The Dubai English Speaking School - (Private)
The school continued to develop in the 1970s as Dubai itself expanded. As the school grew in numbers, so more classrooms and other facilities were added. By 1974 there were four classes in each year groupfrom Reception to Year 5. The school also began to have productions involving the children, although the first one, held in the central area, was rained off! The first productions were held outside but continued in the Gymnasium until Latifa Hall was built in the late 1980s. The first Christmas concerts were candlelit evenings.
The aims of the school from 1977 were to prepare children for the Common Entrance Examination and for transfer to primary or secondary education in the U.K. It was not only the children of expatriates whowere educated. The children of the Royal Family of Dubai were also pupils in the school. In the 1980s a new Administration building which housed the Computer Room and Staff Room was built after donations were received from the Palace and from fund raising events. The Administration building was opened in 1987 by Her Royal Highness Princes Anne. From its humble origins in 1963, the school now boasts modern facilities and classrooms of the highest standards. There are now 800 children with 5 classes in each year group. The Primary School covers the National Curriculum for England and Wales for children from age 4 to 11.
In 2006, building on over 40 years of tradition and reputation for academic excellence, DESS opened its own Secondary school, Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) in impressive modern buildings in Academic City. We now look to the future, providing quality British education for children up to the age of 18 and preparing our students for university entry and adulthood.