British International School, Riyadh

British International School Riyadh (BISR)

Coordinates24°47′28″N 46°43′47″E / 24.79111°N 46.72972°E / 24.79111; 46.72972Coordinates: 24°47′28″N 46°43′47″E / 24.79111°N 46.72972°E / 24.79111; 46.72972
ChairpersonAndy Inglis[1]
PrincipalHelen Olds
Enrollment1450+ [2]

British International School Riyadh (BISR) is an international co-educational school located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It caters to English-speaking boys and girls aged 3–18 and follows the National Curriculum of the United Kingdom.

BISR is a five campus, not-for-profit school.


The school was established in 1979, with the support of the British and Dutch Embassies to meet the educational needs of the growing expatriate community. In March 1981, it was endorsed and incorporated into the Saudi Arabian International Schools under arrangements made by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education.

The school started with just 212 pupils who were taught in a large villa. Due to its popularity, it expanded rapidly and in 1982 moved to a new site in the city's Rawdah district. By September 1995, a larger campus was necessary and new school buildings were built in the south-eastern corner of the Al Hamra Compound, near Exit 9 of the Airport/Al Kharj Highway.

In 2006, another site was opened in a compound called Salwa. Pupils from the Salwa branch of the school visit the main Al Hamra campus for events such as the school's sports day, and for curriculum and House events. In 2009, a sixth form building was opened. As well as the expected educational facilities, the site houses a Paul café. In September 2020, BISR opened the Diplomatic Quarter Campus, 3586 Alradaef St, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12512 and took over management of Taif and Tabuk Schools. BISR currently has 5 Campuses across the Kingdom, Al Hamra, Diplomatic Quarter, Salwa, Tabuk and Taif.



There are four houses at BISR, each named after a British explorer to Saudi Arabia. They are:


In 2021, 98% of GCSE exams resulted in A* to C grades, 61% resulted in A* or A grades.

In 2021, 97% of A Level exams resulted in A* to C grades, 57% resulted in A* to A grades.[4][5]

This school is accredited by CIS, WASC and Penta.[6]


There are many school trips such as Thumamah, Tabuk, Dharan, Taif, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, China, Wales, UN Meetings, Microsoft offices and many more.

See also


  1. ^ "Governance - British International School Riyadh". Retrieved 13 December 2021.
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  3. ^ "British International School Riyadh". Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
  4. ^ "British International School Riyadh". Archived from the original on 17 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
  5. ^ "British International School results". Archived from the original on 11 August 2013.
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External links

  • Official website
  • British International School, Riyadh on Facebook
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