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CurriculumBritish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
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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 18 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: 48,973 lei
to: 109,190 lei
Address: 42 Erou Iancu Nicolae Street, Voluntari 077190, Romania
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Number of students

600

Number of nationalities represented in the school

50

Most common nationality

British and Local students

Ratio of local students to international students

30% Local, 70% International

Max. number of students per class

20 students, depending on Key Stage.

Average number of students per class

18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes, all our teachers are English-Native speakers.

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, we offer EAL support classes.

Additional language classes offered by the school

We offer French, German, Spanish and Mandarin language classes.

Use of technology in the classroom

Interactive boards, Chromebooks and iPads (1:1 in the Secondary school and excellent provision in Primary), 3D Printers.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

It depends on Stages; for Primary students: Years 2 & 3 - 20 min./day; Year 4 – 30 min./day; Year 5 – 35 min./ day; Year 6 – 45 min./day. For Secondary Students: Year 7-8 - Up to one and a half hours per evening; Year 9 – up to two hours per evening.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Placement tests in English and Maths alongside a CATS test for most year groups.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline, we enrol during the whole school year, depending on available places.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

All students, 100%.

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE and A Level.

Results in these examinations

For 2018 – 2019 Academic Year, A Level results are: 63% A* - B; 78% A* - C; 96% A*-E (A Level Grades) and IGCSE/GCSE results are: 62% A*-A; 94% A*-C (IGCSE/GCSE Grades).

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No religion is actively practised in school. We respect all religions and students study World Religions in the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, values and traditions, through the study of the six major world religions and non-religious views.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Students have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, values and traditions, through the study of the six major world religions and non-religious views.

School bus service available

Yes, we have a fleet of school minibuses available to transport our students to and from school each day, across an extensive catchment area.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The SEN Department reflects the school aims of valuing everyone equally and providing opportunities for all students to: fulfil their potential, develop confidence and self-esteem, enjoy and value learning, develop personal responsibility and respect.

The fundamental objective of the SEN Department at BSB is to provide a support framework for students requiring assistance with learning.

The SEN Department supports students with: learning difficulties; medical issues; behavioural and emotional difficulties.

Learning support offered

We are supported in the SEN Department by an Educational Psychologist aiding provision for pupils with behavioural, emotional and social development needs. Such expertise provides teachers and parents with necessary guidelines, supporting students in and out of the classroom as well as providing individual counselling for students and parents if required.

With respect to other cognition and learning needs, our SEN Department provides teachers with guidance to adapt lessons to specific needs and individual support guidelines through the development of Individual Educational Plans followed by regular review, with several targeted support sessions within Primary and Secondary. This type of support takes place as often as possible via in-class support rather than withdrawing students from their lessons. We also liaise with external agencies such as speech therapists for communication and interaction needs.

The SEN Department organises access arrangements with external examination boards to provide students with appropriate support at this time, whether that be with extra time in examinations, a reader, a scribe or other provision based on the student’s needs.

In some cases, the school has developed a parallel syllabus for students whose needs were more acute enabling continued mainstream schooling, but with an adapted curriculum.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Our teachers are experienced and able to identify our Able, Gifted & Talented pupils, then challenge and support them to ensure that their individual needs are met both within and outside the curriculum. We aim to identify them early and monitor and develop them throughout all Key Stages.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

8.30 am

School finish time

3.00 pm

Supervised care before/after school

No

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer around 100 Co-curricular Activities (CCAs) providing a huge range of opportunities.

School provided lunches

Yes

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

Yes

Sports activities included

At BSB, a student in Physical Education class will be immersed in an environment that develops mental, social and physical well-being. Through a mix of team and individual games, leadership opportunities, fitness training methods and movement/aesthetic activities, students will explore their individual abilities. Through these challenges, students will have the opportunity to develop life skills, knowledge, understanding, positive attitudes and values. In Physical Education, students will be encouraged to develop attributes like resilience and respect. They will get to understand the values of regular physical activity, supporting others and be able to collaborate positively. As the students’ progress through the years at BSB, they will be empowered to make healthy and informed choices and will understand the value of an active lifestyle.

Sports facilities at the school

A dome, indoor studio rooms, a climbing wall, a zipline, different outdoor fields, and a grass lawn for outdoor sport activities.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes. The British School of Bucharest participates annually in different events, especially in the BISAC tournaments, which are organised all over Romania and our athletes have the opportunity to compete in sports such as Basketball, Athletics, Cross Country, Football, Volleyball and Swimming.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Through the National Curriculum for England, our students are exposed to many innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) opportunities. These provide invaluable practical experiences that nourish the skills of creativity, flexibility and collaboration and help our students prepare for the future workplace – for jobs that may not currently exist.
The school’s loyal and experienced native English-speaking teachers, working within a British-Curriculum school, plan practical, high-quality and child-centred lessons focused on active learning where a culture of mutual respect and support is valued along with high achievement.

Teaching approach of the school

In an ‘Era of Change’, we value highly the importance of working in partnership with our students to develop their independent thinking, to build their own learning pathways and to discover their passions, creativity and interests. The British School of Bucharest is the only British School in Romania rated as ‘excellent’ for both “the quality of pupils’ learning and achievements” and “the quality of pupils’ personal development”. For the British School of Bucharest, passion for excellence is a driving force each day and our students regularly win prizes in a broad range of international and local competitions.
The 2018 Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) report concludes that “The good progress of BSB students is a result of teaching that is well-planned and effectively delivered” and assesses the British School of Bucharest as “excellent” in educational quality. The key findings are that “the quality of pupils’ learning and achievement is excellent” and that “the quality of pupils’ personal development is excellent”. This is an outstanding result for the school, driven by our teachers and leadership team. The ISI report also makes clear that “Good behaviour in lessons results from motivating teaching which reflects teachers’ extensive subject knowledge and understanding of the pupils’ needs. Appropriate teaching methods lead to effective learning throughout the school”.
We pride ourselves in having created a school where every student is cared for, respected, treated equally and is a confident, motivated, active and enquiring contributor to our BSB family. Our pupils represent the future - we very much look forward to welcoming all who enrol at the British School of Bucharest.

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