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The Top British School in Saudi Arabia

by Belinda Breeze

British International School Riyadh (BISR), catering to students aged 3-18 and providing high-quality education to the expatriate community since 1979, has recently been named the top school in Saudi Arabia … for the second year running.

The school has two campuses, Al Hamra with 1,700 students, and the smaller Salwa campus, which is home to 150 primary students from ages 3-11. This year BISR is expanding to include a 2000 capacity through school, Al Waha, which will house its current Al Hamra students. The Al Hamra campus, which has been the home of BISR for the last 25 years, will be renovated to the standard of new campuses and re-opened as a primary school in September 2024. Additionally, BISR will open a new BAE school – Al Saqr in the Al Majma’ah region.

Approximately 50% of students are British passport holders with over 90 different nationalities represented across the school. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and as a British School Overseas (BSO). BISR is also a member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME), the Association of British Schools Overseas (AoBSO), the Heads Conference (HMC), and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

The school follows the English curriculum, greatly enriched by the local and international context. Learning is holistic, supported by a broad co-curricular programme, encompassing extra-curricular activities, house events, student leadership, service learning, and residential trips. Strong pastoral care supports student well-being.