CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS
BUILDING RESILIENT YOUNG ADULTS
We are proud of our reputation for making sure every Jebel Ali School student feels safe, valued, and respected.
Through our commitment to managing mental health and wellbeing, we know we can help our children to be actively and meaningfully engaged in academic and social activities, cope with everyday challenges, and develop into resilient young adults.
We are also delighted that our efforts have been recognised by the KHDA in a Very High rating for our wellbeing initiatives. They acknowledged that we place a strong emphasis on wellbeing and inclusivity and that the academic, personal and physical care of all students are closely monitored. The KHDA also recognised that our teachers are well-qualified in wellbeing development and that students are knowledgeable about healthy lifestyles and feel valued, safe and cared for.
At the heart of our wellbeing crusade, is THRIVE; our Positive Education Programme which blends academic learning with character and wellbeing development.
Equipping students with life skills allows them to not only cope with the pressures of everyday life but take on challenges and achieve their goals. We encourage our students to take ownership of their happiness and wellbeing and give them the tools to do so.
We also rely on our bespoke science based PERMAH framework. Drawing on positive psychology, PERMAH encompasses six main elements that have been identified as critical for long-term wellbeing:
- Positive Emotions: Feeling joy, gratitude, interest, and hope
- Engagement: Being fully absorbed in activities that use your skills but still challenge you
- Relationships: Being able to connect with others
- Meaning: Belonging to and serving something you believe is bigger than yourself
- Accomplishment: Pursuing success, achievement, and mastery
- Health: Understanding the importance of sleep, exercise, and diet
Here’s some interesting wellbeing statistics:
of students reported having high levels of emotional engagement with their teachers.
Dubai Schools Wellbeing Census, 2020
of respondents to our survey would recommend Jebel Ali School to other parents.
of students reported a strong connection with adults at school.
of parents say that the school has significantly improved the confidence of their child.
Wellbeing in THE Primary School
For our younger children, the curriculum includes Moral, Social and Cultural Education to encourage them early to reflect on their own morals and values and actively promote mutual respect, cultural engagement, and inclusivity.
This, coupled with our Positive Education programme gives young students the skills to build positive relationships, regulate their emotions, engage in their environment, and find purpose in living a meaningful life.
This holistic approach to learning is also supported by the broad range of extra-curricular opportunities that we make available to our students. This includes numerous sports, music, creative arts, and STEAM projects, as well as local and overseas trips. It also includes the challenging Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
Our wellness support infrastructure includes an experienced Medical Team, an Inclusion Team, two skilled School Counsellor, an IT Support Team and of course, the subject teachers. Secondary students are attached to a form group with a Form Tutor who is their main source of support and day-to-day point of contact. Each year group is then overseen by a Head of Year who monitors student progress, attainment, and wellbeing.
Positive actions and support are reinforced through our House system and via initiatives such as the prestigious Student of the Month award scheme which recognises exceptional effort across a variety of subjects, significant positive contributions to school life, and a willingness to exceed expectations, while the End of Year awards celebrate student excellence and endeavour.
Wellbeing in Secondary School
We have established a ‘No Fail’ culture, where FAIL stands for First Attempt In Learning.
This belief system helps our students to understand that it is OK to take risks and important to learn from every experience.
For our middle school children, the curriculum includes Moral, Social and Cultural Education to encourage them early to reflect on their own morals and values and actively promote mutual respect, cultural engagement, and inclusivity. This, coupled with our Positive Education programme gives young students the skills to build positive relationships, regulate their emotions, engage in their environment, and find purpose in living a meaningful life. In Year 9, we introduce our Options and Aspirations programme to encourage students to think about their future and guide them in planning how they can reach their goals.
Wellbeing in Sixth Form
Sixth Form academic challenges are formidable and it’s important that our wellbeing programmes can offer support and ensure that students do not become overwhelmed and stressed during their two final years of school, particularly when their lives can also include milestones such as learning to drive, turning 18, and considering a move away from home, and into the workplace.
Our small class sizes and excellent tutor groups allow very strong and supportive relationships to be built. Sixth Form students meet their tutors three times a week to build relationships and access support in essential aspects of their education and preparations for life beyond it.
Each tutor group is supported by an experienced member of staff who guides, advises, and supports students academically, professionally, and personally. Our student support team comprises the Head of Sixth Form, Head of Year, Whole of School Counsellor, and the student’s tutor. The team closely monitors each student’s academic progress, wellbeing, options, and aspirations.
As part of the Tutor Programme in Years 12 and 13 students are expected to complete a Skills Curriculum and will be encouraged to develop essential skills for successful study (eg note-taking, researching, essay writing, revision techniques etc) as well as life skills (cooking, personal finance, first aid, mental health maintenance etc). Students will also complete a comprehensive Options and Aspirations Programme which allows them to familiarise themselves with worldwide university and course options, and relevant apprenticeships and career opportunities.
We invite you to visit us, and experience for yourself what makes Jebel Ali School such a special place to be.
Our highly experienced Admissions Team is on hand to discuss and answer any questions or queries. Our admissions process begins with the completion of an online enquiry, an invitation to a school tour with our Academic Team followed by a formal application.
We look forward to welcoming you.