1.1 The Rules and Regulations for the proper and effective regulation of the School shall be as set out herein.
1.2 The School shall comply with and abide by all the provisions of the Laws and Regulations for the time being in force in Dubai.
1.3 The School shall be a private school and be named “JEBEL ALI SCHOOL” (hereinafter called “the School”).
1.4 All instructions shall be given in the English language.
2.1 The aim of the School shall be to provide primary education, in accordance with the best British practice, to English speaking children in the Emirate of Dubai and other Emirates to enable them to continue normal subsequent education in the United Kingdom or Dubai, or to join classes of children of the same age in similar schools without any disadvantage.
3.1 The Board of Governors shall be the sole governing body of the School and alone shall embody the legal personality of the school.
3.2 The Board shall fix from time to time the number of its members provided that at all times that number shall not be less than four nor more than eight.
3.3 The term of service of a Board member shall extend for a period of two years from the date of incorporation, and thereafter from the date of the member’s election.
3.4Board members shall be elected by a majority vote. Retiring Board members shall be eligible for re-election.
3.5 The Board shall elect internally within its members a Chairman and a Treasurer.
3.6 A Board member may be suspended or dismissed by a majority vote taken at a meeting at which all members are present or represented.
4.1 Meetings of the Board shall be called by order of the Chairman in a reasonable manner at the discretion of the Chairman, provided that reasonable notice of the time and venue, as well as details of the agenda, shall be given in advance.
4.2 There shall be not less than three meetings called in the course of a school year.
4.3 Not less than half of the Governors shall be present at all meetings to constitute a quorum.
4.4 Should at least three Board members request the convening of a meeting, appending to such request in writing details of the proposed agenda, and should the Chairman not comply with such request those members shall be entitled to convene a meeting in accordance with the provisions of this subclause and such meeting shall be deemed to have been validly convened.
4.5 Any member shall be entitled, with the agreement of the Board, to appoint a temporary substitute. The Board shall be notified of any substitution at least 7 days before the meeting. Other persons may be invited by the Board to attend Board meetings but shall not be entitled to vote and shall withdraw when requested so to do by the Board.
4.6 The Governors shall act only as a Board. All decisions taken by the Board shall be taken in a Board meeting by Ordinary Resolution. Each Board member present in person or by proxy shall have one vote. In the event of an equal number of votes being cast both for and against a motion, the Chairman shall have the deciding vote.
5.1 The Board members shall not be personally liable for any act or omission, nor for any debt or other liability, undertaken or assumed on the part of, or on behalf of the Board, nor shall they be liable in this respect for the acts or omissions of any of the school’s employees, provided always that they have exercised their functions in good faith and with due regard to the aforementioned aims of the School.
5.2 It is the duty of the Board to determine the policies of the School within the framework of its Constitution and to execute these policies. The Board may delegate day to day administrative authority.
5.3 The Board shall be empowered:
5.3.1 to purchase, lease, hire and otherwise make arrangements for the construction of and for the use of premises suitable for the School’s purposes subject to the proviso that no land shall be owned without the permission of His Highness The Ruler of Dubai.
5.3.2 to purchase, lease, hire or otherwise acquire for the School other items of a capital nature at such price and on such terms and conditions and for such consideration as it shall from time to time see fit.
5.3.3 to purchase or otherwise acquire for the School rights or privileges which the School is authorised to acquire at such price and on such terms and conditions and for such considerations as it shall from time to time see fit.
5.3.4 to appoint a Headteacher who shall report to and be responsible to the Board. Her duties and responsibilities shall be set out in writing and signed by the Chairman of the Board.
5.3.5 to engage and employ suitably qualified teachers and other staff and to pay such staff the remuneration specified by the agreed terms of their contracts of service, as determined by the Board, and to dismiss the said teachers.
5.3.6 to admit to the School such children and in such numbers as the Board shall see fit, and upon such conditions as the Board shall prescribe but on no account shall a child be refused admission on the grounds of his or her race, religion or colour.
