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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

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

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    We offer an enriched English national curriculum with a global outlook

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Senior School

In the Senior School lessons are taught by a series of subject specialists with the class tutor having the important pastoral role of coordinating all aspects of the pupils’ academic and social development.

Key Stage 3

The academic programme in Years 7- 9 at BSN is based on the English National Curriculum, but is not bound by its constraints. Instead, we apply the most appropriate elements and enhance the curriculum where necessary to provide an innovative, challenging and creative programme. Lessons and materials are adapted to our international and local context.

Students study English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Drama, Music, Art, Graphic Design, Digital Technology and PE. In addition students choose to study two Modern Foreign Languages from a choice of three. 

The opportunities for independent learning increase throughout Key Stage 3. Pupils are encouraged to assess their own work and to learn to formulate their own next learning steps. Pupils are encouraged to think critically and take risks in the classroom in order to develop problem-solving skills, for we believe that making mistakes is a vital part of the learning process. 

Project work is an essential component both individually and in groups. There is also a range of opportunities for pupils to pursue their areas of interest in greater depth both in school and through relevant enrichment experiences beyond the classroom. 

Learning is supported by up-to-date technology. Every pupil is provided with a MacBook and Internet access is available throughout the school campus. Lessons incorporate technology where appropriate, and rely on more traditional media where technology does not provide a clear benefit.

Key Stage 4

The two-year IGCSE programme, offered by the Cambridge, AQA and Edexcel examination boards, is academically rigorous, and recognised to be amongst the best in the world for this age range of students. Many of the subjects have specific international elements and content, developed by specialists to make the subject matter relevant to students worldwide.

Every IGCSE student at BSN takes English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science, either as a combined Science course or as separate subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology). Pupils are then free to choose four subjects from a range of options including: Geography, History, ICT, Computing, Business Studies, Economics, French, German, Chinese, Music, Drama, Art and PE.

The choice of subjects is an important one, both in order to build on pupils' strengths and interests and with a view to a future career. The school provides pupils (and parents) with plenty of information in advance about options to ensure choices are well informed. 

Students at BSN will typically earn IGCSEs in nine or 10 subjects, a number that allows them to be well prepared for the next stage of education whilst leaving time to continue to develop other interests.

Whilst the programmes of study are structured around the IGCSE curriculum, teaching and learning continues to emphasise the development of pupils' general academic and intellectual skills. Learning remains enquiry based and focused on problem solving. Pupils are expected to become increasingly independent in their learning as they broaden and deepen their knowledge in each subject.

Sixth Form

In Years 12 and 13, students will study in even greater depth. By completing A-Level courses, our pupils will be prepared for entry to some of the best universities in the world.

As students prepare for university entrance, they start choosing and specialising in subjects they have the greatest interest in, and are likely to study further. 

The school will also start working with the students and parents, helping with university entrance applications and suggesting aspects of both academic and personal development on which to focus.