British Secondary through to 6th Form
JESS Arabian Ranches Secondary
According to the school’s website, the community at JESS is overwhelmingly positive as the school strives to identify and tap into every individual student’s gifts. Strong pastoral and tutoring systems, alongside an extensive extracurricular programme, are designed to allow students to find areas in which they can shine and build confidence. Every boy and girl is important at JESS.
Having built on the foundations of 35 years of JESS providing excellence in primary schooling in Dubai, 2011 has seen our first IB Diploma cohort graduate with resounding success. The IB ethos and the JESS Learner Profile is now permeating the learning and teaching at all levels whether it be the exciting, broad based Key Stage 3 curriculum or preparing for GCSE’s in Key Stage 4. JESS is producing motivated, confident, high achieving and adaptable young people, well prepared for the challenges presented by today’s fast moving, global environment.
The school enjoys outstanding, purpose built facilities on an attractive campus. JESS continues to develop its systems and methods to ensure the best opportunities are available for all of students.
JESS Arabian Ranches Primary is located at the Arabian Ranches, just off Emirates Road.
Who runs the school?
The headteacher is Shane O’Brien. Julie Fantham is the Head of Sixth Form.
Is this a non-profit school?
What facilities does the school offer?
What is the school’s philosophy?
At JESS children are supported in their development as active learners. They are involved in target setting and evaluation of their own success. Self and peer evaluation skills are developed systematically from an early age to enable children to develop critical thinking skills. Staff are trained in Brain Gym – a system whereby children are given regular breaks to engage in a series of exercises that encourage left and right sides of the brain to function at equally optimum levels.
As children all learn in different ways, teaching planned with learning styles is a key factor; visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners are all catered for within lessons, just as all levels are extended or supported as necessary through a thorough implementation of differentiation across all areas of the curriculum.
JESS is committed to developing the whole individual and in helping students to achieve their potential in academic studies whilst promoting their social, cultural, emotional, aesthetic and physical development. Accordingly, this is reflected in the broad and balanced curriculum on offer.
The academic programmes are based on the National Curriculum of England, delivered in English and adapted to take into account our international context and local circumstances. Being a Dubai school, Arabic is an important language for our students to learn and Islamic Studies is delivered to our Muslim students, as directed by the Ministry of Education.
JESS enhances the National Curriculum and seek opportunities to increase skills acquisition and development. The JESS Key Stage 3 course of Art, Design and Technology is a good example of this in which the students’ skills and understanding in the area are developed beyond that normally expected in this age range.
Work undertaken in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), delivered through target days, further enhances the development of the whole individual; as too, the extensive extracurricular activities programme which takes place outside of the normal classroom hours.
JESS Secondary School supports the philosophy that education goes beyond the limitations of the classroom. Consequently, there is a varied and exciting range of extracurricular activities. Understandably, the range of extracurricular opportunities will grow as the number of teachers in the school increases. We will, however, be looking for ways to enhance the programme by opening up off-site opportunities that would allow us to take advantage of the excellent facilities and high level of expertise that exists within Dubai.
By its very nature, the extracurricular programme of activities will be dynamic and respond to the expertise and interest that exists within the staff. It will change with each term and take into account the local climatic conditions. Generally, activities will include traditional clubs such as football, swimming, Spanish and drama as well as more unusual hobbies such as Islamic art and juggling. The important thing for the student is that he or she is given the opportunity to experience new areas of activity and to develop as an individual with a range of interests that may go beyond the school based years.
At Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) the academic year runs from September to June; however children can be admitted during the academic year if a place becomes available subject to KHDA guidelines.*
– Fluency in English
All children admitted into Jumeirah English Speaking School must be fluent in English and able to access all areas of the curriculum through the medium of English. For further details, read this document.
Admissions are also subject to criteria which will vary according to the child’s age group, as follows:
– Foundation, Primary and Secondary
Reports from previous schools / nurseries will be assessed by the academic teaching staff and if deemed necessary, may be followed by an assessment or interview.
The school operates tours of both JESS branches throughout the year. These tours are pre-arranged and give parents and children the opportunity to visit the school premises and see the children in their classroom environment whilst viewing the facilities available at each branch. The tours are conducted by a member of the Senior Management Team who will be able to answer any questions you may have.
If you are eligible to apply to JESS and would like to arrange a visit, please contact the receptionist at the relevant branch of JESS.
Can I apply?
