GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

Overview

Opened its door in 1996, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School (JPS) is a prestigious co-educational school in Dubai. It is a for-profit school that offers foundation and primary stage education. It follows the National Curriculum for England for children aged 3 to 11. Located in Jumeirah, it has a modern campus with ultra-modern amenities, making it one of Dubai’s most sought-after primary schools.

As a part of the GEMS Education Group in Dubai, children access world-class educational resources. Highly qualified teachers are hired to provide quality education to their pupils. Currently, they have over 1,450 students in the school who enjoy access to some of the best educational and sports-related facilities in Dubai. Most GEMS Jumeirah Primary School students are British passport holders, but it also has students belonging to 70 other nationalities. In addition to this, it also caters to the needs of 104 students of determination. There are 99 full-time teachers and 87 teaching assistants.

Read this guide by Bayut to learn more about the features, educational programme, governmental rating, extracurricular options, fees and much more.

Residential areas near GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS JPS School Dubai is located in Al Safa, which encompasses several reputable schools in Dubai. Al Safa is one of the popular residential areas in Dubai that has villas and apartments. This community is also well-located and connected with other communities in Dubai, which include the following:

Located around the shoreline of Dubai, Jumeirah 3 is a popular residential area due to its lavish lifestyle and awe-inspiring tourist attractions. Villas are the only residential option at Jumeirah 3. So, those preferring to live in an apartment can look into Al Quoz 1 and Al Safa 2.

Campus of GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS Jumeriah Primary School is located on a spacious campus, sizeable for foundation and primary stage students. The campus has a two-storey building with separate blocks for students in foundation and primary stages. Classrooms and facilities for younger children are housed inside the separate block located on the left of the main building. Classrooms for Year 1 to Year 3 are on the ground storey of the main building, while students in Year 3 to Year 6 study on the first storey. Separate blocks and a well-throughout design ensures that students have easy access to all facilities.

Some genera campus facilities at the campus include:

Facility
Prayer Room
Facility
Spacious Classrooms
Facility
Science Laboratories
Facility
Music Rooms
Facility
STEAM Room
Facility
Mac Zone
Facility
Library
Facility
Learning Lounge
Facility
Arabic Reading Room
Facility
ELL Teaching Room

Classrooms have Apple TV and green boards to assist teachers. Other facilities on campus include a medical clinic, a learning lounge, an Arabic reading room and an ELL teaching room. Besides, students have access to four age-specific playgrounds. The building is designed in such a way that there are distinctions between the classrooms and play areas for the foundation stage and primary school kids. Children also have access to well-established sports facilities, including halls, swimming pools and playing fields. Read the campus and facilities available at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School for more information.

Location of GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School is on 19th Street in Al Safa 1. Its central location makes it ideal for families living in Jumeirah 3, Al Safa 2, Al Quoz 1, Al Wasl and Jumeirah 1.

Why GEMS Jumeirah Primary School?

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School is a part of the GEMS Education Group. It follows the core principles of the leading educational group that has some of the best-rated schools in the UAE. It is one of the first primary GEMS schools to follow the British curriculum. It has years of experience imparting education to children aged 3 to 11 years. The specifically tailored curriculum ensures the development of academic skills and confidence, both leading to successful careers. Being a part of the GEMS Education group, several reward schemes are available for parents resulting in fee deductions.

Besides this, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School strives to balance academic and extracurricular activities to develop skills necessary for secondary education. The school focuses on discovering hidden talents within students.

Another attractive feature of this school is its strong inclusion programme. The school has separate units, such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, one-on-one learning support assistants and a listening programme. All these units allow GEMS JPS to meet the needs of students of determination. Students from different ethnic backgrounds are part of this school.

These factors and the coveted ‘outstanding’ rating from the KHDA has resulted in the school gaining popularity as one of Dubai’s best British curriculum schools.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

KHDA has issued a revised set of protocols once the Ministry of Education reopened schools for the academic year 2021-2022. Most COVID-19 protocols remain the same with slight modifications considering Dubai’s current health and safety situation. The revised COVID-19 protocols are as follows:

  • COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory for students and staff members. Employees eligible for the vaccine but who are not interested will have to submit a negative PCR test result every week. Unlike schools in Abu Dhabi, students are not obliged to submit negative PCR test results.
  • All students must physically return to school by October 3. The remote learning programme will be offered to students that show a relevant medical certificate issued by the Dubai Health Authority. Schools can switch to distance learning if a positive COVID-19 case is identified.
  • Parents can now pick up and drop off their children from the classroom if the school allows. However, schools should ensure that parents do not have access to other facilities on campus.
  • Moreover, KHDA has reduced the minimum physical distance from 1.5 metres to 1 metre. However, schools should continue to take precautions by maintaining a safe distance. Staff members and students above six years old should wear a mask at all times.
  • Schools are now allowed to conduct swimming and sports lessons, holiday camps, extracurricular activities, after-school clubs and catering services under strict health and safety measures. Schools must clean and sanitise the changing and sports areas after each group of children.
  • Students are asked to enter the specific gates wearing facemasks. The school has to check their temperatures at the entry points. Students with body temperatures over 37.5-degree centigrade are not allowed to enter. They will be sent home with their parents.

For more information, read the detailed COVID-19 protocols and guidelines issued by KHDA.

Years Offered at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS JPS School educates students in FS1 to Year 6. The following stages are part of the educational system at this school:

Stage
Year
Stage
Foundation
Year
FS1 and FS2
Stage
Primary
Year
Year 1 to Year 6

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School Curriculum

Foundation Stage (FS1 and FS2)

In the foundation stage (FS1 and FS2), GEMS Jumeirah Primary School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework that covers children’s progress in 7 areas of learning:

  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Expressive arts and designs
  • Understanding the world
  • Physical development

The school follows a hands-on approach to spark curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. The structured play sessions help children grasp the basics of the core subjects, allowing them to easily transition from the foundation to the primary stage without any issues.

Primary Section (KS1 and KS2)

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School follows the National Curriculum of England for the primary stage. The enriched curriculum is specifically tailored to ensure that it is lively and engaging for students. Key Stage 1 (KS1) curriculum includes core subjects such as:

Subject
Music
Subject
Arabic
Subject
Islamic Studies
Subject
English
Subject
Mathematics
Subject
Science
Subject
Islamic Education
Subject
Physical Education
Subject
Swimming

The Key Stage 2 (KS2) curriculum includes French lessons, apart from the aforementioned subjects. GEMS JPS has designed the curriculum to ensure the use of STEAM room, Mac Zone, library and science laboratory.

Distance Learning

As per the new COVID-19 protocols issued by KHDA, schools are discontinuing the distance learning programme from October 3, 2021. Those wishing to continue their education via distance learning have to show a relevant health certificate issued by Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Schools may revert to distance learning if COVID-19 cases are detected in a class or a group in a class.

KHDA Rating

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is a governmental entity responsible for maintaining and improving the quality of education in Dubai. One of its responsibilities is to inspect and rate schools annually. The framework adopted by KHDA has six ratings: outstanding, very good, good, acceptable, weak and very weak.

KHDA Rating Scale
KHDA rating scale explained

In the inspection for the year 2018-19, KHDA rated GEMS Jumeirah Primary School outstanding. The school has been rated outstanding for the ninth consecutive time, depicting an extraordinary performance. KHDA rated the school’s performance as outstanding in subjects like English, Mathematics and Science.

KHDA reported inspirational leadership, advanced teaching and the exceptional use of assessment for English, Science and Mathematics as some positives of GEMS JPS. Strong educational support and an inclusive environment are other talking points.

Recommendations for the school include improvements in the provision of Islamic Education and Arabic language for other subjects. Also, they can improve and maintain their rating by adopting the best teaching model for all subjects.

Academic Calendar for GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

 The academic year for GEMS Jumeirah Primary School starts in the last week of August and ends in the first week of July.

 The academic year has three terms separated by seasonal holidays

  •  The first term starts in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December.
  • After three weeks of holidays, the second term starts in the first week of January and ends in the fourth week of March. It is followed by a two-week spring break from the last week of March to the first week of April.
  • The last term of the year starts in the second week of April and ends in the first week of July.

The school’s academic year is subject to change since Islamic holidays are dependent on moon sightings. View the academic calendar for the year 2021-22.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to GEMS Jumeirah Primary School?

GEMS Jumeriah Primary School is an inclusive school open for students of all backgrounds and nationalities. It follows the GEM’s vision of inclusive education to attain excellence together by uniting people with diverse experiences. All the GEMS schools, including GEMS JPS, has a virtual admission centre to assist parents.

