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Dubai Gem School

School name Dubai Gem School
Type of institute private K-12 school
Curriculum or Student Nationality Indian/UK
Qualifications or Courses A-level, IGCSE, O-level
Head of school Keith Sedgwick (Principal)
Executive body or owner DGPS Board of Governors
Date founded 1973
Number of students (approx) 1400
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map Bur Dubai / Oud Metha Rd - location map
Postal address PO Box 989, Dubai, UAE
Telephone +971-4-3376661
Fax +971-4-3360969
Email admission@dubaigemschool.com
Website www.dubaigem.org (new window)
School fees structure 11,700-21,800 dhs per year (2010-2011)
Teacher salary range 3,000-7,000 dhs per month (2010-2011)
Student satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 401 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 85 votes.    
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
3.5 stars from 69 votes.    
KHDA school inspection report ratings
2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
acceptable acceptable good good

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Dubai Gem Private School tuition fee structure
Grade/Year Nursery KG1 KG2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2010-2011 11,700 12,300 12,200 13,290 13,370 13,605 14,510 14,485 15,985 16,720 17,535 17,500 17,750 17,750 21,200 21,800
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2009-2010 9,900 9,500 9,500 9,950 9,950 9,950 10,460 10,460 12,000 12,300 13,050 13,800 14,600 14,600 18,400 19,500
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2008-2009                                
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2007-2008   7,500                           15,400
  • Fees payable in three instalments - a higher payment required in the first term for most grades.
  • Additional fees (2010-2011): Deposit AED 1,750-3,250 for new enrolments depending on grade, registration fee (annual) AED 500, equipment charges AED 350-500 per subject depending on subject choices and grade. Bus transport fees AED 1,700-2,500 per term depending on location. Books, materials, activity, and annual fee included in tuition fee figures for 2010-2011 (not for 2009-2010 figures).
  • Additional fees (2009-2010) for books and materials, annual charges (sports, trips, library, laboratory, etc). Allow an extra AED 1000-2500 depending on grade. Equipment fee AED 250 per subject per year for grades 9-11, and AED 350 per subject per year for grades 12-13. Medical fee AED 150 per year. Activity fee AED 150 per term for KG1 and KG2, and AED 200 for Grades 1-13. Registration fee AED 500. Re-registration for existing students is AED 300. Deposit is half the first term's fees, refundable on departure if correct notice given and no outstanding fees. Bus transport (return only) AED 2000 per term from some Dubai locations, AED 2500 per term from Umm Suqeim, Jebel Ali, Mirdif and other Dubai locations, or Sharjah.
25 May 2011
  • Information updates (supplied by DGS) - previous domain URL www.dubaigemschool.com forwards to new URL at www.dubaigem.org. Other DGS related domains include www.dubaigemstaff.org (for admissions and other related documents), www.dubaigem.com (listed by some sources but is still showing spam). Fees updated for 2010-2011, teacher salaries approximately 3,000-7,000 dhs per month (assumed to be for 2010-2011).
  • KHDA 2011 inspection rating Good (update for all Dubai schools pending).
  • Not clear if DGS/DGPS is part of Taaleem group of schools or not. The May 2010 KHDA report says "In September 2009, Taleem (an educational company) was engaged by the owners of Dubai Gem Private School to manage and develop the school." But DGPS not found on Taaleem website, nor is any mention of Taalem found on the DGPS website.
  • DGS offers UK National Curriculum with IGCSE, AS-levels, and A-levels. DGS information says "Dubai Gem Private School follows the British National Curriculum. The students and staff are mainly from Asia and as such, the culture of the school is Asian."
04 August 2010 - school principal change
  • New DGPS principal will be Keith Sedgwick (not Sedgewick?), previously Academic Development Project Director and IT Manager at Taaleem, and before that was Headteacher at Rashid Primary School for Boys,
