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  • An international school with a local feel

    We provide a high quality international education in the historically-rich city of Nanjing

    An international school with a local feel

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    Students inspire and flourish at our school, becoming the best versions of themselves

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    Our professional community of teachers and staff shape our achievements

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  • Enriching learning experience

    We offer an enriched English national curriculum with a global outlook

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Admissions FAQs

You can find the answers to our frequently asked questions here. If you have a query that you can't find the answer to here, please don't hesitate to contact us.

About Our School

How old is the school?

The British School of Nanjing is 14 years old; we opened our doors to our first 32 students in August 2007 and since then, more than 1500 students can count themselves as current and former students of BSN – a number that continues to grow as we do.

Is The British School of Nanjing accredited?

The British School of Nanjing is a member of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools and accredited by the Council of British International Schools ( COBIS). In addition, we are accredited by the Edexcel and Cambridge International Examinations Boards; and is fully licenced by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

What qualifications do your teachers have?

BSN only hires highly qualified, motivated and experienced staff. All our teachers have degrees; either a 4-year Bachelor of Education degree or a degree in their subject and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education. A significant number have further higher-level qualifications. The majority of our teachers are from UK, with a few specialists’ teachers from other countries and a strong Chinese team who teach Mandarin.

What are your school’s hours?

Monday to Friday classes begin at 8.20 am and end at 4 pm (on Friday at 3 pm).

At BSN, we offer an amazing after school free and paid programmes that end around 5.30 pm. For more details, please ask your Admissions Advisor or your class teacher. 

What are your class sizes?

The classes vary in size, but our maximum class size is 24, with an average of around 15 students. In IGCSE or A-level, where students choose their study subjects, some of their classes may be as small as 3-5 students per class, which allows our teachers to offer a highly personalized teaching.

What curriculum do you teach?

We follow The British Curriculum (or the National Curriculum of England) with a clear structure that defines the skills and knowledge that learners should know by different stages or ages. However, the curriculum is broad and allows us to tailor it carefully to where we are - China - without removing the key skills it endorses. We are part of Nanjing and we want all our students to feel that, whether they are here for a single year or long-term.

 

What foreign languages do you teach?

Chinese is offered to all pre-(I)GCSE students at appropriate levels. German and Spanish as foreign languages are offered to students aged 10 years upwards. Where possible we will accommodate students whose (I)GCSE and A Level options include other languages and we have had students sit and pass exams in French and Portuguese.

Applications and Settling in

Do you do an entry assessment?

BSN is non-selective school; however, we assess children during the admissions process to ensure each child goes into the right class and correct ability group from day one. These assessments act as a simple and quick check which enables us to meet an individual’s needs; it helps us spot talents or weaknesses that we will give special attention once the student joins BSN. We also assess the English ability of students who are non-native speakers to ensure they are able to access our curriculum with support from our EAL team.

When is the deadline for enrolment?

We accept applicants throughout the school year pending availability in the year level that the student is applying to and providing the student meets the criteria for admissions.

My child has very limited English. Can I apply to your school?

The British School of Nanjing delivers its curriculum in English. In order for students to be academically successful, they must have sufficiently high levels of both written and spoken English. 

The demands on the level of English increases with the age of the child; typically, being less demanding during early years and more demanding as children move into the Secondary year groups. The School is able to provide language support, but only for a very limited number of students and on the condition that this will only be needed for a limited time. Typically, a child with no English ability above the age of 12 will not gain admission to the School.

I am applying from overseas and my child cannot attend an assessment at the school?

No problem. Parents applying from overseas can send copies of the latest academic transcripts for their child (usually only children aged 6 or above). Depending on the information provided, the School will reply with three possible outcomes:

-  In very exceptional circumstances, the child is accepted unconditionally. This is mainly limited to native English speakers, with outstanding academic transcripts or references

- The School arranges an online interview with the child to assess the English and academic level. An admission offer may be granted on the basis of the online interview. Alternatively, a conditional admission offer is made, pending a further assessment upon arrival to the School.

How long will I have to wait before I know my child has been offered a place at BSN?

After completing the admissions process, we will communicate with you about 2-3 days after the student assessment (if required).

How will BSN ensure my child is settling in quickly to their new school?

Students who join us at the start of the year are invited to a special induction day with their families where they take part in some engaging classroom activities alongside our select Student Ambassadors. These ambassadors are current students who are familiar with the school and can ensure all those important questions, like “where are the toilets?” are answered before the hustle and bustle of the first day proper and act as a buddy in those first days. 

We also have our PA members that will answer any of your questions and welcome your family to ensure the entire family quickly feels a member of our BSN family.

Our warmth is a key part of our school – in our last parent survey 100% of respondents said their contact with the school had been “positive and welcoming”.
 

School Life

Is a school lunch provided?

A hot choice of school lunch, a salad bar, fresh fruit, and fruit juices are provided daily at no further charge. Students and staff eat the same lunch, and we view this a social occasion to share your day, build friendships and develop language skills.

Does the school offer transportation services?

BSN offers bus transportation to students in buses equipped with seatbelts and a bus monitor. Students enjoy a bus service to and from school.

Do you have Teaching Assistants (TAs)?

Our TAs and all are highly qualified, many having obtained their degree qualifications from overseas universities. We offer a comprehensive internal training programme tailored to the needs of our TAs, with the aim to developing a strong team of highly trained and fully competent individuals. TAs teach ability groups under the guidance of the class teacher and also work with individual children who need further support or extension in the classroom.

What is your music programme like?

We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to experience, learn and develop a love of music. Our music curriculum is enhanced through Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme. We encourage students to be ambitious and use their talent and learned skills to perform during school productions, assemblies, lunchtime recitals and class performances. Our students also have the opportunity to perform and also compete in overseas competitions. Instrumental private tuition is also available from 4 years old.

Do you offer any after school activities and clubs?

We offer a wide variety of afterschool activities suitable to different age groups, such as sports, music, handcrafts, coding, ballet, climbing wall, taekwondo, tennis, swimming, debate club, MUN to name but a few.

What sort of excursions and trips do you offer your students?

Getting out of school and ensuring learning is brought to life is a key part of the school. All students go on education excursions, whether investigating the flow of a river or practicing their Mandarin shopping for fruit in the supermarket.

Students in Year 4 upwards take part in a residential programme that builds skills such leadership, resilience and empathy as they work with local communities to learn about the world in places as far afield as rural China, South-East Asia and even Africa.

How do you ensure good behavior and manners?

We have a strong belief in our positive approach to behavior. We have a school culture that promotes respect for others, good manners and promotes self-expression and self-esteem. Our students are rewarded, individually and collectively as a class, for their attitude, effort, achievement and upholding the standards we agree on. We treat our students as creative, independent and thoughtful individuals and trust them to act responsibly.

On the rare occasion students do not live up to our expectations, we have clear processes that involve the student, their parents and their tutor or teacher, to ensure they learn from the experience.