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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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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
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: Dirham 36,540
to: Dirham 65,008
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

2.6% local : 97.4% international

Native English speaking teachers

Yes. The majority of our teachers are from the UK or UK trained and highly qualified teaching staff.

Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French, Spanish

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

From Year 3 and throughout the Secondary school, all students are expected to have their own device that is used to enhance learning. The Google suite is used across the school, centred around the Google Classroom application so that all lesson materials are stored in one place for each class. Students collaborate with each other and with their teacher using the Google applications to deepen and enhance learning. There are also several online quizzing platforms that are used daily by teachers to assess students’ knowledge and intervene where necessary. There are also other platforms that are used by specific faculties, such as Sparx maths which is used to set and monitor independent learning in maths and Kamkalima which is used to stretch and extend native Arabic learners. Specialist computer lessons in primary and secondary support the development of IT skills for all students. In FS and Key Stage 1, students have access to iPads and interactive whiteboards and a designated STEAM area is utilised for the use of robots and drones.

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.

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/

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.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Way over 90%

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/

Student access to education psychologist

We do have links with an external center who have an Educational psychologist .

Entry evaluation for students

Yes in the form of 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.

Waiting list

Yes, certain year levels are very high in demand. There is an availability tab on our website, which is regularly updated.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no deadline as such, we are accepting students throughout the year.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, however, this depends on the year group

School start time

7:45 am

School finish time

Monday to Thursday: 1pm FS 1 & 2 | 3:10 pm Years 1 to 6 | 3:30 pm Years 7 to 13
Friday: 12noon for all year groups

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, our after-school 'Star Club' is available for a small fee.

School bus service available


School provided lunches

We have teamed up with SwissCanonica and students can purchase fresh, healthy, high quality and affordable food options in our school cafeteria.

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.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Our activities include: Robotics & STEAM Club, Boys Rugby, Eco Warriors, Talk like a Tedxter, Table Tennis, Netball, Bronze DofE, Functional Fitness, Football, Running Club, Rounders, Swimming Team, Coding Club, Art & Craft Club, Mindfulness, GeogSoc, AfroBeats Dance, Debate Club, History Film Club, Girls Rugby, UKMT Maths, Girls Rippa Rugby, Band Practice, Yoga & Meditation, Origami, Knitting, Spanish, Maths Puzzle, Expo Club, Batik Design, LAMDA Exams, Islamic Cinema, Basketball, Safehouse, Girls-only Gym, Uni Prep & Interview Skills, News Team, Choir, Book Club, Junior Duke and Hama Bead Art.

Sports activities included

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

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, such as swim squad, netball teams, basketball teams, DASSA inter-school competitions, rounders, football squads, rugby and more.

Facilities at the school

Secondary: 8 Chemistry/ Physics/ Science/Bio Labs, Prep Rooms, Graphics Studio, Art Studio, Music Class Room, Individual Music Practice Rooms, Group Music Practice Room, Black Box Theatre, Drama Studio Theatre, Large Library, Media Studies Room, Learning Commons, Dining Hall with Outdoor Terrace, Sixth Form Study Rooms, Sixth Form Common Room, Primary Library, Primary Playgrounds, large Classrooms with plenty of Daylight.

Sports facilities at the school

The new PE/Sports Complex features: modern 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, Full-size Sports Field with natural Grass and Cricket Pitch. Our Primary School features in addition a Sports Hall and Swimming Pool.

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 our students achieving high academic standards, making sound judgements and having clearly defined moral values. We hope to provide a firm foundation for our students to succeed in an ever-changing multicultural world and develop into successful learners, confident individuals and good citizens.

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

We are also one of the few true heritage schools in Dubai, having opened our doors in 1992.

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