|3 - 4
||Nursery & Reception
||Early Years Foundation Stage
|5 – 6
||Year 1 – Year 2
||Key Stage 1
|7 – 10
||Year 3 – Year 6
||Key Stage 2
|11 - 13
||Year 7 – Year 9
||Key Stage 3
|14 – 15
||Year 10 – Year 11
||Key Stage 4
|16 - 17
||Year 12 – Year 13
Nursery and Reception
From the ages of 3 to 5, our youngest students build a strong educational foundation through our Nursery and Reception curricula. Nursery age children begin to explore, communicate and create in a safe and playful environment. A mixture of music, outdoor learning, pre-reading and early mathematics programmes prepares Nursery children to develop essential school-ready skills.
During our Reception classes, students aged 4 and 5 begin to read, write and solve simple mathematical problems. During these years, we emphasize both physical and social development as we guide students to better understand their surroundings and environment.
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
From ages 5 to 15, BISB students work through their primary and secondary curricula and prepare to complete their IGCSE examinations. Our primary and secondary curricula foster creative, experiential learning and guide students to take responsibility for their own education. Starting from Year 1, we encourage our students to set personal goals and assess their accomplishments, cultivating a community of lifelong learners.
Throughout each year, students build upon a foundation in core subjects including mathematics, literacy, science, humanities, physical education and creative arts. Our curriculum includes various world languages, like French, German and Spanish, as well as courses offered in both Slovak and Korean.
When they reach Years 10 and 11, students focus intensively on studying to earn internationally recognized IGCSE certificates. Students complete their two-year preparatory courses in 7 to 11 subject areas before sitting for their examinations. Upon receiving successful results, students are accepted to enter our IB diploma programme.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students aged 16 and 17 work toward earning their International Baccalaureate diploma. This certification is recognized around the world for entry to countless international universities. Throughout their IBDP studies, students will delve into a well-rounded array of courses and pursue opportunities in the academic, creative, athletic and community service realms. Students at BISB consistently outperform the global average, with 12% of BISB students ranking in the top 2% of students worldwide.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education
The lessons in a PSHE education curriculum are vital for students of all ages. BISB’s Wellbeing Programme incorporates essential subjects that encourage students' personal development. Students who understand their wellbeing grow into responsible global citizens. Form Tutors teach most of these holistic lessons to their tutor groups. Heads of Years can also organize speakers and lessons, drawing on staff expertise.
PSHE education supports students' academic development and employs aspects of our Learner Profile and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS). These elements identify, acknowledge and celebrate each student's talents. Recognized areas of ability include art, music, sport and performance. Combining PSHE and CAS encourages students to take risks, pursue learning and collaborate with peers.
In addition to CAS, the BISB Wellbeing Programme contains four other core areas of study:
- Health and wellbeing
- Living in the wider world
This aspect of education encourages self-reflection and diverse knowledge on various topics. Instead of implementing graded assessments, teachers and peers facilitate discussions and provide feedback on presentations. Students receive Learning Attitude reports, which reflect weekly participation and engagement.