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CurriculumBritish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 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 22 students / class
Maximum
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: HK$113,300
to: HK$185,500
Address: Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
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Number of students

1,000+

Number of nationalities represented in the school

50+

Most common nationality

British

Ratio of local students to international students

1:8

Average number of students per class

22

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

Based on an individual child’s need, support is offered both in class and in English as an Additional Language (EAL) lessons. The school's support of EAL learners takes a communicative approach, recognising that children acquire language rapidly in a supportive and motivating environment.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology is an integral part of teaching and learning at DBIS, and the school is very well resourced with ICT and learning technologies. There is one-to-one Chromebook provision for all Primary students, with class sets of iPads to support student learning. Students in the Secondary school use their own laptops. In addition to specialist Learning Technologies and Computer Science lessons, the school embraces the use of technology to enhance learning in other subject areas and has a strong digital wellbeing programme.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

DBIS offers a robust online learning programme during periods of enforced school closure. Teaching takes place in real time using Google Classroom and other specialist applications. A dedicated Wellbeing team is also on hand to provide additional pastoral support for students and their families, should it be needed.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

The level/amount of homework set depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes, for some year groups.

Entry evaluation for students

There are no exams or formal assessments prior to enrolment. Applicants are invited to attend an interview.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

An interview with all prospective students is required, and a written piece of work is requested from all applicants for Year 3 onwards.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Enrolment is always open.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE, BTEC and A Levels

Results in these examinations

The school's most recent results can be found here: https://issuu.com/dbis3/docs/dbis-annual_report-2019-20_v7_1_/26

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Yes, school buses are available for students coming from Discovery Bay and Tung Chung.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

DBIS is an inclusive school in which students with a range of additional needs are fully and actively welcomed into all aspects of the educational provision.

Learning support offered

The school's Inclusion department provides a range of support structures and programmes for a variety of different learners.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The school offers gifted and talented programmes for students who would benefit from a level of extra challenge and extension in specific areas of their learning, such as Mathematics, languages, reading and writing.

Student access to education psychologist

The DBIS Counsellor and the Head of Wellbeing provide assistance to students facing social and emotional issues, with the aim of helping them to develop resilient strategies so they can deal with any setbacks positively. Counselling support is also available to parents and families of the DBIS community who are experiencing relevant wellbeing issues.

School start time

Nursery: 8.55am
Reception: 8.45am
Early Years 1 & 2/Primary/Secondary: 8:25am

School finish time

Nursery: 2.40pm
Reception: 2.30pm
Early Years 1 & 2/Primary: 3.10pm
Secondary: 3.20pm

Supervised care before/after school

No

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

A variety of activities are available at different times of the year. Examples include Art Club, Buzzing for Books, Computing Club, Enrichment Club, Fabric Club, Food Club, Gardening Club, History Club, Homework Club, Geography Club, yoga, netball, running, swimming, football, gymnastics, hockey, dance, badminton, basketball, rugby, rounders, choir, orchestra, School of Rock, Chinese drumming, ukulele, harp, and Drama Club.

School provided lunches

Students can choose to bring a packed lunch or purchase food from the on-site cafeteria.

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

No

Sports activities included

Swimming, football, basketball, badminton, track and field, and cross-country running.

Sports facilities at the school

DBIS has extensive outdoor spaces for active play as well as an artificial-turf sports pitch, a gymnasium, a netball court, a covered sports area and a swimming pool.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, DBIS is a member of the International Schools Sports Federation Hong Kong (ISSFHK), and students take part in international sports events through the school's membership of the Federation of British Schools in Asia (FOBISIA).

Other facilities at the school

DBIS offers students an impressive range of indoor and outdoor learning and play spaces. Additional facilities include:

Multiple age-appropriate playgrounds and play equipment
Two Forest Schools
Roof garden
Fully equipped Drama and Music suites
Dedicated Art rooms
Purpose-built Globe Theatre and recording studio
Extensive science laboratories
Design Technology, computer and STEAM Suites
Extensive library facility with over 20,000 items in a purpose-built, cosy setting
Discovery Centre
On-site cafeteria

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Visitors often acknowledge that DBIS is very different to other international schools in Hong Kong. Centred in the wonderful community of Discovery Bay on the beautiful island of Lantau, the school derives much strength from its tranquil location and its surrounding active community. Establishing and maintaining strong, caring, respectful, and supportive personal relationships is key to the DBIS ethos. The school's approach allows DBIS’s teachers to work in tandem with supportive and aspirational parents in focusing upon the individual. It also allows students to concentrate on the challenging task of learning, growing, and developing as individuals.

Students enjoy a broad international curriculum with British characteristics and a distinctive learning journey that begins in Early Years (age 3–6), progresses to the Primary school (age 7–11) and culminates in the Secondary school (age 12–16). The DBIS student experience is characterised by a highly personalised learning environment, small class sizes, creative approaches to teaching and learning, and a broad range of extracurricular activities.

Teaching approach of the school

High expectations and the pursuit of excellence are fundamental to the approach to learning at DBIS. From the Early Years to the Primary and into Secondary, DBIS is focused on developing independent learners who are curious about the world around them and have a desire to explore and enquire. Learners thrive when faced with a challenge, and DBIS students are increasingly exposed to dynamic, active and engaging opportunities and experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

A range of extra support exists for all students to pursue their strengths and interests in addition to developing their curiosity, independence, confidence and resilience when meeting new challenges.

At the heart of the school's broad and balanced curriculum are a number of areas that DBIS feels are essential for students to experience throughout their learning journey. These include problem solving though Mathematics and computing, proficiency in English, development of an additional language, creativity and performance in Music, Art and Drama, plus health and wellbeing through sport and physical education.

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