Dubai United Arab Emirates
The English College, Dubai


Established in 1992, The English College Dubai is an all-through community school for FS 1 to Year 13, located in Al Safa 1, Dubai, one of the most sought-after residential areas. Whether your child wants to embark on a traditional or vocational pathway, our dynamic and responsive British curriculum provides your child with the skills, attributes and qualifications to thrive and be successful. Our team of highly experienced and caring educators also ensure that your child receives an outstanding start to the future beyond Sixth Form.

  • Day school tuition $9121 - $16816 USD
  • Grades for day school Pre-K/Reception -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Scholarships Available No
  • Number of Students 1035
  • Year founded 1992
  • Boarding school tuition No Information
  • Curricula BTEC, UK National
  • Type Co-ed


KHDA Reports

We are regularly inspected by the The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) through its Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau, reviewing and rating the quality of education provided by us.

Please click on the links below to view KHDA’s Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau reports:

Here are some of our 2019/20 Report highlights:
  • • 62% of categories are rated Very Good or Outstanding
  • • All progress and attainment categories in Secondary Science and Mathematics increased to Outstanding
  • • Students’ personal and social development in Foundation, Primary, Secondary and Post-16 remains Outstanding
  • • The care and support of students in Foundation, Primary, Secondary and Post-16 remains Outstanding
  • • The school’s progression in international assessments is above expectations
  • • The impact of leadership is above expectations.


In line with our Mission to ‘to deliver an excellent education where every student will develop the skills, attitudes and academic qualifications needed to succeed in life’, our accreditations reflect our commitment to do exactly that.

We are a member school of British Schools Middle East

Examination Bodies

Our Key Stage 4 (GCSE/International GCSE) and Key Stage 5 (A level) students follow programmes of study and take final examinations set by Pearson Edexcel, AQA and Oxford International AQA Examinations awarding bodies.


We are one of the leading non-selective UK curriculum schools in Dubai which embraces being inclusive and diverse, with our students originating from over 67 countries - this is reflected in the values and culture of the whole school community so that learners feel welcome, accepted, safe and valued whatever their background.

Admissions Information

Admissions Process

To apply to The English College, one of the best English curriculum schools in Dubai, just follow our easy application process by completing the below steps. We do sometimes have oversubscribed year groups, in which case we will suggest to parents to join our waiting list until a place becomes available for your children. Our Admissions Team will be with you every step of the way, from your initial enquiry through to your children’s first day at school. We also invite you to book a personalised tour of our campus. If you are located outside of Dubai or are overseas, we are happy to schedule a telephone or Zoom video call with you.

Step 1: Complete the Online Application Form

The Online Application Form can be accessed through our secure admissions portal ‘Open Apply’. Register your details to set up an account, through which you can make an enquiry, book a tour, apply and follow the full application process digitally.

Please keep a Passport photograph of your child (JPG or PNG format) handy as you will need to upload it. Please note that an application form needs to be completed for each child. You can avail of our Sibling Discount, whereby a family with three or more siblings in school will receive a 10% discount on tuition fees for the youngest sibling. This will also apply to a fourth child in school.

Step 2: Complete the Checklist

While completing the Online Application Form, you will register with our secure Online Parent Portal ‘Open Apply’. You will get access to a Dashboard and can follow the full Application Process digitally.
Please have the following documents ready for uploading:

1) A copy of your child’s (applicant) Passport.

2) A copy of your child’s (applicant) Residence Visa. Please note that as per Dubai’s The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) regulations, the residence visa copy and Emirates ID copy must be submitted within 30 days of arriving in Dubai. Children on a visit visa cannot be permitted to school. Your child’s residence visa must be in process.

3) A copy of your child’s (applicant) Emirates ID (front and back). Please note that as per Dubai’s The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) regulations, the residence visa copy and Emirates ID copy must be submitted within 30 days of arriving in Dubai.

4) A copy of the father’s Emirates ID (front & back). Please note that as per Dubai’s The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) regulations, the residence visa copy and Emirates ID copy must be submitted within 30 days of arriving in Dubai. This can be extended to 45 days but not beyond.

