I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the British International School of Kuala Lumpur, and invite you to take a closer look at our high-achieving students, world-class teachers, and warm international community.
We are one of the leading schools in Kuala Lumpur and our academic results place us among the top schools not just in Kuala Lumpur, but in the world.
Whilst we’re proud of our students’ academic success, we believe that success rises from our focus on placing individual students at the centre of all we do. We’re a school where teachers know the children very well, and strong, warm and trusting relationships form the bedrock of our environment.
We emphasise student happiness, underpinned by the researched principles of positive education, to develop character attributes, strengths and skills that help students grow into resilient, academically prepared, young people.
When I talk about our student-centred approach with parents what they want to know most often is if it works. I’m happy that it does, no matter how you choose to measure it.
Our A-level results are the best in Malaysia and our students perform near the top in various academic metrics. Our graduates study at the world’s most prestigious universities in the world, including Cambridge University, University College London, Imperial College, London School of Economics, The Royal Veterinary College, and more. Our IGCSE cohort also achieves similarly high results. These are impressive facts, and we’re proud of them, but there are other ways to measure success.
I had the privilege to visit a Year 4 STEAM lesson taught by Mr Meadows earlier this year. This lesson focused on waves and resonance, a very high level scientific concept that challenges even the most curious IGCSE students. Mr Meadows brought this material to life for these 8-9 year olds through rigorous discussion, skillful questioning and directing them through experimentation and observation. I was able to hear these children speak not just about what they’d learned and what they understood, but also about what they found difficult about the lesson. I was so impressed by how articulately and confidently they participated in their own learning and how open they were to expanding their thinking to the betterment of themselves and their peers.
These kinds of moments in the classroom won’t get memorialised on their transcripts or earn them trophies or certificates of merit, but they demonstrate a key component of our learning environment. Our children love coming to school because we engage and challenge them which builds their confidence and allows them to feel proud of their achievements.
The better part of the past two academic years have been challenging for schools, parents, and students. One of the things I’m most proud of about our community has been the ability to enhance the parts of the school we think contribute the most to student happiness and success, even in a virtual environment. Our virtual school experience, like our physical school experience, is flexible, responsive and rigorous, while still nurturing wellbeing.
As a final thought, I’d like you to know that I consider it a real honour to work alongside young people and their parents. I want you to know me, our school, and what we stand for well. To that end, I hope this message forms the beginning of our conversation, and I invite you to reach out to our admissions team not just so that you can learn about us, but so that we can learn about you.