Admissions Procedure

At DESS our application process is open throughout the academic year however, at times we do have Waiting Lists in some Year Groups.

If the Year Group you wish to apply for is open please complete the online application form and attach the required documentation as indicated. 

If the Year Group Waitlist becomes too long we will close it for a short period of time until the Waitlist reduces; if the Waitlist you require is currently listed as 'CLOSED' below please keep checking this page as it will be updated as soon as it reopens.

Applications for Academic Year 2021/22

Applications will be reviewed and assessments will be carried out at the school’s discretion.

We do not accept children “Out of Year Group” therefore their designated Year Group should always correlate with the dates of birth as shown above regardless of which country/curriculum they are moving from.

2020 - 2021 Applications
Our waitlists are automatically rolled over on an annual basis therefore:

  1. If the Year Group you require is showing as: 'Year 2 - Academic Year September 2020-2021 - Applications from British passport holders only now being taken to join our Waitlist' this also means that when this Year Group becomes Year 3 for Academic Year September 2021-2022, applications will also be taken from British passport holders only.
  2. If the Year Group you require is showing as "CLOSED" for Academic Year 2020-2021, the Waitlist for the next Year Group will also be closed for Academic Year 2021-2022. e.g. 'Year 1 - Academic Year September 2020-2021 - CLOSED' also means that when this Year Group becomes Year 2 for Academic Year September 2021-2022, the Waitlist is also CLOSED. If the Year group you require has a CLOSED Waitlist, we will not accept your application.

DESS operates all Admissions under its Assessment Charter

Admission Assessment Charter

Academic Year 2020/21:

Priority Placement: Year 1 to 6: The Principal and Board of Governors reserve the right to give a child priority when on the waitlist if they demonstrate excellence within their academic achievement. Excellence is defined as achieving standards within the top 10% of their peers at DESS (Please refer to Section 2.4 of the Foundation Stage 2 - Year 6 Admissions Policy). If you wish your child to be considered for a priority placement, please contact our Registrar.

All children must be in possession of a valid Qatari Residency Permit before starting school in Qatar.

Corporate Sponsorship:
DESS have a number of options for Corporate sponsored school places available. If you or your organisation are interested in speaking to someone regarding these options, please contact our Registrar, Freeda Sautie, at +974 44592742.

Admissions Procedure Checklist

1. Application form completed

2. Uploaded DESS Parental Questionnaire for FOUNDATION STAGE 1 ONLY

FS1 Parental Questionnaire

3. Uploaded DESS Progress Report for YEARS 1 to 6 ONLY


4. Uploaded current or most recent School Report

5. Uploaded Identity Documents: Sponsor's passport and Qatari Residency Permit(QRP)

6. Child's Passport and QRP if available

7. Please upload Company Family Sponsorship Letter (ONLY IF QRPs ARE UNAVAILABLE)

Company Family sponsorship letter

8. 2 x Passport size photographs of child

9. Pupil Health Record 2019

10. Upload your child's immunisation records