Dubai British School Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Park
• Excellent design and a very high standard of facilities
• Empowering and experienced leadership
• Recognised pioneering Taaleem ownership
• Discounted three-year fee provision
• New school opportunity to grow with, and shape the school ‘feel’ and dynamics
• Small opening class sizes
• No history of inspections – parents must weigh up the school’s opportunities to some degree “in the dark”
• No school alumni network
• Off pitch feeder school
• School running at 20% of capacity – can feel “airy”
• High fees relative to older existing school alternatives
Updated January 2017
Dubai British School Jumeirah Park, established in 2015, is a new school with all the opportunities, and some, but not all, of the risks for new parents that an opening school presents.
The school draws on a considerable history from Taaleem, its experienced owners, and in particular, on the ground, its namesake Dubai British School which opened in 2005. The Dubai British School in Emirates Hills achieves a “Very Good with outstanding Features” rating from the Dubai schools inspectorate, and, in part, the new Jumeirah Park school was established to respond to its sister being at capacity with a long waiting list in key years. Its sister school was also accredited by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com in its happiest school category in 2015-16.
Facilities are excellent and the school has invested to ensure that children are given every opportunity to meet their potential, as well as to compete at the premium end of Dubai Schools provision.
As a new school, scale too is an advantage; as the numbers of children and year provision increases, children have a real sense that they are pioneers in building their own school and parents and children have genuine involvement in shaping its identity. Class sizes too are small, on average around 1 teacher to 15 students (with further teaching support) although this will eventually rise to an average of 1:26.
The founding Principal, Heather Mann, brings a wealth of experience to Jumeirah Park, joining the school from Sheikh Zayed Private Academy in Abu Dhabi, where she was Principal from 2012 and, prior to that as Principal of (the outstanding) Al Yasmina School in Abu Dhabi.
The thought that has been invested by its owners in establishing the new school is evident. One example is the Gary Rhodes organic menu, personally defined and managed by the celebrity chef.
For prospective parents, the specially discounted fees on offer until the academic year 2017-18 will provide an added incentive, reducing the annual cost by a significant DHS10,000 for all children joining in this period.
Location will be a significant draw for many parents; Jumeirah Park is set within a stone’s throw of Jumeirah lake Towers and the Jumeirah Islands.
Necessarily the school suffers the inevitable, understandable, weaknesses, and risks, of a new school.
The WhichSchoolAdvisor.com first inspection noted that the school can seem a little airy – the school has the capacity to educate children to GCE O’ and A’ Level, this currently in planning and yet to come on stream. The result is that Jumeirah Park is currently running at 20% of its capacity (the school has a capacity for educating some 1600 children and currently educates only around 300)
No KHDA Inspection has taken place; the school needs time to bed-in.
Fees are high. Compared with its sister school, the original British School, fees are a not insignificant one third more expensive (DHS49,883 – DHS59,239 at its sister compared with DHS75,000 – DHS85,000 at Jumeirah Park). Its feeder school, the Dubai British Foundation has, relatively, equally high-end fees, running at DHS60,000 each year. Whilst these are very much for the course with new schools operating at the premium end of the sector, they also draw attention to the value offered by alternative young schools (the Dubai British School is only 11 years old – a new school by any standards other than those in Dubai) – if you can get a place.
Some parents too may well be frustrated that its foundation school feeder is not only separate, but considerably so (it is located off-pitch close to the original DBS Meadows). There are some benefits to this, however, The Foundation School is specialist, set up to target early years’ education, and its separation helps re-emphasise this.
This said, however, The British School Jumeirah Park, because of the success of its sister schools and (seriously) impressive management by its owners Taaleem, offers none of the more severe risks to prospective parents of a new school opening in a vacuum, without any history of delivery or any guarantee of continuity. Quite the opposite, there is every chance that Jumeirah Park will thrive.
Practically, the school follows an England and Wales based curriculum and caters for children from Year 1 to Year 8. Facilities include an impressive 500+ seater auditorium in the right wing and, outside, outside, a very large open play area with plentiful outdoor play equipment; two large sports halls with enormous indoor sports areas; 2 swimming pools (both 25m); a learner pool; and a very large astroturf pitch.
Prospective parents should note that, as a school in phased launch, ratings are based on projection, weighting the established performance other Taaleem schools, new school leadership and facilities, independent whichschooladvisor data, feedback from stakeholders, the benchmark performance of its sister school on which it is modeled and assumption that projected curriculum, staffing and facility provision meet or exceed published commitment.Go to the FULL REVIEW on WhichSchoolAdvisor.com
FS1: NA (Refer feeder school: Dubai British Foundation 60,000)
FS2: NA (Refer feeder school: Dubai British Foundation 60,000)
YEAR 1: 75,000 (New school discount: 65,000 until SY 2017-18)
YEAR 2: 75,000 (New school discount: 65,000 until SY 2017-18)
YEAR 3: 75,000 (New school discount: 65,000 until SY 2017-18)
YEAR 4: 75,000 (New school discount: 65,000 until SY 2017-18)
YEAR 5: 75,000 (New school discount: 65,000 until SY 2017-18)
YEAR 6: 75,000 (New school discount: 65,000 until SY 2017-18)
YEAR 7: 85,000 (New school discount: 75,000 until SY 2017-18)
YEAR 8: 85,000 (New school discount: 75,000 until SY 2017-18)
YEAR 9: In planning, fees TBA
YEAR 10: In planning, fees TBA
YEAR 11: In planning, fees TBA
YEAR 12: In planning, fees TBA
YEAR 13: In planning, fees TBA
National Curriculum of England
300+ (Capacity 1600)
Jumeirah Park, Dubai
British (Largest nationality)
Yes (Gary Rhodes OBE)
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