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English College Dubai

School name English College Dubai
Type of institute private K-12 school
Curriculum or Student Nationality UK
Qualifications or Courses NC, GCSE, A-level
Head of school Ms Jane Ballard (Acting Headteacher)
Executive body or owner Board of Governors
Date founded 1992
Number of students (approx) 1000
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map Sheikh Zayed Rd, Al Safa 1, Jumeirah - location map
Postal address PO Box 11812, Dubai, UAE
Telephone +971-4-3943465
Fax +971-4-3947242
Email admissions@englishcollege.ac.ae
Website www.englishcollege.ac.ae
School fees structure 45,486-54,493 dhs per year (2014-2015)
Teacher salary range 10,200 - 14,300 dhs per month (estimate only)
Student satisfaction rating
4 stars from 101 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
4 stars from 29 votes.    
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
3.5 stars from 28 votes.    
KHDA school inspection report ratings
2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
good good good good

English College Dubai admissions, reviews, notes

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The English College in Dubai (TEC, EC, ECD) tuition fees, information

Not to be confused with Dubai College or Dubai English Speaking College, both unrelated to TECD and to each other.

Grade/Year FS1 FS2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Annual fees (AED) 2014-2015                 45,486 45,486 45,486 49,346 49,346 54,493 54,493
Annual fees (AED) 2013-2014                              
Annual fees (AED) 2012-2013 23,638 27,275 27,275 27,275 27,275 27,275 27,275 29,093 44,329 44,329 44,329 48,091 48,091 53,107 53,107
Annual fees (AED) 2011-2012                              
Annual fees (AED) 2010-2011 22,620 26,100 26,100 26,100 26,100 26,100 26,100 27,840 42,420 42,420 42,420 46,020 46,020 50,820 50,820
Annual fees (AED) 2009-2010 22,620 26,100 26,100 26,100 26,100 26,100 26,100 27,840 42,420 42,420 42,420 46,020 46,020 50,820 50,820
Annual fees (AED) 2008-2009                 42,420 42,420 42,420 46,020 46,020 50,820 50,820
Annual fees (AED) 2007-2008                 36,570 36,570 36,570 39,675 39,675 43,815 43,815
Annual fees (AED) 2005-2007 19,500 22,500 22,500 22,500 22,500 22,500 22,500 24,000 36,570 36,570 36,570 39,675 39,675 43,815 43,815
Annual fees (AED) 2004-2005                              
Annual fees (AED) 2003-2004                 31,800 31,800 31,800 34,500 34,500 38,100 38,100
  • 2014-2015 admission application fee AED 500, tuition deposit AED 4,000, security deposit AED 1,000. Note that from September 2014 The English College primary school will no longer operate.
  • 2013-2014 fees information not supplied.
  • 2012-2013 admission application fee AED 500, tuition deposit (non-refundable) AED 3,000 for primary, AED 4,000 for secondary, deposit (refundable) AED 1,000. Additional costs and charges for books, uniform, transport not supplied. Uniforms available from Magrudys on Jumeirah Beach Road.
  • 2010-2011 admission application fee AED 300, tuition deposit (deducted from first term's fees) AED 3,000 FS1-Year 6 or AED 4,000 Year 7-Year 13, refundable joining deposit AED 1,000. Tuition fees due in three installments - before the start of each term.
  • Admission registration applications and enquiries contact tel +971-4-394 3465 ext 304, and email admissions@englishcollege.ac.ae. EC says do not use the email address ec.college.registrar@gmail.com listed on their website.
  • English College Secondary School (ECSS) opened in 1992, Primary School (ECPS) opened in 2004, closed in 2014. EC websites at www.englishcollegeprimary.ac.ae, www.englishcollegesecondary.ac.ae, and www.englishcollege.ac.ae. EC Primary School blog at ecpsdubai.blogspot.ae. Secondary school blog not found. A-level and GCSE exam results available on EC secondary school website (Academic > Exam Information).
  • Owner's name, number of staff, not supplied.
  • Location Sheikh Zayed Road coast side, sort of opposite Oasis Center mall, between Safa Park and Manara Rd interchanges, in Al Safa 1 community, Jumeirah area. Between 29th and 35th streets.
The English College Dubai careers and teaching jobs
  • See the Employment Opportunities section of the EC website for current vacancies and positions.
  • Send letter of application, CV, recent photo, and contact details of two referees or references, addressed to (check website to confirm name is up to date):
    • Ms Jane Ballard, Acting Headteacher Secondary School, headsec@englishcollege.ac.ae for secondary positions
    • Mr William Johnston, Headteacher Primary School, prisec@englishcollege.ac.ae for primary jobs.
  • Salary or pay scale not provided. Benefits package for overseas contracts includes furnished accommodation, medical insurance, annual flight allowance, baggage allowance, visa costs and gratuity. Employment contracts are for 2 years (renewable).
The English College, Dubai calendar and term dates 2013-2014
  • Term 1, Winter Term 2013 dates Sun 08 Sep 2013 to Thu 19 Dec 2013 (earlier start dates for staff and new students).
  • Term 2, Spring Term 2014 dates Sun 05 Jan 2014 to Thu 10 Apr 2014.
  • Term 3, Summer Term 2014 dates Sun 27 Apr 2014 to Mon 30 Jun 2014.

