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Sherborne Qatar

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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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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
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: 35,000 ﷼
to: 66,053 ﷼
This school has more than one campus in Doha:
Senior School: Ages 11 to 18

Address: Ar-Rayyan, Doha Qatar

Preparatory School: Ages 3 to 11

Address: Umm Al Maa St, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar

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Number of students


Max. number of students per class

KG1 - KG3: 18
G1 - G3: 20
G4 - G5: 22

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

All Pre School, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 forms have classroom assistants and Years 3 – 6 share classroom assistants.

Native English speaking teachers

All members of the teaching staff are fully qualified and the overwhelming majority of teachers are from the United Kingdom.

Language support for students not fluent in English

English as a Second Language

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, Spanish, French

Use of technology in the classroom

Every classroom is fitted with an interactive whiteboard to enhance learning. Pupils having access to desktop computers, laptops and iPads, which are all used across the curriculum.

Uniform required


Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins


External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE, AS and A Level

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Sherborne cannot accept pupils with special needs, since it has neither the specialist facilities nor the expertise that they would need, although it does have staff to provide support for mild learning difficulties (such as dyslexia) and English as a second language.

Learning support offered

The department aims to support pupils with learning difficulties and differences, which hinder their educational development and prevent them from reaching their potential. Support is offered in several ways, for example, through assessments to identify needs and inform planning; support for pupils in class; withdrawal from lessons to work on programmes to develop literacy, numeracy and study skills; advice and strategies for teachers to support pupils in the classroom; and advice for parents on how to best support their son or daughter at home.

In some cases, a pupil might study a reduced number of subjects in Years 10 and 11, and be timetabled in the department during these periods. The focus for these pupils is support with the organisation of homework, coursework and study skills. Additionally, teaching is offered to develop the understanding of (I)GCSE course content and examination question techniques in English, Mathematics and Science.

The department values pupils as individuals and strives to instil in them responsibility, effective work habits, confidence, enthusiasm and motivation to become life- long learners. Through discussion we endeavour to build self-esteem and a sense of identity enabling them to value themselves and others, and to feel engaged in the school community.

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Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The school offers many clubs and activities. Some of them are: card making, knitting, illustration in pencil and water colour, film making and photography, creative writing, debating, Model United Nations, book club, golf, sailing, badminton, table tennis, squash, Gaelic football, chess, dance, choir, drum club, band.

Sports activities included

Preparatory school: gradually, pupils are introduced to the skills and tactics relating to a wide variety of sports, for example: Basketball, Football, Rugby, Hockey and Tennis.

Senior School: girls complete units of work in netball, football, fitness, volleyball, basketball, athletics and badminton. Boys complete units of work in football, rugby, fitness, athletics, volleyball, basketball and cricket.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Sherborne Qatar is the only overseas school developed by an historic and distinguished British school founded in 1550 under a royal charter. The school's ethos, outlook and standards are monitored from Sherborne Dorset, which also provides a considerable educational input, both pastoral and academic, into the school. Sherborne Qatar has two schools: the Preparatory School (Pre-school - Year 6) and the Senior School (Year 7 - Upper Sixth).

Sherborne caters for two separate constituencies: the international community drawn from across the whole world, whose skills and expertise are currently needed in the development of Qatar, and the local community who are keen to provide their children with the best education possible. The curriculum is delivered in English: therefore, to enjoy and gain access to it, our pupils must have a high level of written and spoken English.

Sherborne Qatar is a member of Qatar's Supreme Education Council's Outstanding Schools Programme. Outstanding Schools are selected from top schools throughout the world which teach accredited international or national curricula. Pupils from these schools are routinely admitted into the world's most prestigious universities.

The School is accredited by the Department for Education as a British School Overseas (BSO), having met the criteria required by Ofsted of all British schools. It is an accredited member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME). The Headmaster of the Preparatory School is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).

Teaching approach of the school

Sherborne teaches an enriched curriculum that is closely based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales up to Year 9. In Years 10 and 11, it prepares pupils for public examinations in a broad range of subjects and they sit either IGCSE or GCSE papers set by the Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE), AQA or Edexcel. In the Sixth Form, pupils are required to study at least three subjects and to take examinations set by the same Boards. Sixth Form pupils are also expected to complete the Extended Project Qualification.

The rigorous academic programme is rounded out with strong sport, drama, music and art at all levels, in addition to a wide-ranging enrichment programme of activities. All schools in the Outstanding Schools Programme teach Arabic, Islamic Studies and Qatar History.

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