The Cambridge School, Doha, Qatar

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The Cambridge School
CambLogo.jpg
"Lead Kindly Light"
Location
Doha, Qatar
Information
Type Private
Established 2001
Director Jayashankar Pillai
Principal David Throp[1]
Grades KG-Y13
Gender Boys & Girls
Enrollment approx. 1500
Language English Arabic
Publication TCS Weekly Gazette (English and Arabic)
Curriculum National Curriculum for England
Cambridge International Examinations Board
Houses Eagles
Falcons
Hawks
Kestrels
Website

The Cambridge School (Arabic: مدرسة كامبردج الدوحة‎) (also known as TCS) is a private international school that is located in Doha, Qatar, the school provides an education based on the National Curriculum for England to students from Kindergarten to Year 9.[2] The school prepares students for the IGCSE, AS and A Level, following the Cambridge International Examinations Board. The school has grown from just under 300 students seven years ago to almost over 1,500 students with over 60 different nationalities.[3] Some of the teaching staffs are from United Kingdom and Scotland,[4] although most of them are from Kenya, Nigeria and India. The school is founded by Mohammed Taleb Mohammed Al Khouri and managed by the Taleb Group. The company also own and manage two other schools in Qatar,[5] Cambridge International School for Girls [6] and Doha Modern Indian School.[7]

The school is organised into three sections: Kindergarten, Primary, and Secondary.[8] Each section has a Head of Section.[8] The Cambridge School also has a sixth form. The Primary and Secondary sections are further divided into key stages.[8] Boys and girls are taught together in all grades.[8] Students enrolled at TCS come from countries such as Australia, England, South Africa, India, Pakistan, and South East Asian countries. All graduating students of Grade 11, 12 and 13 receive IGCSE, AS and A Level certificates from Cambridge International Examinations.

History[edit]

CISG campus

The Cambridge School Doha was founded in 2001 and opened in September 2002 with under 300 students. In 2003, The school started to offer IGCSE followed by A Level in 2005.[9] The school inducted its first ever group of prefects in May 2003. Eighteen senior students were sworn in as house captains, vice captains and prefects.[10]

Cambridge International School for Girls, established in 2004 with the primary objective of providing education for girls. CISG provides the National Curriculum for England and Wales, delivered in English by mostly native speakers. It has a thriving Kindergarten and Primary School, both based around the Early Years emergent curriculum. The Secondary School is only for girls offering IGCSE and A Level. CISG is the first school for girls alone from year 5 onwards in the private sector.[11]

In 2008, Taleb Group took over the management of the schools. The management of the schools which was previously carried out by the GEMS Education of the Varkey Group, were undertaken by the Taleb Group.[12][13]

Curriculum[edit]

Cambridge School Doha campus

The Cambridge School Doha offers the National Curriculum for England with the addition of Arabic and Islamic Studies for students from Kindergarten up to Year 9. The Kindergarten follows the Early Years Foundation Stage and Primary and Secondary follow the British Curriculum. Toward the end of Year 9, students will make some choices about subjects for the International General Certificate Secondary Education ( IGCSE ) offered through the Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE). After IGCSE, students will continue to study Advanced Supplementary (AS) and Advanced Level (A level) subjects mainly under the Cambridge International Examinations Board.[14]

The main subjects taught in school consist in three levels: Core, Foundation, and Additional Subjects. Core subjects include English, Mathematics, Science, and ICT. The Foundation subjects include History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education, and a selection of second languages, which include French and Arabic. Additional subjects include Arabic for both native and non-native speakers, Islamic Studies for Muslim students as well as Moral Education. The school offers IGCSE for Years 10 and 11. Students must take a minimum of eight subjects which consist of two compulsory subjects and six elective subjects. AS and A Level offered for students in Years 12 and 13. Students must take a minimum of three subjects and a maximum of four subjects. Students who wish to continue AS and A Level must have a minimum of five subjects with a grade C in IGCSE and a grade B in order to take Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.[15]

