The DESC Community would like to welcome you and your family to our school. This area is dedicated to our new parents and here you will find everything you need in preparation for your child’s first day at DESC. Below are some important reminders and links to areas that we hope you will find useful.
Who to contact?
For a list of who to contact at the College, please click HERE.
DESC Parent Handbook
Please read through the Parent Handbook 2017/2018 which is available to view HERE. The Parent Handbook contains lots of useful information. There is also a ‘fridge sheet’ for each House which can be printed off from our website which contains a summary of information about who to contact and when. These can be found on the appropriate House page which are under the Parents page.
Please click on the relevant House page below:
New Parent Information Evening
Please click on the link below to access the information that was shared at the New Parents Information Evening on Sunday 21 May 2017.
Year 7 House Day Information
Please find links below to the House Day Booklets which were given to Year 7 students at the House Day which was held on Sunday 7 May 2017.
- Desert House Induction Booklet House day 2017.18
- Earth House Induction Booklet House day 2017.18
- Sky House Induction Booklet House day 2017.18
- Coast House Induction Booklet House day 2017.18
Sunday to Wednesday – 7:30am to 3:00pm
Thursday – 7:30am to 1:15pm
PLEASE NOTE: For the new academic year 2018-2019, these hours will change slightly. For more information, please click HERE to read a letter from DESC Headteacher, Mr Vizzard.
If you have not yet requested a place on the school bus, this should be done as soon as possible. If you have any changes to your location please ensure you notify the Bus Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that bus applications are subject to availability. Application Forms are available HERE.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy
The DESC BYOD Policy is available to view HERE. Please complete and return this document to reception.
All the documents to be submitted as part of the application must be up to date. If any documents have been renewed since your initial application, please ensure that copies of these are submitted to the Registrar as soon as possible at email@example.com. We must be in receipt of any renewed documents by the first day of term. Students in the UAE should also submit copies of their UAE ID and visa.
Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs)
There are a number of ECAs that take place at lunchtime and after school. To register for these, students just need to attend the first ECA (unless otherwise communicated) and say that they wish to attend the activity. For the most up to date list, please click HERE. For all ECA related queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instrumental Registration Pack and Sign up Form, available HERE.
iSAMS Parent Portal and mobile app
This is our primary source of communication with parents. Please check daily for updates, as all information is posted here and not emailed to parents. Parents will be provided with their unique activation information when you children join DESC. For DESC Parent Portal & iParent App Instructions, please click HERE and for DESC iParent Multi School App Instructions, please click HERE.
A Medical Form needs to be completed and handed it to reception by the first day of school. Medical Forms are available HERE.
The KHDA requires that a Parent contract be signed by all parents. Our Arabic Secretary, Mr Kabalan will be able to assist you with this. His office is in the reception area. Please bring your ID card, your children’s ID cards and your mobile phone with you, which you will need to access the verification code that is generated when the contracts are signed.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
For information on SEN, please click HERE.
These packs are available to purchase direct from DESC. For the latest Stationery Pack list, please click HERE.
Please ensure that you request a Transfer Certificate/Letter from your current school if you are arriving from outside Dubai. Students transferring from Dubai Schools should give notice to the current school that your child will be transferring to DESC. For a sample leaving certificate, please click HERE.
Uniform is available to purchase from the DESC uniform shop, which is conveniently located at the College. For more information, please click HERE.
Your contact details
Please ensure that we have the correct contact details for you at all times. If your email address, phone number or location address changes at any time please inform the College so we can keep your information correct. Please email your updated contact details to email@example.com.
Use of student images at DESC
At DESC, we like to capture images of our students participating in daily lessons, extra-curricular activities, sporting events and to recognise outstanding achievements. These images may be used on our website, in our weekly newsletters, on our social media or in DESC publications. We do realise, however, that some parents may object to images of their children being used.
If you object to your son/daughter being photographed or videoed at DESC, can you please complete the form HERE and we will update their file to confirm that their image should not be used. If we do not receive notification, we will assume that you are happy for your son/daughter’s images to be used.