Qatar International School is proud to announce that we are now an officially accredited British School Overseas (BSO.) Following a detailed inspection carried out in October by a team of 6 British inspectors we can now formally reveal the results of the report, which shows how QIS fully meets all the standards for British Schools Overseas accreditation as laid out by the Department for Education of the UK Government.
The full details of the inspection can be read in the attached report but everyone found it to be a positive experience despite the rigour and hard work involved. During the inspection visit, 84 full or part lessons were observed by inspectors. School documentation and policies were analysed and data reviewed. Students’ workbooks were scrutinised, discussions were held with the senior staff, the management team, a range of teachers, groups of students, parents and the proprietor.
The summary statement says, “QIS is fully committed to achieving its motto ‘Aspiring to Excellence, Building Futures; Celebrating Diversity’. Leadership and management are good with aspects that are outstanding. Students are well supported through effective pastoral care as well as the implementation of high quality welfare, health and safety policies and procedures. The school runs well on a day-to-day basis. Students, parents and staff value the British nature of the curriculum. External examination results are good. The English national curriculum provides the framework for teaching and learning; enriched by a wide range of extra-curricular activities.”- BSO report October 2016
Of course, the main purpose of the report was not simply to validate the work that the school is currently doing but also to look at areas for future improvement and these have already formed an action plan to move the school forward. QIS is not only fully committed to achieving its motto but also to becoming the leading school in the country and so all the feedback and suggestions listed in the report were welcomed.
“We are obviously very pleased with the report. It is a clear recognition of the hard work, commitment and dedication of all the staff here and the school community as a whole. Personally, I’m delighted and very proud to be part of this wonderful school. However, we are certainly not resting on our laurels and this will give us further impetus and enthusiasm for the many developments and future improvements that are already under-way.”
Mr. D.C.M. Baker- Principal
Some extracts from the full report:
“Teaching standards across the school are high. Most lessons were good or
“The school is highly effective in enabling all students to develop their personal
skills and qualities. Students are thoughtful, well behaved, treat others with
respect and have well developed social skills.”
“The whole school community – teaching, non-teaching, administration and
ancillary staff – work as a team to promote high quality learning and care for all
“Students appreciate the needs of others and ensure the school is an inclusive learning environment. They are courteous and considerate, both around the school and in lessons and this is clearly evidenced by their positive attitudes, good behaviour and the respect they demonstrate towards each other.”
“The welfare, health and safety of students throughout the school are outstanding. QIS places a high priority on ensuring that the education and well-being of all students are at the heart of school policies and procedures.”
“The accommodation, staffing levels and resources at QIS are outstanding.”
“The governance role fulfilled by the proprietor is outstanding. There is a highly positive relationship between the principal and the proprietor.”
“The principal is inspirational, with a clear vision and capacity to continue to move the school forward. He is well supported by a highly effective senior leadership team. Clear direction is reflected in the high quality of education, the care of students and the drive to fulfil the school’s aims and ethos.”