The British International School Abu Dhabi

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The British International School, Abu Dhabi
British International School Abu Dhabi Logo.png
Motto Be Ambitious
Established September 2009
Headteacher Patrick Horne
Deputy Headteacher Brian Irving, Mike Wolfe
Location Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

The British International School Abu Dhabi is an international school in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi Education council (ADEC) has rated BIS Abu Dhabi as a Band A, Very Good High Performing School. The school was established in September 2009 and currently has over 1500 students from over 70 different nationalities.[1][2][3]

The British International School, Abu Dhabi is part of the Nord Anglia Education Group. The International Schools division of Nord Anglia Education provides British education for children between the ages of 2 and 18 years in 42 international schools with over 32,000 students. Nord Anglia International School Dubai is a sister school, located some 130 km away in the city of Dubai, UAE.

The school offers education of the English National Curriculum for students aged 3 – 18 years. The school has also gained accreditation to offer the IB Diploma Programme for Year 12 in September 2013 and Year 13 in September 2014.


Founded in 1972, Nord Anglia Education's schools are located in North America, Middle East, Asia and Europe. These schools are currently home to over 32,000 students between the ages of 2 and 18 years. School's of Nord Anglia Education follow the English National Curriculum which is adapted to fit the needs and culture of different regions. They also offer the International Baccalaureate, IGCSE's and in some places, A Levels, the French Baccalaureate and the Swiss Maturité.


The school follows the English National Curriculum from the Early Years up to Year 11 and then follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) for Year 12 and 13. This approach is structured as follows:

1. Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – Nursery (FS1) and FS2 (ages 3 to 5)

2. Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 7)

3. Key Stage 2 – Years 3 to 6 (ages 7 to 11)

4. Key Stage 3 – Years 7 to 9 (ages 11 to 14)

5. Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11 (ages 14 to 16)

6. IB Diploma Programme – Years 12 and 13 (ages 16 to 18)

Learning approach[edit]

Teachers support and enable students to thrive through the High Performance Learning approach, which is a proven methodology for enabling children to perform highly, regardless of their perceived academic ability.


The British International School Abu Dhabi is a co-educational, non-selective school. Students applying to the school are not required to sit an entrance exam. However, when it is unclear if a child has the appropriate level of English, additional learning needs, or if it is unclear which year the child should enter then the appropriate assessments are administered.

Beyond the classroom[edit]

The school offers opportunities to participate in Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA’s).

Parents are actively involved in the school community, with class parents holding many events and social gatherings over the course of the year.


Indoor swimming pool, dedicated IB Academy for senior students, dance and drama studios and 3 contemporary music suites. Primary and secondary libraries, science labs, playing courts and outdoor spaces and playing fields, On-site coffee shop for senior students and parents, multi-purpose hall that can be used for basketball, volleyball, tennis, and other sports, Indoor semi-Olympic sized swimming pool, Large gym sized 150m2


  1. ^ "British International School Abu Dhabi reviews". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "The British International School Abu Dhabi". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "British International School of Abu Dhabi (BISAD)". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 

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Coordinates: 24°22′09″N 54°33′48″E / 24.3692°N 54.5632°E / 24.3692; 54.5632