Developing happy, creative and confident learners

The Capital School Bahrain is based on a classic British Primary School model and operates using a class/form structure within key stages of development. We teach the full English National Curriculum starting from Early Years’ Foundation Stage whilst adhering to the requirements of the Bahrain Ministry of Education guidance on the teaching of Arabic, Social Studies and Islamic Classes.

The first Capital School was set up in Dubai in 2014, closely followed by our own school in Bahrain in 2015. The Bahrain school grew rapidly and so, in 2019, the Dubai school ceased to be part of the group. In 2022, having outgrown its original premises, the Capital School Bahrain moved to a brand-new campus in Bu Quwah. Additional year groups were added at this extended site with three separate school buildings so now the school is able to educate pupils from pre-primary to secondary stage.

Our teaching and learning approaches reflect only the very best of British educational practice and are contained within a modern learning environment which is both stimulating and purposeful. We reinforce family values and norms at all times which in turn creates an atmosphere of warmth and care, because we believe that a happy child is one who learns more effectively. Our school house system of Buckingham, Windsor, Kensington and Westminster further serves to reinforce the notion of team spirit, co-operation and always giving your best unselfishly.

In addition, we closely align our school with the highest of safeguarding standards demanded by the British School Overseas inspectorates. We are always keen to show children and their parents around the school. I am confident that the positive nurturing atmosphere we create will provide an excellent educational experience for your child.

English language requirements

English is the medium of instruction, therefore a level of competence in English will be required. English language support is also provided in order for children to benefit fully at the school.

Information On Application

Upon application, it is essential for parents to share all information regarding their child’s learning needs, including professional assessments. In exceptional circumstances, conditional pupil places can be offered but would be subject to an evaluation period pending confirmation of a permanent pupil place.

Additional Information

We seek to promote equal opportunities as we apply our regulations on admissions fairly and without prejudice. Adherence to our admissions policy will be strictly applied at all times and without exception.

Class Size

We aim to ensure that class sizes will not exceed 20 pupils in foundation stage 1 and 25 students throughout the rest of the school. It is possible that for very brief periods these class sizes may be exceeded if new pupils join a group during a school term. In the secondary section of the school, teaching is by subject specialist teachers only so class sizes may vary depending upon the subject.

Capital School Mission Statements

Capital School is committed to providing an education of excellence that meets each pupil’s interests, abilities, and needs within a common curriculum framework which reflects and promotes an understanding of, and appreciation for cultural/religious diversity within the Kingdom of Bahrain. Capital School challenges each student to develop intellectual independence, creativity, curiosity, and a sense of responsibility toward others.

Early Years

Our Foundation Stage curriculum is split into Foundation Stage 1 & Foundation Stage 2. The curriculum follows the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and is planned through a series of themes ensuring that skills, knowledge and understanding are taught and applied in

  • Personal, social, and emotional development
  • Communication, language, and literacy
  • Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

The curriculum is modified to provide an international dimension and a focus upon local culture and heritage. We want our young children to develop the skills and knowledge they need, but also to be familiar with their local surroundings and with Bahrain. We therefore use many local visits and reference points to ensure that learning has relevance to their daily lives. The curriculum will be strongly supported by the use of ICT and e-learning. It provides an approach based upon activity and play with opportunities for young children to question, experiment, explore and enjoy.

Arabic will be taught in accordance with ministry regulations but within the context of the Early Years Foundation stage setting and with children’s grouped accordingly.

Children admitted into the Foundation Stage with learning needs will access a broad and balanced curriculum within an inclusive approach but with specific programmes of study and support developed in partnership with the school’s Learning Support Team. More information can be found at  

Primary School

Our Primary School curriculum is based upon the English National Curriculum. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is modified and enhanced to provide an international dimension and to provide a better understanding of Bahrain and its place within the region. E-learning is embedded within the curriculum across subjects and pupils become increasingly independent and responsible for their own learning through engaging in research and enquiry.

Arabic and Islamic Studies are taught in accordance with the Ministry regulations and appropriate to the age of the pupils. Pupils will experience learning across all subjects of the English National Curriculum within the primary age range.

Secondary School

Our secondary school is designed and built to international standards to provide an excellent facility for the teaching of the English National Curriculum and IGCSE and A-level courses.

The curriculum in our secondary school will start from September 2021 and will follow the English National Curriculum from years 7 to 13 and will cover all subjects.

Our program will be modified to provide an international dimension and to ensure that Arabic and Islamic studies are taught at a level and depth appropriate to the needs of students.

All pupils will have specific ICT tuition along with ICT and e-learning across the curriculum.

All students will have Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) which will include careers advice along with academic guidance as pupils begin to look at options for their examination courses.

A strong English language programme will be provided to support confidence and competence in using the English language to communicate. From Year 10, students will follow examination courses leading to IGCSE qualifications and, in Year 12 and 13, to A level qualifications.

For those students with a specific language, or those with particular gifts and talents, the curriculum will be modified, and students will be supported to ensure that they reach their full potential. Additional vocational courses and qualifications may be offered including IELTS, CEPA, and ICDL for those students for whom this is relevant.