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Jumeirah English Speaking School is a British private school located in Dubai, UAE.[1] Its original campus on Sheikh Zayed Road is a primary school; A second campus at Arabian Ranches has students from primary, secondary and high school. As of December 2016, JESS has 2000 students enrolled.

Jumeirah English Speaking School
Jumeirah English Speaking School logo.jpg

School typeIndependent school
Head of schoolMark Steed
GradesKG1 - Year 13
Number of pupils2000
Education systemBritish National Curriculum, International Baccalaureate
SloganAchieving Excellence Together Forever

The students in secondary school (Years 7 to 11) follow the British curriculum, with year 11 students undertaking GCSE examinations. After the completion of GCSE, year 12 and 13 students follow the International Baccalaureate Curriculum, taking part in the Diploma Programme.[1]



JESS JumeirahEdit

The original JESS school in Jumeirah was founded in 1975 and celebrated its 40th birthday in 2005.[2] The school was founded as a result of demand for institutions tailored to suit the needs of British families. At the time, the only other available school was the Dubai English Speaking School (DESS), which was over-subscribed.[3]

First opened in an apartment near the Dubai Clock Tower, JESS only had 17 pupils in 2 classes. In 1976, due to the influx of students, the school relocated to the villa of the school's headteacher, Miss Blue.

In 1977, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum granted the school land in the Jumeirah district of Dubai, which is where the school is located.[4]

JESS Arabian RanchesEdit

A JESS Secondary School Soccer team in action

In 2000s, the Emirates experienced an influx of expats, and as a result, the demand education grew, leading to the opening of JESS Arabian Ranches in 2005.[3] It was the first school in Dubai to be built as a part of a significant planned housing development (Arabian Ranches).

JESS Arabian Ranches opened in September 2005 with 573 pupils - a primary school, with Years 7 and 8 offered in secondary. A sixth form was opened in 2009, offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, due to the increasing demand for the program in Dubai. After 2009, the school started offering all years, from KG1 to Year 13.


Both of the campuses have a main building (containing the classrooms and the cafeteria), surrounded by other school facilities, with both of the school's campuses containing swimming pools (2 for each campus), a PE hall, netball courts and multi-purpose sports fields.

The Arabian Ranches site also contains a music center, a lecture theater and an auditorium.

The sixth form building (added in 2009) is separate from the main building in the Arabian Ranches campus, and contains a common room, a study hall, a dining area and a locker room.[5]


Jumeirah English Speaking School incorporates the National Curriculum of England and the IB Diploma Programme in its courses.[6][7]

Elementary students will start with the National Curriculum of England, with the secondary school students moving in to study the GCSE course. Following the completion of the course, students then study either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or the IB Courses Programme in Years 12 and 13.[8]

The IBDP programme is very different to the Courses programme. During IBDP, students have to study 6 subjects, 3 taken at Standard Level (SL) and 3 taken at the Higher Level (HL). As well as that, students have to complete the "DP Core" consisting of Theory of Knowledge, Community and Service and the Extended Essay.

During the Courses programme, students can study 5 or 6 subjects, all of which may be taken at standard level. Community and Service is also mandatory.

A planned development by the school is the introduction of BTEC Extended level 3 courses in Art, Business and Sport by 2017.[9]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

General extracurricular activitiesEdit

The extracurricular activities offered change each term, based on decisions made by staff. Some of the extracurricular activities as of December 2016 are Pottery, School Productions, JESS newsletter, skiing, rock-climbing, instrumental lessons, golf, drama club, photography, Sudoku club, book club, film club, choir, art club, history club, yoga, dance club, cooking club, trampoline club, gymnastics, and Aikido.[10]


Just like the general activities, the sports offered are subject to change every term. As of December 2016, some of the sports offered include athletics, netball, rugby, hockey, horse riding, volleyball, football, swimming, basketball and badminton.

KHDA Inspection ReportEdit

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is an educational quality assurance authority based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It undertakes early learning, school and higher learning institution management and rates them, based on the performance of both the teachers and the students, with ratings ranging from "Unsatisfactory" to "Outstanding".[11]

Below is a summary of the inspection ratings for the Jumeirah English Speaking School.[12]

School Name 2015-2016 2014–2015 2013–2014 2012–2013 2011–2012 2010–2011 2009–2010 2008–2009
JESS Jumeirah Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Good Good
JESS Arabian Ranches Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Good Good


  1. ^ a b FAQs, Dubai. "Jumeirah English Speaking School". Retrieved 19 December 2016.
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  3. ^ a b "History | JESS". Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  4. ^ Mannan, Mahak (8 February 2016). "School celebrates 40 years in Dubai". 7DAYS UAE. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Social | JESS". Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  6. ^ "JESS, Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches – Dubai schools, Abu Dhabi schools, Sharjah schools with fees, ratings and more –". 13 November 2015.
  7. ^ "6 Best International Schools for Expat Children in Dubai - Dubai Expats Guide". 25 November 2014.
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  9. ^ "School Structure | JESS". Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Extra-Curricular Overview | JESS". Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  11. ^ JKCS. "Home | Knowledge and Human Development Authority". Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Inspection Report - Jumeirah English Speaking School". Retrieved 19 December 2016.

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