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Dubai British School

Dubai British School

Dubai British School (DBS) offers the English National Curriculum, and is open to students, girls and boys, aged from three to eighteen years of age (Foundation to Year 13). According to their latest audit it is currently home to 1,097 students aged from 3 to 18. The largest single nationality, as the name implies, is British, making up approximately two-thirds of the current student population. That said, like all schools in the UAE, DBS offers a very multicultural environment, with over 50 nationalities represented amongst the student population of the school.

Taking care of the students are 78 full time teachers, including the Principal, and a senior leadership team (this is a slight reduction in numbers over last year). The school also has 25 teaching assistants including two full time nurses, a doctor, a primary counsellor and a secondary counsellor.

Approximately 5 percent of students have been identified as having Special Educational Needs (SEN). The SEN department has currently 3 teachers.

The school is located in new Dubai, in Springs 3, Emirates Hills. It is very conveniently located, on a lovely, tree-lined street, behind the busy shopping complex.

Dubai British School is a Taaleem school, and “proudly participates in all Taaleem Schools’ events and sports competitions”.

Students are entered for IGCSE at the end of the secondary phase and GCE Advanced level examinations at the end of the post-16 phase. The school has a dedicated special educational needs co-ordinator, who runs the gifted and talented programme. DBS also offers students in years 12 and 13 the opportunity to study BTEC Leisure and Tourism.

The school does not publish examination results on its web site. However, whichschooladvisor does have the 2015/16 A Level and GCSE exam results and the school performed very well.

In GCSE results, DBS scored 94% A* to C results while 53% achieved an impressive A or A*. In A Level exams, DBS outperformed the UK averages (25.8%) with 27% of students achieving an A* or A, and 100% of the cohort passing, while the UK average for 2016 sat at 98.1%.

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In its last inspection by the Dubai Schools’ Inspection Bureau (DSIB), the school was ranked “Very Good” by the KHDA. This is a new rank by the school inspector, and is a step up for DBS in terms of grade. In November 2015 Dubai British School was also awarded an Outstanding rating by British School Overseas.

The school’s KHDA report notes an excellent work ethic of the school’s students, as well as self-reliance, independence and a strong community spirit. Behaviour and relationships are said to be outstanding.

The school offers very good teaching enabling students to make very good progress in most subjects and attain highly in English, mathematics and science. Children benefit from a Foundation Stage “which is excellent in almost every aspect”.

As with many other schools in Dubai, the teaching of Arabic and Islamic Studies, to the standard required by the Ministry of Education is proving a challenge. Improvements are being made, but the school was rated Acceptable for its performance in these areas.

In general however, teachers at the school are said to have an excellent understanding of how children learn, promoting independent and critical thinking and a positive working ethos in school. The school’s leadership is rated Outstanding across the board – with only self evaluation rated lower at Very Good.

DBS offers an extensive range of extra curricular activities both internally and from external providers – this year Year 12 and 13 students attended the Model United Nations at Yale University. The school has a number of on-site facilities, tennis court, basketball court, swimming pool, sports hall, football pitch, auditorium, canteen/dining area, foundation playground, primary playground, primary ICT suites, primary library, secondary library, secondary ICT suites, sixth form common rooms and dedicated extended learning rooms.

The school participates in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Unsurprisingly DBS is a very popular school, and admissions can be difficult. You can find the latest information on the school’s Web site here.

Feedback from parents in the Which School Advisor survey has, so far, been a little disappointing. The school currently falling below average in terms of parent satisfaction in terms of academic attainment, discipline, and feedback to parents, in spite of seemingly good actual performance.

Fees currently range from 46096 AED for Foundation Years 1 – 2, to 69145 AED for Years 12-13.

The school places an emphasis on making sure that the community is involved in the school’s future and planning for it, with the school’s advisory board having school staff, parents, and members of the Taaleem executive board. DBS has an active Parents and Friends Association (PFA), who organize regular events such as Winter Fair and Spring Fair.

The PFA meets regularly once a month at the school.

 

Fees

Pre primary 46096
FS 1 46096
FS 2 46096
YEAR 1 46096
YEAR 2 46096
YEAR 3 52685
YEAR 4 52685
YEAR 5 52685
YEAR 6 52685
YEAR 7 62567
YEAR 8 62567
YEAR 9 62567
YEAR 10 62567
YEAR 11 62567
YEAR 12 69145
YEAR 13 69145


Rating

2008-2009 Acceptable click here
2009-2010 Good click here
2010-2011 Good click here
2011-2012 Good click here
2012-2013 Good click here
2013-2014 Good click here
2014-2015 Good click here
2015-2016 Very good click here

 

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Update on September 4, 2016 | Reviewed by David on July 7, 2012

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