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The English College Dubai

The English College Dubai

The English College Dubai is a private Year 7 to 13 school located in Umm Suqeim, Dubai. The school was established in 1992 and has been consistently rated Good since inspections began.

The English College has been going through some big changes in 2016, with LVS Ascot taking over management of the school, plus the relaunch of the primary school, this time named Manor Primary.

LVS Ascot already manages 3 successful non selective coeducational independent schools in the UK. By bringing English College on board the charitable trust has taken its first step into the global education market.

Back in 2014, the school appointed an experienced new principal- Ian Jones who was previously head teacher at the Dhahran British Grammar School, and the head of primary at The Sultan’s School in Oman.

The English College is a very liked school by parents and students. It is known for being slightly quirky, and a little bit artistic. Students, in general, make “outstanding” progress in a number of subjects and display positive and responsible attitudes. The breadth and richness of the curriculum is enhanced by high quality teaching. The school also has an outstanding programme of extra-curricular activities and excursions.

English College Dubai follows the English National Curriculum. Of note all staff members are UK qualified, excluding the Arabic and Islamic Education teachers, at the time of the KHDA’s last inspection. The school is bucking the IB trend, and offers GCSE and A-level based examinations.

The school helpfully publishes its examination results on its Web site, something WSA believes all schools should do. It is a key piece of information that prospective parents look for when choosing a school.

EC does remarkably well academically, in fact, in the GCSE results for 2016, the school’s cohort achieved 94% A* to C and 43% A* to C (more than double the UK average).


At A Level, the school is similarly impressive with 18% A* to A and 79% of students getting an A to C grade for each examination (over 1% higher than the UK average).

The school is said to provide “Outstanding” special needs provision to the limited number of children that require it. The school offers a “limited number of places for students with specific learning difficulties” and “these places fill very quickly”. A student will only be admitted “if it is ascertained that the College can provide the supportive environment in which he or she can succeed.” The school does not, however, provide design technology which is a requirement under the British curriculum.

The school has good facilities (swimming pool, indoor sports hall, shaded play areas, learning support, shared sports field) with a strong art department but these facilities are becoming a little frayed at the edges, according to parents to whom we spoke.  A little investment in the existing infrastructure and facilities would be welcomed warmly by parents and pupils alike.

School fees (as of 2013/14) range between 49, 764 AED to 59,619 AED per year depending upon grade which places the school mid table in terms of fees. In terms of its peers, a high achieving, UK curriculum school, it represents very good value.


The Buzz

Established, with a very happy student body, English College, Dubai has a relatively low key atmosphere that consistently seems to deliver the goods. Ranked ‘Good’ by the KHDA for eight years in a row, EC is well liked by by parents and the students who attend. Nurturing is a word that’s over used by UAE schools, but for EC at least it seems to resonate with a good teacher to student ratio, and learning support. While it may have made good business sense to close the primary section, for many it is considered a loss to the Dubai education landscape.



Years 7-9: 49, 764 AED
Years 10-11: 53, 987 AED
Years 12-13: 59,619 AED


KHDA Rating

Academic year Overall performance Report
2013-2014 Good
2012-2013 Good
2011-2012 Good
2010-2011 Good
2009-2010 Good
2008-2009 Good





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Update on October 4, 2016 | Reviewed by David on July 28, 2012

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