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The Courtyard International School of Tervuren

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CurriculumInternational
Languages of instructionEnglish, Dutch, and French
Age RangeAges 2 to 14
Yearly fees (G7): €18,000
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English, Dutch, and French
Native English, Dutch, and French teachers
Extra languages (other than English, Dutch, and French)
Class sizes Average 8 students / class
Maximum 12 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: €18,000
Address: Hof te Oudevoorde, 49a Stationsstraat, 3080 Tervuren, Belgium

Important notes about this school

Courtyard International School offers English/Dutch and English/French or Dutch/French dual language programmes.
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Number of students

We are a new international school opening in September 2018.

Number of nationalities represented in the school

16 nationalities

Most common nationality

American and Belgian

Ratio of local students to international students

50:50

Max. number of students per class

12

Average number of students per class

8

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English, Dutch, and French speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English, Dutch, and French

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

English, French, Dutch

Use of technology in the classroom

It is woven into every class in order to assist learning throughout the curriculum. It is neither used as a replacement for effective teaching nor as a gimmick, but as a learning tool and one that can be understood and mastered. We have coding classes as well as Bots and robots that can be programmed and

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes they do.
There is short meaningful homework that pupils are prepared for and asked to complete without needing parental support.

Approximate hours of homework given

The homework ranges from 10-15minutes for the lower primary to 30 minutes for the upper primary.

Uniform required

There is a dress code.

Waiting list

There is a waiting list for the pre-school.

Entry evaluation for students

We recommend an informal interview with the principal.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

An informal interview, followed, if needed by an

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We accept students throughout the year.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

We are a primary school.

External examinations or assessments available

We prepare students for the exams they will need to pass to enter their chosen secondary schools eg 11+, Common Entrance, and the Belgian CEB and Flemish Community exams.

Results in these examinations

We are a new school, opening in September 2018, but our teachers' track records in preparing students for these exams in previous schools has been 100%

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Students of all faiths and none are welcome.

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, there are specialised staff including a SEND coordinator, specialists in the teaching of 'gifted and talented students, SEN specialist teacher and 'logopede' (speech therapist).

Learning support offered

We provide support for students with mild to moderate special learning needs.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We have a programme of extension activities both within the curriculum and as extra curricular. Classroom teachers carefully differentiate classroom activities and develop programmes that support the developing character and interests of the gifted and talented pupils.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, parents, students and staff all have access to an educational psychologist.

School start time

08h45

School finish time

15h45

Supervised care before/after school

Students can be enrolled in the extended school day which runs from 08h00 - 18h00

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

-Speech and drama in English
-Nature and science club
-Speech and drama in French
-Arts and crafts
-Art history club
-Introduction to dance
-Latin and classical civilisation club
-Sports skills
-Verbal reasoning
-Coding dojo
-Aikido club
-Handwriting/calligraphy club
-Friday Philosophy club
-Chess club

School provided lunches

Yes

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes

Sports activities included

Aikido, psychomotricité, cross country running, netball, gym, trampoline, football, cycling, walking, dance, yoga etc.

Sports facilities at the school

Multi-purpose gym, netball, huge meadow for cross country running, dance studio.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

We prepare teams to take part in inter-school sports tournaments and competitions.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

We are an international, bilingual primary school (2yrs-11), where children follow the bilingual education in two of: English - French - Dutch.
Our school is located on the beautiful National Heritage farm of Hof te Oudevoorde, in Tervuren and from the first Earliest Years, the academic programme includes outdoor forest school and farm school classes that blend seamlessly with the active learning aspect of the academic programme. Children’s needs are at the heart of all we aim to do and providing outstanding pastoral care is paramount. The joy of learning and developing as bilinguals, the fun of childhood exploration and caring for others and the environment are central to all we do.
We aim to provide warm school community where every child is encouraged to do their best, be a part of the local community and to engage pro-actively with the wider world. We warmly welcome both local and international children between the ages of 2-11 to join either our English/Dutch or English/French or Dutch/French dual language programmes.
The primary school prepares pupils for entry into local or international schools (in English, Dutch or French), giving them a wonderful head start as bilingual language learners. It will also, on request, prepare students for Common Entrance and scholarship exams for British public schools. With our focus on the ecology of childhood and the development of the 'whole child', it goes without saying that character-building and the creation self-confidence run though The Courtyard's DNA.
We are only 15-20 minutes from the Brussels EU Commission sites, NATO, Leuven and Waterloo, yet it feels like we're in the heart of the rolling countryside, surrounded as we are by fresh air, rolling meadows, abundant wildlife and farm animals. We are also situated on the edge of the UNESCO Sonian Forest and by the Park of Tervuren (https://www.natuurenbos.be/parktervuren) with all the resources that they offer creative teachers and students. The Courtyard is a forward-looking international school with a village-school feel. It has a warm, home-from-home atmosphere and an excellent academic programme.

Teaching approach of the school

As depicted in our logo, our motto represents our aim to help students feel both, "rooted locally and growing globally". We develop our pupils to grow as bilinguals. This goal opens the doors to communication around the world. Our methodology relies on structured language acquisition teaching and active student engagement in hands-on activities inside and outside the classroom, with mother tongue teachers modelling their own language when teaching different areas of the curriculum. We blend the International Primary Curriculum with the national curricula of the languages being acquired and with outdoor exploration. We are a supportive, caring school whose ethos hinges on a dynamic balance of robust informality and relaxed academic rigour. Children’s needs are at the heart of all we aim to do and providing outstanding pastoral care is paramount. The joy of learning, developing as bilinguals, the fun of childhood exploration and caring for the environment are central.
In summary, we aim to provide warm school community where every child is encouraged to do their best, be a part of the local community and to engage pro-actively with the wider world.

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