Welcome to Nadeen School

We provide a caring, nurturing, and stimulating environment.

Nadeen School, established in 1978, has always been a holistic, child-centred, emotionally-driven school with a strong focus on academic and pastoral development. The 400 children from over 50 countries remain front and centre of every decision we make. Our initiatives are all centred around asking the question: “What is right for the child?” As the only non-selective outstanding school in Bahrain our student body includes children of many different levels and abilities; we firmly believe that every child has the right to an education that is designed to suit their needs. Our motto “Small School – Big Family” perfectly encapsulates our ethos and approach. Children attend the school from Nursery to Year 6 and we have over 70 full time staff and additional support staff mainly from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, America, and Canada. Our mix of nationalities and cultures makes us a truly international school with respect, tolerance, and appreciation of each other central to our beliefs.

Please see Learning at Nadeen to understand how we teach!


Nadeen School has always had a holistic approach to education. This means that we focus on and develop all aspects of the child and treat each aspect with equal importance. We want our children to grow and develop their emotional, creative, social, imaginative, spiritual and physical sides as well as their academic and intellectual sides. We also instill in our children the importance of finding their own identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connection to their community, the natural world and through encouraging personal and collective responsibility.


We have four buildings on our campus containing classes and designated activity rooms for Library, Dance, Drama, Music, IT, Language Support, Learning Support, Activities, and Gardening. We conduct PE and Sports lessons in the British Club, and use their big indoor sports hall and outdoor tennis courts throughout the year. Our school buildings are surrounded by gardens and three large playgrounds, most covered by UV sun protection shades. We have a large area for tricycles, bikes, water play, and free play, as well as large climbing structures, seating, and quiet areas. We also conduct lessons outside in different outdoor learning spaces and have independent learning and exploration areas for the children to use. During the cooler months we encourage the children and parents to help us in the garden by planting flowers, adding to our compost bin, and taking care of our chickens and ducks. We also have picnics and snack time in the garden when the weather permits.

Meet our Directors!

Pauline Puri, originally from Tasmania, Australia, has been at Nadeen School since 1982, when she joined as a class teacher. When the original owner, Kaye Siegal, left Bahrain in 1984 she had two options: close the school or hand it over to someone who would carry on the school’s holistic, child-centred, and family-centred ethos. She chose Pauline who has been an active, passionate, and caring Director who always keeps the children at the centre of what we do. Pauline can often be found in the library reading to children, and helping in the school garden where she shares her passion for preserving our environment. Shanee (Pauline’s daughter) joined the school after university in 1998 and has been at the school ever since. Shanee has worked through and had experience in all areas of the school during her time at Nadeen and has spent the last few years ensuring that the school’s future is secured through a move to a new, purpose-built campus. Shanee can be found at school every day and her favourite thing to do is to talk with the children at playtime and to be involved in school community events, brainstorming new initiatives, and being connected with our school families.

Meet our senior leadership team

Elaine has been the headteacher at Nadeen School for the last 10 years and before that was a teacher and middle leader at the school for a further 9 years. Before moving to Nadeen School, she worked in another private school in Bahrain for 10 years. Elaine passionately believes that every child deserves the opportunity to learn in a school that puts their needs at the centre of everything they do. She loves seeing the joy that an holistic education can bring to a child and the impact that a love of learning can have on all aspects of a child’s development. Besides Nadeen School, Elaine’s greatest loves are spending time with her family and friends, and lots of travel.

Ben has been deputy headteacher at Nadeen School for 3 years. He has been teaching in the UK since 2005 and internationally since 2017. He has taught at primary schools in north London and Birmingham. He has had leadership roles for the last 14 years. Ben has also spent time in schools in India, Bangladesh and Uganda in a variety of capacities to broaden his depth of knowledge of global education. When not spending time with his young family you can find him cycling, swimming and running.