The Cambridge School Doha offers a Sixth Form for students in Years 12 and 13 since 2005.[9] The sixth form provides AS Level for Year 12 and A Level for students in Year 13. The school provides the same courses as a sixth form college in England. Uniform is different for Sixth Form students; they must wear their formal suit. In Year 12, students may choose between three to four AS Level subjects to study. The school holds a sixth form open evening for students and provides them with choice application forms.[16]

School life[edit]

Admission[edit]

Football field

Admission is selective and based on a test, and for most secondary pupils, an interview, and the availability of places.[17]

Student's Leadership[edit]

A small number of prefects including a Head Boy and Head Girl are chosen each year from the students in Years 12 and 13. Their role is to assist the staff with specific duties and represent the school at specific functions. House Captains and Sports Captains lead competitive student activities in their House – Falcon, Hawk, Eagle or Kestrel.[18]

Each Tutor Group will elect two members to attend School Council and represent their views and concerns and to influence school procedures. School Council has an important role to play to ensure students are listened to and taken heed of. Also that they understand why decisions are made that affect them. The School Council members feed back and discuss issues with the Tutor Group under the guidance of the Tutor.[8]

Extracurricular[edit]

Basketball court

The school also offers after-school activities. All students are expected to participate on Mondays and Tuesdays. Monday is for students in Years 2 – 4 and Tuesday is for students in Years 5 – 13. The activities include sports activities, science club, debate, and drama. Some students will be directed to certain activities such as additional graded Arabic or English courses.

The Cambridge School has been regularly active in opportunities outside of school, some of those include Interschool debate,[19] CS4Qatar at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar,[20] and Qatar Debate[21]

Criticisms[edit]

Although commonly referred to as an international school, the school promotes pro-Islamic movements and ideologies which often create dissent among the international communities of students and teachers alike. The management has been reported and known to create fake contracts to attract unsuspecting teachers to work in the school after which these contracts will be partially neglected. In addition the business-oriented style of the organization reflects little signs of promoting education to the students which is a common source of concern amongst many parents and students. CCTV cameras are installed throughout the classrooms and corridors to monitor the performances of teachers and students' behaviors which include penalties for negligible offenses.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TCS Gazette (1 July 2010)
  2. ^ Taleb Group
  3. ^ "Taleb school teachers hone skills". The Peninsula Qatar (Qatar). June 15, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Fraser, Gemma (August 27, 2009). "Out of work teachers to take up posts in the Middle East". Scotsman News (Scotland). Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "ABA signs pact with Taleb Group". Qatar Tribune (Qatar). January 14, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ CISG on Taleb Group Website
  7. ^ DMIS on Taleb Group Website
  8. ^ a b c d e Parent Handbook 2009 – 2010, page 16
  9. ^ a b "TCS Doha to offer A-levels by 2005". Gulf Times (Qatar). September 1, 2002. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ "School inducts student officialsby 2005". Gulf Times (Qatar). May 11, 2002. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ "New school for girls set to open in three weeks". Gulf Times (Qatar). August 25, 2004. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Taleb takes over Varkey schools". AMEinfo (Qatar). August 16, 2008. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Taleb Group to fully own three schools". Zawya (Dubai). August 15, 2008. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  14. ^ Parent Handbook 2009 – 2010
  15. ^ Grade 12 Subject Options 2010/2011
  16. ^ Parent Handbook 2009 – 2010, page 11
  17. ^ Parent Handbook 2009 – 2010, page 7
  18. ^ Parent Handbook 2009 – 2010, page 21
  19. ^ "Taleb schools take part in interschool debate". The Peninsula Qatar (Qatar). November 13, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2010. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar hosts fourth CS4Qatar computer science workshop for high school students". CMUQ News and Events (Qatar). February 21, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  21. ^ TCS Tourism Tabloid (Volume 13)
  22. ^ https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6265726

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°08′40″N 51°18′06″E / 25.144379°N 51.301707°E / 25.144379; 51.301707