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Ages 3 to 11

Doha English Speaking School

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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 11
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school is not available for a twelve year old child.

Address: Al Fajr St Doha Qatar

All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Ratio of local students to international students

90% local : 10% international

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English speaking teachers


Additional language classes offered by the school


Use of technology in the classroom

The classrooms are extremely well-resourced and interactive learning is enhanced with technology ranging from a Smartboard in all teaching departments as well as a bank of laptops currently provided for all the Year Groups in Key Stage 2.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required


Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Entry evaluation for students


School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

DESS has a Learning Support Department, consisting of three Teachers and two Teaching Assistants. They support the needs of pupils who have moderate difficulties in learning. DESS cannot cater for children with severe learning and/or behavioural difficulties.

School start time

KG1 - KG2: 7:40 am
KG3 - G1: 7:40 am
G2 - G5: 7:30 am

School finish time

KG1: Sunday to Thursday: 12:45 pm
KG2: Sunday to Wednesday: 1:45 pm, Thursday: 12:45 pm
KG3 - G1: Sunday to Wednesday: 1:55 pm, Thursday: 12:55 pm
G2 - G5: Sunday to Wednesday: 2:00 pm, Thursday: 1:00 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Athletics, football

School provided lunches


Sports activities included

Physical education and swimming.

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, playing field, swimming pool, adventure playground

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Doha English Speaking School is a vibrant, high achieving British school where children develop a love of learning in a secure and stimulating environment.
From the classroom to the sports field, DESS team of dedicated and enthusiastic staff ensure that all DESS children have happy, productive experiences and are exposed to a multitude of fantastic opportunities through the English National Curriculum.

DESS is proud to produce independent children with lively, enquiring minds and strong ethical values that are equipped with the life skills needed to succeed and give back to their communities.

Teaching approach of the school

DESS is a dynamic learning community where the English National Curriculum provides a framework for learning. Through teamwork and cooperation between adults and children, DESS learns together through engagement in first hand experiences. The children gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to continue their education internationally or to return seamlessly to the UK education system. The school's results in the UK national tests for 11 year olds places DESS comfortably in the top 5% of UK Primary schools.

The National Curriculum divides children into 'Key Stages' covering education from Nursery through to Year 11. Foundation Stage consists of Nursery and Reception, Key Stage 1 covers Years 1 and 2, Key Stage 2 covers Years 3 – 6. Children’s progress is monitored against the National Curriculum levels throughout the school.

Attainment of the appropriate level can be used as an indicator as to how well a child will progress in future years. These levels are determined through teacher assessment which is supported by National Curriculum Tests.