British International School Abu Dhabi

The British International School Abu Dhabi is an international school in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi Education council (ADEC) has rated BIS Abu Dhabi as a Band A, Very Good High Performing School. The school was established in September 2009 and currently has over 1700 students from over 70 different nationalities.[1][2][3]

The British International School, Abu Dhabi
The British International School, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
MottoBe Ambitious
EstablishedSeptember 2009
Head teacherPatrick Horne

The British International School, Abu Dhabi is part of the Nord Anglia Education Group. The International Schools division of Nord Anglia Education provides British education for children between the ages of 2 and 18 years old in 55 international schools with over 50,000 students. Nord Anglia International School Dubai is a sister school, located some 130 km away in the city of Dubai, UAE.

The school offers education of the English National Curriculum for students from FS1 - Year 11, and the IB Diploma Programme for Year 12 and Year 13.


Founded in 1972, Nord Anglia Education's schools are located in North America, Middle East, Asia and Europe. These schools are currently home to over 50,000 students between the ages of 2 and 18 years. Schools of Nord Anglia Education follow the English National Curriculum which is adapted to fit the needs and culture of different regions. They also offer the International Baccalaureate, IGCSE's and in some places, A Levels, the French Baccalaureate and the Swiss Maturité.


The school follows the English National Curriculum from the Early Years up to Year 11 and then follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) for Year 12 and 13. This approach is structured as follows:

1. Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – Nursery (FS1) and FS2 (ages 3 to 5)

2. Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 7)

3. Key Stage 2 – Years 3 to 6 (ages 7 to 11)

4. Key Stage 3 – Years 7 to 9 (ages 11 to 14)

5. Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11 (ages 14 to 16)

6. IB Diploma Programme – Years 12 and 13 (ages 16 to 18)


The British International School Abu Dhabi is a co-educational, non-selective school. Upon application, each child’s educational history will be considered individually and they may be invited for an assessment in order to determine in which year they should be placed.

Beyond the classroom

The school offers opportunities to participate in Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs).

Parents are actively involved in the school community, with class parents holding many events and social gatherings over the course of the year.


Two swimming pools, dedicated IB Academy for senior students, dance and drama studios and 3 contemporary music suites. Primary and secondary libraries, science labs, playing courts and outdoor spaces and playing fields, On-site coffee shop for senior students and parents, multi-purpose hall that can be used for basketball, volleyball, tennis, and other sports, as well as a large gym sized 150m^2


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  3. "British International School of Abu Dhabi (BISAD)". Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
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