British International School

Educational Ethos


2013 Primary Christmas Production
of the Brave

BIS students are set and expected to meet, high achievement goals in both personal and academic development within a supportive environment. Each student is encouraged to strive for academic excellence through the development of essential skills in critical thinking, acquiring and applying knowledge, working independently and collaboratively, and effective communication.

Overall, our purpose is to assist students to develop their commitment to life-long learning in preparation for further study pathways and roles as citizens and leaders in their homes, at work and in their communities.

Students receiving certificates for their success in 2014 Mathletics Competition

BIS provides a happy, nurturing, caring and secure environment where each student is helped to feel equally important and is encouraged to achieve his or her maximum potential in all aspects of school life. The personal and social development of our students underpins all teaching and learning activities at BIS where we:

  • encourage tolerance, respect and sensitivity towards others;
  • create opportunities for development of student leadership, and student participation in school and community activities;
  • provide guidance to help students make informed decisions, live healthy lives and deal with the moral, social and cultural issues they will face as they approach adulthood;
  • and promote an understanding of the global society in which we live.

When you visit our school, you will see our ethos in evidence. We are proud of our students' abilities to work hard, create positive relationships and develop new skills and knowledge with enthusiasm. We believe that children learn best when they are actively involved and interested. We also believe a child's school experiences should promote a natural curiosity and interest in the world around them where learning is exciting, challenging and fun!

We recognise the importance of the home/school partnership for successful education. Parents must become actively involved in their child's learning. To achieve this both the school and the parents need to:

  • have open communication about what the school is trying to achieve;
  • have a shared vision and share information about what is being taught and how policies are put into practice;
  • share current events and news through our website;
  • recognize the school is a family environment where everyone is welcome and encouraged to contribute to the life of the school.

We encourage parental involvement through:

  • operating an 'open door' policy for the parents and making them welcome into school at any time;
  • encouraging parental help in a variety of class based activities;
  • encouraging parents to be part of the PTA;
  • liaising closely with parents at all times regarding their child's progress through school subject diaries and both formal and informal parent-teacher consultations.

As an international school, BIS values the many different nationalities represented here and we encourage all students to be proud of their own culture and to celebrate and enjoy the traditions, languages and cultures of others.

Our approach arises out of the best of the United Kingdom state and independent education systems, as well as best practices in international education.