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Language of instructionEnglish
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: Dirham 33,500
to: Dirham 61,765
Address: Al Safa 1 Dubai United Arab Emirates
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

0,1% local : 99,9% international

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English speaking teachers

All classes and lessons are taught and supported by UK trained and qualified teaching staff.

Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

We have successfully implemented a Bring Your Own Device initiative for all learners aged 7 and above. We also offer a broad and balanced Computing curriculum to students all the way from primary up to A Level which prepares pupils to ‘use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world’. The blend of ICT and Computer Science topics within lessons allows students to develop technological skills and an understanding of the importance Technology holds in everyday life. STEM/STEAM projects are at the forefront of cross-curricular planning, allowing students to develop knowledge across multiple principles at the same time. We have invested in technology to allow students the opportunity to interact with the latest hardware on the market. We offer Robotics to our primary and secondary level students.

Raspberry Pi– Small in size the Raspberry Pi is a very powerful tool which we have integrated into our teaching. The devices help to instill computational thinking and skills such as decomposition, pattern recognition, logical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving.

3D printing– Students have been forward thinking with regard to how the 3D printer can support school initiatives. In the past they have been used to develop tools to support teaching of Computing and also props within school productions.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes, we offer hybrid classes with some students physically in class and others joining virtually.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

The type and nature of homework set by teachers will vary widely and it will not necessarily always involve written work. The tasks set should give your child a range of opportunities to enrich learning independently.

Uniform required


Waiting list

Depends on the year level.

Entry evaluation for students

Placement assessment and/or interview

Brief description of entry evaluation required

We use CAT 4 tests from Year 2 onwards and for FS 1 to Year 1 we conduct Teacher Assessments.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, however, this depends on the year group

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Over 90%

External examinations or assessments available

GCE AS, A Level and GCSE Certificates

Results in these examinations

Detailed results can be viewed here: https://englishcollegedubai.com/exam-results/

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

We have a limited number of places for students with specific learning difficulties. These places fill very quickly and a student will only be admitted if it is ascertained that we can provide the supportive environment in which he/she can succeed.

Learning support offered

We have an experienced Inclusion Team, details can be viewed here: https://englishcollegedubai.com/inclusion/

School start time

7:45 am

School finish time

Sunday - Wednesday: 3:00 pm
Thursday: 12:25 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, after-school care is a paid for service at a minimal fee.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Some examples of activities that have run in the past 3 years are: Football, Eco Club, Logic Club, Volleyball, Softball, Debate and MUN, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Junior Duke, Rugby, Netball, Scuba Diving, Spelling Club, Gardening, Swim Squad, Lego Club, Senior Vocal Club, Games and Puzzles, Chess Club, Basketball, Cricket, Experimental Science, European Culture Appreciation, Superhero Club, Judo, History's Mysteries, Girls' Rugby, Scholar's Club, Rounders, Arabic Culture Club, Disney Club, Film Club, Badminton Club, Running Club, Ukulele Club, Rock Choir, Orchestra, Extra Revision, Dance Club, Drama Productions, Skiing/Snowboarding and Photography Club to name a few.

School provided lunches

Yes, students can purchase fresh, healthy, high quality and affordable food options.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

A range of non-vegetarian, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options is available.

Sports activities included

Football, rugby, netball, rounders, cricket, swimming, basketball, volleyball, softball, athletics, fitness

Sports facilities at the school

Our new PE/Sports Complex features: Fitness Studio; changing Rooms separately for Female and Male; modern, full equipped Clinic for Nurse and part-time Doctor; activity/PE Classroom; large PE/Sports Hall; Netball courts and full-size Sports Field with natural grass. We also feature a swimming pool in our Primary section (for primary students only) and a Primary Sports Hall.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The aim of The English College, Dubai is to offer the best elements of the British education system supplemented by modern international educational practice, based upon EC students achieving high academic standards, making sound judgements and having clearly defined moral values. EC hopes to provide a firm foundation for its students to succeed in an ever-changing multicultural world and develop into successful learners, confident individuals and good citizens.

EC aims to give each child the best level of education possible, not just in academic training, but also in terms of character formation, developing the whole personality and awakening new interests, so that when the students leave school EC can expect them to become effective, happy and responsible members of society.

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