how we teach

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Our teachers deliver exceptional learning experiences that open up a world of opportunities, inspiring your child to achieve more than they imagined possible.

Outstanding teachers make outstanding schools

Our students tell us they love coming to school. And that’s down to our world-class teachers, who create a safe, inclusive, and ambitious learning environment.


At the British International School Bratislava (BISB), we only recruit the best. Being part of the Nord Anglia family of schools helps us to attract talented people with a wealth of experience in British and international schools. All our teachers are carefully chosen, too; they’re experts in their field and hold UK qualified status or equivalent.

Like our students, it’s crucial our teachers never stop learning. We make sure they continue to develop and grow, supported by accreditation from the best training organisations and Nord Anglia University.

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  • our leadership team


Karen Eastwood

Karen joined BISB from the British International School Vietnam, where she worked for five-and-a-half years. An experienced IBDP and IGCSE Biology teacher, Karen is focused on achieving excellent academic outcomes and building on our highest ever IBDP scores.


Mark Hatherell
Head of Secondary
Previously Head of Secondary at a large international school in Kuala Lumpur, Mark has extensive experience in British and global education. Mark’s goal is to offer outstanding learning opportunities in every lesson and a plethora of enrichment activities outside the classroom.
Kate Fitzpatrick
Kate Fitzpatrick
Head of Primary
Originally from London, Kate joined us after seven years in leadership roles at The British International School of Hanoi. Kate firmly believes in both the importance of students’ personal development and strong relationships between home, the family and school.
BISB GABRIELLE CLOVER Deputy Head of Primary
Gabrielle Clover
Deputy Head of Primary
Gabrielle has a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s in Special Education. Having lived in Norway, the USA and Mongolia, where she was Head of Primary Learning Support, Gabrielle brings a global perspective to our students’ experience, one which gives every child a sense of belonging.
BISB PHILIPPA WILLIAMS Deputy head of Secondary
Philippa Williams
Deputy Head of Secondary
Philippa joined us in 2013 following three years as Head of Geography and Geology at a private school in the UK. She’s proud of the international mindedness of education at BISB, as well as being part of such a diverse school community.
Barbora Kanclířová
Business Manager

Barbora has a degree in International Trade and Bc in Social and Work Psychology. When Barbora joined BISB in 1999, it was a small school with 80 pupils. Over the years she has witnessed its success and growth from a school where she knew every child’s name to the most successful school in Bratislava with over 750 pupils.

Barbora is responsible for many positive changes and enhancements that our school has undergone over the years and she is really proud of it.
BISB MILINA BIRES Director of Admissions and Marketing
Milina Bireš
Director of Admissions and Marketing
Milina joined us in 2002, taking on responsibility for our admissions in 2006. As the school has grown, so has Milina’s role, which is continually evolving to best meet the needs of our children and families. Milina has a Master’s in Slovak and English Language and Literature, as well as an expert knowledge of the school and our local area.
Joshua Cuttell
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Our students have access to Bridge U, a world-class platform that informs their choice of university course, tracks changes to the job market, and helps them prepare their applications.
Joshua Cuttell
Careers and University Guidance Counsellor
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At the British International School Bratislava, we reimagine learning through a seamless blend of personalised teaching and the latest education technology (EdTech).

Login to Nord Anglia’s Global Campus platform and your child will discover a world of opportunities. They’ll connect with classmates in countries across the world and get stuck into one-off global projects and exciting challenges. They’ll also explore specially curated content from our world-leading partners, including MIT and The Juilliard School.

Our secure digital space is open to parents, too, enabling you to play an active part in your child’s learning. Every student in Years 2-11 is given an iPad with integrated keyboard, while lessons in our modern classrooms, labs and libraries are brought to life by 3D printers, interactive software, drones and more. 


Our promise to offer a world of opportunities doesn’t just apply to our students – it includes our teachers, too. We encourage them to hone their teaching through world-class training and development.

  • Our professional development programmes are supported by outstanding organisations, including the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and the Associated Board for the Royal School of Music (ABRSM).
  • The Nord Anglia University platform is the perfect place for teachers to share ideas and best practise. We also encourage them to study for further qualifications, including Master's degrees. This ensures our teachers are at the forefront of global education trends, enabling them to deliver pioneering programmes and cutting-edge learning experiences.
  • Every IBDP teacher is certified and trained by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), giving them the practical understanding and theoretical knowledge they need to guide our students to success.
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Our teachers are specialists in their field, who have a wealth of experience in British and international schools. We recruit fluent English speakers who have UK qualified teacher status (or equivalent).


We invest in our teachers’ learning, offering unrivalled opportunities for them to develop and grow. This is the best way to guarantee that your child gets the highest quality academic education. We also regularly assess our teachers against local and national benchmarks, as well as Nord Anglia’s stringent Quality Assurance Framework. Through rigorous background screening, a strong safeguarding policy, and criminal record checks, we ensure our students are safe at school.


We’re proud to have such a committed, highly qualified, and caring group of teachers. 92% of our parents agree that their child receives a high quality education, while 93% strongly agree that their child has a good relationship with their teacher. 

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BISB is more than a school – we’re a vibrant, caring community. Our world-class teachers create inclusive, inspiring learning environments where every student thrives. Want to join us? We’d love to hear from you.
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We’d love to talk to you about what our school can offer you and your family – and give you the chance to meet our brilliant teachers. Get in touch with our admissions team today.

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