Qatar International School is an English-speaking private day school located in Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar. QIS was founded by the Owner Sheikh Ali bin Ahmed bin Thani Al Thani and the first Principal, Mrs Griffin in 1977, making it one of the first British schools in Qatar. From its very small beginnings 40 years ago it has now grown into one of the largest and most successful schools in the country with 1,900 students on role.
In 2001 the school moved to its current, purpose built campus in the Diplomatic Quarter of Dafna, adjacent to the impressive skyscrapers and business centre of West Bay. Here, under the ownership of the founder’s son Sheikh Khalid bin Ali bin Ahmad Al Thani, the school continues to thrive, expanding and developing its excellent specialist facilities, which include science laboratories, ICT suites, a swimming pool, playing field, and 2 large sports hall.
The school is led and managed entirely by British professionals and it strives to maintain the highest standards of the current English Education system, whilst also supporting its Arabic culture and international context. Children are taught in Key Stages from Early Years and KS1 through to KS5 and examinations are taken in GCSE, IGCSE and A Levels using UK examination boards. The vast majority of students leaving QIS move onto Higher Education in leading universities all over the world but most especially the UK, USA, Canada, UAE and Qatar itself. The vast majority of teaching staff are UK trained and the school prides itself on ensuring it keeps up to date with the best international practice in education and learning.
QIS recently became the first and only school in the Middle East to be accredited to deliver OLEVI training courses straight from the UK, such as The Outstanding Teacher’s Programme
In 2015 we received the highest possible grading from the Qatar National School’s Accreditation programme when we were inspected and certified for 5 years. In 2016 we hosted the first tour of Qatar by Sir John Jones and later the same year we were awarded full BSO status (British School Overseas) by the UK Government following an excellent inspection in October. Our current aim is to become the world’s first international teaching school.