Qatar International School based in Doha, Qatar, has some 1,800 students on roll, aged between 3 years to 18 years. The philosophy of the school, “Learning Comes First”, is reflected in the high quality teaching throughout, as well as in the students’ positive attitude to study.
When Principal Deane Baker joined the school he saw that, to fulfil its potential, the school needed a management information system sophisticated enough to support its vision. Deane wasted no time in getting SIMS installed and was impressed with how SIMS could adapt: “One potentially tricky data area for us is Arabic naming conventions, but we were able to simply modify the UK fields in SIMS to match – SIMS has the flexibility to accommodate our requirements as an international school and everything fell into place beautifully.”
Deane is particularly impressed with SIMS Discover: “Discover is an extremely compelling and convincing tool – I’ve yet to come across anyone who has looked at it and not said ‘Wow’! We’ve found it useful across the whole school, particularly at key times such as for GCSE results, A Level results and also at points of transfer for students.”
“We’re accountable to the School Board and with Discover I have the tools to express that accountability – the Board really values being able to see school information presented as graphs and statistics in an easily digestible, clear way. SIMS is invaluable for being able to produce data-driven evidence to back up the claims we are making about the school.”
Deane is confident SIMS has the capability to support him in his ambitions for the school:
“SIMS supports everything in my role as Principal. My aim is to deliver the best school in the country and I believe whole-heartedly in the importance of always aiming higher, no matter how good the school is. SIMS isn’t just an information system or database, it’s an invaluable tool for school improvement, featuring a suite of solutions to help strengthen schools.”