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Senior Headmasters Welcome Michael Weston
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Sherborne Qatar. I have been associated with the SQ project since its inception in 2008; and I have been in Doha since 2011, which is when the Senior School opened. Before this I had dedicated almost my entire professional life to our home school in England and know, therefore, what our ambitions are and how we can work towards fulfilling our vision in Qatar. Ours is a young school in Doha, but it has an historic and distinguished heritage. Set in the verdant countryside of Dorset and in ancient buildings constructed from locally quarried hamstone, as well as striking modern buildings, Sherborne School has much in common with Sherborne Qatar. Both schools have the same vision for their pupils; both schools are founded on rigorous academic principles; and both schools are working with each other to give our pupils the best educational foundation that we can.
Our success story is one that we are keen to share and hope that you will want to bring your children to us, becoming part of an exciting adventure in a rapidly growing and culturally rich capital city. Qatar has much to offer and we are aware of our leading role in bringing a properly rounded British curriculum and British independent school education to Doha for the benefit not only of British families, but also for the benefit of Qatari families and those of other nationalities too.
Sherborne Qatar Senior School offers an extensive educational programme that has our pupils at its heart. We have a strong academic focus and a well-established pastoral system that serves to support our pupils' needs. Much of what we do is firmly rooted in the principles and practices of Sherborne School, and we are fortunate to be able to benefit from and share in the experience of that great school.
My own experience of education tells me that the best and most rewarding learning happens when children are actively engaged in their own learning. One of the cornerstones of our approach is that children must all be players, not passengers: education is all about creating the future, and that future has the potential to be bright and to be evermore challenging and evermore rewarding for those prepared to participate.
With the emphasis on pupils playing their part, we offer opportunities for them to develop curiosity, to improve their talents, to hone their skills. This can be done, for example, in the classroom, on the sports fields, in music and drama, in art or debating; it can also be done in places and in ways as yet undiscovered.
We are building a school community that is close-knit and supportive, but also outward-looking and dynamic. When our pupils leave us at the end of their Upper Sixth year (and become Qatar Old Shirburnians and part of significant network of former pupils) they will have developed a clear sense of how to be successful and will have established long-lasting friendships in a happy and caring school environment.
No amount of published materials can wholly replace a visit to the school. If you are able to come to us, you will find a warm welcome. You will be given an individual tour and an opportunity to meet us and talk to us.