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New Parents


The DESS 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 DESS.  Below are some important reminders and links to areas that we hope you will find useful.

School Hours

Please note that our finishing times differ for certain year groups. Gates open at 7.25am and registration is at 8.30am every morning for all year groups.

FS1 School Hours

Sunday to Thursday drop off window – 7:30am to 8:15am

Collection time – anytime between 12:00-12:30pm

FS2 School Hours

Sunday to Thursday drop off window– 7:30am to 8:15am

Collection time – Sunday to Wednesday – 2:00pm-2:30pm (by surname)

Collection time – Thursday – 12:20pm – 12:50pm (by surname)

Year 1 – 6 School Hours

Sunday to Thursday drop off window– 7:30am to 8:15am

Collection time – Sunday to Wednesday – 2:00pm-2:30pm (by surname)

Collection time – Thursday – 12:20pm – 12:50pm (by surname)


Please click here for our frequently asked questions.

Who to contact?

For a list of who to contact at DESS, please click HERE.

Absence Reporting

For sickness and medical reporting, please report this via the DESSC Parent App as follows: please select > Information tab > scroll down to Useful Websites & Absence Reporting > Report My Child Absent (DESS).  Please complete the details and submit the form. 

If the absence is not sickness/medical related or your child will be late to school, please email before 8:00am, confirming your child’s details and the reason for absence. When calling the school, please leave a message, providing your child’s name, class and details of absence. 

Tel: 04 3371457 – select option 1

iSAMS Parent Portal and 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 DESSC. 

SchoolsBuddy Support

Please see below a number of useful links to support your use of SchoolsBuddy. If you have any further queries, please email Jacqui Thurley on

Parent-School Contract

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. 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.

Medical Information

A Medical Form needs to be completed and handed to reception by the first day of school.  Medical Forms are available HERE.


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  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.


Uniform is available to purchase from the DESS uniform shop, which is conveniently located at the school. For more information, please click HERE.

Bus Requests

If you have not yet requested a place on the school bus, this should be done as soon as possible. Please click HERE for more information. If you have any changes to your location please ensure you notify the Bus Coordinator on  Please be aware that bus applications are subject to availability.

Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs)

We currently offer in excess of 100 ECAs per week, which run before School, during the lunch break and after School.  ECAs range from Samba Drumming to Philosophy along with a wealth of Sporting ECAs to support every child’s enjoyment, happiness, health and wellbeing. At the start of each term, the ECA timetable is published on the DESSC Parent Portal/App. If you have any queries relating to our ECA programme, please email

Instrumental Tuition

Instrumental Registration Pack and Sign up Form, please click HERE.

Transfer Certificates/Notice

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 DESS. For a sample leaving certificate, please click HERE.

Policies and Procedures

Please click HERE to view our policies and procedures at DESS.

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 school so we can keep your information correct. Please email your updated contact details to