Student Services

Dubai College is strongly committed to inclusive education across all year groups; this provision includes one in which the teaching, learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of all the students who gain admission to Dubai College matter – including those identified as having additional needs. The College is also committed to recognizing the potential of all students and giving them access to enrichment activities. We fully support the inclusive aims of the Government of Dubai ‘My Community’ initiative launched in 2013, which seeks to ensure persons (and children) with disabilities can participate in education, recreation, arts, sports and culture. Our aim is to know individuals well to help them reach their full potential. We do this through careful personalisation of the curriculum opportunities offered and support programmes that may be required. We want to develop each student as a whole person with the skills and competencies necessary for his or her future life roles.

In line with the school’s Admissions Policy, individuals will be considered with reference to their needs, resources and the school’s ability to meet those needs. The school will strive to provide appropriate support for students with a range of special educational needs and disabilities. The school will make reasonable adjustments to accommodate students with SEND during entry tests. A current report written by an Educational Psychologist or Specialist teacher will be required to put appropriate arrangements in place, and any access arrangements will be based on the student’s usual way of working.

Counselling Service

To introduce myself, I am Mark Samways, the School Counsellor. I have worked extensively with young people and in schools in the UK prior to moving to Dubai. I have a degree in Psychology from Loughborough University as well as a Masters in Addiction Psychology and Counselling. I am also a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The counselling service at Dubai College offers confidential one to one support for both staff and students. My style of counselling is very much a person centred approach which means that I treat each case on its own merits and try and find what works best for the individual rather than starting with my own ideas and potentially trying to put square pegs in round holes. The individual’s needs are my absolute priority, and I appreciate that no two cases are the same. I often find myself working out of a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework but also use Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness amongst other things. All therapy provided within the school will come from an evidenced based approach.

I will also provide Psycho-educational talks across all year groups for both students and parents which will be based on the need for that particular year group. If you have any queries with regard to the counselling service, please do not hesitate to contact me.

For all counselling enquires at Dubai College please contact:

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

Teaching starts with a passion for a subject matter as well as a passion for learning and educating. When this passion and enthusiasm enters a classroom it inspires young minds to explore the subject and look beyond what is being taught in the classroom to enhance their knowledge and understanding. Teaching is definitely an art form that turns the complicated and unknown into the understandable and memorable. It’s not a skill that everyone has but something you see every day in Dubai College.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

What we try and encourage and instil in the students is a greater sense of self and identity. During secondary school students will go through huge changes and we are there to support them along the way. We try and explore their values and how they shape who they are and who they want to be.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

Having just joined Dubai College, it’s clear to see the rapport between staff and students. There is a lot of trust and mutual respect which makes the school a happy place to be. There are so many opportunities at the school to get involved in both inside and outside the classroom which allows the students to have some amazing experiences.

Who or what inspires you?

People inspire me. There’s not one particular person, nor do they have to be famous in any way but people that dare to dream and take on difficult and tasking challenges. The outcome isn’t important, but the fact that they are brave enough to put themselves out there really inspires me to push myself and see what I am capable of.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I am a huge Fulham fan

Meet the Staff

Cindy Penney

Cindy Penney

Titles: Head of Student Services/SENCO
Mark Samways

Mark Samways

Titles: School Counsellor

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