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Jumeirah College, Al Safa – The Review
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Jumeirah College, Al Safa – The Review

by July 11, 2017
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
• Best-in-class subject choice at A Level

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-
B
Arts & Drama
A
B+
Teaching
A+
B
Communications
A-
B+
Warmth
A+
B+
Differentiation
A-
B
SEND Provision
A
B+
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• Unpublished but high added value; no child is left behind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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Updated July 2017 – Jumeirah College 2017-18 fees and Sixth Form

“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 focused 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 College’s 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.

Jumeirah College Examination Results 2016

 

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.

Sixth Form subject choice at A’ Level is outstanding. 27 subject options include Photography; Art; Government and Politics; Psychology (also impressively offered at O’ Level – a critical bridge subject between the Arts and Sciences and one with considerable draw for top tier university Admissions); sociology, music technology; Drama and Theatre Design – all subjects that get lost by the wayside in lesser schools that do not invest in the teaching staff to deliver choice. For us, this is a stand-out feature of the school.

Image showing a poster for the 2017 Jumeirah College Art and Photography Exhibition

We do think, however, the school is missing a trick in not offering technical stream BTEC options, particularly given the launch of T Levels in 2019.  T level will best address, in a British Education context, the strengths of the alternative (and outstanding) IB Career Related Programme offered by the International Baccalaureate – but BTEC is, in our view, undervalued. The depth of subject choice at Jumeirah College does compensate, but technical stream education is offered only in A Level Product Design. BTEC Engineering, for example, would provide a good balance to the (outstanding) richness of the Arts and Humanities offer.

“Our curriculum model is based upon the English National Curriculum, but goes significantly beyond the minimum expectations, covering a diverse range of subjects. In fact, at A Level, Jumeirah College offers the most extensive range of subject choices in the UAE.

Simon O’Connor, Principal, Jumeirah College

Jumeirah College Sixth Form Prospectus

 

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 that GEMS, across all its schools, will begin to embrace too the many opportunities for student culture and child development that bursaries provide. It’s worth noting that GEMS is increasingly isolated in not providing the investment in bursaries we are admirably seeing across a swathe of Dubai and Abu Dhabi alternative Tier 1 schools.

It’s worth noting that Jumeirah College garnered unexpected criticism from the KHDA at the time of its last inspection(2015) for its SEN provision which to be fair to the school must be quoted in full:

“Policies and plans indicated that a fully inclusive ethos was not promoted in the school. Identification of students with SEND had become less robust and as a result less secure. Assessments from within the school and from external services were not interpreted appropriately to identify or to
categorise students’ SEND accurately.”

The result was a just Acceptable rating, this below the standard of care expected for any school within Dubai. We understand that this has been addressed by the school in full.

Highly recommended.

GEMS Jumeirah College was awarded whichschooladvisor Good School status, the bodies highest award, in 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 – its fifth consecutive year.

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Details to consider
2016/17 Overall ADEC / KHDA Rating

Outstanding

2016/17 Rating Secondary / Middle

Outstanding

2016/17 Post 16 / High

Outstanding

2015/16 Overall KHDA / ADEC Rating

Outstanding

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. 71,508
Year 8. 71,508
Year 9. 71,508
Year 10, 80,447
Year 11. 80,447
Year 12. 89,385
Year 13. 89,385

Curriculum

The National Curriculum of England
IGCSE/GCSE
A Level

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%

Quality of teaching

90%

Student personal responsibility

100%

Quality of curriculum

100%

School Governance

60%

SEN Provision

20%

About The Author
Jon Westley

Jon Westley is the Editor of SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com UK. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at] schoolscompared.com

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