Dubai British School, Emirates Hills

Dubai British School, Emirates Hills

Overview

Dubai British School (DBS), a part of Taaleem Foundation was established in 2005. The aim of Taaleem is to launch top-notch English-medium schools that are innovative and student-centred. The well-being and development of Dubai British School students are given top priority and teachers are equipped with all necessary tools to help them achieve their educational goals.

The school, which follows the National Curriculum of England is located in Springs 3, Emirates Hills (Behind Spinneys/Springs Town Centre). The Dubai British School caters to students aged 3-18 and offers a well-structured British curriculum education. In line with the goals of the Minister of Happiness in Dubai, this school has been rated highly by WestEd when it comes to Dubai’s best schools for fostering happiness in students. All of these factors have resulted in the school attaining the coveted ‘Outstanding’ rating from KHDA.  

At, DBS hard work and talent is respected and celebrated. The teaching staff at DBS strives to inspire students into becoming creative thinkers and innovators. This top British curriculum school in Dubai considers itself to be a global educational community that helps students to develop the skills they require to thrive in the dynamic world.

Residential Communities near Dubai British School

Families living in the rental villas in and near the Emirates Hills community can easily access this British school. Here are a few communities with easy access to the Dubai British School location.

The Springs is another residential neighbourhood close to the Dubai British School campus.

Nevertheless, parents and guardian who wants to remain close to the school campus can look for villas available for rent and sale.

Campus of Dubai British School

Campus facilities in Dubai British School
A student at work in the art room (Image Credit: Dubai British School)

Currently, DBS has the main campus in Emirates Hills with a sister concern operating in Jumeirah Park. It is one of the most sought-out educational institutes in Dubai. The Dubai British School campus in Emirates Hills is made up of several state-of-the-art facilities that include:

  • STEAM Garden (Lab)
  • Graphic Design Studio
  • Six Science Labs
  • Art Studio & Ceramics Room
  • Performing Arts Theatre
  • Primary Music Room
  • Secondary Music Room
  • Peripatetic Rooms for Individual Music Lessons
  • Primary Library
  • Secondary Library
  • Sports Hall
  • Multi-purpose Astroturf Pitch
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis and Netball Court
  • Gym
  • Extended Learning Rooms
  • Sixth Form Common Room
  • Sixth Form Private Study Room
  • Indoor & Outdoor Dining Areas
  • Canteen
  • Foundation Playground & Outdoor Classrooms
  • Primary Playground
  • Health Centre
  • Counselling Rooms

Location of Dubai British School

DBS is located close to the famous Spinneys Town Center, just a short drive away from the Meadows Souk.

Why Dubai British School?

The staff and management of DBS believe that children need to be nurtured physically and mentally. This approach allows them to instil important core values within the students that help them adapt and thrive in the ever-changing world. The main goal of the school is to make students into critical thinkers, cooperative communicators and caring individuals.

One of the main reasons parents are keen on gaining admission to Dubai British School is the ‘Outstanding’ KHDA rating that the school has achieved. Another benefit for students enrolled in the school is the innovative teaching practises encouraged at the school. Children are well-versed with using advanced technologies and gadgets by the time they finish high school. The sixth form facilities available to senior students are also popular with parents.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

The Government of Dubai has developed protocols for schools to follow until the pandemic is over. This is an accumulative effort and approach to keep everyone, including students, teachers, parents and all the relevant third parties safe and healthy.

The KHDA has uploaded protocols for school reopening on the official website for your convenience. Here’s an overview of the preventive SOPs in place. 

  • Sterilising the school building, classrooms, laboratories and other facilities regularly, according to the recommendations of the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management.
  • Assessing the temperature of everyone who enters the school building daily.
  • Maintaining physical distance guidelines as recommended by the relevant health authorities and reducing the headcount capacity in classrooms.
  • Seats will be placed 1.5 metres apart in classrooms.
  • Keeping the bus capacity between 30% and 50%.
  • Limiting gatherings and suspending group activities such as school celebrations and sports events.
  • Appointing a trained health and safety officer to ensure that people and processes in the school comply with health and safety protocols.
  • Physical education will continue; however, swimming pools will be closed.
  • School-wide events such as sports day, assemblies, international days, activities are put on hold.
  • Students can either attend classes in person or opt for distance or E-learning; schools can and should provide 100% distance learning provisions.
  • For now, schools’ fees remain unchanged for the next academic year; however, schools have the authority to offer discounts as they deem fit.
  • COVID-19 PCR testing is not mandatory for students without travel history. Only those who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to take the PCR test.
  • The KHDA recommends schools to provide virtual tours. If parents do visit the campus, they MUST follow all the safety measures. This includes wearing face masks and maintaining a 1.5 metres distance.

