As you are no doubt aware, a British Schools Overseas Inspection visit took place earlier this year...
I feel extremely gratified and honoured to be able to communicate to you some highlights of the report:
“BIS is an excellent school. The quality of learning, teaching and assessment is at least good and very often excellent. The personal development of the pupils is outstanding. Leadership and management are very effective. The pupils, parents and staff are strongly supportive of the school."
There are many strengths at BIS:
- The pupils’ attitude to their learning and their personal development are exemplary;
- The rapport between teachers and pupils, and amongst the pupils themselves, is outstanding;
- Parents are very positive about the school and support it strongly;
- Much of the teaching is excellent, with a clear emphasis given to independent learning, research skills and critical thinking;
- Provision for those pupils who have special educational needs and for those who speak English as an Additional Language, is outstanding;
- Nearly 99% of BIS pupils achieved 5 or more A*–C grades, significantly above UK national levels (at 69%). Nearly 70% of all grades awarded were A* or A, with 100% A*-A pass-rates for biology, information and communication technology and music, again much higher than UK averages (at 21%);
- International Baccalaureate Diploma examinations results also underline the excellent achievements of the pupils: 97% achieved the IB Diploma, with an average score of 36.2 points, significantly above the world average;
Points for improvement:
- Review and revise the school development plan, to refresh the strategic direction of the school;
- Raise expectations of teaching to meet the BIS excellence criteria in even more lessons.
As you can see, the BSO Report provides critical quantitative data that can be best summed up in the words the report itself uses, “BIS is an excellent school.” Of course there are areas for improvement, as indicated at the end of the “highlights,” but the fact that these areas are brief and pale in comparison with the extensive extremely positive elements of the Report really are testament to the strengths of BIS.
Tim Deyes | Principal