Shaikha Hessa Girls’ School (SHGS) is a national, private and non-profit school which offers a bilingual education in Arabic and in English from pre-school to Grade 12, this is in addition to French as a foreign language from Gr 4 to Gr8. The school is committed to providing high quality education that fosters students’ personal, social, intellectual, physical and aesthetic areas of development. Each individual student is provided with the support needed and is challenged to reach her full potential / high international academic achievements. To help our students, meet with the growing challenges, we optimize their learning opportunities through a wide range of extracurricular and after school activities. In SHGS, we adopt the IB learner profile as a guide for all students and staff to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. While developing such attributes in our students, we encourage that Islamic and Arabic cultural values together with global citizenship are embedded in all aspects of our students’ school life, and in the larger community.

In SHGS, all stakeholders adhere to the school guiding principles and implement them to enhance the school’s performance and success.

School Vision:


School Mission:

Our mission is to promote leadership, critical thinking and life-long learning in a secure, healthy, all female environment by providing quality international programmes in education to achieve students’ potential as individuals as well as global citizens with emphasis on Arabic and Islamic values in an effective joint home-school partnership.

School Values:

All members of the SHGS community strive to be:

Inquirers – They develop their natural curiosity.  They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning.  They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable – They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance.  In doing so, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers – They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators – They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.  They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled – They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities.  They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded – They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.  They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of views and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring – They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others.  They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers – They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.  They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced – They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective – They consider their own learning and experience.  They can assess and understand their strengths and limitations to support their learning and personal development.

School objectives

  • Academic Excellence
  • Lifelong learning
  • Inclusive learning environment
  • Multiculturalism and Global citizenship

1-Academic Excellence

  • SHGS promotes academic achievement and sets standards for quality teaching and quality learning focusing on the students’ wellbeing and learning.
  • We believe that high quality learning occurs when students are engaged, motivated, challenged and inspired by their teachers, peers, environment and by being self -motivated.
  • SHGS is committed to providing a broad and challenging international curriculum relevant to the school ethos, to meet with the standards of each stage (EYFS, Primary Cambridge, IGCSE, IBDP and Arabic National programs) and to adhere to their examination procedures.
  • The curriculum is balanced, holistic and relevant for students’ development promoting intercultural learning and keeping them rooted in their Arabic and Islamic values and culture.
  • SHGS is committed to providing adequate and latest resources to develop students’ digital citizenship by maintaining a stimulating learning environment with the focus on students’ awareness to use technological tools responsibly and with confidence.
  • SHGS ensures the school outcomes are aligned with the frameworks and principles of the BQA (Bahrain Quality Assurance), the IGCSE, IBDP, the CIS, the MSA and the UN convention on the child’s rights.
  • SHGS is committed to support teachers with professional development programs, mentoring and coaching with internal and external trainings.
  • At SHGS, formative and summative assessments are made through a variety of assessment techniques enabling students to develop their learning to learn skills, to make progress and to achieve the expected outcomes.
  • In teaching and learning Self-reflection, data analysis, target setting and sharing best experiences are systematic practices to ensure continuous improvement in all subjects. This continuous improvement is ensured through the cycle of: review, plan, monitor and evaluate.

2Life-long learning

  • In SHGS each student has the basic right to be included in the mainstream educational process to develop a balanced character that prepares her for life.
  • In SHGS, we develop students’ knowledge, critical thinking, communication, collaborative, leadership and problem- solving skills in preparation for their next stage of education and to be life-long learners.
  • In SHGS, we build on students’ strengths, provide them with adequate support and challenge; thereby helping them to make progress in all areas of learning.
  • We maximise the potential of individual students and enhance their self-confidence by supporting the curriculum with a wide range of extra-curricular activities and school events.
  • We ensure that students use resources responsibly and effectively.
  • SHGS students’ Councils focus on actively developing students’ leadership and collaborative skills as well as global citizenship skills.