Welcome to JESS Secondary.


I invite you to explore our website or to come and visit JESS. In every sphere you will witness a supportive, challenging and stimulating environment underpinned by high expectations and equally high standards. Our students enjoy their learning, our teachers inspire our young people and parents are fully involved in fulfilling our aim of ‘Achieving Excellence Together’.

The community at JESS is overwhelmingly positive as we strive to identify and tap into every individual student’s gifts. Strong pastoral and tutoring systems, alongside an extensive extracurricular programme, are designed to allow students to find areas in which they can shine and build confidence. Every boy and girl is important at JESS.

Having built on the foundations of 35 years of JESS providing excellence in primary schooling in Dubai, Arabian Ranches Secondary is now firmly established with three cohorts now having completed the IB Diploma course with resounding success. With our most able students gaining outcomes ranked alongside the world’s best, overall points averages far exceeding world averages and our continual drive to provide paths of study for as broad a range of students as possible, what is being achieved is remarkable.. The IB ethos and the JESS Learner Profile is now permeating our learning and teaching at all levels whether it be our exciting, broad based Key Stage 3 curriculum or preparing for GCSEs in Key Stage 4. JESS is producing motivated, confident, high achieving and adaptable young people, well prepared for the challenges presented by today’s fast moving, global environment.

The school enjoys outstanding, purpose built facilities on an attractive campus. We continue to develop our systems and methods to ensure the best opportunities are available for all of our students. I hope that you have the opportunity to visit or meet with some of the JESS community.

I know that you will be impressed.

Shane O’Brien

Headteacher - Secondary