• Authentically International

    "International" is more than a label here. It is at the very core of everything we do and how we do it.

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  • Transferable Curriculum

    A curriculum handpicked for its international focus and global recognition, culminating in the IB Program.

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  • Inspiring Each Other

    Our students will embrace your child with open arms. Our students inspire each other to succeed.

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  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire excellence.

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  • Your New Community

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one you and your child will feel at home with us.

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  • Every Day is Different

    Your child will experience something new every day. Find out what's happening and connect with each other.

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  • Ask Anything

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Secondary School

Our personalized approach puts the learner at the heart of the learning process. Our engaging curriculum challenges students to make connections across subjects, and deepen their personal understanding of how our themes relate to the wider world.

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IMYC (Ages 11-14)

The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), a challenging curriculum developed to specifically support the learning of Middle School students (ages 11-14) by providing an engaging framework for students to make connections between their learning in each academic area.

How will my child learn?

Each term, students are provided with a new Big Idea which is introduced through an engaging entry point activity which encourages students to start to assess their understanding of the Big Idea. Throughout the term, students continue to explore, assess, refine and deepen their understanding through journaling and interaction with the Big Idea in each of their subjects. At the end of the term, students display their understanding of the Big Idea through an exit point project.

How will my child be assessed?

Our students are offered frequent feedback and assessments to support their progress. Students are assessed through a range of activities, including oral discussions, projects, essays and interactive displays, and are encouraged to find their own methods of displaying their learning. Pupils are assessed using English National Curriculum levels.

IGCSE (Ages 14-16)

During the first two years of High School students study for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), one of the most recognized qualifications around the world.

This course of study gives a useful benchmark of performance at age 16. A good set of eight IGCSEs at C grade or above is considered to be worth the equivalent of a standard US High School Diploma.

The IGCSE challenges students to take responsibility for their own work and play an active role in their own academic and personal progress. Students are supported in developing problem-solving, investigative, and practical skills as the perfect academic foundation and personal preparation before starting the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

How will my child learn?

The IGCSE is designed to teach students how to become independent learners, while at the same time being able to cooperate and learn collaboratively with others.

This includes developing:

  • A firm foundation of knowledge and skills

  • The ability to work independently

  • The ability to apply specific learning to new contexts

How will my child be assessed?

Students will be continually assessed against each subject’s individual assessment criteria. IGCSE students receive a summary of their progress every 8 weeks, to ensure that students are continually challenged and progressing.

How does our approach compare to other systems?

BISW students are not class ranked and grade point averages are not calculated.

Grades for effort and progress in attainment are awarded throughout the term to enable students, teachers and parents to track their academic progress.


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