Frequently Asked Questions
How long has this development been part of the plan; why are we being told of this only now?
This is a recent development and was not originally in the planning of the new campus.
What kind of programme is Village offering?
Village is offering a PK-3 through 4th grade French/English bilingual programme based around their American curriculum.
With the shared site does this mean that the new campus will become one school?
No, the schools will remain independent and operate separately of one another in their own dedicated spaces.
What will the leadership structure be, will there be a Principal for each of the schools?
The leadership structure will remain the same. Each school will have its own principal and senior leadership staff.
Who will make decisions about use of the campus?
The arrangement is that BISH will rent space to Village. This is a BISH campus and decisions about all operations will rest with BISH while consulting with Village where appropriate.
What are the security arrangements going to be?
We are currently negotiating with a variety of security companies to provide comprehensive security coverage. This includes elements such as entry point security, perimeter security as well as a modern electronic badge system for our community.
How will this affect our use of the campus and resources—will this compromise use of the facilities and sports areas for BISH students and families?
Scheduling of facilities will be made in partnership to easily accommodate the needs of both schools.
Will some activities be shared—sports, performing arts, clubs, others?
We plan to offer after school programmes to both communities, increasing the possibilities for all students.
How will this affect traffic on campus during drop off and pick up; will there be different start times for the schools?
As we plan our first term in the new campus, these are being given careful and deliberate consideration to minimize any impact to current scheduling.
Will bus service be specific to each school or shared?
Bus services will be specific to each school, remaining independent.
The tuition fees for each of the schools are different, in light of the shared campus why are BISH fees higher?
BISH and Village fees will remain independent. The majority of BISH costs are on staffing. We deliberately hire expat, British teachers who generally have a higher cost.
Will other Year groups from Village use the new campus site eventually? Is the longer term plan for both schools to eventually share the site?
The long term plan is for BISH to grow our enrollment numbers to fill the campus. Village school is in the process of increasing their campus capacity to move this program back to their site. This is a temporary arrangement while both schools address their growing needs.
Can I transfer my child from Village to BISH easily if I decide to?
Yes, as with all Nord Angila Education schools, transferring between any of the 42 schools is easily facilitated and seamless.
Can I transfer my child from BISH to Village easily if I decide to?
Will both schools transfer to the new site at the same time?
Yes, both schools will transfer to the new campus over the summer break.
Will there be any collaboration between the teachers and/or students?
This arrangement opens the possibility of collaboration between school programs.
Village is SEVIS accredited, does this mean that students requiring an F1 application can obtain one through Village and then attend BISH with this visa?
Currently, this is not possible. However, BISH is in the application process for SEVIS accreditation.
When will BISH be SEVIS accredited?
As soon as the application process is completed.
Can my child attend the Village immersion program and then matriculate (seamlessly) to BISH?
Can my child, currently attending BISH, enter the Bilingual Program?
Simply put, yes. However, enrollment in this program will mean that the student is no longer a BISH student, but a Village student.
Is this the first step in BISH becoming more American?
No, BISH will continue to benchmark against the British National Curriculum, and as our Strategic Plan is highlighting, we will continue to set ourselves apart by our British values.
We have already got rid of A levels, what next? What about IGCSEs?
IGCSEs will remain.
Is this the first step in Village becoming more British?
No, Village will remain an American curriculum school.
Will BISH be employing local American teachers instead of British ones?
We will continue to recruit the finest teachers we can find. As we expand, there may be opportunities to recruit some suitably qualified and experienced teachers locally. The vast majority of our teachers will continue to be recruited as expats.
As a teacher, is my job safe with BISH? Am I valued?
Absolutely yes. No one will be replaced by local teachers as a result of this move. One of our greatest strengths is in recruiting expat British teachers and this will always be the case.