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British International School Riyadh

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Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 20 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: ﷼ 65,561
Address: Ash Shuhada Riyadh 13241 Saudi Arabia
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Number of students

1374

Number of nationalities represented in the school

52

Most common nationality

British

Max. number of students per class

20

Average number of students per class

20

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

The school aims to provide a whole school approach to supporting EAL students at BISR. EAL students are supported in accessing the curriculum by all classroom and subject teachers, a dedicated EAL teacher and an LSA.

The range of services that the EAL department provides ranges from student assessment, small group sessions, in-class support and dedicated lessons as part of ECA program.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, Spanish, French

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

The guidelines as to the amount of homework per subject set per night is outlined below:
KG2 - 15 mins
KG3 - 15 - 20 mins
G1 - 20 - 30 mins
G2 - 30 mins
G3 - 30 - 40 mins
G4 - 0 - 45 mins
G5 - 45 - 60 mins
G6 - 90 - 100 mins
G7 - 90 - 120 mins
G8 - 90 - 100 mins
G9 - 180 mins
G10 - 180 mins
G11 - 180 mins
G12 - 180 mins

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes, depending on the grade level.

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Assessment will centre around proficiency and use of the English language and an assessment of academic potential and social behaviour and will involve a range of testing procedures according to the age of the applicant.

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE, AS and A Level

School bus service available

No

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

Learning support offered

The Learning Support (LS) department is comprised of three SEN Teachers and Support Assistants (LSAs) who provide in class support, small group lessons as well as some 1:1 pullout sessions as required. A limited number of Individual Support Assistants (ISAs) are utilized to support individual students at an additional cost to parents.

School start time

7:45 am

School finish time

KG1: 1:15 pm
KG2 - G1: 2:45 pm
G2 - G12: 2:45 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The school provides wide range of activities and clubs.

School provided lunches

Due to lack of space, the school does not provide a food service other than a small tuck shop for sixth form students. There is also a Starbucks on campus for adults and older students.

All other students bring their own lunches. Space is set aside in classrooms to store food, and parents are asked to ensure that each child has an insulated small lunch container and water bottle. Water stations are located in many areas of the campus.

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

Artificial grass playing field and running track, swimming pool, large sports hall, two gymnasiums

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

BISR follows the National Curriculum for England to the end of Year 9, GCSE courses in Years 10 and 11, and A levels courses in Years 12-13. BISR benchmarks itself against private and leading state schools in Britain. It has long-standing links with British universities. The staff frequently go on training courses in the U.K. and it brings British trainers, speakers and facilitators into school to work directly with staff and students. BISR has a strong and valued relationship with the British embassy and with the RGBB. Its adherence to a modified National Curriculum for England enables students to transfer seamlessly to U.K. schools or universities if or when they return to Britain.

Teaching approach of the school

BISR is aware that we live in a rapidly changing world and that we are preparing our students for life in a society where they may be working in jobs that do not currently exist, employing technologies that have not yet been invented. Through the British curriculum BISR places significant emphasis on the development of personal learning and thinking skills that will result in young people who are flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances without fear of inhibition, enabling and empowering them to meet the demands of 21st century life.

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