British International School Riyadh

Saudi Arabia

Location: Saudi Arabia
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 3 - 18 years

About British International School Riyadh

BISR was established in 1979. It is a not for profit school with 1500 students and 122 teachers from 15 different nationalities. The school is a member of the Council of International schools and The British Schools of the Middle East. Approximately 50% of the students are British passport holders the rest come from 50 different countries. The school has an excellent reputation and is considered by many as a ‘flagship’ within international schools in the region. 

What do we think makes our school special?

  • A British education is respected world-wide.
  • We are academically successful with proven examination success at IGCSE and A-level.
  • The behaviour of our students is excellent – a feature regularly commented on by visitors.
  • We enjoy high levels of parent satisfaction.
  • Individual student and staff successes are recognised, rewarded and celebrated.
  • We offer a vast range of extra-curricular activities.
  • We focus on the all-round development of each child as a global citizen.
  • Our students develop as life-long learners.
  • Traditional values and good manners are reinforced.
  • BISR students feel proud of themselves and their school.
  • We have an international mix of students from more than 55 Countries.
  • We invest in our staff. At any one time there are usually several teachers attending courses in any part of the world.
  • We are reflective. Recently we have gone through both the CIS Accreditation process and a Penta (British Standards Overseas) inspection. The feedback from both was outstanding.

Teaching at BISR

Ideally, we would like to appoint teachers with UK and/or international  experience and an understanding of the place of British schools in the international context, but do not be prevented from applying if you do not necessarily have international or British curriculum experience.

We have a wonderful community here at BISR. Our students are highly motivated and a pleasure to interact with every day. Our staff are committed and know how to have fun.   However, although the package is generally regarded as generous, we are not interested in people who only want to join us because of the money.

We want passionate educators, who wish to work extremely hard to make BISR the best British-style school in the region, and a genuine contender for the status of flagship British School worldwide.  We expect all teachers to offer an extra-curricular activity and also to contribute to the House programme.

Sadly, female teachers are not able to sponsor their husbands.   This means that any married female teacher who applies as an overseas hire, whom has a husband who is not a teacher, will need to come out alone. They would be able to apply for a multi-visit visa (up to two years) and be able to stay for up to 90 days at any one time, then exit and return again.

This does not apply for teaching couples employed by the school, both of who enjoy school sponsorship.  In fact, we welcome applications from teaching couples.

In addition, for male teachers with a non-working wife and/or dependants, we will be able to secure visas for your wives and children, but this can take up to two months after your arrival.  This means that you will need to come out initially on your own, and when your own residence permit is issued (iqama), we then start the visa process for your families. This can take up to two months, and so, if relevant, you need to consider when you take your children out of their current school as they may not be with us until the end of October.

The Curriculum at BISR

The academic programme is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum of England. In the senior section we offer IGCSEs, and A-levels. Although we are essentially an English national curriculum school, our international context allows us to adapt our curriculum to include examples of good practice gleaned from other successful and highly regarded curricula and we are particularly keen to appoint a person who is innovative in the delivery of the National Curriculum and appreciates the opportunities that our location provides.

BISR is well prepared to cater to the academic and social needs of internationally mobile students and encourages all students to constantly challenge themselves. Our teachers nurture students who are intellectually curious, creative, respectful, caring and discerning young adults, conscious of their responsibility to the community and their environment.Parents are encouraged to work in partnership with the school and support its drive towards excellence.

The school is set up as a not-for-profit entity and is a member of The British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). For further information on this please visit

For more detailed information about the school, please visit our website


Address: P.O Box 85769, Riyadh, 11612, Saudi Arabia
Telephone: +966 11 248 2387
Positions available at British International School Riyadh