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Greetings and welcome to ABQ Sohar Secondary (Grades 7-12). My name is Brian Grobler. I am the Head of Secondary and we appreciate your interest in our school.

ABQ Sohar has become a top-tier international school with outstanding facilities, excellent academic results, and a warm, supportive community of parents and staff dedicated to the school’s success. Diversity is one of our greatest strengths. ABQ Sohar has students from over 35 nationalities attending our school. I believe that our internationalism and diversity set us apart from other schools in Oman. Our staff are so much more than mere subject experts who meet the academic needs of the students in our classrooms. They strive to get to know each student personally and to enrich them in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our students and staff see every day as an opportunity to grow and a chance to learn, and the journey as a life-long student begins the moment a child is registered at ABQ Sohar. We provide students with a character-building foundation through service programmes, community development, as well as our core values. In addition, the school also excels at providing students with a ‘passport to the world’ and our graduates attend top universities around the world.


The main goal of our curriculums is to develop imaginative, enquiring, and informed minds and to prepare our students for future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences.

  • Grades 7 and 8 follow the Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme, as well as Islamic Studies, Arabic and Social Studies, which are delivered in Arabic.
  • Grade 9-12 students choose either Cambridge IGCSE, AS and A Level with a variety of subjects, and Edexcel Mathematics, or the local bilingual GED stream offered by MOE.
  • The MOE bilingual stream strives to develop intellectual and technical skills to face the challenges of a rapidly changing world, whilst fostering the Islamic Arabic heritage.
  • Cambridge and Edexcel syllabi and assessments are the same worldwide, offering a set of varied and transferrable lifelong skills.

With the goal of the whole-student approach, PE, Music, Art, ICT and Life Skills are offered as enrichment subjects for Grades 7-8 and for bilingual classes from Grades 9-10.

Pastoral Care

Learning to protect and nourish our mental health is an essential element of a good education. Therefore, we aim to foster an understanding of the whole student, which involves a consistent and comprehensive approach which addresses the following key aspects of each student:

  • Academic
  • Personal growth
  • Aspirations
  • Challenges
  • Emotional development
  • Leadership opportunities

Through our Pastoral Care, students are able to gain:

  • A sense of belonging
  • Emotional development
  • Positive attitudes
  • A respectful learning environment
  • Supportive networks

In addition to this, we also place a large emphasis on being able to support our students once they leave Grade 12 by giving them ample career and university counselling. Parent involvement is also crucial to the development of the whole student as this enables students to witness positive relationships between their parents and teachers.


Our school received 20 Cambridge Outstanding Student Awards from 2017 to 2019 – more than any other school in Oman

2018-19: 48.39%
2019-20: 66.12%
2020-21: 60.19%

Grade 12 GED Results (overall student averages):
2019-20: 81.49%
2020-21: 84.25%
2021-22: 85.28%

No 1 in Oman for the Mangahigh COBIS Maths Challenge

Unique Programmes

We offer a balanced combination of teacher-led and technology-based lessons with the purpose of education beyond the classroom and into real-world skills. Students and parents have daily online access to classwork, notes and homework via the Google platforms and ABQ 1:1 Chromebooks.

For benchmarking purposes, Secondary students do CAT 4 and GL assessments. Our outcome improvement programmes include GEDx, ABQ’s supplemental support programme aimed at improving academic results in the Grade 12 GED phase, as well as Mobeen, our Arabic excellence programme.

We aspire to encourage project-based learning, in line with international standards, to develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills. This is in line with our Discovering You Programme (DYP). DYP and Unifrog also assist students in their selection of universities around the world and the minimum academic requirements.

To assist our students, we prepare Holiday Support Packs and offer additional support lessons during and after school. build fluency and become self-reliant readers which in turns leads to reading for pleasure.

What makes your section special?

  • Timely feedback on students’ work, including both constructive suggestions and criticism in order to improve individual academic outcomes.
  • A safe, inclusive learning environment created by experienced, qualified educators and a framework of caring discipline with expectations communicated to students regularly.
  • Access to a digital library to foster a love of learning and expanding students’ horizons, facilitated by our language teachers.
  • Guest speakers and trips to spark interest beyond the classroom, for example, presentations by local university lecturers, hands-on environmental activities, building interpersonal skills on more informal outings, etc.
  • We encourage extracurricular participation and students are continually challenged to expand and grow by joining one or more of our exciting clubs. We strongly believe that involvement in ECA clubs is a vital component of holistic education.
  • Metacognitive methods, include reflecting on what students learnt while completing a task and deciding whether they met the intended learning goal.
  • The support and encouragement of our dedicated Pastoral Heads and School Counsellor.
  • National Days; International Days; subject-themed weeks


Located in the heart of Sohar, our campus provides our students with an empowering environment that encourages them to be the best they can be.

The state-of-the-art facilities offer an exciting and welcoming learning space for our students. It includes four purpose-built science laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology and a general laboratory. We have a dedicated Art Studio, two ICT Labs, an AS and A Level Workroom, a music room, an indoor gymnasium and swimming pool, an outdoor basketball court and football field with synthetic grass, two cafeterias, a media centre, an on-campus uniform shop, as well as a clinic completes the picture.

We look forward to showing you everything in person.

we care.

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