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Posted On: 9 September 2018 02:12 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:19 pm

Outstanding opportunities for new year 12’s at Doha British School

Khadiza Begum
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Want to ensure that your child achieves their full academic, social and personal potential? Then look no further than Doha British School (DBS), where the highly skilled and dedicated staff are completely committed to bringing out the very best in their pupils.

Your children will benefit from Doha British School’s most unique feature – a challenging, positive and enriching environment that promotes the highest standards of both learning and character development.

As Qatar schools start the new academic year, Doha British School’s Ain Khaled campus will welcome all Year 12 students into the Sixth Form, offering many new and exciting opportunities to learn. This year’s cohort can study either a 2 year IB Diploma Programme or a 1 year International AS Levels course, both of which provide strong foundations for further academic progress at universities in Qatar, the UK and around the globe.

Doha British School has been authorised to offer the IB Diploma Programme since September 2010, with a commitment to high quality challenging international education shaping that original decision to offer this particular course to students over the age of 16. Year upon year, exam results at Doha British School are constantly improving, and this year was no exception. Over the summer, IB graduate post-16 Tharienee Pillai made DBS history, scoring the highest result ever for her IB Diploma – an incredible 44 out of 45! Tharienee started at DBS in Year 7 and, during her school career, she was elected Head Girl, received a special prize for her inter-school medical conference presentation, and participated in the Pi Day Maths Competition at Carnegie Mellon University.

Tharienee Pillai
Tharienee Pillai

I have developed as a person because the teachers have always encouraged me - they take you beyond what you think you are capable of. I want to study chemistry or biology with a view to going into pharmacology, which I wouldn’t have really thought about if it weren’t for an opportunity DBS secured for me to present at a medical conference. The teachers and career counsellors really do help to prepare us for our future beyond DBS.” – said Tharienee Pillai about her years at DBS.

This year DBS has a new Head of Sixth Form – Mrs Kerry Walton - who is extremely committed to her role and highly motivated to support students in realising their personal and academic ambitions. Sixth Form students wear business attire, participate in the wider school life with fantastic extracurricular activities and trips, and have access to their own canteen and dedicated Sixth Form Common Room.

The class of 2018 have certainly done us proud with their outstanding IB results, exceeding the world average point score, with the DBS average at 30 points. This year brings new and exciting challenges; a new Sixth Form leadership team is in place, Nick Taylor the IB Coordinator will be supporting our year 13 students with their Extended Essay and IB course deadlines, Stephanie Innes-Smith is our CAS Coordinator and will be bringing a vast amount of ideas to the year 12 cohort on their CAS activities, all alongside myself Kerry Walton - the new Head of Sixth Form.

Mrs. Kerry Walton - The Head of DBS Sixth Form

(Mrs. Kerry Walton - The Head of DBS Sixth Form)

The AS curriculum is now in its 3rd year with most subjects now offering the International AS curriculum. For example, AS Arabic had fantastic pass rates last year and I’m sure that this will continue into the future. Well done to the Arabic department! “– said Mrs Kerry Walton, The Head of DBS Sixth Form.

All Sixth Form students are offered university and career guidance during their course. They receive information on how to apply to a variety of international universities and will have the opportunity to meet university representatives both in school and at different fairs around Doha.

Sara Prince, DBS Careers Education and Guidance Counsellor, is looking forward to the new academic year:

This year I have many plans for our Sixth Form students. In addition to continuous one-to-one meetings with all the students, they will also get to experience real working life through internships, volunteer work, career-focused school trips, and virtual and local meetings with professionals from different industries. A variety of university fairs will also take place throughout the year as well as visits from university representatives from all over the world."

IB Diploma students study six subjects - three at standard level and three at a higher level. They must choose a range of subjects, as the objective of the IB is to encourage breadth as well as depth across the curriculum. DBS offers Arabic Language, French, Spanish, Geography, Business, Information Technology in a Global Society, History, Design Technology, Environmental Systems and Societies, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Visual Arts.

Ultimately, here at DBS, the crucial aim is to foster a happy yet stimulated cohort of students. The result of this approach is the emergence of confident, self-assured yet kind and humble young adults who are equipped with the knowledge and experience to embrace and become leaders in an ever-changing world.