Dubai English Speaking School And College (DESSC)
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About Dubai English Speaking School And College (DESSC)

Dubai English Speaking School And College (DESSC) is the oldest English school in Dubai. Established in 1963, DESS and later DESC have offered a British education in Dubai for over half a century. Over this time, the schools have grown from single classrooms to some of the most advanced educational facilities in Dubai.

The Dubai English Speaking School opened in 1963 in the upstairs room of a villa where expatriate workers were housed. There was one class which was taught by parents and a British Officer called Flight Lieutenant F. Loughman. The English school Dubai was soon housed in a ‘Nissan Hut’ in the area where the Dry Docks now are.

Our secondary school, DESC, was established in 2005 (originally located at the Oud Metha site of DESS) to meet the needs of our parents and their children requiring continuing British education up to Year 13.

Under Founding Headteacher, Peter Daly, DESC opened with just 35 Year 7 students and has grown gradually. The College is now thriving with over 1700 students in Years 7 to 13, has an excellent reputation and, together with DESS, numbers over 2700 students.

In 2011, Andrew Gibbs was appointed Headteacher during which time the College has doubled in size and been rated “Outstanding” by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau, for the past seven consecutive years. In 2014, following Mr Gibbs’ appointment as the first Principal of DESSC (DESS Dubai and DESC Dubai), Chris Vizzard (previously Deputy Headteacher) became Headteacher. Mr Gibbs became the Principal/CEO of DESSC in December 2020.

The modern spacious facilities are located in Academic City and were officially opened in February 2007. The College was further enhanced in 2017 with the addition of the state of the art Sixth Form, offering a purpose built first class facility for pre-university experience.

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6 Reviews of Dubai English Speaking School And College (DESSC)

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Overall 2.70
Facilities 4.00
Academics 4.00
Teachers 2.00
Sports 4.00
Music & Arts 4.00
Science & Tech 4.00

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No, 24/10/2021 @ 12:07:05
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Music & Arts

General teaching at this school is decent, most teachers are friendly and competent in their areas of study. However, there are some teachers that are plainly rude and unprofessional to students, clicking at them to be quiet and refusing to deal with issues of a 'sensitive nature'. Bulling at this school goes unchecked, even when brought to the attention of the SLT, they do little to nothing to ensure the bullying stops but rather refer to the expression that it will simply 'go away on its own' even when it does not, they do little to amend the situation. For a college that charges 75,000AED you expect teachers to be educated and trained so not to click their fingers at the students, and when bullying occurs you would expect for them to solve the issue, they do neither.

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D K, 5 months ago

It’s one of the best academic institution, where one sees the head teacher and whole faculty involved from morning traffic management to academic academic excellence of their students wholeheartedly. The quality of education, personal care, curricular and extracurricular activities are managed in an incredulous and exceptional manner with unhindered opportunities for all the students. One of the best choices for schooling indeed

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David Mbugguah, 2 months ago

Beautiful school it surely is

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Olivia Roth, a year ago

The uniform shop is a professional, friendly outfit - in keeping with the rest of the DESC experience!

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Jonathan Shlatt, 6 months ago

Went for a rugby tourney and the bathroom floors where covered in urine. I'm talking absolutely drenched in pee, i was gobsmacked when I walked in it was absolutely everywhere it soaked through my shoes into my socks. Minging.

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Ross Parsons, 6 months ago

digusting behaviour throughout this school. if you are a person of colour of any sort incluing black yellow red or blue this is not the school for you! on my first day at this school i was bullied by many students and staff for being a member of the dark side. I was locked in a locker by a peer in my class and was not included in lessons. i was not given the sixth form uniform as they did not belive me that i was in year 12 even tho i am currently 7'8" they judged me by y intelligence.

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