Moving into secondary is a big experience for any pupil. The girls are now moving to the older phase in the school and with this comes challenges both academic and social as they develop and grow. At DSGD we want to ensure that the girls are supported in all areas of life. Both a strong academic program and a pastoral program continues to run throughout the secondary department. This ensures that the correct provision is made for the girls as they develop and grow from 11 years old through to pre-University and 18 years old.
British teachers will guide, challenge and support them through this phase in their education.
In the English National Curriculum, Secondary is divided into 3 key Stages.
- Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 and 9
- Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11
- Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13.
Throughout Secondary, MARK and the House System play an important role in the girls’ daily life. We want to really support the girls to ensure that they are the best of themselves that they can be and to develop confidence for life. Our vision in DSGD echoes that of the Qatar National Vision for 2030.
Supporting the girls as they develop through to being an adult is the key to success. Careers advice, bespoke learning and excellent home/ school relationships allow the girls in Durham School for Girls Qatar, receive the same support received in our school in the UK. All girls in Secondary move to the Secondary Uniform and being an ALL WOMAN campus, this allows the girls to have more personal freedom and growth in the teenage years.
Diet and Nutrition is important to us, and like in Primary, all Secondary pupils will eat a full meal in school. Cookery and Nutrition form part of the curriculum, and we aim to develop Heathy Bodies for our Girls, as well as Healthy Minds.
Student Leadership is a key element in the Secondary school. Girls developing their leadership skill and taking the opportunity to develop the student voice in the school. As well as the Student Council, there are House Captains, Prefects and Head Girl positions. Older students also play a mentoring role as ‘Older Sisters’ to our younger girls through peer mentoring.
In DSGD we want to ensure our girls study hard and play hard, ensuring that we are monitoring mental, physical, social and academic health. Our aim is to develop them to reach their full potential and to create Happy, Secure and Developed girls ready for the challenges of adult life - 'Confidence for Life'.