INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS GROUP (ISG)

About DBGS

Introduction

Welcome

Welcome to the Website of Dhahran British Grammar School. We have tried to encapsulate the life of our vibrant school in words and pictures and will always extend a welcome if you choose to visit or make further enquiries. On this page you will find information about our school and the International Schools Group.

Students listening to Jim Valley, a visiting author

Introduction

Please enjoy the many Galleries highlighting the wide range of activities that take place here and together with the High Academic standards achieved, combine to provide what we feel is an excellent all round educational experience for your child.

Mission, Vision and Core Values

Mission: Learning Together

Vision: We aim to create a happy, safe and secure learning environment where all children are encouraged to become independent, lifelong learners and achieve their potentional.

Our Core Values: Respect, Acceptance, Integrity, Responsibility ... with a Commitment to act.

The school follows the National Curriculum for England and delivers an externally assessed (I)GCSE and A Level programmes.

The foundation of our work is an emphasis upon high achievement and our academic results compare favourably with the very best National Curriculum schools in the UK and across the world. We are proud of our students’ ability to work hard, establish sensitive relationships with those around them and to seek new skills and knowledge.

Location

The school is located next to the US Consulate and occupies a well-resourced 40-acre campus shared with two American schools. Each school operates independently and Dhahran British Grammar teaches according to the precepts of the National Curriculum.

The school accommodates pupils from Foundation 1 to Year 13 and currently has a school population of 638 pupils. The school offers (I)GCSE examinations and is an accredited examination centre for Cambridge International Examinations and Edexcel. From August 2015, the school will offer a full A level programme.

National tests are taken at the end of Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 and all school results are made public to the parents and broader community. The school population is predominantly British but has students representing over 50 different nationalities. Pupils are taught by suitably qualified and experienced staff who themselves are largely British in origin.

We also offer an IB Diploma programme as a school in the International Schools Group.

Class and Programme Overview

Class sizes typically comprise 15 – 22 pupils and each class in Foundation 1 and 2, Year 1 and Year 2 has a full time Teaching Assistant to work alongside the teacher. The Foundation Stage 1 programme is housed in a specialist area and the childen are supervised by four members of staff. The Key Stage 1 programme is child-centred and child-friendly with the needs of young children at the forefront of the delivered curriculum.

The school provides specialist teaching and resources throughout the school and these include Physical Education, Music, Design Technology, Information Communication Technology, French, Science, Arabic, Art, Economics, as well as Business Studies and the range of A Levels and (I)GCSE specialist subjects. Physical resources are excellent in all classrooms and specialist areas. Key Stages 1 & 2 perform annual productions and a full musical programme feeds into concerts performed during the school year.

School Hours

School hours are from 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Children from Years 3 – 13 who take advantage of the school’s After-School Activity programme leave school at 3:30 p.m.

The first break is from 10:10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. and a shorter second break from 12:50 p.m. -1:10 p.m.

The children are largely bussed to and from school by compound supervised transport. Children typically leave compounds at 07:15 and return home by 15:00 unless they stay for after school activities.

Parents should call the administration office if they wish to take their children out of school for an appointment. The school secretary will then inform the class/form teachers and prepare the student gate pass. Students from Foundation Stage 1 to Year 9 inclusive are to be met from administration office by their next of kin. Students in Year 10 and 13 can collect their gate pass from the office and then proceed to walk down to the parking area.

School Absences during School Term times

Parents should write and advise the class/form teachers of the time period that their children will be absent. Any absences during school term times will be placed in the student's school file and this will affect the student's percentage of attendance for the school year.

School Uniform

A school uniform is compulsory and all items must be purchased from the campus Academy Store to ensure consistency of appearance. The Academy Store is open daily, Sunday to Thursday, from 7.45 am to 2.15 pm.

School Leadership and Management

There is a clear management leadership structure which encourages collaboration in the consultative process. Through a formal leadership structure the opportunities to lead are distributed to all member of the school community.

Expectations of homework and discipline are clearly defined but the emphasis is very much on praise with a merit award system established throughout the school to reinforce positive behaviour and approaches to learning.

Regular parent conferences take place and parent communication is encouraged at all levels. There is a strong tradition of a Parent Volunteer Group (PVG) where volunteer parents are closely involved in the life of the school.

The International Schools Group of Saudi Arabia

The school is one of seven schools which comprise the International Schools Group of Saudi Arabia. One school follows the National Curriculum of England, three follow an American Curriculum, one provides the International Primary Curriculum and two provide an International Curriculum. Total pupils are in excess of 3,300.

Accreditation / Membership of Professional Organization

The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), British Schools Overseas (BSO) and British Schools in the Middle East (BSME).

The school undertakes all UK style statutory and non-statutory pupil and teacher assessment arrangements. School results are consistently at a very high level and would match high-performing schools in the UK. Along with these assessments selective standardised testing is undertaken annually. Written reports are sent to parents in Terms 1 and 3 and two parent/teacher conferences take place annually.