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  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha

Admissions

Mrs Lara Kirkpatrick,
Registrar

School Tours

General group school tours are held on Sundays and Mondays at 10 a.m. during our normal school term. Please note that we do not hold tours on the first and last week of the term. Click here to check our term dates. Unfortunately there will be no school tours on the following dates: 29th October and 30th October 2017. You do not need to book, just come and check in at the front desk. We are sorry that we are unable to schedule private tours.

Change of Year Group Names

Please note that as of September 2016, Preschool will be known as Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) and Reception will be known as Foundation Stage 2 (FS2).

Assessment Charter

DESS operates all Admissions under it’s Assessment Charter (icon Admission Assessment Charter 2016-2017)

Academic Year September 2017 - 2018 are as follows:

Foundation Stage 1 (Preschool) - Applications from British passport holders only now being taken to join our waitlist. (DOB 1 Sept 2013 - 31 Aug 2014)
Foundation Stage 2 (Reception) - Applications from British passport holders only now being taken to join our waitlist. (DOB 1 Sept 2012 - 31 Aug 2013)
Year 1 - Applications from British passport holders only now being taken to join our waitlist. (DOB 1 Sept 2011 - 31 Aug 2012)
Year 2 - Applications now being taken to join our waitlist. (DOB 1 Sept 2010 - 31 Aug 2011)
Year 3 - Applications now being taken to join our waitlist.(DOB 1 Sept 2009 - 31 Aug 2010)
Year 4 - Limited seats available. (DOB 1 Sept 2008 - 31 Aug 2009)
Year 5 - Applications now being taken to join our waitlist. (DOB 1 Sept 2007 - 31 Aug 2008)
Year 6 - Limited seats available. (DOB 1 Sept 2006 - 31 Aug 2007)
Currently we are unable to offer classes beyond Year 6.

Please note:

  • Applications will be reviewed and assessments will be carried out at the school’s discretion.
  • We do not accept children “Out of Year Group” therefore their designated Year Group should always correlate with the dates of birth as shown above regardless of which country/curriculum they are moving from.
  • Our Waitlists are automatically rolled over on an annual basis therefore, if the Year Group you require is shown as 'closed' for Academic Year 2017 -18, the Waitlist for the next Year Group will also be closed for Academic Year 2018-19. eg:"Year 1 - Academic Year September 2017-2018 Closed" also means that when this Year Group becomes Year 2 for Academic Year September 2018-2019, the Waitlist is also closed.
  • If the Year Group you require has a CLOSED waitlist, we will not accept your application

Corporate Sponsorship:

DESS have a number of options for Corporate sponsored school places available. If you or your organisation are interested in speaking to someone regarding these options, please contact Rhiannon O’Neill on +974 3025 5652 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Foundation Stage 1 Applications for Academic Year 2018/19:

Foundation Stage 1 2018/19 Sibling Applications (DOB 1 Sept 2014 - 31 Aug 2015): Applications will open (for one week only) between 12th and 19th October 2017.

Foundation Stage 1 2018/19 Non-Sibling Applications (DOB 1 Sept 2014 - 31 Aug 2015): Applications will open (for five days only) between 26th and 30th November 2017.

Foundation Stage 1 Assessments - Important Dates for Your Diary:

All Foundation Stage 1 Sibling Assessments will be carried out at DESS on Sunday, 14th January 2018. Unfortunately no alternative dates can be offered. Please note that siblings must meet the assessment eligibility criteria and are not guaranteed admission to DESS.

All Foundation Stage 1 Non-Sibling Assessments will be carried out at DESS on Sunday, 28th January 2018. Unfortunately no alternative dates can be offered. Please note that applications will be reviewed and assessments carried out at the discretion of the school.

Academic Year 2017/18

Children coming from abroad: Please be aware that the Ministry of Education (MOE) has confirmed that their initial cut-off date for registration of all new children for academic year 2017/18, coming from abroad, is the 15th October 2017. We have been advised by the MOE that parents of children entering school after the 15th October 2017, will require special permission from the MOE Private Schools Office (MOE, 11th Floor, Al Dafna, Doha, Qatar) in order for their child to be registered with DESS. DESS, like all schools in Qatar, cannot register any new children, starting in school after the 15th October 2017, without written permission from the MOE; this permission is required before we can allow your child to start school. Please note: this permission will not normally be given by the MOE before your child’s Qatari Residency Visa has been issued. DESS reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place if the applicant is not in possession of Qatar Residence Permit prior to the start date detailed above.

Priority Placement: Year 1 to 6 : The Headteacher and Board of Governors reserve the right to give a child priority when on the waitlist if they demonstrate excellence within their academic achievement. Excellence is defined as achieving standards within the top 10% of their peers. (Please refer to Section 2.4 of the icon Foundation Stage 2 - Year 6 Admissions Policy). If you wish your child to be considered for a priority placement, please contact our Registrar. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

All children must be in possession of a valid Qatari Residency Permit before starting school in Qatar.

Admissions Procedure

Please ensure you have read the Admissions Policy in full.
(icon Foundation Stage 2 - Year 6 Admissions Policy) (icon Foundation Stage 1 Admissions Policy )

Part 1: Please download and complete our application/registration form and email it to our Registrar with the following documents:
Completed and signed DESS Student Application/Registration Form
Copy of your child's Passport
Copy of your child's Qatar Residence Visa (if available)
If a Qatar Residence Visa is not available, a Company Family Sponsorship letter will be required to guarantee that a family residence visa will be forth-coming
Copy of child's father/sponsor Qatar ID Card and Passport
Copy of your child’s latest full End of Year School Report (and interim report if available)
Year 1 - Year 6 pupils only - completed DESS Progress Report Click on Link : ( icon Progress Report Form ) to be completed by current school attended by your child; including your child's latest National Curriculum Test (NCT) levels.
For FS1 and FS2 applications - if you child has attended a Nursery, a Nursery School Report/reference will be required.

Important - Foundation Stage 1 Applicants

All FS1 applicants must also provide the following information on application:

Completed and signed Parents' Foundation Stage 1 Questionnaire.
Two recent passport size photographs. On initial application please provide a scanned photograph. If your child is offered an assessment, you can hand in two photographs (with their name printed on the reverse) to the DESS Reception on the day of the assessment.

Application Forms

In order to process your application, please email ALL of the required supporting documents (part 1) to us together to ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Incomplete applications will not be accepted for processing.

(icon Application/Registration Form)

(icon Parents' Foundation Stage 1 Questionnaire)

(icon Company Family Sponsorship Letter Template )

Part 2: After successful completion of Part 1, our Registrar will contact you at a later date to request for the following support documents in electronic format:
Completed and signed DESS Student Health Form
Copy of your child’s immunisation records
Two recent passport size photographs
Copy of your child’s latest interim report to support your application

All Applications should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you have a query regarding your application, please contact our Registrar, Lara Kirkpatrick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please note:

1. Please set your privacy settings to include emails from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2. Total size of email attachments should not exceed 5MB.

3. Do not hand deliver or post hard copies of documentation. Only electronic application forms and attachments will be accepted.

4. You will receive a confirmation email from the Registrar once Part 1 of our application process is received and processed; please check with the Registrar if you have not received this within three working days.