The British International School Riyadh (BISR) is an extremely well-regarded not-for-profit co-educational school in the Middle East, catering for students aged 3-18, providing high quality education to the expatriate community since 1979. 1350 students from age 3 to 18 learn at our Al Hamra campus, whilst our smaller Salwa campus is the educational home for 150 Primary students from ages 3-11. Approximately 50% of our students are British passport holders with over 50 different nationalities represented across the school. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and as a British School Overseas (BSO). BISR is also a member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME), the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). The school follows the English curriculum, greatly enriched by the local and international context. Learning is holistic, supported by a broad co-curricular programme, encompassing extra-curricular activities, house events, student leadership, service learning and residential trips. Strong pastoral care supports student well-being.
What do we think makes our school special?
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 whom 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, 2 and 3 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) and regularly undergoes an inspection process via PENTA to be recognised as a British School Overseas (BSO).
For more detailed information about the school, please visit our website
How to apply for a position at BISR
To apply and for additional information, please follow the ‘inteachers’ link on the vacancy.
When applying via this link, please provide the following in support of your application:
All Applications must include:
Teacher Applications must include:
BISR is fully committed to safeguarding children and young people. We complete rigorous background checks for all staff, whatever their role in the school, prior to them commencing employment.
The school reserves the right to make an earlier appointment if a suitable candidate is
For more information about the school please visit our website www.bisr.com.sa
We very much look forward to receiving your application.
Skills and Abilities