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Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

It is my privilege as Director to extend a warm welcome to Deira International School (DIS).

DIS is a happy and exciting place to learn and work, where student-teacher relationships are strong and mutually respectful.

We believe in placing the student at the centre of their own education and that learning is a life-long experience, hence our school motto “Forever learning, forever achieving”. Students are encouraged to take some responsibility for their own learning and to support others in their efforts. We expect teachers to lead by example and demonstrate that they are reflective practitioners. We have an inclusive community approach to education. We encourage parents to play their part in our educational partnership and we keep them informed of progress and concerns. Students, teachers and parents are given the opportunity to play their part in the decision making processes at appropriate times. We are proud of our established community partnerships and the community spirit that you will sense when you visit the school.

Together as a learning community we will continue to set and achieve the high standards that are expected of us. Our vision is to develop well balanced successful learners. We empower our students to exceed their potential and help them become responsible global citizens who understand and respect multicultural diversity. Our students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students’ involvement in our Community Action and Service (CAS) programme increases as they progress through the Primary and Secondary schools. These personal development activities increase their self-awareness, help develop new skills and require them to engage with issues within our community. We promote a culture of self-awareness and personal development, and understand the importance of developing the whole person; our students leave the school with the characteristics of the International Baccalaureate Student Profile.

As a successful school we will never stand still; we will continually strive for excellence by monitoring and evaluating our progress so that we know exactly where we are and what we need to do to improve. We know that the quality of the teacher in the classroom is the most critical component in achieving academic excellence.

“The most important person in our school is the pupil;

the most important asset is the teacher”.

We follow a British National Curriculum model which is adapted for the international context of our location and the 80+ nationalities of our students and teachers. Our senior students take the Cambridge Board IGCSE examinations in Year 11 at age 16. In Years 12 and 13 they move into the authorised International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). These highly regarded and internationally recognised pre-university qualifications allow them the possibility of worldwide university entrance. DIS also offers the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Certificate (IBCC) which combines the richness of the IB Curriculum with vocational training experiences.

DIS is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Please have a look at our school website and do not hesitate to contact the school if you would like further information.

“We do not mould our students into what we want them to be;

we simply unfold what is within.”

Jeff Smith
Director

Director's End Of Term Letter - December 2013

Director's Welcome Letter - September 2013

DIS Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015 (reviewed February 2014)

DIS Action Plan 2013 - 2014 (reviewed March 2014)

DIS External Examination Results 2013

DIS IB/IGCSE Summary Results 2013

ibFully authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)
ibFully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS)
ibMember of the British Schools in the Middle East (BSME)
ibEducational Services Overseas Limited
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