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Message from Mr. Jonathan Price
Jebel Ali Primary School has grown tremendously since its foundation in 1977. The school is a member of the British Schools of the Middle East and the UAE British Businessmens Group. Today we have over 645 pupils in 28 classes within two separate key stage sites. In spite of the large number of children we are able to maintain our "small school" feel as we encourage strong links with the parents and the wider community.
The key aims of our School are to:
• Create a warm, stimulating, enriched environment through which all children, regardless of gender, social or ethnic grouping, are able to achieve their full potential and enjoy their learning.
• Care for and value the children.
• Provide security and stability for all children through a disciplined environment based on consistency and fairness.
• Encourage in the children a sense of responsibility towards themselves and their surroundings, encouraging courtesy and consideration for others.
• Provide a broad, balanced, relevant, challenging and practical curriculum for all children.
For Foundation Stage children entering Jebel Ali we have an induction day during the month of June every year. Our admission arrangements also require other children seeking places at the School to be assessed in the school environment by a member of our teaching staff. Children are expected to be able to speak English prior to entrance to the School as English is not taught as a second language. We offer a Learning Support Programme for those children who may need additional help with certain areas of study. However, the School is not in a position to offer support for children with extensive learning needs and/or severe emotional and behavioural difficulties.
The school is devoted to the notion that every child is important. Indeed, an exceptionally wide range of opportunities allow every child to find those things that enable them to feel successful and to develop his or her talents. The approach to motivating and getting the best out of the children is based on the positive reinforcement of good work and good behaviour with a philosophy which centres on praise, encouragement, enthusiasm and fun.
By accepting the offer of a place at the School, parents agree to their child receiving an education firmly based around the National Curriculum for England and the associated assessment procedures. Certain modifications have to be made due to regulations here in the United Arab Emirates and the local environment influences some of our geographical, historical and environmental studies.
At the heart of every good school is a good staff, and this is where the secret of Jebel Ali’s success lies. We all enjoy being associated with an organisation which is successful and where hard work is appreciated and recognised. Jebel Ali Primary School provides all this and more.
Change is ever present in Dubai and it is no exception at Jebel Ali Primary School where the development of facilities is ongoing. The outside learning area at Key Stage 1 is going to be dramatically improved and the new floodlit grass field at the Key Stage Two site will be coming online in the new year.
We are proud of our school and it is a privilege to be its Head teacher.
Should you wish to visit our School, please contact the registrar to arrange an appointment.
Mr. Jonathan Price, Head Teacher
B.Ed(Hons), NPQH, Dip. Ed.