PARENT ESSENTIALS

We’re proud of our vibrant parent community, which is home to families from more than 40 different countries. Together, we work hard to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome. Whether you’re already part of our BISB family – or you’re interested in joining us – you’ll find all the information you need right here.

KEY DATES

Keep up to date with the academic year at BISB with these key dates for your calendar.
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Important documents

Find here the important documents for the British International School Bratislava
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Preparing for school

Lunch and snacks
Freshly prepared by our in-house chefs, our students enjoy a healthy lunch and nutritious snacks every day. Lunch normally includes a soup, hot main course, side dish, mixed salad and either fruit or a cake. Perfect to keep your child active all day.
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School uniforms
Wearing our uniform gives students a sense of belonging and makes them feel part of our school community. Our uniform varies by age group, but our children always look smart!
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School bus
Our school minibus service can collect your child from a home address in almost any area of Bratislava, up to 15km from the school. If you live more than 15km away, we can pick up your child for an extra charge. We’ve been working with JUMAP Buses for more than 18 years, and their drivers are experienced, friendly and professional.
School day
Find out what a typical day at our school looks like.
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Parent Academy
Every parent wants to understand the best way to support their child’s learning. That’s why we set up our Parent Academy, a series of webinars designed to provide information and answer your questions. Topics include balancing screentime with outdoor learning, the value of languages, preparing for university, and more.
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Toddlers Group

Toddler Group is canceled until further notice due to Covid -19.

Toddlers engage in the world of books, music and rhymes, meet new friends (parents and toddler), play and chat over a coffee and snack.

PORTAL AND APPS

At BISB, we use the very best EdTech to enhance your child’s education. Our Firefly virtual learning environment (VLE) supports truly personalised learning, enabling teachers to track students’ progress, input into their work, and set tasks. Firefly also brings together other elements of your child’s time at school, including extra-curricular achievements and photo galleries showing what they’ve been up to. Really importantly, it creates a connection between home and school, giving you full access to your child’s education.
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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Your child will discover a world of opportunities at BISB. From dance, drama and music to sports, science and languages, we offer more than 70 extra-curricular activities, clubs and trips that nurture our students’ talents and ignite new passions.
Performing Arts
Our exclusive collaboration with The Juilliard School prepares your child for the international stage. Our students tread the boards in our professional theatre and choreograph routines in our dance studio. Taught by professional musicians, your child can learn an instrument, star in the school orchestra, or join a band.
Sports and Wellbeing
At our sports clubs, your child can compete, get active, and improve their health and wellbeing. Our specialist staff and coaches offer a wide range of inclusive team and individual activities, from athletics, football and tennis to yoga, indoor climbing and aerobics. There really is something for everyone.
Trips and Expeditions
One-of-a-kind expeditions and residential trips create memories that last a lifetime. In Tanzania and Switzerland, our students challenge themselves and learn about others. Adventure camps, ski trips and Student Council visits broaden students’ horizons. And at our Forest School, our youngest children explore the natural world on our doorstep.
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Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)
Our CAS programme encourages IBDP students to learn beyond the classroom. Over the course of a year, your child will experience each of the three CAS topics. For creativity, they might learn an instrument. Activity could involve joining an after-school sports club or playing chess. And for service, students are encouraged to make a difference in our community.
STEAM
We offer a wide range of clubs that put your child’s creativity and problem-solving skills to the test. Accompanying our STEAM curriculum, students join robotics or computer programming clubs, or tackle the big questions at one of our science groups.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Do you admit students throughout the year?
    Your child can start at any time during the school year. Our teachers are used to settling students at short notice, and our personalised induction process quickly makes them feel at home.
  • Is there a waiting list?
    We sometimes have a waiting list, yes. We recommend getting in touch with us as soon as possible to secure your child’s place.
  • What documents do I need to apply?

    When you first apply, we’ll ask you to send us your completed online application form; a copy of your child’s passport; a copy of recent school reports; and SEN reports (if applicable). 

    Once your child’s place and start date are confirmed, you'll need to send us an education agreement; consent forms; responsibility for fees form; a copy of your child's health insurance; a transfer form (on request from the admissions team); and vaccination confirmation (only for our Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children). 

  • What ages do you teach?
    We’re open to students aged 3-18.
  • What are your class sizes?
    Our average class size is 20. This number is much smaller in our early years classes, with a teacher-student ratio of 1:8.
  • My child doesn’t speak English. Can they enrol at BISB?
    Yes, we’re open to children who can’t speak English up to Year 6, and children with limited English up to Year 9. Our expert English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers will make sure your child gets the support they need to become a proficient English speaker. Students joining us in Years 10-13 need a good level of English so they can follow the curricula we teach.
  • What curriculum do you teach?
    Our students follow internationally recognised British and international curricula. We teach the English National Curriculum up to Year 9. In Years 10 and 11, we offer Cambridge IGCSE. And in Years 12 and 13 we teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
  • Do you offer boarding facilities?
    We don’t offer boarding facilities, but some of our older students live in a dormitory at the local high school, which is close to our campuses.
  • What after-school provision do you offer?
    We can look after our nursery and reception children until 5:00 pm. 

    Primary and secondary students are encouraged to get involved in our after-school clubs and activities. They usually take place between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, with some secondary clubs finishing at 5:00 pm.
  • Do you provide meals?
    Yes, we prepare healthy snacks and tasty hot lunches every day.
  • Is there a bus service to and from the school?
    Our school minibus service can collect your child from a home address in almost any area of Bratislava, up to 15km from the school. If you live more than 15km away, we can pick up your child for an extra charge.
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House System
Learn about our House System at The British International School Bratislava, which encourages students to embrace challenges and work together.
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