There are currently 17 teachers in Science working in specialist laboratories. All Science lessons are taught in dedicated laboratories which are fitted to the highest standards, with facilities that include three fume cupboards in each Chemistry lab, an optics dark room in Physics and a mobile planetarium. In addition, there is a dedicated science computer lab and there are extensive data logging facilities. A strong team of four science technicians supports the department, working both as subject specialists and cross-curricular, operating from dedicated preparation rooms. The department aims for specialist teachers to teach their subjects as early as possible within the school and, therefore, provide an accelerated course in the Lower School leading to dedicated Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons from the start of Year 9.
What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?
A good teacher at Dubai College has equal measures of passion for their subject and a comprehensive subject knowledge. The combination of these two factors lays a firm foundation for imaginative and stimulating teaching.
What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?
We understand that students need to develop an understanding of the most demanding concepts within the sciences, but we also believe that students should develop all the attributes needed for them to become responsible and adaptable students and workers in the future. For that reason we work at developing students’ collaborative skills, creativity, flexibility and their ability to take risks to drive understanding and progress.
In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?
There are no barriers here. Our students ignore all the normal academic boundaries that can hold so many aspiring scientists back. They are willing to undertake any task no matter how large or daunting it may seem.
Richard McGrory, Head of Science