Dubai English Speaking College (2005)

Academic City , Dubai Dubai View Map

Phone (+971) - 4 - 3604866

  • Grade Range YEAR 7 - YEAR 13
  • Annual Fee Range AED 77,782 - AED 83,601
  • CurriculumBritish
  • Teacher - Student Ratio1:11
  • LevelSecondary
  • Total Students1661
  • StudentsCo-Educational
  • SENYes
  • Inspection RatingOutstanding (KHDA)
  • Review Rating (0)
  • Sibling DiscountNo
  • Principal Mr. Chris Vizzard


School Overview

The school is a not-for-profit school founded in 1963 and is administered under the terms of a charter granted by the Ruler of Dubai. It is overseen by a Board of Governors. The aim of the School is to provide high quality education for expatriate children based upon the English National Curriculum. Class size is 23, reducing in KS4 and KS5. Fully qualified and experienced British staff ensures that children achieve their full potential. In-service training is regularly provided by recognised UK educational professionals, ensuring that requirements and guidelines laid down in the English National Curriculum are implemented as appropriate to the School's needs. UK End of Key Stage Tests are carried out in Year 2 and 6. Year 6  papers are sent to the U.K. for external marking. Additionally, optional test papers are taken in Years 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8. Information and Communication Technology, Music, PE, (including Swimming), French and Arabic, are all considered an integral part of the School curriculum. There is also a wide range of extra curricular activities available.

The Primary school has spacious purpose-built fully air-conditioned classrooms and facilities. The facilities include Music Rooms, Library and Resources Centre, Gymnasium, Hall, Science and Technology Room, 2 ICT Suites, Art Room, Swimming Pool, Football/ Cricket Pitch and Netball Courts. Dubai English Speaking College, for age groups 11-18 opened in 2006 at Academic City. The College has been built to provide an all through education for DESS children with ease of transition to the secondary stage of education. At KS3 students follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales, GCSE at KS4 and A Level in Years 12 and 13. An innovative design includes spacious new premises with all modern facilities including an ICT pod in each teaching block. There is a full suite of Science laboratories, a large auditorium, an Art & Design Technology block and a purpose designed Sixth Form block. Sports facilities include a Sports Hall, Swimming Pool outdoor all surface courts and playing field. ....

Dubai English Speaking College is part of the oldest British school in Dubai; Dubai English Speaking School (DESS). Our secondary school was established in 2005 (originally located at the Oud Metha site of DESS) to meet the needs of our parents and their children requiring continuing British education up to Year 13. Our long proud history together is traced back through the roots of DESS and can be viewed HERE. Under Founding Headteacher, Peter Daly, DESC opened with just 35 Year 7 students and has grown gradually. The College is now thriving with over 1200 students in Years 7 to 13, has an excellent reputation and, together with DESS, numbers over 2000 students. In 2011, Andrew Gibbs was appointed Headteacher during which time the College has doubled in size and been rated “Outstanding” by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau, for the past four successive years. In 2014, following Mr Gibbs’ appointment as the first Principal of DESSC (DESS and DESC), Chris Vizzard (previously Deputy Headteacher) became Headteacher.

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Annual Fees

Year 7
AED 77,782

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