Years Offered at Dubai British School

The Dubai British School offers classes from Foundation Stage 1 to Key Stage 4, after which students are enrolled in the Sixth Form.

Sections
Years Covered
Sections
Foundation Stage
Years Covered
FS 1 and FS 2
Sections
Key Stage 1
Years Covered
Year 1 and Year 2
Sections
Key Stage 2
Years Covered
Year 3 to Year 6
Sections
Key Stage 3
Years Covered
Year 7 to Year 9
Sections
Key Stage 4
Years Covered
Year 10 and Year 11
Sections
Key Stage 5 / Sixth Form
Years Covered
Year 12 and Year 13

Dubai British School Curriculum

The Dubai British School curriculum is structured according to the National Curriculum of England. This school is a certified member of the Council of International Schools and offers an education that is on par with leading international institutes.

Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is followed at DBS for the children in primary school. This well-planned curriculum improves the imaginative and cognitive skills of a student. The school syllabus utilises exceptional learning and teaching practices set by the National Curriculum of England by dividing key ideas and concepts into seven separate areas.

The first three areas (communication and languages, physical development and personal, social and emotional development) are known as the prime areas. These are then specifically strengthened with further teachings of literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

Primary Stage

The British curriculum is followed by DBS throughout the important stages of primary education. DBS focuses on building international-mindedness and empathy with the students. Lessons are specially designed and incorporated to instil these values within the students. This school prioritises social and moral education to make their students into practical and environmentally conscious individuals.

During this stage, teachers try to make students curious about the world around them and instil a desire to know about world affairs and current happenings. Teachers also use different lessons and exercises to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and work towards improving or rectifying them.

Secondary stage is Dubai British School
The Secondary Stage is split into two distinctive stages, KS3 and KS4 (Image Credit: Dubai British School)

Secondary Stage

The main focus of this stage is to nurture the whole child, be it with conventional methods or more customised solutions. The school philosophy ‘Enjoy, Aspire, Achieve’ supports the everyday practices within this stage. The main curriculum for Dubai British School in the secondary stage includes:

  • Core Subjects: English, Mathematics and Science
  • Humanities: Geography and History
  • Modern Languages: French, Spanish and Arabic
  • Social Sciences: Psychology, Sociology, Business and Economics
  • Expressive Arts: Drama, Music, Media Studies and Art
  • Physical Education: Recreational PE and Exam PE

The regular assessment of students’ progress throughout this stage is measured through their set targets in each subject to make sure that they are working according to their full capacity.

Sixth Form

The students of DBS perform far superior to the benchmarks set by the UK when it comes to their A level examinations. As a result, the students are easily able to get admission to some of the best universities around the world such as John Hopkins University (USA) and Cambridge University (UK).

In this stage, students of the sixth form learn to improve their critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, creative adaptability, and communication skills. The curriculum includes core elements along with a variety of A-level subjects from which students are allowed to select fields of study they would like to pursue.

Distance Learning at Dubai British School, Emirates Hills

The government of Dubai has mandated schools to offer distance learning provisions in addition to in-class learning, especially in the first phase of reopening. Distance learning format might differ from school to school and term to term but students opting for this model will be kept updated on the curriculum followed.

KHDA Rating

KHDA rating for Dubai British School
KHDA rated Dubai British School as ‘Outstanding’

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) supervises all the private educational institutes in Dubai. KHDA is directly responsible for the quality of private education in the city. To ensure parents can choose the best options for their children, KHDA inspects private schools in Dubai with judgments that have been made on a six-point scale.

The KHDA also focuses on maintaining high-quality education along with the well-being and happiness of students and educators.
After careful examination, KHDA has rated DBS as “Outstanding”. The table below provides the history of the school’s performance over a decade.

YEARS
KHDA RATING
YEARS
2009 – 2015
KHDA RATING
Good
YEARS
2015 – 2017
KHDA RATING
Very Good
YEARS
2017 – 2019
KHDA RATING
Outstanding

Some of the main reasons for the high rating include:

  • Understanding of Islamic values and awareness of Emirati and world cultures.
  • Focus on students’ personal development and well-being
  • Social responsibility and innovation skills
  • Effective teaching staff.
  • Curriculum design, implementation and adapting.
  • Health and safety, including arrangements for child protection/safeguarding
  • Effectiveness of leadership, improvement planning, communication with parents and community and governance.

