GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, Al Safa 1 – The Review
Updated August 2019 – GEMS Jumeirah Primary School updated, KHDA, staff retention and visuals
Our school is a very special place to be.
It is located in a vibrant part of the neighbourhood of Jumeriah and very much a ‘landmark’ in the local area.
The families that make up JPS come from all over the world and, no doubt, you will meet a fellow countryman among our families.
We celebrate this great richness of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds and are very proud that in this multi-cultural setting we are able to offer a friendly, stable and caring community for all of our children.
We work to provide our children with the best possible education in the fullest sense of the word; academically, culturally and emotionally.
Rachel Higgins, Principal, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School.
Updated February 2019 – GEMS Jumeirah Primary School KHDA and SchoolsCompared.com verdict
Opened in 1996 GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, known within the school as “JPS”, provides an exceptionally high standard of primary education, based on the English National Curriculum, for around 1450 students from FS1 to Grade 6. One of the most sought after primary schools in the Emirate, the school is over-subscribed and operates a waiting list. Across all school types, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, operates within Tier 1 of school provision within the Emirate and has secured an Outstanding rating from the KHDA for the last seven consecutive years. The school offers a slipstream to the outstanding GEMS Jumeirah College.
Over 70 nationalities are represented within GEMS Jumeirah Primary School – although British children predominate. Notwithstanding the size of the school, large by any British “competitor” standards, in operation the school actively nurtures “a small school atmosphere” – and it is successful, as attested to by a whichschooladvisor unannounced walk-in inspection GEMS Jumeirah Primary School in 2015 in which the school achieved an unsurpassed top A grade in all four areas of review.
Whilst the school plays down its ability and space to manage large numbers of children with Special Educational Needs [SEN], and specifically says that “it does not have provision for children with severe or complex special educational needs,” the reality is that the school performs exceptionally well in this area. Provision for the Gifted and Talented [G&T] at GEMS Jumeirah primary School is equally strong.
SATs at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School are taken at the end of Years 2 and 6 and we particularly praise the school in its transparent publication of these as well as advising parents off the enhanced requirement of the tests introduced in 2016 and the impossibility, as a result, of comparing results from previous years.
Level 5 and 6 SAT scores border on the extraordinary, out-performing the UK benchmarks in some cases by a doubling of attainment levels.
Facilities at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School are very impressive including a library and discovery centre, a multi-purpose sports hall, a large, temperature controlled Gymnasium, an all weather synthetic turf pitch, dedicated ICT facility, a “Quiet Garden,” mosque; fabulous Foundation Stage ‘Free flow areas that effectively (and inspirationally) integrate play-based learning in the curriculum, partly shaded 25-metre swimming pool and an infant learning pool.
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School fees, which hover at the AED 50,466 mark (2019), are increasingly mid-range for a premium, high achieving school, particularly in the context of Dubai’s new shiny ‘elite’ schools with fees to match.
An overwhelming majority of parents recommended the school to others in the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 annual WhichSchoolAdvisor.com school surveys – and feedback to SchoolsCompared.com has been uniformly positive – and particularly so for the high calibre of teachers and care for children.
Staff turnover is low by UAE standards at just 10% in the current year (2019).
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School bottom line? The SchoolsCompared.com verdict 2019
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School comes highly recommended, not only for being an academic heavyweight, but also for creating such a genuinely happy, nurturing and inspirational school for its children – an achievement not often given the weighting it deserves within the increasingly harsh pressures on schools and to concentrate on examination performance to measure their performance. One thing GEMS Jumeirah Primary School is resolutely not is a SAT factory.
School Principal Rachel Higgins more than justifiably secured shortlisting for the Best Principal in the UAE 2019 in the annual SchoolsCompared.com Top School Awards in association with Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Bottom line – this school absolutely shines.
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National Curriculum of England
10% (2018) (Very low)
Al Safa 1, Dubai
British (largest nationality)
+971 4 394 3500
• Outstanding achievements in English and mathematics and Science in all phases
• The quality of the students’ personal and social development is exemplary
• The quality of teaching, (rich, challenging and imaginative) curriculum and care for and of children are exceptional
• Visionary leadership with a relentless pursuit for excellence
• Strong, effective partnerships with parents and the community
• Inspiring, determined and accomplished new Principal
• Excellent Head of Inclusion and management of Special Educational Needs
• Slipstream to Jumeirah College
• Staff turnover low - currently running, in 2018, at 8%. 9% in 2017-18.
• The quality, effectiveness and pace of Islamic Education and Arabic as a first language lags behind that or other core subject disciplines
• "The quality of assessment and critical thinking needs to be brought in line with core subjects, which are outstanding in these areas." (JPS 2018)