5.3.7 to require such payment from parents, guardians or other responsible parties, as the Board shall deem appropriate for the admission of such children.
5.3.8 to expand monies received from parents, guardians and other responsible parties, and any other sums acquired from any other source, whether it be from any legal body or private person, in such manner as the Board shall see fit, subject always to the proviso that such expenditure must be in furtherance of the above stated claims of the School.
5.3.9 to accept gifts, donations or contributions from any legal source on behalf of the School with no concurrent obligation or condition attaching thereto.
5.3.10 to borrow money for the School and for such purpose to create, make and issue mortgages, bonds, deeds of trust and negotiable instruments or securities, secured by mortgage or pledge of property belonging to the School or to borrow money without security or in any other manner whatsoever under such conditions and at such times as the Board shall from time to time decide.
5.3.11 to admit to the School at the beginning of a term children whose term’s fees have been duly paid in advance. However, the above shall be subject to the discretion of the Board which shall have the right to make special arrangements in individual cases.
5.3.12 to appoint advisory committees or to delegate from time to time any of the powers of the Board to any standing or special committees upon such terms as the Board may deem fit.
5.3.13 to execute for such purpose as the Board may deem appropriate any necessary negotiable instruments, contracts or documents or delegate the authority to sign, endorse and deliver negotiable instruments, contracts of documents in the name and on behalf of the Board.
5.3.14 to pay for any right or privilege acquired by the School or to discharge obligations of the School either wholly or partly in money or in bonds, debentures or other securities of the School or in any other manner whatsoever under such conditions and at such times as the Board shall decide.
5.3.15 to do all such other things as the Board shall deem necessary or expedient for the furtherance of the aforementioned purposes.
6.1 The School shall be operated as a non-profit concern and the School’s funds may not be used for any purpose foreign to the object and aims of the School as heretofore stated.
6.2 The current expenses of the School shall be met out of the fees to be established and collected by the Board. Loans and contributions other than fees shall in general be devoted to capital expenses such as improvements and reserves subject to the directions of the Board.
6.3 The Board shall cause true accounts and records of the School to be kept and maintained at the principal office of the School with complete and accurate records of receipts and disbursements. The books, accounts and records shall be open to inspection by the Board at any reasonable time.
6.4 The Board shall appoint an Auditor.
6.5 The annual audited accounts of the School shall be presented to the Board for adoption.
7.1If the Governors shall by Special Resolution resolve that it be wound up, the School shall forthwith cease to carry on business, except insofar as may be required for the beneficial winding up thereof and shall in General Meeting appoint a liquidator for the purpose of winding up the affairs and realizing and distributing the assets of the School.
7.2 The Governors shall also cause a notice to be inserted in a public newspaper circulating in Dubai and in the Dubai Official Gazette informing the public of their intention to cease to carry on the School.
7.3 The School may be wound up by the Civil Court of Dubai (hereinafter called “the Court”) if :-
7.3.1 the Governors have by Special Resolution resolved that the School be wound up by the Court; or
7.3.2 on petition to the Court by a Governor or creditor of the School, the Court is satisfied that:-
(i) the School has suspended its activities for a whole year without good reason; or
(ii) the number of its Governors is reduced below four (4); or
(iii) the School is unable to pay its debts.
7.4 The School shall be deemed to be unable to pay its debts if:
(i) execution or other process issued on a Judgement or Order of any Court of competent jurisdiction in Dubai in favour of a creditor of the School is returned unsatisfied in whole or in part; or
(ii) it is proved to the satisfaction of the Court that the School is unable to pay its debts are taking into account the contingent and prospective assets and liabilities of the School.
7.5 If upon the winding up of the School there remains, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed among the Board members but shall be given or transferred to some other institution or institutions which has or have objects similar to the objects of the School, and which shall prohibit the distribution of its or their income and property to an extent at least as great as imposed on the School under or by virtue of clause 5 hereof, such institution or institutions to be determined by the Board at or before the time of winding-up, and if and so far as effect cannot be given to such provision then to some charitable institution in the UAE.