The admission application process starts with an online registration form. Parents will need to fill in the form and submit it with relevant documentation. The documents required for this process are:

  • A copy of the child’s passport
  • Last academic record for admission in the primary stage
  • Nursery report for admission in the foundation stage
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs

After receiving an offer letter from the school, parents have to submit the following additional documents:

  • A copy of the child’s residency visa
  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate (attested if the child belongs to a country other than the UAE)
  • A copy of the child and parents’ Emirates ID card
  • Complete information including educational psychologist’s report for students with special needs (if applicable)
  • Document on all vaccinations and immunizations
  • Transfer certificate

By providing the required documents and paying AED 500 as a registration fee, parents can register students for the assessment test. The decision on admission depends upon the success of the assessment test. Please bear in mind that the admission will only be guaranteed after the availability of seats.

Transfer certificate must have the following information:

  • Full name of the child
  • Date of birth of the child
  • Date of enrolment of the child
  • Curriculum studied
  • Date of the child leaving the school
  • Principal’s signature and school stamp

Children who have studied outside the UAE need to attest the transfer certificate from the Ministry of Education (country of transfer), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations (country of transfer) and UAE Embassy (country of transfer).

The age-grade guideline followed at GEMS JPS is given below:

Year
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Year
Foundation Stage 1
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Year
Foundation Stage 2
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Year
Year 1
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Year
Year 2
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Year
Year 3
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Year
Year 4
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Year
Year 5
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Year
Year 6
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9

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

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

Please note that failure to produce any of the aforementioned documents without proper procedures may lead to rejection of the application. For more information, read the admission process at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School.

Fee Structure at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

The tuition fee charged by GEMS JPS is payable all at once or in three easy instalments. An instalment is due at the start of each term. The annual tuition fee charged by the school is as follows:

Grade
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
Grade
FS1
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
40,865
Grade
FS2 to Year 6
Annual Tuition Fee (AED)
51,511

The tuition fee can be paid via cash, cheque, credit card, debit card, bank transfer or internet bank transfer.

Since this is a GEMS owned school, parents can avail of special discounts and concessions. The GEMS Reward Scheme is a point-based system using which parents can redeem for flights, hotels and a slew of other things. The GEMS Ambassador scheme is another perk, using which parents can get a 4% discount if they are able to successfully refer the school to other students. There are also special discounts for school fees paid using the GEMS FAB credit card. For further information, read the GEMS JPS fee structure.

Scholarships at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School offers scholarships to students. Named in honour of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, wife of his highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Award is available for all GEMS affiliated schools, including Jumeirah Primary School.

The school will award the scholarship to outstanding students with an exceptional academic and extracurricular record. The scholarship amount will cover up to a year’s tuition fee. For this scholarship, students need to submit a scholarship application form and a cover letter explaining performance excellence and special interests.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School does not offer any lunch or snack option on their own, as they have no canteen. The school encourages parents to pack homemade lunches for their children. In addition, the school has a healthy eating and hygiene policy ensuring that students take responsibility for their hygiene before and after lunch.

The items for lunch and snacks prohibited by the school include processed food, fast food, nuts, chocolate or nut spreads, sweets and candies, crisps and potato chips, chewing gum and carbonated or sweetened beverages. The school provides drinking water access to students throughout the day.

School Transportation at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School offers transportation services to its students. For this purpose, they have outsourced transportation service to School Transport Services (STS) LLC. It is a reputable name, providing school transportation services for many schools in the UAE and has state-of-the-art technological options such as video surveillance, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and various others to ensure children’s safety. The routes offered and term-wise fee for children in GEMS Jumeirah Primary School are:

Route 1: Umm Suqeim 1, Umm Suqeim 2, Jumeirah 3, Al Safa

  • Term 1 – AED 2,980
  • Term 2 – AED 2,235
  • Term 3 – AED 2,235
  • Annual fees – AED 7,450

For one-side-only, the annual transportation fees charged by STS is AED 5,350.

Route 2: Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, Al Satwa, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Media City, Al Sufouh, Al Garhoud, Umm Suqeim 3, Al Bada’a, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Trade Centre Area, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Al Barsha 1, Al Barsha 2, Al Barsha 3

  • Term 1 – AED 3,400
  • Term 2 – AED 2,550
  • Term 3 – AED 2,550
  • Annual fees – AED 8,500

For one-side-only, the annual transportation fees charged by STS is AED 5,900.

