Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction
|Native English teachers
|Extra languages (other than English)
|22 students / class
|25 students / class
This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2023/2024.
All the details about this school in their own words
|Number of students
Each year we welcome more than 94 students. Last year we had 953 students.
|Number of nationalities represented in the school
Currently we have students from 42 nationalities.
|Most common nationality
Our 5 biggest nationalities are: UK, Philippines, Australia, Canada, USA
|Ratio of local students to international students
We have approximately 27% local students.
|Native English speaking teachers
Some are native speakers of the language. If they are not, they do have the right qualifications to teach the language.
|Language support for students not fluent in English
Learning Support Assistants with specific expertise are available for students who require English as an Additional Language (EAL).
|Additional language classes offered by the school
Mandarin, French and Spanish.
|Max. number of students per class
Classes are limited in size, with a maximum of 25 in nursery, 18 in reception, 15 in IB, and 20 throughout the rest of the school. These small classes enable teachers to use differentiated teaching strategies, which encourage each child to develop at their own pace.
|Average number of students per class
22 students per class in average.
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?
Primary school has Primary Learning Support Assistants. How many depends on the year level.
|Use of technology in the classroom
Year 4 to 6 bring their own device, usually an iPad or similar. Year 7 and up require a laptop computer. Year 1 to 3 uses devices provided in school.
|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)
The teachers used Zoom to conduct lessons during distance learning. The school was one of the first in the Philippines to begin hybrid and then face-to-face learning after the pandemic. All the classrooms are equipped with necessary ICT equipment like iPads, speakers and microphones.
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?
No, we don't.
|External examinations or assessments available
IGCSE at 16 years old. IB diploma at 18 years old.
|Results in these examinations
BSM average total score is 39 vs. world average of 33. With 34 students scoring above 40 points.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?
Yes. Amount of homework depend on the year level.
|Approximate hours of homework given
We suggest about 45 minutes to complete their homework.
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation
During the last 5 years we have had 100% that have gone on to further education.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs
Our Student Support department offers Learning Support services for students.
|Learning support offered
The Student Support Services department offers different stages of support for students. It includes Learning Support Consultation and Monitoring, Learning Support Intervention, Enhanced Learning Support, and Extended Learning Support.
|Student access to education psychologist
BSM has dedicated School Counsellors who provide confidential support to our students, teachers and school community. The prime goal of our counsellors is to be a confidential advocate for each student through individual or group counselling sessions that cover a broad range within the social, educational, developmental, emotional and behavioural areas.
|Entry evaluation for students
Yes, we do.
|Brief description of entry evaluation required
Upon submission of all the requirements, the application will be evaluated by the Head of Primary or Deputy Head of Senior School. Depending on their recommendation, the applicant may then be invited to attend an assessment. All children will be assessed for placement in their appropriate age group. The admission assessment will focus on academic potential, English proficiency and social maturity.
Yes, we do have a waiting list.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)
Our school year starts in August and consists of 3 terms. But admission is rolling admission throughout the year.
|Students can join after academic year begins
Yes, we have a rolling admissions process, subject to our admissions priorities and whether space is available.
|School start time
School starts at 7.40 am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursdays it starts at 8.10.
|School finish time
For nursery school ends at 11.10 am.
|Supervised care before/after school
We don't provide supervised care before school. After school you are welcome to sign up to after school activities.
|School bus service available
We offer bus services.
|School provided lunches
The Primary School and Senior School Cafeterias are open daily offering a selection of our healthy meal options. These can be pre-ordered and paid in advance or bought on the day. They offer a variety of food options from Asian to continental to pasta and salads.
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)
Yes, we can help out with most of your dietary requirements. Just talk to the cafeteria personnel and they can assist you.
Yes, we have a school uniform.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered
Clubs and activities largely run after school; however, a number of clubs also take place in the morning and/or at weekends. Art, music, drama and dance are key components of the programme as they are accessible for all ages. We have a major focus on academic extension such as robotics, modern foreign languages, science clubs and journalism. Model United Nations is offered from Year 5 upwards, and there are a number of Information Technology clubs and activities that provide opportunities for your children to apply technology to real world situations. For more information please copy and paste this link to see the list of activities we offer: http://britishschoolmanila.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ASA-Schedule-Term-2-2019.pdf
|Sports activities included
We offer physical education 3 times a week for most year groups. Swimming practice is offered once a week. The rest of the PE lessons cover dance, gymnastics and games (e.g. football, rugby, athletics, tee-ball).
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students
Yes, we do. Our teams participate within school, within the country as well as internationally.
|Facilities at the school
The school has a Learning Resource Centre with two libraries for Primary and Senior School. There are two fields for football and other sports; Main Hall for indoor activities, Bayanihan Hall, a purpose built auditorium and theatre stage; swimming pool for classes and competitions, and science laboratories to cater to different fields of sciences and classes.
|Sports facilities at the school
Covered Play Area. The Covered Play Area is used by all students in the school. Because the area is covered, the children always have an outdoor space for playtimes no matter what the weather. It is also used for PE lessons and the ASAs since it doubles as a basketball court.
Don Jones and Sports Field. These two fields are excellently maintained and provide BSM with outdoor spaces which are used in PE lessons, extra-curricular activities, team practices and for school matches.
Multi-Purpose Hall. It has 6 full size badminton courts, 1 full size basketball court (with automated scoring system) and/or 1 full size volleyball court. It can be divided in half, by a heavy duty curtain and is fully air-conditioned.
Swimming Pool. The school has an excellent 8 lane 25m swimming pool with starting blocks at both ends. It is also fitted with automated touch pads, which are used regularly in both local and international competitions. In addition to the main pool, there is a teaching pool used for the early years swimming classes.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school
The British School Manila provides outstanding education based on an adapted form of a British curriculum and the I.B. Dimploma. This is achieved in a friendly family atmosphere that nurtures a community feeling where the emotional, physical, creative and intellectual needs of all children will be met within an International environment. The main focus of BSM is on the development of the whole child through holistic education. BSM offers a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum with the flexibility to take advantage of the local environment and culture, reflecting the international nature of the student body. The residential and outdoor education programme is central to the learning experience at BSM. The outdoor education is designed to be challenging, to help students grow as individuals, to build their resilience and independence as well as confidence and social and personal skills. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging children to become better learners.
|Teaching approach of the school
Our campus is open, airy and family friendly, encouraging students to interact with other year groups, supporting close engagement with our UK and Commonwealth trained teaching staff, and nurturing home and school partnerships. The vision and mission of BSM is to develop students who are global citizens, equipped with skills, understanding and values to be able and willing to contribute positively to the world.