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Posted On: 29 June 2009 10:33 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Sherborne Qatar ‘is more than half full’

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Sherborne Qatar, the new international school due to open at its west Nasiriyah location on September 27, is “well over half full” as testing of prospective students continues daily, according to Elaine Stallard, joint project director. The school is targeting an initial intake of 340 co-ed students from Reception through to Year 6 and will phase in classes catering for older students over the next few years that will offer IGCSEs, A Levels and the International Baccalaureate. All pupils will be taught the English National Curriculum. “We have about a dozen different nationalities already and the response from Qataris has been good,” Stallard said yesterday. “We will continue to be available for testing of outstanding students until we open and we will have a waiting list like other international schools in Doha.” English will be the primary language with Arabic compulsory and a decision has been made to teach French in all years as well, she added. Richard Hodder-Williams, chairman of Sherborne governors at the prestigious public school in Dorset, England, told Gulf Times: “Recruitment of staff has been absolutely amazing. We advertised in March and had 400 applications for 22 posts. All have experience of the English system and some have experience teaching overseas and especially in the Middle East.” Sherborne School originated in 705 and in 1550 it was given its Coat of Arms under a royal charter granted by Edward VI. Sherborne Qatar is an initiative of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmad bin Abdullah al-Thani.