School Description

North London Collegiate School Dubai combines an ambitious academic education with pastoral care that genuinely values each individual and a range of extra-curricular activities that caters for every possible interest and talent. For families who aspire to world-class universities for their children, we bring a unique educational offering to Dubai.

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    Jonathan Spencer Locke
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Extra Curricular Activities

In the Junior School, more than 100 extra-curricular activities run each week providing an inspiring array for students to choose from.

The extra-curricular programme runs at four different times meaning that students take part in activities with peers of the same age and activities are age-appropriate, but with sufficient challenge and rigour.

Our current timetable is as follows:

Grades 2- 5 have their ECAs after school from 3.20 – 4.00pm. The First School run the programme as enrichment as part of their provision as the last session of the day.

Most of the clubs are non-chargeable and run by our own teachers and the rest are run by specialist providers. We have clubs such as ballet, Mandarin, karate, sailing, golf, Science club, STEAM, chess, coding and robotics, in addition to recreational and squad sports such as tennis, football, netball, cricket and swimming. Students compete in the DASSA leagues in various sports including athletics, aquathlon, cross-country, football, netball, rounders and swimming.

The Arts are a key feature of life at NLCS Dubai and in addition to orchestra, choir and Drama clubs, students have the opportunity to enroll in private music and drama (Trinity) lessons which sees students participate in various concerts and productions throughout the year. Each student is encouraged to develop new skills, interests and passions to help achieve a broad and balanced education.
In the Senior School there are over 100 extra-curricular activities on offer, taking place for all grade levels groups at lunchtime and after school. Most of the clubs are non-chargeable and led by our own teachers. The rest are run by specialist providers, and include opportunities such as Trinity Drama and music exams, golf, sailing, scuba diving or tennis. The exciting array of clubs and activities means there is something for everyone, from MUN to coding and from drama to visual art.

Senior students are given the opportunity to take a lead role in creating and organising clubs and societies. The ‘Senior Societies’ programme currently has over fifteen student led academic societies. They are encouraged to take ownership of their society and invite guest speakers into the school for lectures and workshops, in addition to running their own events in special ‘subject weeks’.

Another key feature of school life are the weekly ‘Nicholson Lectures’, during which teachers and Sixth form students give academic lectures on a topic related to their subject but completely unrelated to the syllabus. This reflects the School’s ethos of teaching beyond any given syllabus or curriculum and of never teaching ‘to the test’, and promotes an atmosphere of scholarship and subject passion. So far, we have seen lectures on topics such as ‘How do we learn to speak?’ and ‘A history of the operatic voice’.

Sporting activities are in abundance at NLCS Dubai. Sports offered on campus include: athletics track and field, aquathon, basketball, badminton, cricket, dance, football, netball, rounders and swimming. These sports operate at both recreational and advanced levels and our squads are competing in DASSA Junior and Senior leagues as well as regular friendly matches against other schools in Dubai.

Music, Art and Drama facilities include a suite of specialist music practice rooms, a recording studio, specialist Art classrooms, a Mac suite, a black box drama studio and our superb Performing Arts Centre, which plays host to frequent concerts, productions and House Competitions. Students have the opportunity to take private music and drama lessons in addition to regular class lessons.

The Senior School timetable operates before-school, at lunch time and after School, typically 4-5pm.

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