INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS GROUP (ISG)

About DBGS

 

Contact details

For all admission enquiries, please contact the school office on
+966 1 3 330 0555 Ext. 2007. Alternatively you may contact the school through the usual email contact on dbgs.admissions@isg.edu.sa

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Admissions Procedure

Applying for a Place at DBGS

We are delighted that you are considering Dhahran British Grammar School.

To gain admission to DBGS, please contact the school directly for more specific information by email at on dbgs.admissions@isg.edu.sa or by telephone on +966 13 330 0555 ext. 2007.

We respectfully request that prospective families do not visit without an appointment.

A Year 8 student working on maths challenges with a Key stage 1 student at maths fun day

Admissions Criteria. DBGS accepts children who are capable of meeting our standards with little or no additional support. We provide some EAL support from Foundation Stage 2 through to Year l and some Learning Support services from Foundation Stage 2 through to Year 6. We are not able to provide services for, and are therefore unable to accept, students who require more than minimal support.

DBGS does not accept new students directly into Year 11 or 13. We advise all students who are beginning a GCSE programme or A-Levels with the school to begin in August in Year 10 and Year 12.

Generally, students will not be accepted to the GCSE programme after the first term of Year 10.

If you are in the process of relocating to the Kingdom, please contact the school well in advance of your arrival in order to determine whether there are available spaces. There are limited schooling options in this part of the country and DBGS has historically had limited openings, particularly at Foundation Stages 1 and 2. Please understand that, while we encourage you to begin the application process early, it may not be possible to guarantee your child a place in the school.

Admissions Process:

1. Check the website to see if the admissions period is open.

2. If DBGS is accepting admissions applications, initiate contact with the admissions office at dbgs.admissions@isg.edu.sa to add your child’s name to the waiting list.

3. When a space becomes available, the admissions officer will contact you via email and send you all the relevant forms and information to process your child(ren)’s application. You will be asked to submit the following documents (via email only):

  • Pre-enrolment pack (which will be provided to you in due course).
  • Copies of the student’s TWO latest report cards (at least one with comments and grades please)
  • Copies of the student’s iqama and passport
  • Copies of the father’s (Sponsor) iqama and passport

4. All children seeking placement are required to complete an admissions assessment. The school uses age-appropriate testing measures that assist us in determining whether a student meets the DBGS admissions criteria. Students may also be observed in the classroom setting. Assessment fee is SR 500 payable in cash only on the day of the assessment. The assessment fee is Non-refundable.

5. If your child passes the assessment test and is accepted to DBGS, you will get the welcome pack and enrolment papers. If you have any questions please refer to the FAQs in the first instance or contact the admissions officer atdbgs.admissions@isg.edu.sa if your question has not been answered.

  • Completed enrolment papers and signed as needed
  • Proof of vaccinations and signed medical forms (contact the nurses office for more details dhahrannurses@isg.edu.sa)
  • Attested report cards from the school the student last attended (contact ministryapproval@isg.edu.sa for more details).

FAQ Admissions

Grade Placement. 
Except in rare circumstances, students will be placed in age appropriate classes. Children who have been placed out of age-appropriate classes at previous schools will not automatically have that placement honoured. Please see the attached list of Dhahran British Grammar School's year/grade outlines.

Returning Students.
 Students who have previously attended DBGS and who wish to return must apply and submit all required forms and testing. Returning students are not given preferential placement in the admissions process.

Siblings.
 Children with a sibling currently attending in good standing at DBGS will be given preference for available space; however, all siblings must fulfill the requirements for criteria, testing, and records submission.

What do I need to do to put my child on the registered interest list?
 Send an email with all student’s information to dbgs.admissions@isg.edu.sa. Applications are only accepted during the official admissions window which will be advertised on our website in the month of December of every year.


If my child is placed on the waiting list, when will they be informed that a place is available? As soon as the registrar
has been given notification in writing from a parent of a child leaving in that particular year group, the next child on the waiting will be contacted to come in for an assessment.

When will the registrar contact me to let me know if there is a place available next academic year? Waiting lists are reset on a yearly basis. Names will NOT be automatically transferred to the following year’s waiting list. If your child is not admitted during the same academic year, you must reapply for him/her for the next academic year.

Is there a testing fee? Our testing fee is SR 500 per child payable in cash only on the day of the assessment. Assessment fee is Non-refundable.

How long is the assessment?

  • Foundation Stage: Screening for up to one hour followed by a classroom visit scheduled.
  • For Years 1 & 2: 8.10am – 1.00pm including time in the classroom
  • Year 3 upwards: 2 - 2.5 hours in duration, including a math paper, an English paper and an assessed written piece of work.

When my child is called for an assessment how long before we are informed if he she has been successful? We try to give the results within 2 weeks, provided we have all the appropriate paperwork.

If my child is unsuccessful at the assessment stage can they be reassessed?
 Yes, students are eligible for One reassessment for the same academic year Only if there are spaces available. Parents must initiate contact with the school three months after the initial assessment date and ask about the possibility of having their child reassessed. DBGS will NOT contact parents for reassessment.

Will my child have an opportunity to tour the school before their first day?
 Year 1 & 2 children as part of their assessment will spend a day in the classroom.

  • Toilet training. Please note that all children must be fully toilet-trained at the time of admission.

We hope to welcome you to Dhahran British Grammar School!