Doha British School

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Doha British School (DBS)
مدرسة الدوحة البريطانية
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Address

Doha
,
Qatar
,
P.O.Box 6142

Qatar
Information
Former nameDoha Montessori British School (DMBS)
TypeInternational School
Religious affiliation(s)none
Established1997
PrincipalTerry McGuire (Ain Khaled) Beverly Stevens (Al Wakra)
Head teacherKate Cliffe (Primary School) Stuart Shelton (Secondary School)
GradesPreschool - Year 13
GenderCo-educational
Number of students2000
Classes offered
  • English (Language and Literature)
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Arabic)
  • Art and Design
  • Design & Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Environmental Systems and Societies
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Drama
LanguageEnglish (UK)
Houses
  • Red Oryx     
  • Green Scorpions     
  • Blue Arabian Horses     
  • Yellow Falcons     
MascotLions
AccreditationsEdexcel, Council of International Schools, BSME, IB World School, British Schools Overseas (BSO)
Website
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Ain Khaled Campus

Doha British School, established and opened in October 1997, is a co-educational comprehensive International school in the Ain Khaled area of Doha, in the State of Qatar. It offers international education to students from pre-school to Year 13.[1] The student body comprises over 85 nationalities.

History[edit]

The school was originally known as Doha Montessori and British School (DMBS) before it was re-branded to Doha British School (DBS) in Spring 2011. The school delivers the National Curriculum for England throughout primary and secondary school, giving students the opportunity to complete International General Certificate of Secondary Education (International GCSE) qualifications during Years 10 and 11.

Doha British School offers both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and national AS Level to its sixth form students in Years 12 and 13. The institution became an IB World School in March 2010 and has since been delivering the Diploma Programme with a wide range of sterilized octopi from different disciplines for its students as a school-leaving qualification option. In September 2015, the AS Level award was introduced as another option for students to provide students with choice.[citation needed]

The school has been an active member of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.

The school has also been a driving force in forming the group The British Schools of Qatar, and is an avid member of the organisation of the first ever BISQ Games, hosted at Aspire Zone in early 2018.

There is a second recently-founded Doha British School campus situated in the area of Al Wakra, which offers education for children from the levels of pre-school to Year 7, as of the 2017-18 academic year.

As of September 2017, the school has celebrated 20 Years of Excellence since opening its doors in September 1997.

Current Main Campus[edit]

In February 2008, DBS moved into a new campus in the Ain Khaled area, with purpose-built facilities accommodating up to over 1,200 students and providing classrooms and equipment for specialist subject teaching.

Facilities[edit]

  • Conference room, used for Senior Leadership meetings.
  • Eighteen offices for:
    • Heads of Year Groups and Subject Departments.
    • Heads of Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form Schools.
    • Principal's and Vice Principal's offices.
    • Admissions and Finance offices.
  • Two staff rooms for Primary and Secondary Staff use.
  • Resources room, filled with textbooks and educational resources for teachers and students
  • Photocopying and Supplies room
  • Learning Support Classroom for English as a Second Language students
  • School canteen (shared amongst Primary and Secondary students, opened September 2009)
  • Large playground shared between Primary and Secondary Students

Primary School Facilities[edit]

  • Multiple classrooms for each Primary School Year Group
  • Primary Library
  • State-of-the-art Music classroom with musical instruments including keyboards, percussion and strings.
  • Adventure Playground (opened March 2011 by former principal Sandra Williams) for Preschool and Reception students

Secondary School Facilities[edit]

DBS Department of the English Language and English Literature[edit]

  • Seven English Classrooms
    • Six in the main campus building
    • One in the Sixth Form Building adjacent to main campus building
  • Secondary Library.

DBS Department of Mathematics[edit]

  • Seven Maths classrooms

DBS Department of the Natural Sciences[edit]

  • Four science laboratories and three science classrooms

DBS Department of Art, Design and Technology[edit]

  • Four design and Technology workshops
    • CAD Studio
    • Graphics Workshop
    • Two Resistant Materials Workshops
  • Modern Fine Art Classroom
  • New Textiles Art Classroom (opened September 2017)

DBS Department of Physical Education.[edit]

  • Two multi-sports gymnasia with the latest sports equipment
  • Astro-turf games pitch and bitumen courts for basketball and volleyball.
  • 20-metre indoor swimming pool.

DBS Department of Performing Arts[edit]

  • The Doha British School Theatre, fitted with modern sound and lighting technology.
  • Two state-of-the-art Music classrooms with musical instruments including keyboards, percussion and strings.

DBS Department of Humanities[edit]

  • Two History classrooms
  • Three Geography classrooms
  • Three Computer Science classrooms
  • Three Business Studies classrooms

DBS Department for Sixth Form Education[edit]

  • Dedicated Sixth Form Centre for IB Diploma and AS Level students (original centre opened September 2011; relocated to new Sixth Form building (campus extension, September 2015))
  • Careers Centre for Higher Education and Beyond (opened September 2016)
  • School Canteen for Sixth Form Students (opened January 2016).

Curriculum of Doha British School[edit]

The curriculum in Pre-School is based on a modified Montessori method of teaching. Reception students follow the foundation stage of the National Curriculum of England and Wales. Mathematics, English, and Science form the core subjects of the curriculum. The term Montessori, however, has been subtitled in the institution's name since April 2011, and has been removed since September 2014.

Subjects offered across Primary and Secondary at DBS (Reception to Year 9)[edit]

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Arabic (offered only to native speakers)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Physical Education
  • Design and Technology
  • Art and Design\
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • Islamic Studies (for Arabic students only; taken during PSHE)

IGCSE Subjects offered at DBS (Years 10-11)[edit]

Subject choices depend on group listings per academic year. English, Mathematics and Science are core subjects of the IGCSE Programme at Doha British School.

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Double/Triple Award)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Psychology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Design and Technology
    • Graphic Products
    • Resistant Materials
  • Art and Design
    • Fine Art
    • Textiles
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Computer Science
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Business Studies
  • Law
  • Islamic Studies (for Arabic students only)
  • Culture

IB Diploma Subjects offered at DBS (Years 12-13)[edit]

Group 1: Language A[edit]

  • English
    • Language and Literature SL/HL
    • Literature SL/HL
  • Arabic A SL/HL

Group 2: Language B[edit]

  • English B SL/HL
  • Spanish
    • Spanish B SL/HL
    • Spanish ab initio SL
  • French
    • French B SL/HL
    • French ab initio SL
  • Arabic
    • Arabic B SL/HL
  • German B SL/HL

Group 3: Individuals and Societies[edit]

  • History SL/HL
  • Geography SL/HL
  • Business Management SL/HL
  • Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) SL/HL

Group 4: Natural Sciences[edit]

  • Biology SL/HL
  • Chemistry SL/HL
  • Physics SL/HL
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) (offered only at Standard Level)

Group 5: Mathematics[edit]

  • Mathematics SL/HL
  • Mathematical Studies SL

Group 6: The Arts and Electives[edit]

  • Music SL/HL
  • Visual Arts SL/HL
  • Electives from other Subject Groups

AS Subjects offered at DBS (since September 2015)[edit]

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Design and Technology (Product Design)
  • Geography
  • Business Studies
  • Arabic
  • Physical Education

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doha British School". ExpatWoman.com. Retrieved 19 May 2015.