Academic Calendar for Dubai British School

Provided below is a summary of the DBS academic calendar.

  • Term 1 starts on September 1 and ends after the second week of December. The first term is followed by the winter break.
  • Term 2 starts in January and ends in March. This term is followed by spring break.
  • Term 3 starts in April and ends in July, after which summer vacation begins.

Dubai British School Emirates Hills timings are:

  • Foundation Stage:
    • Sunday to Wednesday: 07:45 am to 01:30 pm.
    • Thursday: 07:45 am to 01:00 pm.
  • Year 1 to year 6:
    • Sunday to Wednesday: 07:45 am to 02:30 pm.
    • Thursday: 07:45 am to 01:15 pm.
  • Year 7 to Year 12:
    • Sunday to Wednesday: 07:55 am to 03:10 pm.
    • Thursday: 07:55 am to 01:30 pm.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Dubai British School?

DBS is a popular school and hence admissions to all year groups may not be open. Parents are requested to check the school website to confirm the admissions availability to DBS by year group. If the waiting pool is open as per their list, applications will be accepted. Applicants are required to fill the online application form to apply for admissions to Dubai British School and provide the following documents:

  • Copy of completed application form
  • Three passport size photograph of the student
  • UAE Residence Visa copies of parents and child
  • Parent’s/ guardian’s and student’s Emirates Identification Card (EID). However, if the resident’s EID is not issued, parents are required to upload a copy of the EID application forms
  • Complete medical form
  • Copy of Immunisation/ Vaccination Record
  • Copy of Psychologist’s Report
  • Transfer certificate from the previous school (if needed)
  • End of year school report is needed if an applicant is applying for Primary/ Secondary, GCSE and A-Level

Debenture:

DBS offers Corporate Debentures for organisations interested in securing school places for the children of their employees.

After Applying at DBS

An application fee of AED 525 which is inclusive of 5% VAT is payable either in person at the accounts office or by credit card or by bank transfer.

All applicants are assessed prior to entry. For applicants applying from overseas countries, assessments will be done from abroad. The registrar will get in touch with the applicant’s parents regarding their children in the current school for reference. For secondary applicants, aged 7 to 12, DBS will contact the student’s current school for reference.

The applicant will be notified shortly after the assessment. After an offer has been made, parents will get two weeks to complete the documentation and payment process.

Should a child be waitlisted, parents will receive a notice once any spot becomes available. Applicants can re-apply at the school if the school is unable to accept the application for any reason. They may also request a re-assessment in case of any anomalies.

Before seeking admission, parents must ensure that their child meets the following age placement guideline.

Years
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 1
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
4
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 2
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
5
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 1
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
6
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 2
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
8
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 3
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Years
Year 4
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Years
Year 5
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Years
Year 6
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Years
Year 7
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10
Years
Year 8
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Years
Year 9
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Years
Year 10
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Years
Year 11
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Years
Year 12
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Years
Year 13
Minimum Entry Age
17
Maximum Entry Age
20
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
16

This is based on the age of the students on 31st July (for schools beginning in April) and 31st December (for schools beginning in September). Source: KHDA

* This is to cater to students transferring from systems that admit students of a younger age)

Fee Structure at Dubai British School

Dubai British School tuition fees for the current academic year are:

Years
Term 1 Fee
Term 2 Fee
Term 3 Fee
Annual Fee
Years
FS 1 to Year 2
Term 1 Fee
AED 19,610
Term 2 Fee
AED 14,708
Term 3 Fee
AED 14,708
Annual Fee
AED 49,026
Years
Year 3 to Year 6
Term 1 Fee
AED 22,414
Term 2 Fee
AED 16,810
Term 3 Fee
AED 16,810
Annual Fee
AED 56,034
Years
Year 7 to Year 11
Term 1 Fee
AED 26,619
Term 2 Fee
AED 19,963
Term 3 Fee
AED 19,963
Annual Fee
AED 66,545
Years
Year 12 and Year 13
Term 1 Fee
AED 29,416
Term 2 Fee
AED 22,062
Term 3 Fee
AED 22,062
Annual Fee
AED 73,540

For more detailed information, you can visit the DBS fee structure on the website.

COVID-19 Discounts at Dubai British School

The current pandemic has detrimental affect on health and financial situation of people around the globe. Taking into account the salary cuts, unpaid leaves and job loss that people have witnessed in these months, Dubai British School has announced 20% to 25% discount on term 3 fee.

