Secondary School

Our Vision

Seek to have the happiest and safest students in a warm and welcoming community. A community which works together to defeat bullying and all forms of discrimination. Students enjoy a personalised learning experience, benefiting from the Teaching and Learning vision and culture of teachers being lifelong learners, sharing best practice and following the EC T&L strands and principles of instruction. Ensuring the highest quality holistic provision in T&L, pastoral care, support and coaching through the sharing of best practice, communication and working together as one school.

Pastoral Care & PSHCE programme (EH)

We pride ourselves in delivering the very best holistic care for all of our students. We have earned our KHDA rating of “outstanding” for pastoral care; we truly value each and every one of our students and our aim is to ensure they are successful., whatever that looks like to them. We nurture budding medics, dentists, lawyers, musicians, sportspeople, actors, chefs, economists and psychologists to name but a few. Holistic care is important to us; it’s important that our students develop the skills they need for success. To support this, we have developed an inhouse tutorial programme that allows students to develop the necessary skills for 2st century life such as critical thinking, resilience and problem solving. Furthermore, our tutorial programme allows students to explore and debate issues to broaden their thinking and experience, and to prepare them for life beyond EC.

Mr. Daryl Sims

Head of Middle School

Ms. Emily Hopkinson

Head of Senior School




The curriculum at The English College, one of the best British schools in Dubai, reflects our philosophy and aims. It is broad and balanced, recognises UK guidelines and fulfils the requirements of the UK National Curriculum and beyond. We provide education that is suited to all students and there is great emphasis on academic excellence. Students need to secure the best achievable qualifications. However, we firmly believe that the value of our curriculum goes beyond purely what is examinable. We believe every learner is entitled to a curriculum that is rich and varied, challenging and inspiring, which enables every individual to fulfil her or his potential to the highest possible standard. We promote the view that learning should be experienced as something which is enjoyable, engaging, rewarding and confidence building. The curriculum enables our students to become:

• Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
• Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
• Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

It is our intention to lay secure foundations for progression into Further and Higher Education and we consider preparation for Sixth Form study to be a key feature of our 11-16 education. Lessons are taught by highly qualified and motivated staff, all of whom are experts in their subject. All departments are well resourced.

Our curriculum is broken up into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for FS1 and FS2, and The National Curriculum of England for Year 1 to Year 13.

Students can choose A-level or BTEC qualifications depending on their interests and aptitude. For A-levels it is expected most students will choose between 3 to 5 subjects in Key Stage 5 from the following optional subjects: Arabic and Islamic Studies, Art and Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Language and Literature, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology and/or Spanish. The BTEC Options are Business and/or BTEC Travel and Tourism.

Our curriculum includes a wide variety of enrichment activities and we encourage students to take full advantage of these.

GCSE Process, Subjects and Information

For the first time in their academic career students have some choice in what they are studying at school. This is an exciting and important decision. Therefore, our options choice process equips both students and parents with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.

Planning for the future is a key component of our PSHCE programme and this feeds into the options process which includes; assemblies, GCSE taster sessions and a parent information evening and one-to-one guidance meetings with our specialist staff. Our curriculum is designed to allow students the freedom to engage in a broad range of disciplines across the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences and technologies or, if they so choose, pursue a focused pathway. This flexibility allows our students to create their own tailored curriculum meeting their passions, needs and aspirations.

Our options booklet for our current Year 10 can be found here.

A level/BTEC Process, Subjects and Information

For Year 12 and 13 students we offer pathways that create a personalised, meaningful, and challenging timetable for each student. We offer 3 pathways of learning: A level only, BTEC only, or Blended (A level and BTEC). The list of subjects offered can be found in our Sixth options booklet found here. Each pathway has entrance requirements based on their GCSE grades which are clearly communicated in our Sixth Form option booklet.

Throughout Year 11 we provide our students with taster sessions, a PSHCE program which educates the students in career pathways and higher education destinations, one-to-one guidance meetings with our Careers Advisor and an information evening with our specialist staff. Students will then select their options which will be confirmed on GCSE results day.


We are incredibly lucky to have a brand new secondary building, including state-of-the-art facilities. We have brand new science labs, complete with specialist equipment. Music practice facilities mean that students can develop their musical skills in groups, individual or as a band. Two drama studios, complete with professional sound and lighting equipment, allow students to show off their performance skills. A state of the art gymnasium, swimming pool, sports hall, netball courts and a Multi-Use Games Area allow our sports men and women to develop their sporting prowess and compete with the best in the region. We are incredibly proud to be the only school in Dubai to have a real grass pitch that showcases the best of our students’ sporting talents. Our Sixth Form terraces and common room overlook the Dubai skyline with an impressive view of the Burj Khalifa. Our secondary library allows students to engage in their own quiet reading and reflection in a comfortable setting, conducive to both independent and group work.