How many children are registered in the school and what is the age range? Read more...
We have over 500 students enrolled at BSB, from the age of 12 months to 18 years old.
How many nationalities are in the school? Read more...
BSB is an international school with 68% of the students arriving from as many as 45 countries worldwide.
Some 32% of the students are Romanian and around 25% are native English speakers.
Which curriculum does the school follow? Read more...
The British School of Bucharest offers a developmental curriculum in line with the UK National Curriculum. It is structured and balanced to ensure the children cover a range of subjects, with a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy.
The curriculum is designed to encourage and stimulate our pupils to produce quality work and to give of their very best. Activities offered are challenging and demanding, enabling students to develop their skills and to further what they know, understand and can do.
What are the class sizes? Read more...
In almost all cases class sizes at BSB are restricted to 20 in both Primary and Secondary classes.
For the Early Years Foundation Stage ratios of children to staff are: Creche & Crib 12 students to 3 staff, Preschool 16 students to 3 staff, Reception 18 students to 2 staff.
How does the school day run? Read more...
All pupils are expected to attend school from 08:30 - 15:00. We do not offer a half-day programme for Crib & Creche. For pupils in Reception and above, optional after-school clubs are also available from 15:00 - 16:00.
Crib, Creche & Preschool
- 08:30 - 15:00
Reception - Year 13
- 08:30 - 15:00
- Clubs: 15:00 - 16:00
Is homework a requirement? Read more...
Children in EYFS do not have formal homework set. Reception children will, at some point during the year, take home a reading book when they are ready to begin more formal reading.
Even though there is no formal homework assigned at this level there are many ways in which you can support your child at home, including taking an interest in their learning by speaking to them about their day and asking them what happened. Asking questions and having the children explain reinforces their understanding and helps them to learn faster.
KS1 and KS2 Homework
In KS1 homework is at the discretion of the class teacher and may include learning spelling lists and a Maths or Language activity. In addition children may be required to complete other activities more suited to the home environment, such as collecting information to support project work. Teachers may also assign homework if work has not been completed satisfactorily in class or if further time is needed for completion.
Children in Years 2 - 6 are given specific Maths, Literacy and Spelling homework. There is also a range of optional homeworks from a ‘Takeaway’ menu which is designed termly by the teachers of each year group. This involves a variety of optional tasks which support the learning in the classroom and can be used in line with each family’s specific needs and situation.
Homework is communicated in detail via the year group blogs.
The following is a general guideline for homework expectations:
Years 2 & 3 20 minutes a day
Years 4 30 minutes a day
Years 5 35 minutes a day
Years 6 45 minutes a day
Key Stages 3 - 5 Homework
Homework is communicated to the children in class but also recorded online via 'ShowMyHomework' enabling clarity of instructions and sharing of resources where necessary in a manner that helps the children whilst allowing parents to assist or monitor as necessary.
The following is a general guideline of homework expectations for students in Years 7-13:
Expectations: Years 7/8 Up to 1 hour per evening
Year 9 Up to 2 hours per evening
Years 10 / 11 Up to 2 hours per evening
Year 12 / 13 Up to 3 hours per evening
Does BSB provide support to students with a low level of English? Read more...
At BSB all lessons are conducted in English by Native English speakers. It is therefore necessary that students are able to communicate effectively in English in order to get the most out of their time at BSB.
Children are assessed in English at the beginning of the year and on entry to the school. In cases where children have English as their second language and have been assessed as needing extra support, they will receive small group tuition from a member of staff in the EAL department.
The number of sessions needed by each child will be at the discretion of the teachers involved and a letter will be sent home informing parents of the support being offered. The focus at elementary level is on oral skills, listening and speaking, to help the students to cope with their mainstream classes and to form friendships with other students. As students become more confident users of English, the teaching focus shifts to reading and increasingly to writing, which are the focus areas at intermediate level and above.
Students are also encouraged to make use of the CAL (Computer Aided Learning) facilities at BSB, which are all equipped with programs which students can use to improve their English.
Within Secondary, EAL support focuses on language for academic purposes subject support and it is expected that students will also attend CCAs to help guide them towards KET and PET examinations. In the sixth form students that have not attained the relevant English qualification for university entrance study for IELTS as part of their mainstream curriculum.
Students within Secondary are usually withdrawn from EAL support once they have passed the PET examination. However in the final years of Secondary, assistance continues in several cases, to allow students to cope with the rigors of higher level academic English required for A Level study.
Does BSB provide Accelerated Learning Classes (ALC)? Read more...
These classes are small groups of children from Primary who teachers feel would benefit from additional support in areas of Literacy or Numeracy. They cover the same curriculum as the whole class but in a small group where the students are able to learn at a slower pace with plenty of repetition and review to ensure that the learning is consolidated and able to be applied. Should your child's class teacher feel that your child would benefit from these classes you will be sent a letter offering more detail. You will also have the opportunity to speak to the teacher in person should you wish.
