Superintendent's Welcome

Welcome to the online home of King Faisal School,

KFS is a not-for-profit International Baccalaureate School offering three IB programmes to over 2,000 students from the ages of 3 to 18. The school is organised into Pre-School, Primary School and Senior School, each with its own Principal, leadership team and character but very much part of one school offering a seamless and fun journey from entrance to graduation. As of September 2020, KFS is open to boys of all ages and welcomes girls from KG to Grade 6. Having opened the girls' school in September 2019 we are proud to already have a bustling primary school up to and including grade 6. With a second new campus currently being refurbished, the girls' school will continue to grow year on year until we can offer 3 to 18 education for all students in both the Boy's and Girls' School.

Many of our current pupils are the children of former students who have a life-long relationship and love of the school. Our belief that the students must be at the heart of our decision making means we are constantly striving to have "Faith, Knowledge, Work" reflect in everything we do.

My career in education took me to Jeddah as a young teacher for eight fantastic years, becoming very accustomed to the sun on my back and the warmth of the local people. My IB journey came with my first Headship post in New York, falling in love with the city and the Learner Profile at the same time. Subsequent Headships in London and other UK settings have confirmed my belief that the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes offered at King Faisal School provide the premium education framework for hungry young minds. With one eye on Vision 2030, a KFS education produces students who are fit to lead in a forward thinking and internationally minded community. In the summer of 2020, KFS celebrated a 92% pass rate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma exams, whilst other graduates celebrated success in the American Diploma. This year our Grade 12s have gone on to secure places at local and international universities to study a range of subjects including Medicine, Engineering and Business. 

As Superintendent, I work with the individual Principals, the School Board, staff and students to provide an overview of the school and its vision for future growth and development. We have exciting plans for the future and aim to develop the curriculum and campus over the coming years. We are extremely lucky to have the backing and support of the King Faisal Foundation which opens up opportunities and relationships with other educational institutes and businesses in the King Faisal family. 

Unlike many schools in major cities, KFS is blessed with a very large, spacious and green campus. Our extensive facilities, lying inside the Diplomatic Quarter, allow our learners to engage in many exciting opportunities to make the learner profile come to life. Be it online, in class, extra-curricular activities or educational visits we challenge our students to enable their all-round development as learners and thinkers.

As with all schools it is extremely difficult to sum up KFS in such a short introduction, however I hope that you are able to spend time investigating our website, social media and videos, I very much look forward to welcoming you to KFS in the near future.

All best wishes,

Mr J M McElhone