British School – Muscat
|British School - Muscat|
|Muscat, Sultanate of Oman|
|School board||National Curriculum of England and Wales|
|Grades||Nursery to Year 13|
|Colour(s)||Blue Green Yellow Red|
|Last updated||September 14, 2011|
The British School – Muscat (BSM) is a co-educational, non-profit, non-selective private day school in Muscat, Oman. It was established in 1971, under Royal Charter by his Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. In 2003, his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, on a visit to the school described it as "one of the leading schools in the Middle East"(Times of Oman, Nov 9th, 2003). During the 2007/2008 academic year, 905 pupils were enrolled at the school with a staff to student ratio of approximately 1 to 20. The school has many facilities such as a primary and senior school library, sports hall, theatre, swimming pool, and six well-equipped science laboratories.
BSM also has two headteachers:
- Ms. Lynda Haynes - Headteacher of primary school (Foundation stage - Year 6).
- Mrs. Nadia Megnin - Headteacher of secondary school (Year 7 - Year 13) and a former part-time French teacher.
Also, the principal:
- Mr. Kai Vacher.
Senior members of staff at the school are listed below:
- Mr. Graham Twigger - Head of Sixth Form
- Mr. Duncan Grey - Head of Curriculum
Subjects offered at GCSE and/or A-Level:
- English Language
- English Literature
- English as a 2nd Language
- Mathematics (FMaths is offered at A-Level)
- (IGCSE Double Award Science)
- (IGCSE) Biology
- (IGCSE) Chemistry
- (IGCSE) Physics
- Business Studies
- Art and Design
- Media Studies
- Physical Education
- Dutch (available at the Rijnlands Lyceum)
- Design and Technology (Resistant Mats. and Graphics courses)
Core PE and ASDAN PSD (an Intermediate-level PSHE qualification) are compulsory in KS4. It is compulsory also to take at least one language at GCSE level. Students are advised to take one humanity as well, and the school offers Sports Leaders and Dance Leaders qualifications. You can take GCSE Film Studies as an after-school activity.
The British School has four houses, each one named after a district of Muscat. These houses are Ruwi (the red house), Ghubrah (the green house), Yitti (the yellow house) and Boshar (the blue house).
The school also has the 'Rijnlands Lyceum Muscat' (The Dutch School) attached alongside it offering a Dutch curriculum in various subjects from KS3 (Y7-Y9) - KS4 (Y10-Y11)
The high academic standard of the school is exemplified by some of its GCSE and AS/A level achievements in the 2007/2008 academic year.
- 20% of all GCSE students with straight A*/A grades.
- 5 GCSE students ranked in the Worldwide Top Ten by the Edexcel exam board.
- 25% of all GCE AS Level students with three or more A grades.
- 25% of all GCE A Level students with three or more A grades with a 100% pass rate (A-E grades).
- 92% of A-level students are known to have been already accepted into higher education at various universities.
(All statistics from the annual school report available on the school website.)