AoBSO (Association of British Schools Overseas) is a not-for-profit membership organisation of British Schools Overseas, which strives to connect the best in educational thinking and practices in British Schools Overseas around the world. British Schools Overseas (BSOs) have been inspected under the Ofsted quality-assured, DfE-recognised BSO regulations, which are based on the standards used to inspect British Independent schools in the UK.
Accreditations and Affiliations
As part of our ongoing commitment to excel and constantly deliver on our vision, Doha College actively seeks accreditation from a number of independent educational bodies, who assess and inspect the quality of teaching and learning, and the standards of management and leadership, providing formal reports on their findings.
Accreditations and affiliations re-enforce the positive impact and quality of a Doha College education and provide an assurance to parents that all our students are given the best education possible in line with our motto ‘Excellence for All, Excellence from All. It also allows for areas of improvement to be highlighted and targeted.
Doha College won the International Impact Award at the British International School of the Year awards 2017, in recognition of the impact the school's work had on environmental issues in the field of education in Qatar.
Doha College was the first school in the MENA region to receive a Green Flag under the Foundation for Environmental Education's (FEE) international programme.
British Schools in the Middle East provides a quality-assured network of schools helping Heads and Teachers share best practice and keep abreast of the latest educational developments. BSME runs its own Accreditation System, Annual Headteachers' Conferences, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme of over 100 courses per year and a range of inter school sports, music, arts and other events.
A voluntary inspection scheme for overseas schools run by the British Government that ensures schools provide their pupils with the skills and qualifications they need to enter or re-enter the British education system. The scheme helps to inform parents of how the standards in these schools measure up against the standards that apply to independent schools in England.
In 2019 the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) announced Doha College as one of its first-ever cohort of COBIS Training Schools, launched as part of its ongoing strategic work to support schools with the current teacher supply challenge, both in the UK and overseas.
Doha College was the first school in Qatar to be awarded COBIS’ Patron’s Accreditation in 2017, and in May 2019 was also selected to become one of 11 COBIS training schools across the globe.
As a global organisation, CIS helps schools access new international educational practices, gain recognition for accomplishments, attract qualified staff, facilitate student connections with leading universities around the world, and provide a quality international education experience to students and parents.
CIS International Certification is a process that leads to institutional change and school improvement, sharing and further developing the outcomes of a school’s work through a purposeful, collaborative network of diverse schools. Within the school, the process is characterised by project work that engages the whole school community in meaningful dialogue about the meaning of internationalism. At the same time, International Certification is designed to foster mutual support, communication, and collaboration between CIS Member Schools undertaking the process at the same time, so that schools can benefit from the strengths of the CIS community, share leading practices, and learn from each other’s unique communities and contexts.
The International Award is an exciting self-development programme available to all young people worldwide, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and their world. To date almost 5 million young people from over 110 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is among the school’s largest extra-curricular activities, with nearly 200 students taking part in the three award levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold. With a dedicated team of staff volunteering their time, students have the opportunity to really put themselves out of their “comfort zone”. This is done by undertaking Adventurous Journeys (AJs) and acquiring new skills and experiences through other sections of the Award: Service, Physical Activity, Skills and a Residential Project (Gold only). All these go towards developing a varied skillset of those participants who complete the Award.
Doha College is the first school in Qatar to be awarded the Green Flag status back in 2016. The Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), who act as national operator for the Eco Schools Programme in Qatar, confirmed in June 2020 that Doha College secondary school has been successfully accredited with their third Green Flag award.
Doha College is one of the first pioneering High Performance Learning (HPL) schools in the world. Introducing HPL to Doha College has allowed for development of students’ confidence and intellect, and has simultaneously empowered them to make a contribution to the global society. Doha College is the first ever school in the world to be accredited with the HPL Award in June 2018.
Already a shining beacon of outstanding education in Qatar, Doha College then received the highly prestigious distinction of being the first ever to be awarded the status of HPL World Class Award School in 2019.
Doha College became a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, a renowned organisation of the world's leading preparatory schools, in 2019. Christopher King, Chief Executive of IAPS, said "Although each of our schools is independent and has its own ethos, they are all committed to delivering an excellent, well-rounded education to the pupils in their care. We are very pleased to welcome Doha College as a new member,”
HMC (the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference) is a professional Association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools.
HMC independent schools are internationally recognised as the world’s highest achieving schools. HMC is a kite mark of global quality, innovation and excellence in education.