King’s College, a 135-year-old prestigious boarding school from the UK, is to open King’s College, Doha (KCD), a British international school, for children aged 3 to 11 years in September this year.
The announcement was made at a ceremony at the British embassy.
The Supreme Education Council of Qatar has recognised King’s College as an “outstanding school” and admissions for the academic year 2016/17 are now open to pupils between the ages of 3 and 8 (UK Curriculum Pre-School through to Year 4).
British ambassador Ajay Sharma hosted the launch with KCD sponsor and chairman Sheikh Mansoor bin Jassim bin Thani al-Thani, Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s Private School Affairs Institute assistant director Aysha al-Hashemi, KCD headmaster Nicholas Gunn and his counterpart from the UK, Justin Chippendale.
Ambassador Sharma said: "A British education is seen as among one of the best in the world and I am pleased to be able to support the opening of a great British school here in Doha. “
Sheikh Mansoor said KCD will offer an environment that encourages all children to be understanding and tolerant of others, whilst developing the self-confidence to be a creative and responsible member of society.
The school’s daily programme of activities, based on the King’s British curriculum, will be delivered by highly qualified, UK-trained teachers and highly skilled teachers of Arabic and Islamic studies.
Children at KCD will also be offered a wide range of co-curricular activities - including music, sport, art, design, drama, English language learning, technology and communications.
Specialist subject teachers rather than general form teachers will provide core subject teaching from as early as Year 3 and for all subjects from Year 5.
KCD is located between Najma Street and the E Ring Road in Al Thumama. The buildings are being "totally transformed to create a contemporary, bright and inspirational teaching and learning environment. KCD upon completion will house some of the finest kindergarten and primary school facilities in Qatar."
British ambassador Sharma, Sheikh Mansoor bin Jassim bin Thani al-Thani, Aysha al-Hashemi, Nicholas Gunn and Justin Chippendale at the launch ceremony of KCD.