How old is the school?
The school is in its fifth year, and first year in our new, purpose built campus.
Teaching and Curriculum
What qualifications do your teachers have?
All our teachers hold a UK degree, teaching qualification or equivalent.
What curriculum do you teach?
British National Curriculum. Secondary examinations are (I)GCSE and International A Levels.
What are your class sizes?
Maximum class size is 16 in Nursery, 20 in Reception, 22 in Primary and 24 in Secondary, but classes are often smaller than this to allow students to join throughout the year.
What foreign languages do you teach?
All lessons are taught in English, it is also compulsory for students to study one of Spanish or Mandarin. Myanmar language can also be studied as an additional language but it is not compulsory.
Do you have teaching assistants?
Yes, Nursery classes have two, English speaking, Myanmar nationality, teaching assistants per classroom. Classes from Reception to Year 6 have one expatriate teaching assistant.
How do you deal with children with limited English?
We have dedicated English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers in Primary and Secondary, who are there to help students who are struggling with English Language.
Do you have provisions for children with Special Education Needs?
BSY is an inclusive school. A child's Special Educational Needs (SEN) are discussed with the teacher and relevant senior leader prior to the child starting at the school. Once accepted, the EAL/Learning Support team, teachers and teaching assistant work together to ensure that your child is given the best support possible. In cases where a child requires one-to-one support, the employment and cost of this is met by the parent.
Activities and Trips
Do you have after school activities?
Yes, we run after school activities (ASAs) until 4pm. These are primarily overseen by teachers and run on a termly rotation, although the most popular activities will run every term. Some ASAs are operated by external providers and may incur an additional cost.
What sort of excursions and trips do you offer your students?
Educational visits are crucial opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. In the Primary school, we offer the opportunity for our students to enjoy a residential trip with their respective year groups. These opportunities are well attended and are of great benefit in supporting independence, maturity and self-esteem.
In the Secondary school, we offer the opportunity for our students to enjoy residential trips with a curriculum focus. Heads of Departments will provide a residential calendar in September 2018 with the scheduled trips for the academic year 2018/2019.
For those students in Year 10 that enjoy a real challenge, we are planning to launch the International Duke of Edinburgh Award in the academic year 2018/2019. This award is designed to enhance the life experience of students through personal challenge and work in the community. For more information please visit - www.intaward.org
What is your sport programme like?
Our sports programme is comprehensive and includes a huge range of activities including; football, basketball, volleyball, swimming, rugby, table tennis, rock climbing and more. All students are involved in weekly physical education lessons as part of our formal curriculum. Beyond lessons, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities at break and lunchtimes. They can also take part in our ASA programme and, if selected, as representatives of the school in competitive sports fixtures in Yangon, regionally and beyond.
Our new school site boasts state-of-the-art sporting facilities including: two indoor sports halls, climbing wall, basketball courts, swimming pool and astro-turf.
Is a school lunch provided?
Yes, it is compulsory for all the children to eat school lunches. They are given a good balanced meal with carbohydrates, proteins and vegetables. Teachers also sit with the students at lunchtime to help instill good table manners.
How do you ensure my child settles in quickly to their new school?
All of our teachers and staff are very welcoming. The classroom is a safe space and the children work very hard at welcoming new 'friends'. Most new children will have the books that they need ready and will be assigned a 'buddy’ who helps show the new child around the school and to understand the rules of the class and school. We recognise that people come from many different backgrounds and the teachers take time to get to know the new children in class. It is also useful for the parents to let the teachers and teaching assistants know what their child enjoys!
How do you ensure good behavior and manners?
Our school’s code of conduct aims to achieve a positive atmosphere in which more time is spent on teaching and learning. We recognise that the school has a critical role to play in developing self-discipline in students. We aim to establish acceptable patterns of behaviour and to encourage pupils to develop a sense of responsibility, self-respect and a respect for other people, property and the environment.
All staff at BSY are committed to ensuring high standards for our students. We are unashamedly ambitious for our students and see excellent behaviour and conduct as central to the education we provide. We have high but realistic expectations that are clear, shared and consistent. We expect our students to embody our school’s values at all times, in the corridor, the classroom and beyond.
We monitor behaviour closely and students will be sanctioned if behaviour does not meet our expectations. Behaviour policies for each phase are available on request from the Senior Leadership Team. These are communicated and discussed with the students at the beginning of the academic year.
Where do your students move onto after they complete their education at BSY?
As a member of the Nord Anglia Education family we belong to a group with an exceptionally strong track record of sending students to the best universities in the world. At BSY we share the NAE aspiration and are ambitious for our students - our aim is to provide our students with an education that will enable them to access the best universities across the globe.
Where do your families live and do you provide school buses?
Families live across Yangon, from Downtown in the South of the City, to Mingaladon Township in the the North. We offer school buses which cover most areas, but due to student number and popularity of routes we are not able to cater for every student. Buses are an additional service which is paid for separately outside of tuition fees.
How do you communicate with parents?
At The British School we greatly value working in partnership with parents and guardians to ensure the very best for your children. As part of this, we place a strong emphasis on efficient and clear communication channels. The communication channels used vary depending on the nature of the information to be communicated. For example, routine day-to-day communication is achieved through the student diary, email, telephone calls, formal/informal meetings and/or the parent blog. In addition, we host regular coffee mornings, parent-teacher consultations and report home on academic progress at various points in the academic year.
What involvement do your parents have at BSY?
In addition to coffee mornings, parent information evenings, community events and Principal Q&A sessions, there are a wealth of opportunities available for parents to be involved in the life of the school. In EYFS and Primary we have parent class representatives whose role is to act as a conduit of communication for other parents. In Secondary school we have involved parents in the delivery of our PSHE curriculum and in assessment workshops. In the 2018-19 academic year we will also be introducing a Parent Teacher Group (PTG) with the aim of supporting the school in areas such as fundraising and events.