Over the past 40+ years BSM has grown from three children to over 1200 pupils from 65 nations. Find out more about our evolution over the past four decades below.
Muscat English Speaking School, as BSM was first known, opened in the house of the B.P Manager in Riyam, with three children and one qualified teacher. In 1972 the school moved to a new site next to Hochtief/Six Construct school, with three classrooms and 33 children on roll. Fees were raised to 75 Omani Rials. Later that year, the school received its first visit from Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools (HMI) to ensure it was developing in line with best British practice.
On 30 April 1973, the Subscribers, which were those firms in the business community whose assistance had made the foundation of the school possible, formally applied to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said for a Charter to replace the Memorandum of Association. His Majesty graciously granted the School a Royal Charter, on 3 May 1973 and since then, the school has welcomed young people from many different countries.
On the completion of the Hohitief /Six Construct in 1974 the Muscat English Speaking School took over their buildings and club and two houses for London appointed teaching staff. The school now had an enrolment of 60 children. Including an increase of 186% between 1973 and 1975 (190 pupils). In June 1975 the school was notified that its premises were required for development by the ministry of Communication.
1977 was the Silver Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. An association of parents was formed to mark the occasion by raising funds for the provision of books for the library at the new school. The new buildings in Madinat Qaboos, including the buildings we now use as the nursery, the main hall and staffroom, were completed in 1978 and one of the first projects of the association was to assist with the coordination of movement of furniture and equipment. By 1979 Dorothy High, one of her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools, visited Muscat and reported that ‘the school is well established in its new premises and much has been achieved’.
By the spring term of 1984, there was a total enrolment of 591 children in 21 classes at the main Primary school and 6 in the new villa annexe. In the Secondary school, numbers had risen to 50 children in 4 classes and arrangement had been made to extend the premises by renting the next door villa. In August, an enthusiastic cast of children and teachers from the Secondary school travelled to Edinburgh to perform in the fringe festival. So successful was this expedition that photographs and an article appeared on the front page of The Times Educational Supplement in Britain.
On 14 March 1987, following years of development discussions concerning the need for school expansion, the British Ambassador, Mr R J Alston, Iaid the foundations of the new building. At the beginning of the spring term, accommodation consisted of twenty-nine class rooms, two halls, two music rooms, three science laboratories, two video rooms, an art room, library, a computer laboratory and special needs centre. The school also had a multi-purpose sports field with running track, football and rounder’s pitches, cricket practice nets and two tennis/netball/volleyball courts. By the end of the summer term a building had been established on the field for use by the Oman English Speaking Scouts and Guides.
1988 was the 15th anniversary year of the charter to the school by his Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, as well as the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the school on its present site. Both anniversaries were celebrated on the morning of 20 March 1988 when his Highness Sayyid Thuwainy bin Shihab, Personal Representive of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, officially opened the new building at a ceremony attended by all children and many parents and friends.
The swimming pool was built in 1991, with Senior school buildings added in 1993, the Primary offices, nurse’s room and Senior PE offices in 1994, and teachers’ quarters converted to the present sixth form centre in 1998. The sports hall was finished in 1999.The current masterplan for a complete reconstruction of the whole site, to include 10 state-of-the-art science laboratories, a theatre, a sports academy, an aquatics centre and a dining hall, was approved in 2014, to accommodate the growing number of students (with over a thousand currently on roll). The first phase of construction is due to be completed in 2016
Pupil Numbers 1972-2014
BSM's Founding Companies Still Operating in Oman:
- British Aerospace (now BAE Systems)
- British Airways
- British Petroleum Ltd
- Carillion Alawi ( was George Wimpey & Co ltd )
- Consolidate Contractors International Co Ltd
- Darwish-Ast Group of Companies
- Embassy of the United State of America
- ENHANCE (was Matrah Cold Stores)
- HSBC (was British Bank of the Middle East)
- Mohsin Haider Darwish
- Oasis Trading & Equipment Co
- Oman Refreshment Co. Ltd (Pepsi)
- Oman United Agencies (Travel )
- Petroleum Development (Oman) Ltd.
- Port Services Corporation SAOG
- Qurum Contractors W.L.L.
- Shell Development Oman LLC
- Standard Chartered Bank
- T. T. Towell & Co LLC
- The British Embassy, Muscat
- Trowers and Hamlin
- Yahya Costain (Costain Civil Engineering Co Ltd)
- Yusuf bin Ahmed Kanoo & Co (Oman)
- Zubair Corporation/Zubair Kilpatrick