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Accreditations and Inspections

Accreditations and Inspections


As part of our vision to become one of the leading international schools in the Middle East and mission to provide a world class education for our students, we currently have the following accreditation, from leading educational associations:

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Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOE)

AKIS is fully licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar and has been awarded the Qatar National School Accreditation (QNSA) for a period of five years; the maximum given.

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Council of British International Schools (COBIS) –Accredited Member

‘Accredited Members’ meet the UK government standards for British Schools Overseas (BSO) and for schools based in the UK through a successful inspection by a government approved inspectorate.

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British Schools in the Middle East (BSME)

BSME provides a quality-assured network of schools helping heads and teachers share best practice and keep abreast of the latest educational developments. BSME runs its own Accreditation System, Annual Headteachers' Conferences, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme of over 100 courses per year including a range of inter school sports, music, arts and other events.

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British Schools Overseas (BSOs)

The Department for Education has put in place a voluntary scheme for the inspection of British schools overseas, whereby schools are inspected against a common set of standards that British schools overseas can choose to adopt. Inspections follow the Department for Education (DFE) schedule for the inspection of British Schools overseas. As a result of inspection, the school has to show that it meets the standards for British Schools Overseas, except for those that cannot be achieved legally in the host country. The judgement is endorsed by the British Government and is valid for three years. The inspection process is quality assured by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED).

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Council of International Schools (CIS)

CIS International Accreditation is a rigorous school-wide evaluative process that measures alignment with internationally benchmarked standards and provides guidance for continuous improvement. Through the achievement of these standards, CIS-Accredited schools have been verified as delivering high-quality international education focused on the development of knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to prepare students as global citizens. The accreditation is recognised by ministries, departments of education, and universities worldwide, demonstrating a school’s commitment to high-quality international education and is a mark of quality-assurance. Students educated at CIS Accredited schools are sought after by universities due to the rigour of their international education and their preparation for life no matter where their paths may take them. Read more.

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International English Testing System (IELTS) testing centre

AKIS is accredited as an approved testing centre for IELTS, a globally recognised language test for those who want to study or work where English is the primary language of communication.

The ability of the school to provide the IELTS programme as a test centre, enhances the skills of students at AKIS. They can complete the academic exam as a pre-qualification for further education, especially if this includes study abroad.


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AKIS conducts regular independent inspections to validate the integrity of its teaching and learning practices, policies and student welfare systems. The Ofsted framework for the inspection of independent schools in England, is adapted to the specific context and bi-curricular status to assess the school.

    AKIS BSO Inspection Report Jan 2023

Al Khor International School is committed to ensuring the welfare of children and young people are promoted, secured and maintained at all times. All staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. To this end, priority consideration is given to safeguarding and child protection within the school.

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