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Jumeirah College, Al Safa
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Jumeirah College, Al Safa

by November 16, 2015
Strengths

• Outstanding, visionary College leadership
• Focused, ‘whole child’ holistic educational approach
• Tier 1 academic attainment
• Outstanding KHDA personal development scoring
• Developing alumni network
• Courageous and transparent parental engagement, prospective and existing
• Passionate, committed, professional and highly effective teaching
• Tier 1 facilities

Weaknesses

• High fees – though high value return
• Relatively weak Arabic subject area provision

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Academic
A
B-
Value
A-
B
ExtraCurricula
A
C
Languages
B+
C
Sports
A-
C+
Arts & Drama
A
C+
Teaching
A+
C+
Communications
A-
B-
Warmth
A+
B-
Differentiation
A-
C+
SEND Provision
A
C+
Scl Community
A+
B-
Scl Facilities
A-
B-
Opportunities

• Exceptional, pioneering college in the provision of holistic, but academically focused, education
• KHDA Outstanding
• Exemplary, visionary leadership with the courage to refuse hothouse pressures in the interests of a ‘whole child’ education
• Unpublished but high added value; no child is left behind
• Impressive College transparency and communication – parents and their children come first
• A whichschooladvisor flagship school – (very) highly recommended

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13%
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13%
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19%

Our students’ success cannot be defined by qualifications alone. Simon O’Connor, Principal and CEO – Jumeirah College

GEMS Jumeirah College, founded in 1999, sets itself apart with an holistic, whole-child focussed approach to the English National Curriculum. The school, under its current principal, Simon O’Connor, has forged a reputation for the outstanding personal development of its students, this recognised in class-best KHDA scoring for the Colleges whole child provision.

College Principal since July 2015, Mr O’Connor, completed his professional PCGE training at Cambridge and forged a reputation within the UK education system for skills in student assessment, school development, Academy conversion and curriculum design.

According to WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, he has a strong presence at the College. Jumeirah College is currently the only GEMS institution to publish examination performance in full, uniquely in GEMS enabling existing and prospective parents the ability to properly benchmark attainment. A Principal proud of enough to “shout” about the attainment of his student’s is recommendation in itself and scores Jumeirah College highly in our transparency rating.

Facilities are good, including video conferencing room suite; communication and resource centre; design and technology centres; a drama studio with spring floors for dance; extensive library, excellent music suites (with adjacent) practice rooms; dedicated art room; science laboratories; indoor/outdoor bistro; multi-purpose gymnasium; swimming pool; tennis courts; netball courts; medical centre; grass playing fields and recreational areas. The school’s focus is very much on creating an environment fit for each student, whatever their gift.

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com records extremely positive feedback from parents on its whole child approach but inevitably some parents also want even more attainment academically. The College, however, despite scoring academically above UK benchmarks and within the top tier of UAE exam attainment, is resolutely not a hot house school, and refuses to be one. Nor is it academically selective.

A graduating class of well-adjusted, happy men and women, armed with a network of peers and friendships that will stand the test of time, with the examination grades to attend their University (or performing arts college) of choice, is the College’s bigger picture focus. Telling is the College’s increasing focus on developing its alumni network.

In the 2014-15 WhichSchoolAdvisor.com independent walk-in, inspectors made particular note of College staff who “could not have been any more passionate about the quality of their College and its students.”

In an otherwise near faultless inspection, KHDA Inspectors identified weaknesses in Arabic area subject attainment and provision, these a common failing within British schools across the sector. Governance was downgraded on this basis as the KHDA seek to drive improvements sector wide by making school governors structurally responsible for driving improvements in Arabic teaching and attainment within schools.

School fees are top end, although you cannot fault its value proposition. In the UK the College has exactly the type of dynamic that would embrace the provision of bursaries for less financially privileged children and it is hoped that in the future the UAE premium school sector, as a whole, will begin to embrace the many opportunities for student culture and child development that bursaries provide.

GEMS Jumeirah College was awarded whichschooladvisor Good School status, the bodies highest award, in 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 – its fourth consecutive year.

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Details to consider
Type of school

Private for-profit

WSA Good School

Yes

Full WSA Review
Average Cost Per Year

FS1: NA
FS 2: NA
Year 1: N/A
Year 2: N/A
Year 3: N/A
Year 4: N/A
Year 5. N/A
Year 6. N/A
Year 7. 64,117
Year 8. 64,117
Year 9. 64,117
Year 10, 72,131
Year 11. 72,131
Year 12. 80,146
Year 13. 80,146

Curriculum

The National Curriculum of England

External Exam Boards

Cambridge
Edexcel
AQA

Number of A Levels offered

27

A Levels offered

Arabic (2018 New A’ Level)
Art and Design (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Biology (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Business Studies (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Chemistry (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Computing (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Design and Technology (2017-2018 New A’ Level)
Drama (2016 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Economics (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
English Literature (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
English Language (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
French (2016 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Geography (2016 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Government and Politics (2017-2018 New A’ Level)
History (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
ICT (2017-2018 New A’ Level)
Mathematics (2017-2018 New A’ Level)
Further Mathematics (2017-2018 New A’ Level)
Media Studies (2017-2018 New A’ Level)
Music (2016 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Music Technology (2017-2018 New A’ Level)
Photography (2018 New A’ Level)
Physical Education (2016 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Physics (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Psychology (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Sociology (2015 – 2018 New A’ Level)
Spanish (2016 – 2018 New A’ Level)

A Level A* to A

31% (8% A*)

A Level A* to C

93% (66% A*B)

IGCSE A* to C

96.2%

IGCSE A* to A

60.8%

Number of I/GCSEs Offered

20

I/GCSEs offered

English Language
English Literature
Mathematics
Science
Arabic
Art & Design
Business Studies
Computer Science
Dance
Design Technology
Drama
Economics
French
Spanish
Geography
History
ICT
Music
GCSE Physical Education
Psychology

Selective

No.
Notes:
(1) The school has asked us to emphasise to prospective parents that it is resolutely committed to being fully inclusive and does not cherry pick students. It promises a world class education for all students and will put in place whatever measures are required to ensure that all children meet their potential.
(2) Admissions Policy does give priority to students from JPS and siblings of JC students.

Waiting list

Yes

Value Added

Not Published

Number of Students

1118

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:13

Largest nationality teachers

British

Teacher turnover

24% (Medium high)

Year opened

1999

Location

Al Safa, Dubai

Student composition

British (largest nationality)

Gender

Mixed co-educational

School canteen

Yes

Owner

GEMs Education

Admissions Telephone

+971 4 395 5524

Web Address
Attainment Nur SEM

NA

Attainment Pri SEM

NA

Attainment Sec SEM

100%

Attainment Post-16 SEM

100%

Progress Nur SEM

NA

Progress Pri SEM

NA

Progress Sec SEM

100%

Progress Post-16 SEM

100%

Arabic Native Primary Results (Native)

NA

Arabic Secondary Results (Native)

62.5%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Native)

NA

Arabic Primary Results (Add.)

NA

Arabic Secondary Results (Add.)

50%

Arabic Post-16 Results (Add.)

NA

Islamic St. Primary Results

NA

Islamic St. Secondary Results

62.5%

Islamic St. Post-16 Results

50%

Leadership

100%

Community

100%

Facilities

100%

About The Author
Jon Westley
Jon Westley is the Acting Editor of SchoolsCompared.com and the International Editor of WhichSchoolAdvisor.com. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at] schoolscompared.com

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