If the year group to which you are applying is open to admissions, the school will accept registrations at any time throughout the year regardless of where you reside. If you have access to a corporate debenture or if the application is for a younger sibling of a current JESS pupil(s) registering for Foundation 1, you are able to apply to the waiting list even if it is closed.
Please check Availability & Waiting Lists for the current status of the school’s waiting lists.
If you are unsure of your debenture status or need help with any other aspect of your application, you can complete the school’s online enquiry form on the following link, Expression of Interest.
How do I apply?
A separate registration form is required for each child and must be completed in full and personal information must correspond with the child’s passport. It is essential that all sections of the registration form are completed and the parental statement must also be signed.
There are two branches of JESS, one in Jumeirah and the other at Arabian Ranches. Registration forms are branch- specific. Therefore please complete the appropriate form for the branch of JESS that you wish your child to attend. Parents who wish their children to be registered at both Jumeirah and Arabian Ranches must complete separate registration forms and pay a non-refundable Dhs300 for each one. Registration fees are accepted in the form of Dirham cheques, made payable to JESS, or cash. Unfortunately we cannot accept credit card payments.
What information is needed?
It is a requirement that you inform the school of any social, medical, physical, behavioural or academic circumstance that has, or may have, an effect on your child’s ability to cope independently within the normal classroom situation. Relevant medical or educational psychologist’s reports should be forwarded to the school together with your registration form. Any offer made by JESS is subject to the school being able to meet the individual needs of any child. JESS reserves the right to contact the previous school for further educational information. If it is discovered that important educational / behavioural / physical / medical information has been withheld at registration, dismissal from the school may result.
The supporting documents that are required when a registration is submitted are:
– Photocopy of your child’s passport (in which the residence visa is, or will be, stamped)
– Photocopy of your child’s birth certificate
– Full end-of-year school report for the last academic year, if currently attending a school or nursery. This must include comments on academic and social progress as well as behaviour
– An interim report for the current academic year, if available (Primary & Secondary applications only)
– Letter of Recommendation (applicable to Secondary applications only)
– Student & parental statements (Sixth Form Only)
A check-list of all documents required can also be found on the back page of each registration form. All completed forms, documentation and registration fees can be submitted to either JESS school – Jumeirah or Arabian Ranches.
Applications will not be processed until all of the above information is received. If any of this information proves to be incorrect at a later date JESS reserves the right to cancel the application.
Sixth Form and IB
The Sixth Form is perhaps the most intensive and demanding period of education that any individual undergoes and in a highly competitive world we recognise that our students need strong academic results to increase their opportunities and choices for the future. JESS recognises that to make the most of those opportunities and choices, students will require maturity, confidence and a repertoire of learning skills.
The Sixth Form Team has been planning and developing the post-sixteen curriculum for the past two years. JESS became an IB World School following a highly successful inspection visit from the IB in February 2009 and now offers the IB Diploma Programme. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education which JESS believes is important for students.
The secondary school has been working hard at establishing the IB ethos and students throughout the school are very aware of the JESS Learner Profile. Further IB activities regularly take place throughout the academic year as part of our PSHE programme, focusing on internationalism, critical thinking, preparation for essay writing, and academic honesty.
The school’s leaders and management is confident that the JESS Sixth Form will build upon the excellent reputation already earned in the rest of the school. JESS is moving forward with plans to build state-of-the-art facilities, students are looking forward to a continuation of the supportive learning environment and are motivated to meet the many challenges that life in the Sixth Form will pose.
IBDP Subjects at JESS
Students wishing to take the full IB Diploma must ensure that they take one subject from each group and that they have three subjects at Higher Level and three at Standard Level.
|Subject Group||Standard Level||Higher Level|
|1 Language A1||English Literature
|2 Second Language||French
Arabic* Also available as a
beginners’ language course: Ab Initio
|3 Individuals and Societies||History
Information Technology in a Global Society
Information Technology in a Global Society
|4 Experimental Sciences||Biology
Environmental Systems & Societies
|5 Mathematics||Mathematical Studies
|6 The Arts||Music
Free Elective as follows:
Business & Management
Free Elective as follows:
Business & Management
The above is subject to change. Please be aware that if there is high demand in certain subjects, late applicants may be unable to secure a place in their first option choice.
The JESS Advantage
A variety of teaching styles is used so that students’ educational needs are catered for. A combination of both formative and summative assessment allows students to reflect on their progress and identify how to improve. Target setting, informed by ALIS baseline assessment, forms an integral part of the review of students’ work.
