This excellent non-profit school was opened in 1975 and has about 700 pupils. It has been rated 'outstanding' by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau on multiple occasions. The school also has a comprehensive staff training programme and strives for excellence in teaching. JESS has a very good reputation among expat parents in Dubai for its bona fide open door policy and high standards. It has fantastic facilities including two temperature-controlled swimming pools, sport-specific fields and courts as well as a well-equipped music centre with practice rooms. There are extra-curricular clubs for all kinds of sports, from water-polo to hockey, as well as numerous music and performing arts opportunities. Some clubs, such as skiing, horse riding and rock climbing, take place off site.