  • Previous head, Angela Hollington moving to the Greenfield Community School (GCS) as their new head (press release 04 August 2010).
  • KHDA information says head of school is Nina Malhotra? Hopefully not the same as Neena Malhotra of the Indian Government who was accused of slavery in a New York court by a former maid, according to a report in the New York Post 02 July 2010.
  • Email address updated, previously was dubaigem@eim.ae (might still be valid).
  • Additional DGPS telephone number is +971-4-3370913, which is (or was) also the number for Dubai Infants School?
  • Dubai Gem Private Nursery telephone number is +971-4-3453550.
  • Fees information for 2010-2011 not supplied, but might be unchanged from 2009-2010.
  • Website domain www.dubaigem.com seen in some sources appears to be incorrect, is showing spam when checked.
September 2009 - Taaleem management
  • Taaleem, a school operator in Dubai, took over the management and development of the Dubai Gem Private School (DGPS), but not the ownership as far as we know.
  • Not clear if the Taleem management role covers the Dubai Gem Nursery also.
  • New principal appointed (January 2009?) - Angela Hollington, previously head at International School of Zug and Luzern in Switzerland, International School of Moshi Tanzania, International School of Geneva - Pregny-Rigot primary school.
  • Previous DGPS was John Michael Richard? Or Mr John Last according to KHDA school report April 2009 (inspection date November 2008)?
  • Vice Principal of Emaar International School in Singapore is Mr John Last - is the same Mr Last from DGPS?
31 October 2008
  • Principal (or Headteacher) is John Michael Richard, previously was Roy Ritson? Not confirmed.
24 November 2007
  • Also called "Gem Private School", "Dubai Gem Pvt School", "Dubai Gem Private School", or "The Dubai Gem Private School"
  • Despite the name, is not one of the GEMS Group schools (as far as we can tell - at least it's not listed on the GEMS website).
  • Second fax number +971-4-3364524 listed with the KHDA.
  • DGS or DGPS started off as a nursery / creche and has since expanded to KG-grade 13.
  • Nursery location is in Jumeirah (Dubai Gem Private Nursery), main Dubai Gem School is in Oud Metha.
  • School was previously known as Dubai Nursery School and Crèche.
Dubai Gem Private School principals / headmasters
  • 2010- Keith Sedgwick
  • 2009-2010 - Angela Hollington
  • 2008-2009 - Mr John Last, or John Michael Richard / John Richard Last?
  • -2008 - Roy Ritson?
Schools in the same area as Dubai Gem School
School Name Founded   Tel    Level  Curriculum Qualifications School Fees Comments
Abacus Quest Point UCMAS      +971-4-3373875   primary  UCMAS  AQPU comments 
Al Rashid Al Saleh School   1971   +971-4-3376126   K-12  Arabic/UAE UAE 5,760-12,360   
Dubai English Speaking School   1963   +971-4-3371457   primary  UK NC 34,360  DESS comments 
English Medium School Dubai   April 1978   +971-4-3377503   K-12  Arabic/UK A-level, O-level 2,540-7,260   
IFA Rugby Academy Dubai   January 2011   +971-4-3371698     Sports   
Indian High School Dubai   1961   +971-4-3377475   secondary  Indian CBSE 3,300-6,250  IHSD comments 
International Concept for Education Dubai   September 2013   +971-4-3377818   primary  French, English French, IB 45,000-73,000   
International Football Academy Dubai   2007   +971-4-3371698     Sports   
Lycee Georges Pompidou Ecole primaire Dubai      +971-4-3374161   primary  French 20,500-24,700  LGPEPD comments 
Pakistan Education Academy   1968   +971-4-3370126   K-12  Pakistan FBISE SSC, HSSC 3,740-6,280  PEA comments 
St Marys School Dubai   1968   +971-4-3370252   K-12  UK A-level, IGCSE, GCSE 3,600-7,730  SMSD comments 
Winchester School Dubai Oud Metha   September 2012   +971-4-3374112     Indian / UK EYFS, NC, AS, A-level 9,377-12,502   
Zabeel School      +971-4-3374821   secondary  Arabic/UAE   

 

Last update 25 May 2011
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  • Allow extra for books, extra-curricular activities, uniforms, trips, etc if not included in school fees.
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