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Winchester School Dubai

School name Winchester School Dubai
Type of institute private profit-making primary school
Curriculum or Student Nationality Indian / UK
Qualifications or Courses NC
Head of school Mrs Ranju Anand (Principal)
Executive body or owner GEMS Education / Varkey Group
Date founded September 2005
Number of students (approx) 1800
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map The Gardens, Jebel Ali - location map
Postal address PO Box 38058, Dubai, UAE
Telephone +971-4-8820444
Fax +971-4-8820440
Email secretary@winchester.sch.ae
Website www.thewinchesterschool.com
School fees structure 9,923-22,135 dhs per year (2012-2013)
Teacher salary range 2,000-10,000 dhs per month (2009-2010)
Student satisfaction rating
2.5 stars from 314 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
2 stars from 116 votes.    
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
2.5 stars from 66 votes.    
KHDA school inspection report ratings
2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
acceptable   acceptable good

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The Winchester School (TWS) (GEMS Winchester School Dubai) (GWS, GWSD, GTWS) Jebel Ali Discovery Gardens tuition fee structure, general information, and reviews
  • Full name is GEMS Winchester School Dubai. GWSD is a sister school to the new GEMS Winchester School in Oud Metha which opened in September 2012.
  • GEMS Winchester, Westminster, and Wellington schools in the UAE are unrelated to each other (except for having a common owner). GEMS Winchester schools in the UAE (existing, planned, or proposed) include: The Winchester School in Abu Dhabi (open Sep 2013), The Winchester Schools in Dubai (Oud Metha and Jebel Ali - Discovery Gardens).
  • TWS is not directly related to the Westminster School Al Ghusais (Dubai) or the Wellington School in Dubai, although all institutes are GEMS schools.
  • Please send information and updates to education@dubaifaqs.com.
Grade or Year FS1 FS2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2012-2013 9,923 9,923 12,404 12,404 12,404 12,404 12,404 13,230 13,230 13,230 15,711 17,710 17,710 22,135 22,135
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2011-2012 9,104 9,104 11,380 11,380 11,380 11,380 11,380 12,138 12,138 12,138 14,414 16,248 16,248 20,307 20,307
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2010-2011 9,104 9,104 11,380 11,380 11,380 11,380 11,380 12,138 12,138 12,138 14,414 16,248 16,248 20,307 20,307
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2009-2010 9,104 9,104 11,380 11,380 11,380 11,380 11,380 12,138 12,138 12,138 14,414 16,248 16,248 20,307 20,307
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2008-2009 8,352 8,352 10,440 10,440 10,440 10,440 10,440 11,136 11,136 11,136 13,224 14,906 14,906 16,008  
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2007-2008 8,352 8,352 10,440 10,440 10,440 10,440 10,440 11,136 11,136 11,136 13,224 14,906 14,906    
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2006-2007 7,200 7,200 9,000 9,000 9,000 9,000 9,000 9,600 9,600 9,600 11,400 12,850      
  • 2012-2013 annual bus transportation fees are AED 3,100-5,100 depending on area. Uniforms, books, stationery are not included in the tuition fees. Registration fee not supplied but is probably AED 500.
  • Location is The Gardens near Ibn Battuta shopping mall, sometimes called The Jebel Ali Gardens, or The Gardens Jebel Ali. Not so far away from Discovery Gardens (across the road in fact) but is a different development.
06 September 2012
  • 2012-2013 fees increased 9%, higher than the 4.5% permitted by the KHDA for schools with a "good" rating. The larger increase was reportedly approved by the KHDA because the school had "invested in ITP infrastructure" (Emirates 24-7 06 September 2012).
  • The school also wants to increase staff salaries, reportedly, according to the GEMS COO, William Wellesley. The Emirates 24-7 report quoted him as saying in a newsletter that "Staff salaries have been frozen for a while and we would like to award an increase to staff this academic year."
20 February 2011
  • Principal's name updated to Mrs Ranju Anand (was previously Vice Principal). Previous head was Mr Raminder Singh Vig (date of change not supplied) (Mr Vig is now Deputy Principal?). GEMS information has both as principal, and both as vice-principal depending on where you look, or Mrs Anand might be Acting Principal?
  • January 2011 newsletter to parents has Mrs Ranju Anand as Principal, and Mrs Norma Lea as Acting Vice-Principal.
23 September 2008
  • Tuition fees assumed to be for 2008-2009 (not confirmed), unchanged from 2007-2008. KHDA information is that TWS requested a 60% increase in tuition fees but was not eligible as they'd already had 16% increase for 2007-2008.
08 February 2007
  • The Winchester School (TWS) will eventually offer classes from KG to Grade 12.
  • 7 Days (a Dubai newspaper) on 10 January 2007 reported that a teacher was suspended from The Winchester School (link to forum topic) for tying up and gagging a grade 3 student. There was a good deal of controversy with a mixture of stories and letters from parents to the paper with one version apparently from the student in question claiming the class was just horsing around and the whole thing got blown all out of proportion. This came shortly after controversy over GEMS wanting to increase school fees up to 70% (in the end they backed down), although the two stories probably weren't related. More information in the forum topic.
Schools in the same area as Winchester School Dubai
School Name Founded   Tel    Level  Curriculum Qualifications School Fees Comments
Delhi Private School Dubai   2003   +971-4-8821848   K-12  Indian CBSE 8,686-12,159  DPSD comments 

 

Last update 20 September 2012
General comments - might not apply to Winchester School Dubai
  • Many popular schools are full for 2014-2015. 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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