In the Constitution of the School, the following expressions shall have the meanings hereby assigned to them respectively, that is to say :- “Ordinary Resolution” means a resolution passed by a simple majority of the Governors voting in person or by proxy at a general meeting of the Governors. “Special Resolution” means a resolution passed by a majority of not less than three fourths (3/4) of the Governors voting in person or by proxy at a General meeting of the Governors of which not less than twenty-one (21) days’ notice specifying the intention to propose such resolution as a Special Resolution has been duly given. “Person” includes any person, firm, association of persons or body corporate or unincorporated. “In writing” includes printing, typewriting and telex. “General Meeting” means a meeting of the Board of Governors duly convened in accordance with this Constitution. “Governors” means the Governors for the time being of the School or the Governors present and voting at a meeting of the Board thereof duly convened in accordance with this Constitution, as the case may be.
The School shall have a Common Seal. The Governors shall provide for the safe custody of the Common Seal which shall only be used by and in accordance with their authority given by the Ordinary Resolution of the Board of Governors.
10.1 Except where it concerns changes in the composition and membership of the Board, this constitution shall not be amended except by a decision of the Board carried by a two-thirds majority of the Board members and the said decision shall not be legally effective unless the approval of His Highness The Ruler of Dubai shall have been granted in respect of the said amendment to this Constitution.
10.2 This Constitution shall come into effect as from the date His Highness The Ruler of Dubai shall approve the rules and regulations of the School as heretofore contained.
Tarek is the Regional Director – Middle East, North Africa and India – at Education Development Trust, a UK-based education services charity, responsible for the strategic development and operational management of the organisation across this region. Prior to this, Tarek worked with the British Council in the UAE following which he was a key member of the team that supported the establishment of the Government of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB). Tarek has been living in Dubai with his wife Laura since 2005, having previously lived and studied in the UK and Australia. Tarek is an active member of the British Business Groups in the UAE and is also a member of the UK/UAE Business Council representing the Education sector. Tarek and Laura have 3 children, Suraya, Isla and Laith, all of whom are current students at JAS.
Bernard is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 26 years of experience living and working in Ireland, Scotland, Bahrain, Dubai, the Dutch Antilles and the United States.
His career has seen him work in the textile manufacturing, mobile telecommunications, private practice and the travel retail business. Bernard has over 16 years’ experience working in the duty-free industry, having previously worked for Bahrain Duty Free (1998-2001) and for Dubai Duty Free (2001-2007). Bernard returned to Dubai Duty Free in May 2010 to head up the Finance Department as Finance Controller and was named Senior Vice President – Finance in July 2016.
In addition to his CPA qualification, Bernard holds a Masters in Business Administration and is currently carrying out Doctoral studies in airport retailing. In October 2013, Bernard was elected Chairman of The Irish Business Council in Dubai, a position he held for two years.
In September 2016, Bernard was named Senior Vice President – Finance (Retail and Leisure).
Donal has been in Dubai since 1986 and is the owner /CEO of Promo Seven Sports Marketing, a specialist sports marketing and management company as well as CEO of the Dubai Karate Centre and chairman of Revolution Cycles. He is also on the board of Senses, a residential school for the physically and mentally challenged. Donal is married to Siobhan and has three children who all attended JAS.
Barry has lived and worked in Dubai for over 13 years. He has a honours degree in Construction Management from WITS University in South Africa and is the Managing Director of ALEC Construction, responsible for all ALEC construction activities within the Middle East. Barry has been on the Board of Governors since 2009. He is not only an active member of the Board but a parent as well. He has four children, all of whom have attended JAS. Barry headed the steering committee which was responsible for the building of the new school which opened in September 2016.
Richard is an English qualified international privacy lawyer, currently living and working in Dubai. He has been practicing law for the last 12 years across a number of jurisdictions, having worked in the UK, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan and now the UAE and across the Middle East. He currently leads PwC Legal Data Privacy offering across the region.
