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  • A Warm Welcome

    Situated in the heart of a thriving expat community, our school is home to families from all over the world

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  • Academic Success

    Delivering oustanding results at every level in our school

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  • Helping Others Thrive

    We believe passionately in learning, and our modern approach to education continues to help our students shine

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    Inspiring academic success & developing social, intellectual and confident children

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    We look forward to seeing you at the British International School, Puxi and welcoming you and your family to our special community

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The SDS Education Program

In SDS, all Dutch-speaking pupils benefit from a bilingual education during school hours. Students follow the British curriculum in the English language in addition to a Dutch Language and Culture course.

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In Years 7, 8 and 9 students also study Dutch Humanities; which covers geography, history and citizenship.

Our main goal is to offer a high-quality language and culture program that enables pupils to easily return to the Dutch or Belgian education system should they choose to.

A Thematic Approach to Learning

In SDS we work thematically. The theme changes every six to eight weeks. The themes have been carefully chosen and are based on the experiences of pupils, but also on the international context in which they grow up. Course content is based on core Dutch objectives, as outlined by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. This thematic approach is consistent with the British curriculum. 

Multilingual students have specific learning needs. They often pick up learning material quickly and make connections between already learned knowledge in the different languages. They can use their multilingualism to understand and process learning concepts. In SDS we encourage this by applying the learned language skills to activities like writing travel brochures; putting together a lifelike exhibition complete with your own artworks, artist profiles or presenting an episode of a cooking show. The various end products are tracked and assessed in a language portfolio so as to measure progress.


Language Assessment

In addition to these school assessments, we carry out annual language tests to compare the level of our students with that of their peers in the Netherlands. 

In the 2016 - 2017 school year, the SDS team, in collaboration with experts from the Curriculum Development Foundation (, evaluated the entire curriculum and, where necessary, adjusted it to match the specific learning needs of the NTC pupil.