I offer you a warm welcome to Jebel Ali School at DAMAC Hills. This is a very exciting time for this ‘old’ Dubai school, having opened the doors to Jebel Ali Primary School some 39 years ago. The new, purpose-built site includes Foundation, Primary and Secondary phase buildings designed to ensure that students enjoy their education in state of the art facilities. They include specialist areas for Sports, Science, Art, Music, Design and Food Technology as well as modern, bright multipurpose classrooms. More important than the buildings, however, is the Jebel Ali School community; a building is only as good as the people who breathe life into it! Wellbeing is at the centre of all that we do and our philosophy is happy students and happy staff lead to a successful school. We focus on care of students, always putting them first, and we thrive in an atmosphere of mutual respect and challenge.
We offer a combination of subjects at Key Stage 3 that allows our students to develop a broad and balanced range of knowledge and skills and they are challenged and supported in equal measure. Academically, our students fulfil and often surpass expectations. Excellent teaching and learning is embedded throughout the curriculum and student progress is monitored to allow us to offer the best possible pathways for the students.
As the school grows organically over the next several years we will move towards the opening of Yr12 (first year of the 6th form programme) in the academic year beginning September 2021. The school will follow the UK A Level route that is recognized globally and will allow our students access to Universities and further education programmes world-wide. The sixth form center structure will be complete by September 2016 but internal fit-out will be held back in order that we can design an internal facility that is state of the art, current and appropriate for post 16 education in 2021.
While we recognise the value and importance of academic success, we also want our students to leave Jebel Ali School as self-confident, global citizens. We know examination results matter because they help generate opportunities for future success but we also place great importance on character and values in the development of well-rounded young adults, preparing them to thrive, lead and inspire in the 21st century. Through academic and pastoral experiences, we aim to develop curiosity, compassion, kindness, awareness, honesty and integrity in each of our students. As such, our PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) programme permeates the curriculum in order to develop our young charges’ personal and moral dimensions. Sport and Music are particularly important at Jebel Ali and these activities often enable students to find their niche.
This is a genuine community school where parents, staff and students collaborate to achieve success. Jebel Ali School creates a vibrant and happy learning environment for all its stakeholders.
I am delighted to take this opportunity to welcome your family into our community.