advisor: 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?
The College is fully inclusive and offers the full range of educational support appropriate to its cohort needs.

Which School Advisor: Do you have a learning support team in your school?
Yes we do

Which School Advisor: How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
The College has a fully integrated Gifted and Talented policy and set of practices.

Which School Advisor: Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
No it does not

Which School Advisor: Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?
Yes it does

Which School Advisor: Does you school offer activities to students from other schools after school hours?
Yes it does

Which School Advisor: Can you provide details and/or direct us to the latest programmes on your Web site?
Extra-curricular Programme Participation in extra-curricular activities takes equal importance alongside academic performance at Jumeirah College. Through participation in these events, students enrich their school days.

In addition to physical development and the exploration of interests, students learn the thrill of challenge and competition, the importance of concentration, the spirit of teamwork and a sense of accomplishment.

Jumeirah College provides a rich extra-curricular programme that supports student’s all-round development, providing opportunities for students to develop talents and explore new interests. Activities include both individual pursuits and team building activities for all students. Students may choose from a wide variety of activities. Please see the Activity Booklet for details.

Which School Advisor: Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
Yes we do

Which School Advisor: Please pass on contact details of the parents' group.
Parent Relations Executive, Mrs. Kerry Ross, E-Mail: k.ross_jcd@gemsedu.com

Which School Advisor: 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 there are

Which School Advisor: Kindly add details of such parent group activities you deem will be of interest.
Kindly see web site for details

Which School Advisor: Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
No there is not

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

Which School Advisor: What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?
Founded in 1999 and affectionately known as JC, the school has an excellent reputation in the Dubai community and on the global stage as a leading school in the GEMS family of schools.

The school ethos strives for academic excellence in a well disciplined, friendly and supportive community and believes that if students feel happy and secure they will flourish and grow as individuals, whether through involvement in the extra-curricular life of the College or through academic study.

[bq_right]There are high expectations in terms of effort, commitment, behaviour, uniform and appearance and a good work ethos. Student leadership pathways encourage a sense of responsibility and the Student Council is an important feature of daily life.[/bq_right]

Students enjoy their education and have positive attitudes to learning and as a result, they tend to be confident, friendly, happy, well-motivated and lively in their outlook and in their approach to all that they do.

Students demonstrate a strong sense of pride in the College and there is a palpable feeling of community spirit and co-operation between staff and students. As a result, they learn to challenge in a positive and constructive manner, but more importantly, they learn to ask the questions that will develop them as global citizens.

There are high expectations in terms of effort, commitment, behaviour, uniform and appearance and a good work ethos. Student leadership pathways encourage a sense of responsibility and the Student Council is an important feature of daily life.

The curriculum at JC is both traditional and flexible as it broadly follows the National Curriculum for England through a wide range of GCSE and over 25 A level courses, giving students exposure to a wealth of different subject areas.

Our Sixth Form provides a thought provoking and challenging environment where students can study their chosen subjects to a depth not previously possible and is open to students from other schools.

We offer over 25 AS and A Level courses allowing for great diversity and choice whilst all the time recognising the varying interests of students in the 21st century. Such breadth of choice ensures that we cater for all learning styles and all needs and ensures progression onto appropriate courses for all of our students. Students are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their own learning as they develop study skills and become self-motivated, gaining the confidence to undertake sophisticated research.

Students find that they are supported not only by their subject teachers during lessons but also by a cohesive pastoral team. Form tutors are often the most important link between home and College, especially in the early years, and together with Heads of Year, they monitor progress and general well-being in addition to tracking performance and setting challenging targets.

Form groups are organised around a House System which is a driving force behind the competitive but encouraging reward system. The College philosophy is to recognise not only hard work and endeavours whilst at JC, but also to celebrate students’ achievements beyond the College gates.

The learning experience does not begin and end in the classroom. We ensure that the JC experience is as varied, diverse and interesting as possible, introducing students to many different facets of life. Trips and visits play an ever increasing role in the education of our young people. Such activities range from local excursions and field trips, to concerts across the Middle East, conferences in Hong Kong, the UK and the USA, to extended visits across Europe, Asia and Africa which have academic, musical, social, philanthropic, environmental or sporting foci.

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