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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 2020/21
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Availability 2021/22
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Annual fee average
AED 77,500
Annual fees
AED 68,233 - 85,291
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Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
1999
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Marc Morris
Owner
GEMS Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
British
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Welcome to the Jumeirah College 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?

Jumeirah College is renowned for providing an outstanding holistic education. Rated outstanding 10 years in a row and rated as a World Class school by High Performance Learning. Jumeirah College has a strong focus on academic progress and achievement, and for the significant majority of students continuation to university is their chosen route.
The curriculum model is based upon the English National Curriculum, but goes significantly beyond the minimum expectations, covering a diverse range of subjects. In fact, at A Level, Jumeirah College offers the most extensive range of subject choices in the UAE.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

64

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

British

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

At Jumeirah College, students work in an environment where they are stretched and challenged, and have their expectations raised to achieve demanding targets. This is evidenced in our latest results, in which we’re proud to say that our students have done exceptionally well. Such success is a result of the partnership between the College, our students and their parents through our commitment to parental engagement. I am very proud of the exceptional body of teaching staff we have working across the College, engaging the students in a wide range of exciting learning opportunities.

Does your school have a waiting list?

Yes

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

At Jumeirah College, students work in an environment where they are stretched and challenged, and have their expectations raised to achieve demanding targets. This is evidenced in our latest results, in which we’re proud to say that our students have done exceptionally well. Such success is a result of the partnership between the College, our students and their parents through our commitment to parental engagement. I am very proud of the exceptional body of teaching staff we have working across the College, engaging the students in a wide range of exciting learning opportunities.

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

Physical Education is a compulsory part of the curriculum until the end of Year 11 and all students eagerly participate. 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. We have a wide range of extra-curricular activities that range from the traditional sports of rugby, football, netball, basketball and swimming to sailing, rock climbing and skiing,

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

The PSHCEE programmes and the nurse’s programmes of health are fully integrated into the promotion of healthy lifestyles (including mental health concerns) from Years 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

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.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes it does, we have a canteen that is operated by Slices.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes, it has live cooking stations that change every day. As well as hot dishes and a cold section that consists of fruits, salads and sandwiches.

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

AED18 or less.

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

7.45am to 3pm Sunday to Wednesday
7.45am to 1pm on Thursdays.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, please refer to this link for more information on uniforms https://www.gemsjc.com/Parent-Resources/School-Information/Uniforms

Please advise on your discipline policy?

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 recognise 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 recognised through the merits in Key Stage 3 and commendations at Key Stage 4. These will contribute to House Points.

Moreover, every year group nominates a student of the month based on good behaviours.

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.

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.

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.

What is your medium of instruction?

English

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

Yes

Which other languages are taught?

French and Spanish

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

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

Our approach to homework has been to reduce it to a more manageable level, whilst still giving teachers the flexibility to set what is purposeful and appropriate. All homework must be purposeful and meet one of the following purposes:
Independent learning
Extending learning
Informing and involving parents
Managing demands (eg coursework)
Preparing for lesson activities.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

The College has a fully integrated Gifted and Talented policy and set of practices.

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

Most of our students go to universities world wide. To know more about the most recent university destinations, please visit this link https://www.gemsjc.com/Curriculum/University-Destinations

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes we do, please visit this link for more information https://www.gemsjc.com/Admissions/Inclusion

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?

We have a very experience team in our Inclusion Department, please visit this link for more formation https://www.gemsjc.com/Admissions/Inclusion

Please provide comprehensive details of how well your school did in external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

In the last four years, Jumeirah College has enjoyed some of the best university acceptance rates of any international school groups. Our students have been accepted into 1050 universities in 53 countries. We're proud to say that includes 66 of world's top 100 universities. Please visit our website for more information on university destinations https://www.gemsjc.com/Curriculum/University-Destinations

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

We have a very experience team in our Inclusion Department, please visit this link for more formation https://www.gemsjc.com/Admissions/Inclusion

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 we have a school counsellor to help students deal with emotional needs.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes we do. They are active in organising comunity events aimed at engaging parents.

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

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

Yes we do have a Local Advisory Board that changes on yearly basis. please visit our website for more information https://www.gemsjc.com/Parent-Resources/Local-Advisory-Board

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

Yes, we roganise welcome events in school as well as coffee mornings to help students and parents settle in.

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Jumeirah College is a Best of school, a ranking determined by parent surveys on the site. It can be found in the following Best of rankings:

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