Qatar International School
The Qatar International School was founded by Mrs. Griffin (the
Principal) as a small Pre-School unit in 1977 in Montaza. It has
operated continuously under the same management since then, developing
into the largest independent British School in Qatar.
The Primary Section opened in 1985, followed by the Secondary Section
in 1994. There are now around 1200 students on the role, ranging
from 2 to 17 years of age.
After initially operating out of converted villas, the school moved
onto its first purpose-built campus in 1996 in the Mamoura area
of Doha. This provided the specialist facilities required by the
rapidly-growing Secondary Section.
A further move in 2001 allowed a further significant expansion in
space and facilities, taking us to our existing campus in Dafna
The school operates from a purpose built facility, which opened
in September 2001.
The school has been designed to give the Infant, Junior and Secondary
sections their own areas and buildings within the campus, whilst
also allowing them access to shared facilities.
Specialist facilities include:
Two floodlit multipurpose courts.
Grass, floodlit football pitch.
Specialist teaching rooms (art, technology, science laboratories,
music & I.T. suites).
Multipurpose school hall.
The school offers a limited number of academic scholarships for
students in Year 12. These are publicised in February of each year
and open to both internal applicants and students not currently
at the school.
The scholarships cover tuition fees (either 50% or 100%) for one
year of study towards AS Level examinations in Year 12. They are
awarded on the basis of academic achievement.
Year 11 students interested in applying for a scholarship for next
year should seek further information from the Head of Secondary.
The school is not academically selective, but we do require all
students to reach a sufficient minimum standard in English and Mathematics
to fit in with their peers.