Principal’s message

Receiving a good education is one of the key cornerstones of life and this is what Qatar International School sets out to achieve. We are a school where, “Learning Comes First,” and this philosophy is understood by staff and students alike. Our aim is to be the best international school in Qatar and so we strive to provide the best for our students, both inside and outside of the classroom. Like Doha itself, QIS is a very welcoming and friendly place. We strive to make the school environment a safe and secure one that will allow our excellent teachers the opportunity to deliver high quality lessons and our students the opportunity to develop and learn to the best of their varied and wide ranging abilities. Whilst recognising the importance of standards and achievement we also promote and celebrate creativity and diversity. Our aim is to prepare students for life and the international world of work, not simply examinations.

Like all of us, the school is very much on a learning journey, constantly updating our curriculum and improving the way learning is facilitated by always striving to improve our practice. We study the very latest educational research as well as the best of current practice from the UK education system and we believe our offer to students is unique. My own background includes over 26 years’ experience of leadership and teaching the English Curriculum, 23 years in the UK, and our entirely British leadership team bring the best this has to offer to our international school in Qatar. I know that QIS has a very strong reputation here in Doha and has been very successful over the years but that doesn’t mean we are complacent. On the contrary, it is the motivation for us to continue to push the boundaries of what we have to offer whilst expecting only the very best from our staff and students.

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We are proud of our traditions and we continue to uphold standards in attendance, punctuality and presentation. Our students must be at school, on time, to learn properly and they should also be appropriately dressed. Our modern uniform has been designed by parents, students and staff to be more functional and comfortable in terms of fabrics and quality. Full details of this and the suppliers can be found on the website.

However, we also believe wholeheartedly that education should be fun. It is the best way to motivate students and instil into them a love and passion for learning. A significant part of the school ethos and improvement plan is to build this enjoyment into our development to engage learners at all levels. We aim to build positive relationships and create and nurture independence in our students, which will carry them forward and stay with them into the future.

We are always keen to welcome parents and visitors to QIS but please be aware that we do not allow cars to enter the school site. This is for the safety of everyone but most especially the students. Please park sensibly and safely outside the school and follow the direction of our security staff, who are there to maintain a safe environment for our children. The roads around school can become very busy and congested so I urge you all to be patient, considerate and safe. Please use only the designated drop-off bay for dropping children to school and do not block the road.

All visitors should enter through the security building where we require everyone to sign in and collect a visitor’s badge. We very much appreciate your co-operation with this system. Unless you are visiting the school on business, collecting a child or attending a meeting the security staff are instructed to allow no one to enter the campus.

Finally, we are always keen to keep close contact and communicate clearly with parents and to this end I would ask that you regularly check the school website and read the information which is sent home from school. Please keep us up to date with your most appropriate contact details. If you have any other concerns then please direct them to the tutor or class teacher in the first instance.

Best wishes

Mr. D. C. M. Baker



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