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The British School of Brussels

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CurriculumBritish, International
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
International Baccalaureate Yes
Yearly fees (G7): €34,350
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: €34,350
Address: Pater Dupierreuxlaan 1 3080 Tervuren Belgium

Important notes about this school

The school offers option to follow a Bilingual French/English stream in Primary School. It also offers students a Dutch/English Bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and Dutch lessons for children as young as seven years old.
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Number of students

1350

Number of nationalities represented in the school

70

Most common nationality

Approximately 40% of students are British.

Ratio of local students to international students

40% local : 60% international

Max. number of students per class

BSB limits class sizes to 25 up to Year 6, and 21 in Years 7-11. Years 12-13 have a limit of 16 students. Exceptions are only made in special circumstances, at the discretion of the Head of School.

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

BSB has a dedicated English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department that provides EAL support for non-native English speakers and English language immersion courses for children who speak little to no English. Students quickly progress in this intensive environment and go on to be some of our highest achievers.

Additional language classes offered by the school

a wide variety of languages are taught, with bilingual programmes available at both Primary and Secondary level. French is taught from Kindergarten, so as early as age three is possible, and Dutch is taught at the age of seven.

Students have the opportunity to learn an additional language in Secondary School, and may choose Spanish, German or Dutch. Additional languages, such as Chinese and Russian, are taught on an ad-hoc, extra-curricular basis, with some students going on to gain qualifications in these extra-curricular languages.

BSB also has a French/English bilingual programme to complement English-medium teaching. BSB offers a bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (English with French or Dutch) for students aged 16-18 years. BSB also offer significantly enhanced French in Secondary School.

Use of technology in the classroom

BSB teaching staff take advantage of the latest technology to enhance the learning opportunities for all students, including digital whiteboards, iPads, a Virtual Learning Environment and a fully connected ICT system.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the grade level and subject.

Uniform required

No. School uniforms are not common on mainland Europe. However, BSB students are expected to respect a dress code and ensure their clothing is appropriate for the learning environment. There is a school PE (sports) kit which all students must wear for PE from Year 3 onwards.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

98'%

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma, IGCSE, AS and A Level

School bus service available

Yes

School start time

8:45 am or 9:00 am depending on the grade level

School finish time

Kindergarten: 14:00
Higher grades: 15:50

Supervised care before/after school

After School Care service is available to Primary School children (with priority given to those with two working parents) and is designed to give a fun, safe, communal environment for children to play and develop their social skills indoors and outdoors.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Wide variety of options is available, ranging from sports teams to language clubs, a debating society and an environmental awareness group. Students are given every opportunity to develop their talents, pursue their interests and achieve their goals.

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports activities included

All students take part in two PE lessons a week, taught either by the Class teacher or by the PE specialists in Upper Primary.

The PE curriculum includes the following:

Dance activities - learning how to move rhythmically and expressively, using and showing imagination
Games activities - learning the skills to play net, striking/fielding and invasion-type games that they and others have made, using simple tactics for attacking and defending
Gymnastic activities - learning how to combine movement, still shapes and balancing accurately.
For Upper Primary students the curriculum additionally includes the following:

Athletic activities - take part in and design challenges and competitions that call for precision, speed, power or stamina
Outdoor and Adventurous activities - take part in outdoor activity challenges, including following trails, in familiar, unfamiliar and changing environments.

Sports facilities at the school

The Schools sports facilities include the following: Tintin Gym and Hall, Rubens Hall, the School Gymnasium, the Sports Barn and a number of all-weather pitches.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

BSB school offers a modern, progressive education that inspires students, encourages achievement and emphasises personal growth and development.

BSB prepares its students for the challenges of today and the possibilities of tomorrow, with an international outlook that's truly global in size and scope.

BSB campus consists of a beautiful 10-hectare site surrounded by woodlands and lakes, with the Royal Museum for Central Africa nearby. BSB is a 20-minute drive from the cities of Brussels and Leuven, with all the transport links they provide.

Teaching approach of the school

BSB believes that learning should be academically centred, but sensitive to the wider needs of students and their families.

The goal is to create young adults who rise to the challenge of the modern world. BSB wants to inspire and motivate responsible, engaged students who have respect for themselves and each other.

The school's governance, management, faculty, curriculum, and facilities all work in support of this philosophy.

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