Richard and his wife Lucy have been living in Dubai for the past four years and have four children one of whom is at university in the UK (his step daughter), the other three (including twins) all attend JAS.
Richard, also loves travelling, sport and the arts but the most important thing in his life is his family.
Catherine has over 25 years’ experience in education, taking a special interest in staffing and academic resourcing issues. Catherine was formally the Assistant Head at Jumeirah English Speaking Secondary School, Dubai, and was Director of Information and Communications Technology for both campuses.
Catherine has been an expat for over 30 years and has been on the Board of Governors for many years. Catherine is married to Peter and has one son who is attending university in America having completed his Primary and Secondary education in Dubai.
Natasha is Chair of the Parent-Teacher Association, an active volunteer organization that continues the tradition of community engagement and interaction that distinguishes Jebel Ali School and supports its not-for-profit status.
Natasha immigrated to Perth, Australia from South Africa when she was 10. She has lived and worked in Perth, Melbourne, Shanghai, Delhi, Bangkok and Dubai. Before moving to Dubai in July 2017 Natasha worked as a Corporate Lawyer for Rio Tinto Limited. Currently, Natasha is working as a Corporate Lawyer specializing in Construction and Facilities Maintenance and Management.
Natasha sat on the Board of the Tenants Union of Victoria for five years.
Natasha has two daughters both at JAS.
Since arriving in the Middle East 12 years ago Louise has worked for a number of small, mainly start up, businesses implementing finance systems, processes and procedures. She has worked or consulted in a number of areas, assisting in audits preparing businesses for take overs or for investors in such varied industries as Oil and Gas, IT and Management Training as well as acting as the CFO on a day to day basis.
Louise is Chairperson of Arabian Knights RFC a rugby club she co founded 9 years ago and still runs today. The club has over 500 kids and is very much community based at Dubai Sports City, it also supports the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and its shelters in both Vietnam and Mongolia. The ethos and ethic of the club is to be all inclusive, so all kids get to play rugby no matter their skill levels. The club is also an avid supporter and developer of Emirati rugby and promotes this strongly by encompassing the Emirati U19s girls team.
Louise is ex PwC Hong Kong where she worked in the Global Risk Management Solutions practice, working for a diverse pool of clients including Government departments, the Securities and Exchange commission and two large theme parks including Disneyland.
The Board consists of seven governors who act in a voluntary capacity. Governors do not receive any remuneration and do not receive any dispensation towards school fees. Governors are invited to join the Board and serve for a minimum of two years. Primarily, the Board’s role is to provide governance and resources that allow the school’s management and staff to deliver a quality education. The Board is not involved in the day to day running of the school or in student registration.
The structure of the Board is defined by the constitution and consists of up to eight governors. The Board is further broken down internally into three committees — Human Resources, Facilities and Treasury. The full Board usually only meets twice a term, however, the sub-committees meet regularly to ensure efficient governance in these areas. Although it is not mandatory, the Board tries to maintain a balance in its skill sets so that the head of each sub-committee is knowledgeable about that particular area. For example, the treasurer has a financial background, the facilities head is usually an engineer, etc. When a governor resigns, the Board seeks (wherever possible) to replace him / her with a person of a similar skill set.
The Board can only consist of a maximum of eight governors. Due to this relatively small size, the workload for governors, at times, can be considerable and individuals who are interested in joining the Board should be prepared to make this commitment. When a governor resigns, the Board seeks to replace that individual with a person of a similar skill set. This will often entail a letter being sent to the parent body outlining the required skill set and asking for interested parties to write to the Board. Members of the Board will then meet with individuals who have registered an interest and ultimately invite one of them to become a governor. Although a significant percentage of the Board consists of parents with children at the school, there is no actual position set aside for a “parent governor” and appointments are always based on what is in the best interests of the school. Governors are appointed for a two year period. If, after serving two years, a governor wishes to remain on the Board, he / she may be reappointed by the Board for a subsequent term(s).