Admissions

Advice for Prospective Parents

So you are thinking of making an application to BISR?

The BISR is at the heart of the British Community in Riyadh, providing education to some 1600 boys and girls, the majority of which are British. However, before you join our community, it is very important to consider the impact on children before making the move to Saudi as in some instances, a transfer of the children is unwise and detrimental to their long-term education. BISR offers a holistic education in mixed gender classes. Students are expected to do swimming and PE, as well as creative arts courses including music, art and drama.

If your child has received learning support it is essential that you contact the school before you sign a contract with a prospective employer or agree to take up employment. At BISR we have a very strong Learning Support department, but we can only cater to moderate special needs. Some of our students receive help each day for a limited period while some are admitted on the understanding of an agreement that the child has an Individual Support Assistant (ISA) throughout their stay at BISR. However, we only have a limited number of ISAs and if all are allocated, and we cannot make the provision, we will not accept the child into the school.

There are other very good schools in Riyadh, but for children of families wanting to continue a British style education choice is restricted to BISR so if your child has severe learning difficulties it is best to stay in the UK where a full range of support services are available external to the school. Please be honest on the application form – far too many families have ignored school advice and brought children out assuming they will be accommodated. This ends in disappointment and heartache, and in many cases has impacted very negatively on family unity. Please do what is best for your child.

The decision whether or not to accept a child will be based on information contained in the application form, reports from a child’s previous school plus on-line assessments. We reserve the right to contact the child’s current school for confidential verbal references.

If your child is part way through GCSE or A Level course it is unwise to move unless they will be continuing with the same syllabuses. Again, it is very, very important to contact the school and seek advice from the Head of Senior. In some instances, it will not be possible for students to continue with the same subjects as classes may be full, or subjects may clash on the school timetable. Schools construct timetables based on student demand for subjects so what is possible in one school may not be possible in another. A further problem is syllabuses followed at BISR (AQA, EdExcel and CIE) may be very different from those that the student has followed in the UK. There are very good independent and state boarding schools in the UK which should be considered as an option if a move to Saudi is a possibility.

The syllabuses followed at BISR are:

GCSE Syllabuses
Subject
Board
Code
Arabic
Edexcel
2AR01
Art & Design
Edexcel
2AD01
Design & Technology Graphic Products
Edexcel
2GR01
Mathematics A
Edexcel
1MA01
Music
Edexcel
2MU01
Physical Education
Edexcel
2PE01
Additional Science M
AQA
4608
Biology M
AQA
4601
Chemistry M
AQA
4602
Geography A
AQA
9032
Physics M
AQA
4603
Science M
AQA
4605
Arabic
CIE
0544
First language Arabic
CIE
0508
Business Studies
CIE
0450
Computer Studies
CIE
0420
Drama
CIE
0411
First Language English
CIE
0500
French
CIE
0520
History
CIE
0470
Literature (English)
CIE
0486
Spanish
CIE
0530
AS Syllabuses
Subject
Board
Code
Arabic
Edexcel
9AR01
Art & Design, Art, Craft & Design
Edexcel
9AD01
Geography
Edexcel
9GE01
Mathematics
Edexcel
9371
Biology
AQA
2411
Chemistry
AQA
2421
History
AQA
2041
English Language and Literature A
AQA
2721
Physics A
AQA
2451
French
AQA
2651
Business Studies
CIE
9701
Computer Studies
CIE
9691
Economics
CIE
9708
Psychology
CIE
9698
A2 Syllabuses
Subject
Board
Code
Arabic
Edexcel
8AR01
Art & Design, Art, Craft & Design
Edexcel
8AD01
Geography
Edexcel
8GE01
Mathematics
Edexcel
8371
Human Biology
AQA
1406
History
AQA
1041
Chemistry
AQA
1421
Physics A
AQA
1451
English Language and Literature A
AQA
1721
Business Studies
CIE
9701
Computer Studies
CIE
9691
Economics
CIE
9708
Psychology
CIE
9698