English College Dubai primary school closure

12 June 2014
  • Secondary head, Ms Jane Ballard, is Acting Headteacher of The English College. Primary school head, Mr William Johnston has moved to the new Capital School in Dubai as Founding Principal.
04 December 2013
  • It appears as though there has been no change to the announcement that the English College primary school would close in June 2014 despite investigations into an alternative solution.
  • Oddly though, the closure decision now seems to have been made by the KHDA according to a Gulf News Xpress report - English College shutdown inevitable as KHDA refuses to change stance ... with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) refusing to budge on its decision to shut the school next year. It wasn't clear what information GN had found or received to make that statement.
  • The last information we had was that it was the owner's decision to close the school because it was making a loss and the KHDA would not allow a large fee increase. No further statement supplied by the KHDA or the school owners since then to explain why it was now the KHDA and not the owner's decision to close the school.
  • Also confusingly, a letter or email apparently sent by the head, William Johnston, on 27 Nov 2013 (not confirmed) said "The original letter sent by the board is confirmed and the school is scheduled to close at the end of June 2014. I have been informed that all avenues have and will continue to be explored, but of course it is now time for you to make alternative arrangements for your child. The closure is for business reasons and is not related to fee increases…" But a previous letter (18 Nov 2013) said the school closure was related to fee increases ... "The KHDA ... has refused permission to raise our fees."
26 November 2013
  • Regarding the announced English College primary school closure, the KHDA was reported as "actively bringing the owner and associated parties together to find a suitable solution."
  • Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director-General of the KHDA, was quoted or issued a statement saying "We are working closely with all associated parties at English College, keeping the best interests of students in mind. The issue has caused distress to parents, teachers and students. As soon as further information is available, English College will communicate directly with the parents."
  • Unclear what that actually means - whether the KHDA is considering allowing a fees increase to keep the school open, or trying to persuade the owners to keep the school open without a fee increase, or something else.
23 November 2013
  • The English College announced that the owners or Board of Governors had decided to close the primary school section at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year due to KHDA imposed restrictions on school fee increases. A letter dated 18 Nov 2013 (Monday) by the EC Primary School Headteacher, William Johnston, said "The reasons that have been given are purely business - basically the Primary phase of The English College has been making a loss which cannot be sustained. The KHDA who controls fees in all Private Schools has refused permission to raise our fees and therefore the board has come to the decision to close."
  • News reports on Wednesday and Thursday said parents had sent 250 letters to the KHDA requesting the authority to give permission to the school to raise fees by 20%. The KHDA did not comment despite apparently saying they would - a 7 Days report said The organisation had said it would release a statement on the primary school on Wednesday but none was forthcoming.
  • EC website says "The English College Primary School will be closing at the end of the academic year so we are no longer accepting applications."
  • Unknown yet if the school is closing for real, or if it is an attempt by the owners to try and persuade the KHDA to allow a larger fee increase than what is usually permitted, similar to how things went when GEMS Education announced in December 2012 that the GEMS Westminster School in Dubai would be closing. In May 2013 they said they wouldn't close after all.
  • Present secondary school Acting Principal is Ms Jane Ballard, started September 2012 (previously Director of Studies at EC?). Previous Principal or Headteacher was Allan Forbes.
  • EC 2013 exam results: For GCSE, most subjects had 90-100% of students attaining grades A*-C. For A-levels, most subjects had 75-100% of students obtaining grades A-C (no A* awarded except for one student in PE).

