About DES >> History
Dukhan English School is one of the oldest English medium schools in Qatar. It traces its origins back to the early 1950s when British Petroleum, the operators of the Dukhan Field at that time, established a school in the building which was later the Dukhan Water Sports clubhouse. The school soon outgrew its early roots and was moved to a villa in the senior staff housing area. Many people remember with affection the work of Sheila Smith who was the schoolmistress in the 1960's. The 1960's also saw the establishment of the Dukhan Nursery, run by Alice Lishman. When Alice left Dukhan, the nursery was taken over by Qatar General Petroleum Corporation and amalgamated with the Primary School.
As the Dukhan oil operations grew, the school continued to expand and in September 1996 QGPC gave permission for Year 7 to be started, marking the beginning of the secondary section of Dukhan English School. Dukhan itself is now a multinational town with residents of 47 different nationalities. The town and its school continue to grow and develop at a rapid pace.