Does BSB have a programme to challenge gifted and talented students? Read more...
Throughout the school, from EYFS through to Key Stage 5 the students are monitored for evidence of talent or ability across the curriculum. The A,G&T coordinator keeps a list of these children and supervises their progress together with their class teacher.
Does BSB have specialist teachers to provide the support needed for Special Educational Needs (SEN) children? Read more...
Should your child's teacher feel that your child is having difficulty accessing the curriculum you will be asked to attend a meeting with the teacher and the Special Needs Assessment Coordinator (SENCO). At this point you will be informed of the school's SEN policy and procedures, and how we can support your child's learning.
Which extra curricular activities are available at the school? Read more...
An important part of the school curriculum at BSB is the extracurricular activities programme, which includes after school co-curricular activities (CCAs), university courses, school trips, and our Secondary School work experience programme.
BSB Primary University Courses
Each term Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils apply for a course they wish to take from a wide selection of courses offered by both teachers and parents: Key Stage 1 students apply verbally, whilst Key Stage 2 students apply in writing. Once all requests and application letters have been received and considered, pupils are then assigned a course. Courses concentrate on skills and experiences outside the set curriculum and run one afternoon in the week, usually on a Friday.
The following are a sample of some of the university courses run in the past:
- Augmented Reality
- Box and Circuit Training
- Circus School
- Design & Technology
- Escape Rooms
- Forest School
- Musical Theatre
After School Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs)
CCAs offer our students the opportunity to try new sports and activities and to pursue a variety of interests which may in time develop into life long passions. We have an extensive after school club programme with a wide selection of CCAs offered each term. CCAs are run by teachers, parents, and outside instructors Monday to Friday, 3pm- 4pm with several for Secondary students running until 5pm. Parents are informed which CCAs are available on which days prior to the start of each new club term. Students are encouraged to join at least one two CCAs. For further information on CCA choices please access here
Private Music Lessons
During normal school time students are also able to receive private music lessons, which are in addition to the normal school music lessons, with specialist music instructions for a variety of instruments. For further information on these lessons, please access here or contact the school's office.
Does the school organise trips for pupils? Read more...
During the school year your child will have the opportunity to join a variety of educational visits. Teachers plan these visits carefully to help reinforce ideas and concepts linked to a current area of study, and where possible are financed with the standard school fees. The class teacher and an assistant will accompany any offsite visit and parent helpers may be asked to make up an even higher adult child ratio.
To enhance the learning that takes place in the classroom and to provide a more 'hands-on' experience to reinforce learning, trips involving an overnight stay or longer are also arranged.
The cost of these trips is not included in the standard fee. However, you will be informed well in advance of any such trip.
Each year the school runs a number of trips:
- Year 3 One night residential within Romania
- Year 4 Two nights residential within Romania
- Year 5 Four nights residential within Romania
- Year 6 - 13 A number of international trips and annual week-long year group expeditions
- Annual week-long ski trip outside Romania
In addition to class trips, the school often runs a number of trips relating to subjects taught, such as geography and drama trips to various locations abroad and within Romania.
Private Music Lessons Read more...
During normal school time students are also able to receive private music lessons, which are in addition to the normal school music lessons, with specialist music instructors for a variety of instruments. For further information on these lessons, please access here or contact the school's office.
Does BSB provide a lunch service? Read more...
BSB's lunch service is provided in-house. High quality meals are served to our students that are an appealing as well as a healthy option made from fresh foods cooked on our premises.
Alternatively, a nutritious lunch can be sent from home. All pupils are provided with a nutritious snack of fruit and juice in the morning break at no extra charge, for further information on the school lunch service, menu and costs please access here
Does the school operate a bus system? Read more...
The school bus service is a door-to-door service where possible and it is offered on request through an external bus company for children aged from 24 months. To register for the bus service, please go to http://www.britishschool.ro/services/transport.html. Your request will be processed and a member of the Office staff will contact you to confirm the availability of a place on the bus and inform you about pick up time in the morning and afternoon drop off.
What do I have to do if I would like to apply to the school? Read more...
The first step toward enrolling your child at The British School of Bucharest is to click on the "Contact Admissions" button on the main page of the website in order to arrange a date for your visit or to ask for information.
At any stage during the application process the admissions staff will be happy to help you and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on the admission procedure please click here: Admissions
Does BSB have a Parent Association? Read more...
There is an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) within the school which is instrumental in organising events for both children and parents. The PTA meets each month with a school staff member to plan key events:
Key events organised by the PTA are the Artisan Fair (December), the Summer Fair (June), PTA Coffee Mornings, Parent Luncheons, Trips, Parent Cooking Lessons and other Workshops.
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