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CurriculumsIB and British
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 20 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ﷼ 46,980
to: ﷼ 105,301
This school has more than one campus in Riyadh:
Al Hamra Campus: Ages 3 to 18

Address: 2786، 7693 Ibrahim Mubarak Said Ad Dusari، Riyadh 13241, Saudi Arabia

DQ Campus: Ages 3 to 18

Address: 3586 Alradaef St, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12512, Saudi Arabia

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

5% Local Students

Native English speaking teachers


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, and have the option of a dedicated EAL teacher and an ISA.

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 the activities programme.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, Spanish, French

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

BISR have BenQ boards in each classroom. Ipads are used from Foundation stage to Year 6 and the the school has a BYOD policy.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

We have full google classroom capability and ran lessons full time during covid.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


External examinations or assessments available

GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A Level and International Baccalaureate.

Results in these examinations

GCSE - 93% A-C
A Level - 91% A-C

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


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

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

At BISR the Learning Support team work under the direction of the SENCo across the Primary and Senior School. The SEN teachers and LSAs work collaboratively with teachers throughout all curriculum areas. Support for learning areas includes academic, social, emotional and student well-being.

Referrals are made to the Learning Support team by the class/subject teacher or parent. If a referral is made by the teacher it is mandatory that the reason for the referral is discussed with the parent. No learning assessments will be conducted by the team without parental consent.

When a student requires an Individual Education Plan (IEP), targets are set to document the student’s additional support needs and the type of support they require. This may include short-term goals for the student and an explanation of what methods will be used to reach these targets. Student IEPs are reviewed regularly, usually every school term.

The type of support provided ranges from in-class group support to 1:1 specific student support.To manage the support provision BIS has introduced a tiered stage approach to offering this provision. The initial stage is delivered through high quality differentiated teaching and learning.The second stage involves the learning support team interventions and the third stage provides enhanced support where tailored support is delivered at 1:1 ratio.

When is Stage Two or Stage Three Tiered support required?

Guidance for the which Stage of support a student will require is assessed by the Director of Student Services and the SENCo. They will make this decision based on information about the student provided by parents during the admission process, recommendations from Educational Psychologists reports, targets set in Individual Education Plans as well as results from assessments conducted by the Learning Support department. Learning Support services are delivered within the general education classroom setting to the greatest extent possible. There is a supplementary charge should a student need to access Stage Two or Three tiered support .

The school supports gifted, able and talented students


Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students

Assessment and informal interview

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.

Waiting list

Yes, depending on the year level.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Registration is open all year round. Admissions for the next academic year open in January.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, we invite applications all year round.

School start time

7:45 am

School finish time

KG1: 2: 1:15 pm
KG2 - Y13 : 2:45 pm

Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available


School provided lunches

Due to lack of space, Al Hamra campus school does provide a food service other than a small tuck shop for sixth form students. There is also a Pauls on campus for adults and older students.
The DQ campus proves a lunch service, catered by the Radisson Blu Hotel for a supplementary charge.

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.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The school provides wide range of activities and clubs after school.

Sports activities included

Netball, Football, Rugby, Volleyball, Athletics, Swimming

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes - we have the BISR Lions for competitive sports and the TigerShark swim team

Facilities at the school

Libraries, Wet and Dry science labs, Music rooms, Art and DT rooms, Drama spaces, Hall

Sports facilities at the school

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

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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