Scholarships at Dubai British School

DBS offers limited scholarships, so they are rolled out on a case-by-case basis. For more information, you can contact the school administration on +971 4 361 9361.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Dubai British School

Lunch facility in Dubai British School
Students from Year 4 onward can purchase food from the canteen

The canteen at DBS offers a variety of healthy and nutritious food snacks. Primary school students are also encouraged to bring their food from home.

*Following health and safety measures issued by the KHDA, the school is not offering fresh lunch to students. However, children can bring home-prepared lunch.

School Transportation at Dubai British School

DBS has contracted the Arab Falcon Bus Rental company to provide school transport services. The Arab Falcon Bus Rental is a well-established transportation company. They also provide well-trained drivers and nanny service. All the buses are facilitated with CCTV and a tracking system for the safety of each student using the bus.

For any further information or clarification, you can contact Ms Farah, the Transport Manager at DBS on+971 50 110 7063 or farah@arabfalcondubai.ae

Monthly school fees at Dubai British School ranges from AED 865 for nearby areas such as The Gardens, Al Sufouh (1&2), Palm Jumeirah and Al Barsha to AED 975 for areas which are further away. 

*Following the Covid-19 protocol, the school is operating transport services at 30% to 50% capacity.

Sports Facilities

The management of DBS strongly believes that education goes way beyond the classroom. This school offers a number of different competitive and non-competitive sporting activities. Every student in Dubai British School is encouraged to participate in sporting activities that include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Basketball
  • Tennis court
  • Gymnasium
  • Football pitch
  • Play area for primary

*Due to Covid-19 restriction, swimming pools have been closed across all schools.

Extra-curricular Activities at Dubai British School

Art Club
Fitness
Camera Club
Cricket
Digital Art and Animation
Diving
Film Making Club
Drama and Dance
Tennis
Football
Swimming
Rugby
Climbing
Holiday Camps

Extra-curricular activities (ECAs) are a very essential part of any school’s learning environment. Most of the activities arranged by the school are free-of-charge. However, the school outsources some activities in other facilities.

Parents are sent a list of internal activities before the start of each term. They may select one (or multiple activities) and get in touch with the school about the schedule. Activities offered by DBS include art club, fitness, camera club, cricket, digital art and animation, diving, filmmaking club, drama and dance.

Apart from the activities, there are also clubs that children can be a part of while studying in Dubai British School. Popular clubs in DBS include the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, F1 in school, eco kids, gifted and talented, fitness, girls football, golf, hockey, ICT club, coding club, chess club, learn to draw, literacy and ICT games, maths games, model united nations, netball, papercraft, recreational football, primary choir, primary pop-up council, Quran club, diving and much more!

The outsourced firm eSports manages the external extra-curricular activities. The list of external activities includes tennis, football, swimming, cricket, rugby, climbing, holiday camps etc.

*The school has suspended extracurricular activities until further notice as a result of the KHDA Covid-19 protocols.

Field Trips

This school routinely organises fun field trips for the students such as a visit to Yas Marina Circuit. DBS also uses external companies such as Ecoventure to take students camping.

Field trips in Dubai British School
Key Stage 4 students on a trip to London (Image Credit: Dubai British School)

*Under Covid-19 protocols, the school has suspended all school trips until further notice.

After-school Care

Currently, DBS only provides after-school care for primary level students. These services are outsourced to Galaxy Kids Dubai. This firm works with the school to create customised programs that include fun and engaging activities for young kids.

*Under Covid-19 restrictions, the school has suspended after-school activities/clubs until further notice.

Medical Care at Dubai British School

DBS features a well-equipped health clinic and employs a full-time staff that includes an experienced doctor and two nurses. The clinic includes a waiting area, beds and necessary medical equipment including nebulizer, ENT diagnostic sets, glucometer, oxygen cylinder and a sphygmomanometer.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Parent engagement at Dubai British School
Parents enjoying Arabic lessons at the school (Image Credit: Dubai British School)

The 6-Delta Communicator app is used as the main mode of communication between parents and teachers. This app also delivers general school news, important alerts and main events. Features like news, calendar and resources allow parents to check their child’s class schedule and their activities.

Additionally, there is a parent portal where parents and guardians can log in to receive instant and timely student information, their child’s schedule, attendance, school calendar and much more.

The Parents and Friends Association (PFA) is another great way parents and teachers can communicate. PFA also helps parents who are new to the country. This association helps to raise funds for the school, organizes funfairs and brings the community together to enjoy important events. PFA also holds monthly meetings where parents and teachers can interact directly.

For instant communication, the school has Whatsapp groups for each grade where parents can receive notifications regarding school activities. To be a part of this group, you will need to contact the class teacher or any other staff member.

Dubai British School Contact Information

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