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JESS Arabian Ranches

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JESS Arabian Ranches in Dubai

School name JESS Arabian Ranches
Type of institute private non-profit K-12 school
Curriculum or Student Nationality UK
Qualifications or Courses IB, GCSE
Head of school Mr Robert D Stokoe (Director)
Executive body or owner Board of Governors, JESS
Date founded September 2005
Number of students (approx)
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map Arabian Ranches
Postal address PO Box 24942, Dubai, UAE
Telephone +971-4-3619019
Fax +971-4-3615339
Email jess@jess.sch.ae
Website www.jess.sch.ae
School fees structure 32,045-78,740 dhs per year (2013-2014)
Teacher salary range 9,600 - 23,000 dhs per month (estimate only)
Student satisfaction rating
4 stars from 115 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
4 stars from 40 votes.    
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
3 stars from 66 votes.    
KHDA school inspection report ratings
2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
outstanding good good outstanding

JESS Arabian Ranches admissions, reviews, notes

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JESS Arabian Ranches fee structure
Year FS1 FS2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Level FS1 FS2 KS1 KS1 KS2 KS2 KS2 KS2 KS3 KS3 KS3 KS4 KS4 6th Form 6th Form
Age (years) 3-4 4-5 5-6 6-7 7-8 8-9 9-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18
Annual fees (AED) 2013-2014c 32,045 40,165 40,165 40,165 40,165 40,165 40,165 40,165 68,945 68,945 68,945 68,945 68,945 78,740 78,740
Annual fees (AED) 2009-2010 28,791 36,087 36,087 36,087 36,087 36,087 36,087 36,087 61,944 61,944 61,944 61,944 61,944 70,746 70,746
  • Same fees apply to JESS Jumeirah (which is a primary school only though).
  • 2009-2010 - add registration fee AED 300, entrance fee AED 500, debenture AED 10,000 for Jumeirah location or AED 20,000 for Arabian Ranches location. Additional fees for uniforms, bus transport, external examinations, field trips, extra-curricular activities, sports, stationery, food, and so on.
14 July 2013
  • Website domain updated to www.jess.sch.ae. Previous domain www.jessdubai.com forwards to new one.
12 October 2010
  • JESS is looking for a new Secondary Headteacher for August 2011 according to a job advertised in the TES. Benefits include medical, house, flights, free schooling for 2 children (at JESS). Salary details not supplied. Job applications and CV to be sent to Mr. R.D. Stokoe, Director, email recruitment@jess.sch.ae. Closing date is 30 October 2010. Secondary Head Teacher is currently (or was) Dr Michael Biggs?
30 October 2009
  • JESS Arabian Ranches was reported by The National 27 October 2009 to have lost their "Oustanding" rating after a KHDA school inspection, due to lack of improvement in Arabic and Islamic Studies. The report has not been confirmed by the KHDA or JESS Arabian Ranches (as far as we know), and a news item on the website for the Kings Dubai school says that Mr Peter Carpenter of the DSIB says the KHDA have not stated "that any school will lose its outstanding ranking" ... yet.
29 August 2009
  • JESS Arabian Ranches fees updated for 2009-2010. Looks like they increased them the maximum 15% allowed by the KHDA as a reward for getting one of the few "Outstanding" ratings in the 2008 Dubai school rankings. Fees for 2008-2009 were AED 25,035-53,865. Big jump at the top end is for Sixth Form students starting in September 2009.
  • Head of new sixth form is Julie Fantham. JESS sixth form will offer the IBDP (IB Diploma Program), and JESS Arabian Ranches was awarded IB World School status in March 2009.
  • Other senior management positions are Mrs Ann Jones (primary headteacher), and Dr Michael Biggs (secondary headteacher).
  • JESS websites at www.jess.sch.ae and www.jessdubai.com, appears to be the same information on both websites.
13 April 2009
  • JESS AR was one of only 4 schools to be given an "Outstanding" KHDA rating in the Dubai schools review. One of the others was the original JESS Dubai school. That's not to say JESS is the only decent British school option in Dubai, there are several others which many people would find comparable to JESS despite the lower KHDA ratings they received: DESC and DESS, Dubai College, and JAPS Dubai would also be top of most peoples' British school in Dubai list.
  • IB website says Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) has been an IB World School offering the IB Diploma program (grades 11-12) since February 2009, but does not specify if referring to JESS Jumeirah or JESS Arabian Ranches. However, the JESS contact tel number on the IB website is for JESS Arabian Ranches, and since JESS Jumeirah is a primary school, it seems reasonable to assume the IB Organisation (IBO) are referring to JESS Arabian Ranches.
18 September 2008 review
  • JESS AR fees updated (was 20,000-42,000 for 2006-2007).
  • IB courses expected to start September 2009 (if application approved) when JESS AR 6th Form classes start.
  • GCSE started in September 2007.
  • Website updated from www.jessdubai.net.
  • Director is Mr R Stokoe.
25 September 2006 review
  • Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches also called JESS Arabian Ranches (JESSAR or JAR?).
  • Phone and fax numbers given for Arabian Ranches location should be correct, otherwise JESS Jumeirah tel is +971-4-3945515. PO Box is same as Jumeirah JESS.
  • The original JESS primary school is very well regarded in Dubai for those wanting a British education. Most teachers would rate it highly as a place to work. Presumably the Arabian Ranches branch of the school will be thought of in a similar fashion.
  • Website www.jessdubai.net has no information about school, only login pages, website/domain often given elsewhere as www.jess.sch.ae - shows network error, another domain listed as www.jessdubai.org has no website and archives show spam (all checked September 2006).
  • Arabian Ranches location is initially primary and secondary grades 1-9, will eventually be extended to grades 10-12 with IB (International Baccalaureate) under consideration at senior levels.
  • School has a debenture system where parents (or companies) pay a 20,000 dhs deposit. This is returned when the student leaves the school.


Last update 14 July 2013
General comments - might not apply to JESS Arabian Ranches
  • 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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