English College of Dubai reviews and information

14 February 2011 review
  • Headteacher of the primary school at The English College is William Johnston (Bill Johnston), started September 2010, previously headteacher at Stanwix School, a primary school in Carlisle, Wales. Headteacher of the secondary school is Allan Forbes according to teaching jobs advertisement in the Gulf News (date unknown but might have been 01 February 2011).
  • Teaching job application closing date 19 February 2011, email prisec@englishcollege.ac.ae for primary vacancies (FS, KS1, KS2, French, Music teachers), email headsec@englishcollege.ac.ae for secondary positions (Arabic, English heads of department; Art and Design, Chemistry, Economics and Business Studies, English, History, Maths, Physics, Science teachers; possibly a Sociology teacher; librarian).
11 October 2010 review
  • The English College (TEC) fee structure updated for 2010-2011, appears to be unchanged from 2009-2010, but confirmation not supplied.
  • New primary school headteacher is (not supplied)? Mrs Fiona Davies has left and is now Headmistress at Kingscote School, Gerrards Cross, UK, although TEC website still lists Fiona Davies as "Head of Primary." Unless the new primary head just happens to have the same name as the previous primary head.
30 September 2009 review
  • Email received from The English College (TEC?) to clarify that school is co-ed at senior levels, not segregated.
  • Contact email updated (was headsec@englishcollege.ac.ae, might still be valid).
  • Tuition fees for 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 estimated based on KHDA information that The English College was eligible for 16% fees increase in the secondary school (Grades 7-12) for 2008-2009. FS1 = KG1, FS2 = KG2 (approximately).
  • April 2009 KHDA Inspection Report (date of inspection October 2008) says Principals (Headteachers) are Allan Forbes and Fiona Davies.
  • Alan Forbes has been headteacher since September 2005.
18 September 2006 review
  • Many would regard The English College as one of the better schools in Dubai for a western or British education.
  • TEC doesn't quite have the reputation of the American School in Dubai or Dubai College, but then it's not as snobby either.
  • Girls and boys might be segregated in the secondary school?
  • Alternative email info@englishcollege.ac.ae.
  • Majority of students and staff at The English College are British.
  • Incorrect tel and fax nos seen are tel +971-4-3446465 (is for an IT shop?), fax +971-4-3446342 (for Emirates English Speaking School?).
  • English College Primary School established in September 2004 by Fiona Davies as Founding Head Teacher?

Schools in the same area as English College Dubai

School name Founded   Tel    Level  Curriculum Qualifications School fees Reviews
Al Anwaar Kindergarten      +971-4-3945753     UAE   
Al Ittihad Private School Jumeirah   1998   +971-4-3945111   K-12  Arabic, US SAT 18,000-37,095   
Emirates English Speaking School   1979   +971-4-3947355   K-12  Indian CBSE 3,130-4,750  EESS reviews 
Jumeirah English Speaking School   1975   +971-4-3945515   primary  UK NC KS1 KS2 32,045-40,165   
Jumeirah Primary School   1996   +971-4-3943500   primary  UK NC 32,775-41,315  JPS reviews 
Senses Dubai      +971-4-3948765     Support Services Special Needs   


Last update 31 October 2014
General comments - might not apply to English College Dubai
  • Many popular schools are full for 2018-2019. New schools in Dubai might have places.
  • Allow extra for books, extra-curricular activities, uniforms, trips, etc if not included in school fees.
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