Senior School Education in Bahrain

Our Senior School in Bahrain, Hamala offers an environment where students can fully thrive. We guide children in Years 7, 8 and 9 as they take their first few steps into adolescence, and our High School students in Years 10 and 11 are led towards success in their chosen professions and universities.

At our Senior School, students learn in an inspiring and inclusive setting. They gain academic and socio-emotional assistance to help them fully embrace autonomy and receive an exceptional academic curriculum, exemplary extracurricular programmes, and comprehensive pastoral care to support their well-being.

In Lower to Upper Senior School education, our highly experienced educators empower students of all abilities to excel in their endeavours. Students are given the guidance they need to reach their full potential in lessons, examinations, assessments and, most importantly, their lives.

Why Choose our Senior School in Bahrain?

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"Welcome to the British School of Bahrain Senior School. At BSB Senior School we follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales with adaptations to allow for the international nature of our students and the location of our school in the host nation, the Kingdom of Bahrain. Our curriculum is engaging, challenging and enriching, providing the perfect platform for success at University. Our students are extensively prepared for entry to some of the world’s top universities."


Senior School Curriculum

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Lower Senior School Curriculum

Our Senior school offers UK-accredited secondary years education in Years 7, 8, and 9. It is similar to the national curriculum taught in the UK, as the syllabus, learning objectives, and student outcomes are comparable; however, in addition to the core curriculum, we teach subjects that aim to meet the needs of students in our geographical context.

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Lower Senior School Subjects

In Years 7, 8, and 9, students learn the following subjects:

English (including Library time)
French Extra (for non-Arab nationals)
Arabic Extra (for Arab nationals)
Arabic Citizenship (for Arab nationals)
Islamic Studies (for students registered as Muslim)
Religious Education (for students not registered as Muslim)
Physical Education
Personal, Social and Health Education
Art & Design

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Upper Senior School Curriculum

At the Upper Senior School level, students in Years 10 and 11 may choose between the IGCSE, which is an academic option, and the vocational BTEC, which provides a hands-on, practical approach to High School education.

Upper Senior School students may select a combination of subjects from both education systems to form a unique, personalised course. Both pathways are fully accredited to deliver internationally-recognised qualifications and are highly-revered as the most effective Secondary and High School courses in Bahrain. They present a wide range of subjects and offer a breadth of knowledge with fantastic opportunities for global progression.

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Upper Senior School Subjects

At the critical Upper Senior School level, we deliver national and international curriculums that develop critical thinking capability, practical and theoretical knowledge of topics, and additional study skills to give our students the edge when establishing themselves in a broader context. Students must learn a core curriculum and choose other subjects according to their interests. BSB offers one of the largest selections of Senior School subjects, making our curriculum one of the most extensive of any Senior or High School in Bahrain.

In Years 10 and 11, we offer:

English Language
English Literature
Arabic (First Language)
Arabic (Foreign Language)
Art & Design
Physical Education
Sport Science (BTEC)
Religious Studies
Computer Science
Business Studies


Senior School Entrance Requirements

Entry to the Senior School division is selective. As part of the application process, prospective students must submit past school reports along with other key documentation. Those wishing to join our school must also complete entrance assessments to determine their academic competency. Entrance assessments may be completed online under examination conditions at the school's discretion. Prospective Senior School students will also have their writing ability reviewed. Applicants are assessed in:

  • Mathematics 
  • English 
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning. 

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Pastoral Care

Our Senior School prides itself in offering outstanding pastoral care to students. Each member of staff is dedicated to giving students every opportunity to achieve academic excellence and share the ethos of 'whole child development'. Our teachers possess a fantastic knowledge of our curriculums and recognise the importance of creating optimal conditions for each individual to maximise their potential for attainment and progress.

Personal, Social and Health Education

Our secondary years curriculum aims to enhance our students' awareness of the world around them. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) offers the chance to explore important local and global issues through debate, discussion and activities, each designed to instil the values that underpin our education.

PHSE is not an assessed subject; however, it cultivates the key skills of independent research, analysis and evaluation throughout Key Stages 4 and 5, and culminates in an independent study project on a topic of personal interest.

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Senior School Language Programme

Our Senior School Language Programme offers four languages. English is the language of instruction at the school and it is also taught as a subject in its own right. Along with Arabic, our school's national language, students receive language tuition in Spanish, and French from the school's team of native and overseas teachers.

At this level, students may take one of two Arabic courses depending on their competency. We offer a course for first-language users and another for those seeking to refine their Arabic as an additional language. Comprehensive Arabic language tuition helps to establish language proficiency while reinforcing our school's cultural heritage.


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Senior School Teachers

We aim to guide young adults as the embark on an expansive educational adventure that extends beyond the boundaries of traditional learning. Our Senior School teaching staff are committed to helping students attain academic excellence by helping them develop practical and theoretical knowledge in all subjects - from mathematics to the humanities and from the sciences to languages.

Each member of our dedicated faculty fosters a love of learning and inspires students to reach their full potential at this pivotal point. Lessons follow a cross-curricular approach, and students' intellectual curiosity is stimulated by engaging interactive lessons.

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Multi-faceted Enrichment Programme

Beyond BSB is an innovative, multi-disciplinary enrichment programme. It aims to develop the skills and interests of all students in the BSB Senior School community, giving them the best chances of success upon entry to their chosen universities and careers.

The Beyond BSB programme offers a number of supplementary courses and workshops, including:

  • The Mini MBA: Aimed at learners aspiring to a Business or Business Management career.
  • The Inspired Project: A personal investigation project for students in Years 10 and Year 12. Pupils are expected to devise and complete an individual project under the supervision of their chosen subject mentor.
  • An Enrichment Lecture Series: A weekly university-level lecture programme. Students participate in a variety of academic talks that cover exciting and engaging topics.
  • Subject Enrichment Courses: A short programme designed to enhance applications to the world's most prestigious universities. This course also offers entrance exam preparation.

The Enrichment Programme also offers:

  • University Counselling
  • Personal Skills and Personal Profile Seminars
  • Global Business Etiquette Seminars.
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Extracurricular Activities at our High School

Activities are designed to complement the curriculum and may occur on or off campus. High School clubs run from 3 to 4 pm. Each session occurs once per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Clubs that do not require specialist resources are free to attend.

At present, students may enjoy the following activities:

  • Academics
  • Sports
  • Performing Arts
  • Student-Led Clubs
  • STEM
  • Community Projects
  • Languages
  • Debating
  • Model United Nations
  • Coding
  • Flight Simulation
  • Languages
  • Model United Nations
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Table Tennis
  • Running
  • Zumba
  • Chess
  • Creative Writing
  • Maths Puzzles
  • Current Affairs.

Our Senior School Co-Curricular programme is essential to high-quality education and student life at BSB. Students may participate in many after-school activities that offer fun, immersive learning and the chance to gain new skills. Participation in after-school activities may also give students an edge in college applications.

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