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IB and British curriculums
Ages 3 to 18

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CurriculumsIB and British
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 15 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €7,765
to: €12,920
Address: Rua da Cerca, 338 4150-201 Porto Portugal
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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

524

Number of nationalities represented in the school

30+

Most common nationality

Portuguese

Ratio of local students to international students

59% Portuguese and 41% other nationalities

Max. number of students per class

20

Average number of students per class

15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

The school offers a comprehensive support programme for all EAL students.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Portuguese, French, Spanish, Mandarin as an extra-curricular activity

Use of technology in the classroom

We have Promethean Boards, Interactive Whiteboards (IWB), plus iPads and latest Apple Macs.

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)

Yes

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, assessments. The Learning Development Coordinator is also in the admission interviews to identify any students with additional needs.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline, we enroll all year round.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

Cambridge Primary Checkpoints, Cambridge and EdExcel IGCSE and IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

Above world average

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

No

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The school has a full Learning Development team to support all support, including AG&T , EAL and SEND.

Learning support offered

• support to staff by sharing strategies
• liaison with staff
• training to staff to raise awareness
• observations of students in class
• initial assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses
• register with needs, support offered and strategies available to all staff
• in class support
• withdrawals
• interventions
• liaison with parents and outside agencies

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

1. specific clubs for these students
2. strategies shared with staff
3. support when needed

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, we have a full time school counsellor on site.

School start time

8.50 am

School finish time

Between 3.15 and 3.30pm for EYFS and Lower Primary, 4.10pm for Upper Primary and Secondary.

Supervised care before/after school

We have an Early Bird programme from 8am, and an aftercare service until 6.30pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

OBS offers a rich selection of internal clubs, sports and activities in the arts and languages as well as a number of external clubs, including chess, rugby, ballet, swimming and Mandarin. We also support the peripatetic music team who come in and teach a variety of instruments to our students both at lunch time and after school.

School provided lunches

Yes

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

We have daily vegetarian option in the canteen, which can sometimes be vegan, we do cater for some specific dietary requirements, but not all.

Sports activities included

Gymnastics, Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field, Cross Country, Association Football, Rugby, Cricket, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Target Sports (Disc golf, Archery, Bowls, Petanque) plus experiences in many more Kayak, Golf, Climbing, Karting, Horse Riding, Tennis, Surfing etc..

Sports facilities at the school

A Sport Hall (Intermediate Basketball Court size) with changing rooms and showers. An Outside Basketball Court (Intermediate Basketball Court size). A grass area (approx 45m x 30m). An all weather 5 a side Football pitch (approx 40m x 26m)

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

The School offers local tournaments for under 10, regional tournaments for under 12, national tournaments for under 14 and international tournaments for under 18.
We use off site specialist facilities when we can. i.e. Cricket, Tennis, Golf clubs, the Local Surf beach, Athletics facilities and the beautiful Parque da Cidade.
These include multi sports events or focused competition in Association Football, Basketball, Rugby, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball and Cricket.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Oporto British School, located in Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, is the oldest British school in Continental Europe, established in 1894. It is a private, day school for both boys and girls, aged 3 to 18. It follows a British curriculum until the completion of the IGCSE and Senior pupils study the IB Diploma Programme.
The high quality education received by the pupils as evidenced by outstanding IB results, have led to the school achieving full dual accredited status by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Teaching approach of the school

Oporto British School aims to be an inspirational institution of thinking and learning, promoting excellence from all our pupils, and developing the compassionate, responsible leaders of the future.
We do everything we can to motivate each and every child here, and work to ensure they do the best they possibly can in their academic work and other areas of their lives. In doing this, we combine tradition with forward-thinking educational practice, providing a dynamic, high-quality and internationally-minded experience to develop creative, compassionate and inquiring life-long learners and leaders.

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