Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the curriculum of your school?
Dubai British School (DBS) follows the National Curriculum for England, which offers a broad and balanced academic curriculum to students.

Careful planning has ensured that the prescribed curriculum content for each subject is covered within a broad and flexible framework where key skills are developed.

It is further enhanced at the school thanks to 'WOW Learning' - the study of Arabic throughout your child's education with us.

We also offer a pertinent and challenging set of GCSE and GCE A Level courses from Year 10 to Year 13.
What are the school timings?

School timings differ, depending on your child's year group. A punctual start is essential to avoid disruption for your child and their year group. Timings are as follows:

FS1 and FS2: 7:45am to 1:30pm Sun to Wed and 7:45am to 1:00pm Thursday;
Year 1 to Year 6: 7:45am to 2:30pm Sun to Wed and 7:45am to 1:15pm Thursday;
Year 7 to Year 13: 7:55am to 3:10pm Sun to Wed and 7:55am to 1:30pm Thursday

Do you have a cafeteria in school?
At DBS, we believe in a healthy and balanced lifestyle for our students. Our on-site canteen ‘Slices’ provides students with healthy food and beverage options. You can order food in advance or on-site.

Alternatively, students may bring their own lunchboxes.

Foods containing nuts and fizzy drinks are not allowed.
School transport offered?
We offer school transport via Arab Falcon, an RTA approved company.

Parents need to deal with the Arab Falcon directly for their needs, including reservations.

Please contact the Transport Manager, Ms Farah Shah via telephone on +971 (0) 50 1107063 or via email on
Extra-curricular activities offered?

At DBS, we value your child's personal growth and development and offer a variety of extra-curricular activities to suit their needs and passions. We work in partnership with East Sports Management (ESM) for sports activities, with additional charges. Our students have access to a broad range of activities from sports to academic interests, and a variety of clubs and community initiatives from Year 1.

How old does my child have to be to start school?

We will place your child according to the following entry requirements:

FS 1, whereby a child would be 3 turning 4 on or after 1st September;
FS 2, whereby a child would be 4 turning 5 on or after 1st September and so on for each year group until Grade 12, whereby a student would be 17 turning 18 on or after 1st September.

With regret, we do not accept applications for Year 11 due to our GCSEs being a closed, two-year course.

What are the nationalities of the teachers?

We hire highly trained and qualified practioners who are leaders in the field. The majority of teachers at DBS are British.

We also have other nationalities represented in the teaching cohort, depending on the specialisation (eg: French).

Administrative staff are hired locally and internationally.

Which languages are offered/Language Programme?
British English is the language of instruction and all students have the opportunity to study different modern foreign languages including Arabic, French, and Spanish.
Sibling discount offered?
We offer a 10% discount for the third sibling enrolled at our school.
Where do your recent graduates go for university?
Our graduates are currently studying in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe and around the world.

Over 90% of our students are accepted into their first choice universities.
Do foundation children need to be toilet trained?
All children must be toilet trained prior to commencing school with us.
Where can I purchase the school uniform?

All school uniforms can be purchased from our chosen provider, Zaks.

My child has special needs/needs academic support, can I apply?

We pride ourselves on inclusion and welcome all types of students. We provide high quality education for all children, including gifted children and those requiring more learning support.

Personalised learning programmes are developed for students with specific needs on a case by case basis, and these programmes include access to appropriate resources and support, and curricular options..

What are the differences between the IB and British or American curriculum?

The main differences between the International Baccalaureate, A-Levels and the American curriculum are related to personal choices and learning techniques.

Although there is no set American curriculum, most schools adopt the Common Core curriculum, which enables students to study a broad range of subjects, but also pick which ones they would like to pursue as they enter the upper ranks of high school.

The International Baccalaureate allows students to study a broader set of subjects and is seen by admissions advisers as 'encouraging independent enquiry' within students.

If you feel your child is suited to in-depth study and has a clear idea of what they would like to read at university, especially if this university is in the UK, then A-Levels could be the right decision for your child.

What are the tuition fees?
Our school fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

FS, Years 1 & 2 - 48,032 (AED)
Years 3 to 6 - 54,898 (AED)
Years 7 to 11 - 65,195 (AED)
Years 12 to 13 - 72,049 (AED)

For more information on fees and discounts, click here:
Do you offer Mother Tongue Programme?
No, we do not offer Mother Tongue programmes.
When can we visit for a school tour?
We encourage all families interested in applying to Dubai British School to visit us during a working school day.

We conduct scheduled student-led school tours led by Senior Prefects with the opportunity to discuss your child’s admission with DBS Admissions before or after the tour.

Please contact us at +971 (0)4 361 9361 to arrange a school tour.

All tours are conducted on a scheduled basis and spaces are limited, so booking in advance is essential.

Tours last approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Please remember to bring photo identification to receive a visitor’s badge, arrive five minutes before your scheduled tour time and check in at Reception.

School Transport

Are all ages allowed to ride the bus?
Students from FS1 onwards can use the bus.
Will I be able to contact the bus driver and/or bus nanny?
Drivers are not available by phone while driving the scheduled routes, however, the bus nanny can be contacted in case of an emergency. Contact details of the relevant bus nanny will be provided once you register with Arab Falcon, the contracted transport provider.
Will it be possible for my child to have a different pick up in the morning and drop of in the afternoon or vice versa?

Yes, it is possible provided there are seats available on the required route and the pick-up and drop-off remains the same for most part of the Academic Year.

Will the bus transport accommodate after-school activities?
ECAs will only be accommodated on the transport if available as the last bus leaves at 3.30pm. Parents are requested to inform Arab Falcon in case their child is taking part in an ECA and what the timings are of the same.
What about bad weather days such as sandstorms?
Parents will be informed by the school if delayed, early release or cancelled school days apply.
When is payment due?
The first payment will be due by 1st September for the September to January term. The second payment will be due by 1 February for the February to June term. You will be billed directly by the school bus transport service provider.
Is there a discount for siblings?
There is no sibling discount for the school bus transport services.
Will there be a refund if I need to cancel the school transport services?
Yes, if a child withdraws from the service during the period he/she will be eligible for a refund of the fees for any month, which have not been used, e.g. if the child withdraws in mid-October, the refunds will be for the months of November to January only.