In the summer of 1994, George Hawkins took on the roles of Consultant and Headteacher for what would become the British School of Bahrain. At that point, the school had no students, and Mr. Hawkins had the daunting task of convincing parents in Bahrain to enroll their children in our new school. He also had to recruit a team of teachers and lead them in preparing for the school's first term starting in January 1995.
Mr. Hawkins had been given the challenge of ensuring that we had at least 60 students at the outset, and by January, we had exceeded that goal with 90 students. In reality, we began teaching three students, all girls, in December 1994, even though our official start date was not until January 8th. On that day, we opened our doors with seven classes: KG/R, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5/6, and Y7, each with its own teacher. Four of these teachers had been appointed by the Head from the UK, while three were local hires.
Seven months later, our school had grown to include 14 classes spanning Key Stages 1-3. We had two Coordinators (Assistant Heads) overseeing KS1 and KS2/3, in addition to specialist teachers, support staff for students with individual needs, six teacher assistants, and various other team members.
When Mr. Hawkins and some of the staff eventually returned to the UK, our school had more than 200 students from over 40 different countries and a staff representing five different continents. The dedication and hard work of the initial team laid the strong foundations for the successful school we have today, 27 years later.