Doha College, one of the oldest international schools in Qatar, has recently undergone an inspection from the British School Overseas (BSO) organisation. The accrediting body ensures that schools meet all the rigorous standards required to be recognised by the British Department for Education.

Celebrating its 40th year in Qatar, Doha College excelled in every category, and received ‘outstanding’ grades across the board. Assessment areas included quality of education (curriculum, teaching and assessment); the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils; the welfare, health and safety of pupils; suitability of staff; handling of complaints; and the leadership and management of the school.

The inspectors visited 73 lessons and held 38 meetings with governors, senior leaders, staff and parents. Observations were completed on student arrivals and departures from school, assemblies, tutorial times and break times, in addition to all phases of the school at work.

In the final report, which has just been received by the College, it stated the following about its Early Years Foundation Stage:

Outstanding provision ensures that all of the children get off to a flying start. Teachers plan imaginative and vibrant activities which motivate children and enable them to learn successfully. They successfully develop children’s early skills, enabling them to think critically and solve problems.

The inspectors were equally impressed by the secondary school, which elicited this observation:

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding. High-quality teaching based on in-depth subject knowledge ensures that pupils make excellent progress. Teachers are passionate about their work and do their utmost to help pupils to succeed academically and in all areas of their life. They know their pupils extremely well and set high expectations for them. 

Doha College Principal Dr Steffen Sommer
Doha College Principal Dr Steffen Sommer

Doha College was thrilled to receive such recognition of their work, particularly in the year that they move to their new state-of-the-art, purpose-built campus in September 2020. Doha College Principal, Dr Steffen Sommer, shared his delight with the inspection result.

Having received the final report from the Education Development Trust (EDT, mandated by Ofsted), our BSO inspectorate, I am delighted with this most outstanding achievement. Our students are exceptionally well-looked after, and they make outstanding progress in all areas.

They are socially aware and well skilled in intercultural communication and, what is more, they are open-minded, can-do people who solve problems resourcefully and with alacrity. They love being challenged, and they know that they are being rewarded for their efforts and that they are fairly treated, both when things go well and when they do not.

Dr Sommer said that receiving the verdict ‘Outstanding’ rating in every category of the inspection is a true testament of the veracity of Excellence for All, Excellence from All, the motto at the very heart of the school’s educational triangle within which parents, students and staff play their distinctive part.


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