News from the Secondary Department

18 Sep 2023

Letter from the Secondary Department:


Dear parents and students in the Secondary Department,


Welcome: Welcome to the new academic year 2023/2024. We are thrilled to welcome our students and staff back to school. We hope that you were able to relax and make special memories with your friends and families. Now, it is time to look forward to a wonderful new school year. Our dedicated staff has been working tirelessly to finalize class schedules, class lists, engage in professional learning opportunities, and update our school expectations, all with the goal of fostering academic success for your child. Our teachers are eager to begin this year’s journey with their new and returning students. Our main goal is to ensure student proficiency in all their subjects. We will continue to refine instructional practices, analyze data and review student work to guide instruction and offer interventions as needed. 


Secondary school timing & Form Tutors:

Our secondary school timing is as follows:


Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4


Lesson 5

Lesson 6

Lesson 7

Lesson 8


7:15 - 7:30

7:30 - 8:15

8:15 - 9:00

9:00 - 9:45

9:45 - 10:30

10:30 - 10:55

10:55 - 11:35

11:35 - 12:15

12:15 - 12:55

1:20 - 2:00

2:15 – 3:15


Secondary Form Tutors (2023 - 2024):














Form Tutor

Mr. Asim

Mr. Nathaniel

Mr. Dale

Ms. Nadia

Mr. Michael

Ms. Priya

Ms. Farhat

Mr. Chacko

Mr. Kashif

Mr. Guillaume

Ms. Beth

Mr. Charlton


Activities lessons on Monday Lessons 6 & 7 (11:35 - 12:55):

In order to further focus on our Mission & Vision, activities lessons have been introduced in our KS3 time tables.  


New IGCSE subjects at KS4 & 5: In addition to all our existing IGCSE subjects, we have now introduced Statistics, Spanish and Global Perspective at IGCSE level.  


Student Council 2023/2024: The following students have been elected and will form part of the KNES student Council –

{Head Boy: Hasan Al Essa}, {Head Girl: Farah Bassal} & {Prefect: Cedra El Kourani}.                      

Class Representatives: {7A: Jelnar Hana}, {7B: Abdulrahman Ahmed Saleh}, {8A: Adam Taha}, {8B: Talin Al Zouhairy},

{8C: Salma Abdul Khader}, {9A: Ramzi Birouche}, {9B: Mohamad El Eit}, {10A: Amal El Sayed} & {10B: Bailasan Al Taleb}.


External Examinations Cambridge November 2023 & Pearson January 2024 sessions.

We understand how important it is for our students to take their external exams on time and we will run the Cambridge November 2023 and Edexcel/Pearson January 2024 Examination series safely and securely in our school theatre. Of course KNES will fully comply with guidance and instructions from the Examination Boards.

Timing of Cambridge examinations: [AM - Starting Time in Kuwait: 11:00 PM] & [PM - Starting Time in Kuwait: 3:00 PM]

Cambridge Key time: [Key time for AM: 12:00] &  [Key time for PM: 4:00 PM]                                   


Some important dates for your diary for this First term (September 03, 2023 – December 14, 2023):

I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of some important events which will be taking place at Kuwait National English School during the First term:

Sunday September 03, 2023

Start of First Term (2023/2024)

Monday September 11, 2023

Secondary Assembly  – Theme: Mission Statement (11:35 – 12:55)

Wednesday September 13, 2023

Election of Head Boy and Head Girl, Y 9, 10, 11 & 12  (1:20 – 2:00)

Monday September 18, 2023

Career: UK Universities visit to Kuwait - Universities from the UK visiting Kuwait

Tuesday September 19, 2023

Secondary Assembly – Announcement of Student Council (1:20 – 2:00)

Wednesday September 20, 2023

(10:55 – 11:35) Yr 5, 6, 7 & 8.

(Year 5, 6, 7 & 8). Dr. Amr Hamdy, Secretary General of the Arab Scout Organisation and Arab Director of Scouting.

{Benefit of the scouting movement in raising our youth culturally, educationally, physically and socially and how to develop the spirit of patriotism within them and encourage them to participate in voluntary collective work in the State of Kuwait.}

Monday September 25, 2023

Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) visit to KNES. (12:00 PM -  )

October 9 – 11, 2023

Parental Meetings

October 22 – 26, 2023

Mid Term Holiday

November 11, 2023

Remembrance Day

November 12 – 16, 2023

UNESCO Tolerance Week

December 6 – 7, 2023

Human Right

December 5 – 12, 2023

First Term Exams

December 14, 2023

End of First Term (2023/2024)

Dec. 17, 2023 – Jan. 04, 2024



Conclusion: Partnering with families is crucial to promote a healthy education. We will continue to place a strong emphasis on Teaching & Learning while building classroom community.  We encourage families to stay connected and informed by following our letters, website, Instagram and announcements sent through our WCBS Management System.



Yours sincerely, 


Dr. Raouf Khodabocus, BSc, MSc, PhD, FCIC (Canada)

Assistant General Director, Kuwait National English School