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Emirates English Speaking School, Jumeirah

Emirates English Speaking School is a private K-12 school, founded in 1979. The school is located in Al Safa, Dubai and currently caters to just over 1900 students (up almost 200 on the previous calendar year) with approximately 100 teachers (up significantly over the previous year), over half of which hold a relevant teach qualification according to the KHDA, Dubai’s education regulator (2011/12 report)..

As of 2013/14 the school received the KHDA rating of Acceptable, a grade it has now held consistently for five years. Its 2011 report noted that this “is an improving school” with the “behaviour of the children across the school, including their attitudes to learning”, a highlight. Unfortunately it does not seem to have done quite enough to tip into a Good Rating in 2012, or in 2013. Progress has been made in senior years, but KG and junior school remains work in progress. A recommendation in its 2013/14 report is to “improve all aspects of the provision Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 including space, resources and the quality of teaching and learning”.

Note: Emirates English Speaking School’s secondary level education is predominantly Good – consistently achieving that KHDA rating in core subjects – English, Maths, Science and Arabic.

Emirates English Speaking School follows an Indian, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum with classes being taught in both English as Arabic as well as a number of secondary languages on offer including Hindu, Urdu and French.  Students complete the CBSE examinations in Grades 10 and 12. Classes for instruction are mixed through to Grade 4, with boys and girls being separated from Grades 5 to 12.

Class sizes are said to be large from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Parent volunteers are assigned to the Kindergarten 1 classes on a regular basis to support the teachers and students.

In its previous report the KHDA noted consistently good attainment and progress in Islamic Education and English; polite and well behaved students across the school, a high level of commitment for school improvement by secondary staff leading to improved results in external examinations; care, commitment and dedication shown by staff; and a highly developed relationship with parents which had enabled the school to support its students and in turn be supported. In 2013/14 it added that students in all phases had a good understanding of Islamic values and local, cultural and global, that there were aspects of strong teaching in the secondary school; and that the school now had good partnerships with parents and the community.

Ares to focus on improvement include KG provision; Improve attainment, progress and learning skills in all phases by developing students’ abilities to evaluate their own work and make connections between previous and new learning; to improve teaching across phases by implementing effective professional development and sharing good practice that exists in the secondary phase; to improve assessment to ensure that all teachers have accurate information about students’ attainments and progress so that they can modify lessons to meet the needs of all students; to make all leaders responsible for improving the identified weaknesses in all phases of the school; and to comply with KHDA requirements for the teaching of Arabic as an additional language in Grade 9.

The 2012/13 report also noted the need to improve the learning environment by providing additional learning resources and improved air conditioning, the latter possibly the quickest possible ‘win’ as a KHDA recommendation we have seen. This recommendation is absent from its latest report.


The school features an auditorium, library, music room, clinic, canteen, playground, physics, chemistry, biology and computer science laboratories.

The school also hosts a number of extra-curricular activities such as sports and games, elocution, debating, dramatics, quiz, essay-writing, art, swimming, ice-skating, music and dance.

Tuition fees are very much at the lower end of the spectrum, ranging from 3224 AED per annum for KG1, rising to 4893 AED for Grade 12. It will continued to be constrained from raising its fees by its current Acceptable rating.


KHDA Rating

Academic year Overall performance Report
2013-2014 Acceptable
2012-2013 Acceptable
2011-2012 Acceptable
2010-2011 Acceptable
2009-2010 Acceptable



Grade/Year Annual fee (AED)
KG1 3224.00
KG2 3584.00
1 3584.00
2 3584.00
3 3584.00
4 3883.00
5 3883.00
6 3883.00
7 4295.00
8 4295.00
9 4295.00
10 4295.00
11 4893.00
12 4893.00





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Update on June 26, 2015 | Reviewed by David on July 28, 2012

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