Route 3: The Meadows, The Springs, Jumeirah Village Circle, Jumeirah Islands, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Arabian Ranches, Mirdif, The Greens, Deira, Bur Dubai, The Lakes, The Gardens, The Villa, Emirates Hills, Motor City, Al Karama, Jumeirah Park, Al Warqa’a 1, Al Warqa’a 2, IMPZ

  • Term 1 – AED 3,820
  • Term 2 – AED 2,865
  • Term 3 – AED 2,865
  • Annual fees – AED 9,550

For one-side-only, the annual transportation fees charged by STS is AED 6,950.

For more information, read the transportation facility offered by GEMS Jumeirah Primary School.

Boarding Facility at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

Currently, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School does not offer any boarding facility for its students.

Holiday Camps at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

Holiday Camps are also available for the students of GEMS Jumeirah Primary School. These camps are available during half-term and for vacations between terms. These camps provide opportunities for children to step outside their comfort zone and learn new skills. They offer several activities such as abseiling, kayaking and mountain biking.

If parents wish to enrol children in such activities they will need to respond to the emails informing them of such activities. Parents will usually be sent this information on email and through Whatsapp groups. While sometimes the school conducts these on their own, there are also occasions when it is outsourced to companies such as East Sports Management.

Sports Facilities

Exceptional sports facilities are available in GEMS Jumeirah Primary School. The sports facilities available within the campus include a temperature-controlled sports hall for various indoor sports along with professional gymnastic equipment. It also has a 25-meter swimming pool and a separate swimming pool for infants. The school also has an Astroturf which is suitable for all seasons and allows students to play outdoor games.

Students playing in GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
Sports hall in GEMS Jumeirah Primary School (GEMS Jumeirah Primary School Facebook Page)

Besides the above-stated facilities, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School also has free-flowing indoor and outdoor areas for FS2 students and a sand area for FS1 students.

Extra-curricular Activities at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School offers incredible extracurricular activities, with a majority of these activities happening after-school hours.

In their last inspection report for the year 2018-19, KHDA also appreciated the after-school activities of the school resulting in a rich learning experience for the pupils. The aim of the after-school activities is to enhance other important skills of the children. GEMS, ESM and other external bodies take part in providing thrilling and challenging extracurricular activities for students.

The major extracurricular activities include:

Extracurricular Activity
Arts and Crafts
Extracurricular Activity
Ballet
Extracurricular Activity
Chess
Extracurricular Activity
Choir
Extracurricular Activity
Football
Extracurricular Activity
Gymnastics
Extracurricular Activity
Karate
Extracurricular Activity
ukulele
Extracurricular Activity
Swimming
Extracurricular Activity
Cross-Stitching

Some recently conducted extracurricular activities in GEMS Jumeirah Primary School are displaying healthy-eating posters, Hartland MasterChef Challenge and Mathematics workshop.

Children performing yoga at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
Yoga Club at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School (Image Credits: GEMS Jumeirah Primary School Facebook Page)

Field Trips from GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School also offers field trips for its students. These trips happen throughout the academic year for enhancing the learning experience through the planned curriculum. The field trips range from simple theatre visits to the underwater zoo and other landmarks in Dubai. A notable school trip was the visit to Ski Dubai, where students were not only able to have fun but also learned how to ski.

Students of GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School’s students trip to Ski Dubai (GEMS Jumeirah Primary School Facebook Page)

After-school Care

The only after-school care offered by GEMS Jumeirah Primary School are the after-school activities. These activities play an important role in developing key skills necessary to compete in the 21st century.

Medical Care at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School also has a medical department comprising a clinic with two Dubai Health Authority (DHA) registered nurses and a part-time doctor. The services offered by the medical department of the school include administering first aid, health and nutritional education, health screening and collaborating with DHA for immunization programmes.

The medical clinic encompasses with two hospital beds, a shower and changing facilities, a medical examination room and a waiting area for children. It has all the facilities needed to handle minor to major injuries by implementing appropriate and clear protocols. The medical clinic is located just to the left of the admin corridor near the entrance to the main hall.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School places a great emphasis on the parents’ engagement and communication for effective teaching. For this purpose, they have created several innovative platforms to communicate with parents.

An innovative step taken by the school is to develop the 3-a-day app, which allows school and parents to engage and communicate ideas with each other for effective education. In addition, the school offers consultation evenings and an open-door policy for parents to communicate with schools.

Parents can download GEMS Connect on their mobile devices. It is a new version of the parents’ portal in which parents can access students’ information, view attendance and assessment records, pay fees and do much more. Another way for parents to communicate with the school is to use an online form.

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School Contact Information

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