The International British / Dutch School was opened in 1967 in a two-room villa off Tahlia Street with the intention of providing an education to the young children of primarily expatriate British and Dutch workers, and those of a relatively limited range of other nationalities living in Jeddah. The pupils followed a largely British curriculum and, as the eldest children grew older, evolved to include the Grammar (Secondary) School which prepared children for GCE O Levels.
In 1997, JPGS moved to its present site in the Al Naim District of Northern Jeddah, close to the main airport (20 minutes) and Medina Road. At this location, the School grew and stabilised at around 800 pupils and, following the opening of the Sixth Form in 2003, provided an education for children from the ages of three to eighteen. Girls and boys were, and still are, taught together throughout their time in the School, without segregation or distinction. Today JPGS welcomes expatriate and local families alike, with pupils from over fifty nationalities whilst retaining a family and community atmosphere.
The School follows the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) Primary Programme – Progression Tests and Checkpoint; the International General Certificate in Secondary Education (IGCSEs), International A Level examinations and has recently introduced the Edexcel BTEC Diploma for our Sixth Formers.
We are rightly proud of our academic results which place us in the top 5% of high-performing British International Schools. The School is heavily oversubscribed with waiting lists in almost all year groups. Many of our pupils pursue their tertiary-level studies at British Universities after leaving our care.
The School is accredited by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and supported by the British Embassy and the Ministry of Education, KSA. Moreover, we are proud members of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME), the Saudi Arabian Inter-Kingdom Activities Conference (SAIKAC), the League of International Schools Swimming Teams (LISST) and also offers the opportunity for pupils to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.