Class size within the JESS Sixth Form does not exceed 15 students.
The school is extremely well equipped with plentiful resources; superb ICT technology, interactive white boards in each classroom, a Learning Resources Centre, state-of-the-art Science laboratories, and specialist teaching rooms for Design and Technology, Information Communications Technology, Art, Theatre and Music.
IB Diploma Programme
A wide range of subjects is on offer across the six groups of the IBDP. In addition, students complete the core programme comprising of Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay and CAS.
The smooth-running of the Diploma Programme is facilitated by the use of ManageBac. ManageBac is an online facility that students and staff can access at school or from home. This allows students to post work assignments, receive and transmit messages and plan their work to meet deadlines.
We believe this enables students to find a healthy balance between their academic studies and extracurricular commitments, and so become well-rounded individuals.
Effective structure and strong pastoral system
The Sixth Form Team which comprises experienced Sixth Form Tutors, the IBDP Co-ordinator, the CAS Co-ordinator and the Head of Sixth Form, supports students throughout their time at JESS. Appropriate time is made for mentoring on a daily basis.
Health, well-being and student support service
Non-teaching specialists—Health Office Nurses, the Educational Psychologist and Learning Support Staff—are available to help students with any problems and to ensure their well-being. Our curriculum is designed to support a healthy lifestyle among students.
Caring student community
The IBDP Learner Profile – which promotes amongst other qualities the importance of being caring, principled, knowledgeable, open-minded and balanced – forms part of the ethos of the school. As such, this helps our students to support each other.
Active parental involvement
The KHDA are impressed by the fact that the parents and staff at JESS are true partners in learning. Regular contact is encouraged by staff and parents are welcome to contact the school if the need arises.
Non-profit making school
JESS is solely financed by the fee structure and the debenture system. The money generated in these ways is used entirely for school resources and staffing.
Students from other schools who are interested in joining JESS can complete an Application Form. You will then be contacted by JESS regarding the next steps.
Like most pre-university courses offered by other schools, students wishing to undertake the IB at JESS will need to have achieved a minimum standard in their GCSEs or equivalent in order to take the Diploma.
The JESS admissions requirements for students applying from outside JESS are:
* A proven track record of academic success.
* Participation in wider school life throughout their secondary schooling.
* Minimum Grade Bs at GCSE or equivalent for all subjects studied in the IBDP.
* Grade B must also be achieved in English and Mathematics.
All prospective applicants and their parents will also be invited for an interview which will be arranged at a mutually convenient time. The interview is designed to be informative but friendly, so that students feel at ease. For students applying from abroad we recognise that it will be difficult for them to attend an interview and in these circumstances we base offers on school reports, predictions and recommendations.
The purpose of the interview is to discuss the student’s options and career plans. Students will also be informed of pastoral arrangements, monitoring systems and extracurricular activities. We also take into account the information given to us in references, estimated GCSE (or equivalent) grades and information about the student’s wider contribution to his/her current school. We reserve the right to assess the level of English of students for whom it is the language of study and not spoken at home. In addition to the interview, students will have the opportunity to tour the school and meet some current students and members of staff.
In addition to this, students will be expected to have demonstrated a large degree of organisation and self-motivation as without these qualities they are unlikely to succeed in the Diploma.
An offer of a place will be given conditional on results and subject to a satisfactory reference and interview. Parents should email a copy of their son/daughter’s GCSE results in August as soon as they receive the results.
If you would like to apply, please complete the Sixth Form Application form, together with the IB Option Form. Both documents are attached below. Please note that we cannot accept applications to the Sixth Forn without the completed Option Form too.
Fee Structure 2011/12
|Registration and Acceptance Fees|
|REGISTRATION (non refundable)||DHS.300||One payment|
|ENTRANCE FEE (non refundable)||DHS.500||One payment|
|FOUNDATION 1||DHS. 9,597||DHS. 28,791|
|PRIMARY (FND 2 – Year 6)||DHS.12,029||DHS. 36,087|
|SECONDARY (Years 7 – 11)||DHS. 20,648||DHS. 61,944|
|SIXTH FORM (Years 12 – 13)||DHS. 23,582||DHS. 70,746|
|PERSONAL (per child)||DHS.20,000||Effective 1 Oct 2011|
|Arabian Ranches Debentures|
|PERSONAL (per child)||DHS.20,000|
Good (as of 2011)
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