Deira International School

Student Guidance and Pastoral Care

The school's set of guiding principles enables us to promote a safe and supportive school community for our students.  Protecting children is everyone's responsibility and at DIS we want to create a non-threatening environment for all students, devoid of aggression, violence and all types of bullying.

In our school Aims 2 and 3 we have acknowledged that students will have a safe, secure and supportive learning environment.  We believe students' safety and wellbeing are enhanced when students feel connected to their school, have positive and respectful relationships with their peers and teachers, and feel confident about their social and emotional skills. 


Student Representative House Council

The inaugural DIS Prefect & Student Representative Document

The DIS Student Representative Council team exists to provide opportunities for students, Years 5-IB2, to address the interests and concerns of students and to develop leadership skills. The SRC meeting takes place on Wednesdays of each week from 11:50 until 12:35.  Plans are put forward, debated, and voted on. Minutes are recorded. Fundraising and charity work are undertaken by the SRC in conjunction with Mr Hare. SRC representatives take an active role in the School Council and have voting rights.It is very important that we provide an effective student leadership practice with opportunities for students to:

  • have input to rules and procedures, establishing learning goals and tasks, suggesting how to work.

  • investigate and respond to issues of survival and quality of life, solve real problems, create real products.

  • experience cooperative and collaborative learning, peer support, community linkages, mutual respect.

Learning Pathways

The Learning Pathways Department supports students who have special educational needs. The department is responsible for the identification of students, assessing their needs and establishing appropriate support in-class and in small groups

Learning Pathways staff work in partnership with parents across both primary and secondary schools, to support the students.

At times, Learning Pathways staff may consider that an external assessment would be in the best interests of the student.  A meeting would therefore be arranged with parents in which the child’s needs would be discussed, the next step identified and preferred external agencies would be recommended.

Across the primary and secondary schools, alongside in-class support, students are also supported in small groups to address individual literacy, English Language, numeracy and social skills.

In the secondary school, students are given advice when deciding their options for iGCSEs. Assessments for access arrangements are available and where appropriate, the department will make a case to examination boards for students to be granted, for example, additional time, the use of a laptop or a reader.

SEN Register - students receiving support for their special educational needs will be placed on the SEN Register.

If you have any 'special educational needs' questions, please contact us at:

Student Well-Being Advisor

DIS is concerned about the welfare and safety of all its students and works to create an ethos in which pupils feel secure and listened to.

Every student is recognised as an individual with rights and responsibilities. All staff care for and treat students as they would if they were their own.

Counsellors are actively promoting student well-being and are able to be contacted at any time.


University and Careers Guidance


The University and Careers Service at DIS has many resources to help advise students and parents about Higher Education and beyond.

The school can support you in a number of ways:

  • Student and parent counselling sessions

  • IGCSE/IB course guidance

  • SAT/ACT advice

  • Application support

  • Personal statement and essay reviews

  • Interview practise

  • Provision of academic transcripts

  • Academic recommendations

  • Organisation of college visits and fairs

  • Information on summer schools

  • Gap year advice

  • Introduction to the Futurewise scheme

If you would like to discuss anything relating to university or careers, you can arrange a meeting with Mrs Thomasson, the University and Careers Counsellor.

How to contact Mrs Thomasson:

In person: University and Careers Office in M16

By email:

Transcript Request

If you require a transcript to assist you in your transition to a new school or university, please complete the Transcript Request Form.

Completed forms can be returned to the Secondary Office or emailed directly to the University and Careers Counsellor on

Please be aware that transcripts can take up to 10 days to be prepared (not including delivery time).

If you have any questions regarding transcripts, please contact the University and Careers Counsellor using the email address above.

Student Expectations

  • Deira International School
  • Dubai Festival City, P.O. Box 79043, Dubai, UAE
  • +971 4 232 5552
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