Welcome from the Head of Secondary

Welcome to all of our new and existing students, families and staff to what promises to be an exciting year full of new academic experiences and challenges, and personal development.

The first day after the long summer break is always an exciting one for students and staff catching up on various holiday stories. On Sunday, the Secondary School students were introduced to this year’s priorities which can be easily remembered as our ‘ABCDE’.

A is for Ambition- our desire to achieve success

B is for Belief- our confidence that something is possible

C is for Challenge- our making demands on ourselves to improve

D is for Determination- our resolve to achieve our goals

E is for Examination Success- what those who follow our A-D deserve to achieve.

We can, and should, take our A-D into a broader arena, and we would like to see our students take full advantage of all of the opportunities available to them through our extensive Co-Curricular Activities programme. I ask for parental support in encouraging all students to take part in at least 1 CCA per week- obviously the more the better. Research has shown a direct, positive correlation between taking a full and active involvement in school life and academic success.

Of course, as John Donne wrote “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main” and only through an effective home-school partnership, constant dialogue and sheer hard work (by our students!) can we ensure that our young people achieve success!

External Examination Results

It is widely known that the highly regarded International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is the most challenging, yet rewarding, post-16 course in the world. This year we are proud and really pleased that our students again rose to the IBDP challenge; eighteen have achieved their desired undergraduate places, two are retaking, one is taking a GAP year and one is entering the Australian Air Force. We have students studying across the world from the UK to Canada to the USA. We look forward to hearing of our alumni’s future successes.

At GCSE level, BIS Abu Dhabi  students performed very well having made excellent progress such that our results have improved even further on last year’s! A third of all results were at grades A* and A (50% higher than the UK National Average), with the vast majority of students achieving 5A* to A grades including Maths and English (30% above the UK National average). Worthy of particular note are Liam Mulligan (9A*, 1 A) and Shady Yassan (7A*, 2A) who achieved highly amongst our wholly inclusive cohort, many of whom operate on a daily basis in their second, or sometimes third language. Well done to all of our students and we wish them well in your IB Diploma Programme choices.

On a personal note, I am very excited to be leading the Secondary School in the next stage of its development and to working with students, parents and staff to achieve, no doubt, greater successes, both academic and co-curricular, and look forward to meeting as many parents as possible during the term ahead.