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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • How do I start the admissions process?
    The first thing you need to do is fill in our online enquiry form. We’ll get back to you within 24 hours (excluding weekends). In the meantime, we recommend looking through our website, which is full of useful information.
  • Can I visit the school?

    Yes, of course! We’d love to show you around. Get in touch with our admissions team who will organise a tour of our campus.

    If you can’t make it to Budapest, we’ll set up a one-to-one virtual discovery meeting via Microsoft Teams.

  • Is there a deadline for applications?
    You can apply for a place at any time during the school year (spaces permitting). Please get in touch with us to check our current availability.
  • Will my child need to sit a test before they enrol?

    Yes, your child will sit an assessment as part of our admissions process. This ensures we can meet their learning needs and offer the right blend of challenge and support. Our assessments and interviews vary depending on the age of the child, but may include class observations and English speaking, writing, and cognitive ability tests. 

    All our lessons are taught in English, which is why it’s so important that your child is sufficiently fluent. Our expert English as an Additional Language (EAL) team will help students who need extra support.

  • What curricula will my child follow?

    We teach the best in British and international curricula, including the English National Curriculum, IGCSEs, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

    Early Years (ages 3-5): Early Years Foundation Stage.
    Primary (ages 5-11): English National Curriculum.
    Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14): English National Curriculum.
    Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16): IGCSE.
    IB Diploma (ages 16-18): International Baccaluaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

  • What's included in your fees?
    Your child’s fees include school materials, most of our co-curricular activities, and secondary exams.
  • Do you offer students additional support?
    We run a successful English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme for students who need extra help with their English. Our expert EAL team offer support in class and run bespoke sessions.

    Our Additional Educational Needs (AEN) team create tailored programmes for students who need learning support.
  • Do you run a bus service?
    Our safe and efficient bus service can pick your child up and drop them home at the end of the day. The cost depends on where your family is based in Budapest. To find out more, please get in touch with our admissions team on: admissions@bisb.hu
  • Do you provide after-school childcare?

    Yes, we offer after-school childcare for our early years and primary students (3:15-5:30 pm, Monday-Friday).

    Childcare is provided by our dedicated learning support team. Please note, there is a charge for this service. To register your child, please contact: admissions@bisb.hu

  • What co-curricular activities do you offer?
    Our co-curricular clubs and activities offer something for everyone, ensuring your child has the chance to do what they love. From sports and creative arts to languages and music, our enrichment programme encourages students to showcase their talents and pursue new passions.
  • Do you provide pastoral care?
    Yes, your child’s wellbeing is our top priority. Our in-house pastoral care team – which includes counsellors and safeguarding experts – actively keep an eye on each child’s wellbeing and support those in need. All our teachers take part in specialist training with the world-renowned Anna Freud Centre, too, ensuring they have the knowledge to provide the right advice and guidance.
  • How do you communicate with parents?
    We’ll keep in touch with you in a variety of ways. These include our newsletter, social media, emails, and our three online platforms: Kinteract (early years), Seesaw (primary), and Firefly (secondary). Our teachers will update you on your child’s progress through communication books, parents’ evenings, and regular contact meetings.