5) A copy of the mother’s Emirates ID (front & back). Please note that as per Dubai’s The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) regulations, the residence visa copy and Emirates ID copy must be submitted within 30 days of arriving in Dubai. This can be extended to 45 days but not beyond.

6) A copy of your child’s most recent Full School Report. Applicable from Year 1 onwards. This needs to include all subjects including Tutor comments, plus GCSE / AS / BTEC grades as applicable.

  • Students can join after the academic year begins Yes
  • Waiting List Yes


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English, Spanish
  • ELL support Yes
  • Gifted and talented student support Yes
  • Learning support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Languages taught Arabic, English, French, Spanish
  • Examinations available

School Life

  • Bus service Yes
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Pastoral Care Yes
  • Do students practice religion at the school Yes
  • Most common nationality British
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Supervised care before or after school Yes
  • Uniform required Yes
  • Access to an educational psychologist Yes
  • Student nationalities 67
  • Average class size 24

Schools Facilities

Our ultra-convenient location, our modern campus and the wide range of high quality facilities we have access to, make The English College a highly sought after school – not just in Jumeirah, but by families across Dubai

We are a school with a rich heritage; the secondary school was founded in 1992. We continue to invest and improve both the secondary and primary school sites, ensuring our learners enjoy a positive and engaging learning environment. Our new campus supports us with our ambition and aspiration to be the best British school in Dubai.

We are a happy school with nearly 900 students from 65 different nationalities and our community benefits from:

Primary School

Primary Reception
Separate FS 1 and 2 building with external playground
Large classrooms with plenty of daylight
Science Labs
Sports Hall
Swimming Pool
Outdoor Playgrounds

Secondary School

Secondary Reception
8 Chemistry/ Physics/ Science/Bio Labs
Prep Rooms
Graphics Studio
Art Studio
Music Class Room
Individual Music Practice Rooms
Group Music Practice Room
Black Box Theatre
Drama Studio Theatre
Large Library
Media Studies Room
Learning Commons
Dining Hall with Outdoor Terrace
Sixth Form Study Rooms
Sixth Form Common Room

The new PE/Sports Complex features:

Fitness Studio
Changing Rooms separately for Female and Male
Modern, full equipped Clinic for Nurse and part-time Doctor
Activity/PE Classroom
Large PE/Sports Hall
Netball Court
Full-size Sports Field with natural Grass

Our entire campus is equipped with security monitoring and access is controlled by experienced security staff.

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes
  • Percent that pursue university 97%

University Destinations

We pride ourselves on delivering bespoke advice that caters to the individual needs of each and every student – finding the right fit for them is our number one priority. From studying Medicine at Sheffield University, Psychology at The University of Southern California, Acting at Sharjah Performing Arts Academy, Design at the University of Auckland, Mathematics at the University of Toronto to Economics at the University of Amsterdam, our Alumni really are spread across the globe, gaining amazing experiences and working towards their dream careers.

In 2021, 54% of our awarded A Level grades were A*/A. 28% of our A Level cohort achieved straight A*-A grades. These outstanding results reinforce our reputation as one of the leading academic schools in Dubai and the UAE.

The cohort of our 79 students entering for the A Level qualification achieved the following results:

A*: 28%
A*A: 54%
A*B: 76%
A*C: 94%

The pass rate was 100%


The cohort of our 15 students entering for Level 3 BTEC qualification achieved the following results:

Pass: 12%
Merit: 4%
Distinction: 15%
Distinction*: 69%

The pass rate was 100%.

The top 5 university destinations of our graduating students are:

  • University College London (UCL)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • King’s College London, University of London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Toronto

Degree courses include: Accounting, Acting for Film, Aerospace Engineering, Ancient History, Applied Physics, Biology, Business, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminology, Digital Media and Communication, Economics, English Literature, Fashion, Filmmaking, Forensic Science, Geography, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Engineering, Law, Marketing, Mathematics, Medicine, Psychology, Sports and Exercise Therapy