Student Services

In compliance with the recently published, Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework 2017 Dubai College is strongly committed to inclusive education promoting highly inclusive ethos. We welcome students with varied special educational needs and disabilities. We actively seek to empower and maximize the participation and integration of Students of Determination and work to ensure equal opportunities for our students of determination. In accordance with the Federal Law No (29) of 2006 & Law no (2) of 2014 governing Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai, Dubai College, provides appropriate provisions and curriculum modifications of all students of determination thereby ensuring complete educational and social inclusion. 

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. 

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Counselling at Dubai College

Counselling at Dubai College

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If there was an issue, there was always a way.  Dubai College adapted sport for me - I tried trampolining!  Kimberly Miranda

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Counselling Service

At Dubai College we have three fully qualified counsellors that bring a wealth of experience to the school. All therapy provided within the school will come from an evidenced based approach and students are able to access one to one sessions as well as group work. Psycho-educational talks will also be delivered across all year groups for both students and parents which will be based on the need for that particular year group.

Sandra Gorman

I am an experienced counsellor with over 13 years of experience in Ireland and the UAE. Working with wellness and illness in the area of mental health. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults in diverse multicultural populations with a wide range of complex psychosocial issues. 

My key qualifications include a Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Ireland), a Masters in Child and Adolescent Studies (Ireland) and a Masters in Psychology (UK).  I am an accredited member with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

I provide a holistic approach with my clients using a Humanistic Young Person Therapy that provides respect, a safe environment, empathy and the opportunity for them to discover and be themselves. I also incorporate Positive Psychology (PP), Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I remain knowledgeable about current research in my field, which also informs my practice. 

My overarching goal is to help my clients feel empowered. I help them to build their resilience in order to embrace the challenges that come their way and ultimately to live a happy fulfilling life. Each person is unique and has their own story – that is where I meet them at and go on the journey with them. 

For all counselling enquiries at Dubai College please contact:

Sandra.Gorman@dubaicollege.org

Meet the Staff

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Cindy Penney

Cindy Penney

Titles: Head of Student Services/SENCO
Liz Begley

Liz Begley

Titles: Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Faryal Saeed

Faryal Saeed

Titles: Higher Level Teaching Assistant/Behavioural Support Assistant
Sandra Gorman

Sandra Gorman

Titles: School Counsellor
Michelle Estekantchi

Michelle Estekantchi

Titles: School Counsellor
Alison Kuit

Alison Kuit

Titles: School Counsellor
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