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|Language of instruction
|Native English teachers
|Extra languages (other than English)
|25 students / class
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|Number of students
|Number of nationalities represented in the school
|Native English speaking teachers
|Language support for students not fluent in English
No. It is a requirement that all students are competent in English.
|Additional language classes offered by the school
Arabic, French and Spanish.
|Max. number of students per class
The school accommodates up to 25 children in each classroom.
|Use of technology in the classroom
Classrooms are well resourced with good quality furniture and learning materials, and each is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and / or projector.
|External examinations or assessments available
|Results in these examinations
IB: The average points score for 2013 was slightly below International Average (30.0) and compared very favourably to International Average in 2014 (30.1).
GCSE/IGCSE: For the overall 5 A*-C results in 2014 these compare very favourably with the UK national average (75.2%). The results showing 5 A*-C (including English and Maths) are well above UK national average in both 2013 (UK National 58.6%) and 2014 (UK National 56%).
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?
|Approximate hours of homework given
Depends on the subject and grade level.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs
Doha British School is committed to providing all learners with additional learning needs with opportunities to achieve the best possible educational outcomes and to enable them to participate fully in the life of the school. DBS operates an open access policy, however learners at DBS must be able to access the curriculum.
|Learning support offered
The class or subject teacher specialist will refer the learner to the Learning Support Coordinator. The Learning Support Coordinator will review the strategies which have already been employed within the classroom; the communication between the teacher and parent and the results of any standardised or summative assessments. Further specific tests and/or observations may be carried out by the Learning Support Coordinator.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students
The first way in which DBS caters for more able learners is through differentiated teaching, i.e. inclusive teaching that takes into account the learning needs of all. In some subjects, for some age groups, classes (or ‘sets’) are formed based on ability levels. Learners are able to move between sets based on reviews of their progress and achievement.
|Entry evaluation for students
|Brief description of entry evaluation required
It is a snapshot assessment of cognitive and reasoning ability.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)
|Students can join after academic year begins
Yes, depending on availability of spaces and whether you submitted an application during the admissions period.
|School start time
7:05 am or 7:10 am depending on the grade level.
|School finish time
12:45 pm or 1:30 pm depending on the grade level.
|School bus service available
All learners at DBS up to Year 11 must wear school uniform.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered
Cartoon drawing, puppet club, maths, iPad/tablet club, debate club, cross country, football, rugby, cricket
|Sports activities included
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students
|Sports facilities at the school
Astro-turf games pitch, running track, 20 metre indoor swimming pool, 2 gymnasium, table tennis centre, fitness centre, courts, playgrounds
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school
DBS is a vibrant, welcoming international school providing a first class education which will enable all pupils to thrive in an increasingly dynamic global environment. The core purpose is to ensure that every pupil gains as much from DBS as possible. This is based on the fundamental belief that all learners can, need and want to achieve. DBS is dedicated to improving educational attainment and the life chances of pupils regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, ability or disability.
|Teaching approach of the school
As an IB World School, DBS is committed to the IB Learner Profile. The DBS Learner Profile is an adaption of the IB Learner Profile, using language that is accessible for younger learners.