United Arab Emirates
About JESS Dubai
JESS (Jumeirah English Speaking School)
Who are we?
More commonly known as ‘JESS’ and one of the few non-profit making and established schools in the region, we are a sought-after, well-respected and leading school in the Middle East, delivering world class education to English-speaking students from over 70 different countries.
JESS is a school which aims to have a global reputation for delivering a unique brand of education that challenges young people to make a difference. We strive to identify and tap into every individual student’s gifts, finding areas in which they can shine and build confidence. At JESS, we pride ourselves on being a high-achieving community school where every boy and girl is important.
The History of JESS
Due to demand from English-speaking expat families working in the oil and gas industries back in the 70s, JESS, Dubai began in a large apartment in a building near the Deira Clock Tower in 1975 with just 17 pupils. Within a year, thanks to a grant from the Ruler of Dubai, JESS moved to a villa in Jumeirah. There, we expanded from the apartment to a small huddle of buildings in the middle of the desert, in Jumeirah, where the primary school remains today.
The funding from the original companies took the form of a ‘corporate debenture’; a system that still successfully operates today at our schools with over 170 companies holding debentures at the Jumeirah school and over 80 at the Ranches - many companies having invested in both schools.
Today, after over 40 years of providing exceptional education in Dubai, the school has just over 2,000 pupils enrolled in the two different sites; c. 700 pupils at the original primary school in Jumeirah and c. 1400 at the newer Arabian Ranches school which opened in September 2005.
Like all expat schools in Dubai, we are a fee-paying school but the debenture system that we operate allows us to operate as one of the (very few) non-profit making schools in Dubai. Managed by a Board of Governors, any decision regarding the provision of our education is based purely on whether it is in the best interest of our children and all finance is used entirely for school resources and staffing, ensuring that education is always the core driver of what we do as a school.
We offer the British curriculum from Foundation 1 to Year 11. In the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) which opened in 2009, we offer the IB Diploma and will offer specialist BTEC courses in Art, Sport and Business from September 2017.
JESS supports the philosophy that education goes beyond the limitations of the classroom. Consequently, there is also a varied and exciting range of extracurricular activities for children in Year 3 and above.
We always look to employ high quality individuals to join our team of first-rate staff. We welcome staff who show a genuine commitment to the vision for the school and who are exemplary practitioners with a proven track record of outstanding teaching.
JESS is a school with learning at its heart; we aim to instil in our students a passion for knowledge and discovery. The same is true of our staff. Our JESS CPD provides a forum for JESS staff to keep learning, fostering their growth mind-set and share best practice. We work collaboratively across both JESS campuses to celebrate our strengths and enable us to get the best of ourselves, so we can ensure the best of our students.
JESS CPD umbrellas five strands: JESS Talks, JESS Workshops, JESS Listens, JESS Learns and JESS Leads.
For more details, see Working at JESS
With almost 22% of exams passed at A* and almost 60% passed at A* or A grade in 2016, our GCSE exam results remain amongst the best in Dubai and continue to improve year-on-year. See GCSE Results
Despite only opening in 2009 and being one of the largest cohorts in Dubai, our IB Diploma results are the best in the Middle East and nothing short of outstanding. Our average points per student has always been above the world average and this has constantly increased since the opening of our Sixth Form, culminating in an impressive average of 35.3% in 2016, v. the world average of 30 points. See IB Results for more details.
Physical facilities at both JESS sites are state of the art reflecting the aims of JESS in providing a broad and balanced education for pupils. Both sites have large, well-established campuses with shaded, well-equipped playground areas, interactive whiteboards in every classroom, temperature-controlled swimming pools, air-conditioned sports halls, multi-purpose PE studios, netball courts, large sports fields, fully equipped ICT & Music departments and extremely well-resourced libraries.
The nine-acre site at Arabian Ranches also has tennis courts, a purpose-built music centre with digital recording studio, excellent science, art & DT facilities, dance and drama studios, a strength and conditioning suite, a lecture theatre and a 500-seater auditorium with outside amphitheatre. A new, dedicated Sixth Form Centre was added in 2009 thus providing an excellent learning environment for our Sixth Form students.
By far the greatest resource at JESS, however are the students and staff. We continue to recruit and retain staff of the highest calibre and this is reflected in examination results and inspection reports.
Location & Contacts
For Recruitment enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
P O Box 24942, Dubai, UAE
+971 4 3619019