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3.5 from 12 reviews
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About British International School Riyadh (BISR)


The British International School Riyadh is at the heart of the British Community in Riyadh, providing education to some 1500 boys and girls.

We have 55 nationalities in the school and prepare our students for life in a complex and interdependent world.

BISR is an extremely well-regarded not-for-profit, five-campus, co-educational school in the Middle East, catering for students aged 3-18, providing high quality education to the expatriate community since 1979. We, the students, parents, teachers and community of BISR, provide a caring, safe and stimulating environment where we strive to make every student feel valued, happy and successful.

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Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 18

Max Class Size

Unknown

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12 Reviews of British International School Riyadh (BISR)

Average Ratings

Overall 3.50
Facilities 2.29
Academics 2.14
Teachers 3.14
Sports 2.86
Music & Arts 1.86
Science & Tech 2.43

Reviewer Nationalities

Danish (1) Australian (1) Zimbabwean (1) British (3) Canadian (1)

How would you rate British International School Riyadh (BISR)?

Emma, 17/02/2022 @ 16:21:58
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The school exists purely for teachers to make money. As recruitment and retention is so difficult in the country teachers definitely come first - so great if you're a teacher, less so as a student or family who come a definite second. While many of the teachers are genuinely nice people the attitude of the school is very much that they have a captive audience so they can charge and act how they wish, and any British/English speaking children are used to market the school and help other nationalities.

Simon, 04/02/2022 @ 11:33:10
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Old overcrowded campus and expensive fees.

Mike, 22/01/2022 @ 06:08:51
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The good teachers make this school but turnover is high. The previous Head Teacher was visibly involved in the school but since the new Head arrived the school has lost its core focus and been diluted by grand plans and expansions to other campuses. Management have a very attitude and exclude parents, who should be partners in education. March 2020 till very recently , children had to work online . Yes there is a pandemic but not offering fee reduction was very poor. Returning to school after almost 2 years to same dirty old campus and cramped classes. Where did the money go ?

Ari, 21/01/2022 @ 09:20:22
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The schools vision is unclear and there is poor communication about finances and strategic plans. The fees are higher than other much more well regarded schools in the region. What is the most telling is many teachers and board members educate their own children elsewhere, the Principal of the school is unmarried and childless and the new Head of Primary has arrived without his family. Not really "doing it for the kids " in my opinion.

Jonas , 20/01/2022 @ 03:41:48
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The receptionist and admissions officer could not have made me feel less welcome. I understand the school has a very good educational reputation but my decision to move my family to Riyadh was reversed upon dealing with these people. My company advised that this school prioritises British Citizens but the admissions officer said not necessarily and offered little to make me feel my children would be accepted and welcomed in the school.

SHAHID, 03/04/2021 @ 19:08:47
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We had a good time for our 2 kids (Year 3 and Year 1) at BISR. At this stage, academics are very important as this is the age group when the base needs to be strong for the kids. Relationship between teacher and students is stronger when the interaction is live in class. However, COVID-19 had a negative impact on the overall learning of the kids and the online schooling put lot of undue pressure on the parents who had to juggle with all the kids at home, working from home while the high tuition fees continued to play havoc with the parents. School board did not want to offer any fee discounts other than one month deferral for paying 50% of the fees. While noting the aforementioned, I must admit that teachers are of good quality and they pay good attention to the kids. I want to remain impartial in general and must say the school is good. Final note that there are not many good schools in Riyadh and options are limited. Either you have the high end schools with exorbitant fees touching the skies or you have low level schools with no education standards. Hence, you are left with limited options.

Paul, 24/03/2021 @ 07:32:08
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Great school with excellent teachers.

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Abbie Senn, 2 months ago


The school is really good. The teachers are really friendly and very fun. Lovely classes and a great experience for me. Excited to come back and see my friends.

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Abbie Senn, 2 months ago


The school is really good. The teachers are really friendly and very fun. Lovely classes and a great experience for me. Excited to come back and see my friends.

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Hamza Shekhani, a month ago


My best 10 years spent in this school

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Alex, 4 months ago


From years R-8, this school is fine. But after that, it's time to take your qualifications seriously and move your final years of education elsewhere. In the nine years that I was here, the education superseded the schools in England. Some teachers lack interpersonal skills and act like machines. I still remember all of their names and the dumb things they did, like give me a detention for mistakes they've made but were unwilling to admit it. However, returning to England made me realise how much worse it is there. I was in all the middle sets at BISR, but when I returned home I was suddenly the smartest kid in the year. This school takes bullying a lot more seriously than other schools, except when the teachers do it themselves. From my experience, they handled bullying. But false accusations are also taken seriously, some students in my time picked up on it and would do this to others. There's also students and teachers who shouldn't be here; a handful of lowlives from around the world attend this school; British, Arabic, Australian, whatever. You're forced to take part in sports days and swimming galas. Waste of a school day, why shouldn't I be absent from these? I'd have been more productive staying at home.

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Steve Milicent, 6 months ago


My son got beaten up on the third day of school by a few bullies, he says he didn’t do anything to them. He also complained about the teachers being late and sometimes not even attending lessons. When I tried addressing the issues with the principal, he kept on making excuses like I am not available because of this or that etc. As soon as the first semester ended, I moved him to AIS-R. My son says he is much more happy there.

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