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The English College Dubai Q & A

The English College Dubai is a private FS to Year 13 school located in Umm Suqeim, Dubai. The original Secondary school was established in 1992 and has been consistently rated Good since inspections began. Its neighbouring Manor Primary school (under the same ownership) was integrated into the College in January 2019.
Parents' Rating
4.1 out of 5 based on 88 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
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Availability 2020/21
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Availability 2021/22
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Annual fee average
AED 49,000
Annual fees
AED 33,500 - 61,765
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Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Mark Ford
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Welcome to the The English College Dubai 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?

Responsibility, Attainment, Collaboration, Respect and Excellence

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

There are 63 nationalities represented within our student body

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

There are high proportions of British students

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

The teacher: student ratio is a maximum of 1:22 per class with 67 teachers and just over 650 students on roll in total

Does your school have a waiting list?

We have a limited number of places available in most year groups. We do not accept new students in to Year 11 or Year 13.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

Our approach to teaching is one of innovation, collaboration and mutual support. There is an open-door policy on observation and teachers regularly share good practice. We are a fully inclusive school and enable all students to achieve and to exceed their academic ability through excellent relationships between all stakeholders and our teachers have a genuine interest in seeing all students thrive academically and socially.

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

There is a wide range of sporting and physical activity, with all students participating in both PE lessons and in Extra-Curricular Activities. There is an emphasis on participation, not on winning and the House Sports and Activities that run every other week encourage students to try new sports for fun and not to attain a place on a squad or team. We love sport, but we love participation more than outstanding results.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

As part of our PSHCE programme and our Character Counts initiative, students are asked to think of ways that they can be healthier within school and outside. They are educated about wise and safe choices of behaviour, food and drinks, social media and emotional well-being through a series of lessons and guest speakers.

How do you promote healthy eating?

The school canteen has recently changed to a much healthier provider and we have a ‘no fast food’ policy on site. Parents are encouraged to bring in healthy choices for birthdays and celebrations and the school has a Health Gala event annually to promote mental and physical well-being.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

The school currently has a kiosk that serves hot and cold food options each day.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes, they serve healthy hot food options each day.

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

Most students bring their own snacks and lunch with them. However, the maximum spend would be around 25dhs.

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

07:40 – 15:15 Sunday – Wednesday
07:40 – 13:00 Thursday

Is there a school uniform?

There is a school uniform.

Please advise on your discipline policy?

The school discipline policy is one of reflection and reparation. Students are asked to consider what behaviour they have engaged in and how it has made the other students or the teacher feel. We ask all students to look in the mirror and think of ways to improve. Although detentions and suspensions are sometimes used, community engagement and reparations are explored as a first option and students are always given a chance to improve of their own volition before sanctions are considered.

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

There are progress checks at the end of each module studied by students. The results of these are sent home via a Progress Check for the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Arabic A and Islamic Studies.

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

Interim reports are issued to parents each term, stating end of year target grades and whether a student is above target, on target or below target. In the front of all exercise books, students keep a record of their academic progress and attainment. Each student also receives an end of year report, two parents’ evenings, one in the first term and one in the second term, and one Academic Review Day, where targets and progress are discussed.

What is your medium of instruction?


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


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?

There is a learning support department called Enhanced Studies. They will assist students in this regard where they can.

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

Yes. And Students in Y7-10 also receive Social Studies lessons.

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


Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of your current Value Added average scores


If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

Students study for GCSE, IGCSE, AS Level, BTEC and A Level qualifications for the UK National Curriculum.

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

Students should receive 10 homework tasks a week. Each task should take around 20 minutes to complete, but as students approach GCSE and A Levels, the amount of time taken will increase.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

The school has a G&T coordinator who ensures provision both inside and outside our curriculum for these students. Musicians participate in competitions and undertake gigs outside of school time. The gifted film makers have attended workshops with cinematographers and won several awards at last year's Children's International Film Festival. The G&T club go on trips such as tours of venues, escape rooms, lectures by NASA astronauts and MIT graduates and they have also organized and participated in a TEDx event on site. The talented artists have their work displayed around school and work by a student has been on display in the Saatchi gallery. We have a reigning KENKEN champion in Year 12 and the G&T Mathematics club enters and wins Maths Challenges on a regular basis.

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

Last year this was 98%, with all students who wanted to attend University gaining a place. Students mainly go to the UK, but we facilitate successful applications every year to the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This year, we have students with aspirations of Japan and Switzerland, too.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

We are very proud of our learning support, or Enhanced Studies, department. They are highly qualified and enthusiastic. There is significant investment in to this department being planned so that we can expand to offer enhanced provision for those with barriers to learning.

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?

At present, the building is not modified sufficiently for wheelchair users, although we have had students in the past with physical difficulties and disabilities. The same can be said for those with hearing or visual impairments. The school does not decline applications on this basis, but we do hope to develop in the future so that the school site is further accessible to those with moderate or significant learning needs.

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?

GCSE A* - B (including new 9-1) 78%
GCSE A*-C (including new 9-1) 93%
A Level A*-B 51%
A Level A*-C 85%
A Level A* - E 100%

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

The college is fully inclusive and has a whole range of expertise in dealing with specific learning difficulties. There are current student with dyslexia, dyscalculia and Asperger’s syndrome who are fully integrated in to all classes and who complete their learning journey without difficulties. The school has a comprehensive support plan for all such students and those who need, for instance, to work with a laptop or who need 1:1 support are given this.

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

The school has a number of educational psychologists with whom we work to ensure support and guidance is offered to all students and parents where needed.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

There is a Parent Council, who help us to shape the school direction.

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

Parents are invited in for different events throughout the year, such as presentations by the Headteacher, Enterprise Day, Health Gala, National Day and our International Day event. There are also drama and musical showcases, which all parents are invited to attend. We also encourage parents to offer activities as part of the Extra Curricular Activity programme.

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

The Board has a parent representative.

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

Each year group has a Parent Information Evening at the start of the year to meet the team who will support their child. There are meetings for parents with external agencies about university applications as well as coffee mornings and the chance to get to know other parents from the school community. We also have an alumni association.

This school is in a Best School by parents ranking

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