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Our Own English High School is a chain of schools started by the Varkey Group of Schools across the cities of the United Arab Emiratesmarker. The first Our Own school was started in 1968 in Dubaimarker.

Dubai branch

Our Own English High School Dubai initially started with 27 students and 3 teachers. Since then, it has mushroomed into one of the largest educational institutions in the UAE, with over 11000 students and 350 teachers. Till 2005, it followed a split shift pattern, with girls and the kindergarten attending school in the morning and the boys attending the school in the afternoon. At the beginning of the academic year 2005 (i.e March 2005), the boys' school shifted to Al Warqa'a. This allowed the boys' school to be run in the morning as well. Since then, the Al Warqa'a branch has been semi-autonomous of the main branch, with its own principal.Also in September 2007 the boys' school of shj shifted to their new location near AUS.

Mr. Madhav Rao has since then been appointed as Chief Academic Officer and has passed over the esteemed position of executive principal to Mrs. Shobana Varghese.


The school follows and is affiliated to the CBSE curriculum.

Administrative structure

The Headmistress of this school is Mrs. Lalita Suresh.The principal is subordinated by a headmaster. Below the headmaster are seven supervisors, one each for two grades (for instance one for grades three and four). Supervisors and headmasters are appointed from within the staff.

The Executive Principal is Mr.Ainsley Edgar.

The Executive Principal (of the Al Warqa'a Branch)is Mr. J.T Mathai.

Other Branches

House System

The School has a house system that fosters competition among its students and prepares them for the rigours of Inter School Level Competition.

The Houses are: Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars.

Each house has a motto:-

1)Neptune (Green) - Truth Will Triumph2)Jupiter (Blue) - Labour With Consistency3)Saturn (Yellow) - To Greater Heights4)Mars (Red) - For Honour We Strive

Annual Prize Day

The Annual Day celebrations for the academic year 2006–07 showcased the best of talent, skill and effort of both the teachers and student community. Both the schools performed equally well in high-budget productions.

Notable alumni


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