International Recognition

The British School of Bucharest has been rated consistently as 'excellent' for both 'the quality of pupils' learning and achievement' and the 'quality of pupils' personal development' and has once again received 'excellent' in all areas assessed - the highest possible rating.

The British School of Bucharest has been rated consistently as 'excellent' for both ‘the quality of pupils' learning and achievement’ and ‘the quality of pupils' personal development’ and has received this rating twice in a row, in 2018 and again in 2022, by its 'UK International School Inspectorate Report'. The numerous prizes awarded to our students at local and international competitions validate our commitment to the National Curriculum for England.

External Validation

The British School of Bucharest is recognised as a British School Overseas (BSO) via the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and is accredited by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (ARACIP).

Our approach to teaching the National Curriculum for England and our continual internal evaluation and improvement is underpinned through regular inspections by ISI. Our latest ISI report rated the British School of Bucharest as 'excellent' for the quality of pupils' learning and achievement and the quality of pupils' personal development, and in all areas assessed. This rating is at the top of the scale.

The School is regularly inspected for compliance with British school system standards that apply to independent schools in England under the UK's Department for Education regulations.

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

BSB is regularly inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

The British School of Bucharest has been rated consistently as 'excellent' for both ‘the quality of pupils' learning and achievement’ and ‘the quality of pupils' personal development’ and has received this rating in successive inspections, in 2018 and 2022, by its 'UK International School Inspectorate Report'.

This outstanding result represents the highest achievable inspection outcome and we are very proud that BSB is the only school in Romania to have achieved this consistently.

It reflects the continuous comprehensive education and support we are committed to offering all our pupils and students throughout their academic journey, starting from the Early Years to the moment they start their road from BSB to their chosen university destination.

Certified COBIS Training School

The British School of Bucharest has become one of the first certified COBIS Training Schools. This is in recognition of the calibre and diversity of our approach to CPD and professional learning, which also incorporates support for initial Teacher and Newly Qualified Teacher Training. As the only school from Eastern Europe to receive this certification, we are honoured to be part of this COBIS project alongside ten other leading COBIS international schools.

Our School attracts high-calibre teachers, including Oxford and Cambridge graduates and is qualified to offer teacher training via the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel (IStip) to suitably qualified candidates.

The British School of Bucharest is a member of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce (BRCC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham).

The academic interests of our graduates are varied and include Mathematics, Economics and Management, Law, Applied Medical Science, Arts, Film, Music, Journalism and Fashion. They can choose from 20 specialised subjects for IGCSE/A Level examinations with the help of our University Guidance Counsellor. 

The British School of Bucharest is a member of the British Council's Addvantage Programme that allows our students to take Cambridge English exams such as the Key English Test or the Preliminary English Test.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE/IGCSE) and Key Stage 5 (A level) students follow programmes of study and take final examinations set by the EDEXCEL or Cambridge Assessment International Education awarding bodies.

The British School of Bucharest understands information security is paramount for our students and parents and holds an ISO Security Standard.

ISO/IEC 27001 is one of the most widely recognised independent international security standards. This certificate is awarded to organisations that comply with ISO's high global standards concerning the security of information systems. BSB has received this certification in 2018 and extends it annually.

The British School of Bucharest has been shortlisted in the Safeguarding Award category at the International School Awards 2022, hosted by ISC Research. We are very proud to announce this nomination after the recognition as the first ‘safe school’ in Romania - DEKRA Trusted Facility Certification in November 2022. Our constant efforts and commitment to offer the best academic learning experience through a safe and caring environment has brought us to this outstanding nomination.  

 International Competitions 

Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world. 

Our students' academic achievements, culture, and moral values are enriched through global exposure to experiences that develop their independent thinking, build their own learning pathways, and allows them to discover their passions, creativity, and interests. These provide invaluable practical experiences that nourish the skills of creativity, flexibility and collaboration and help the students prepare for their future.

Our pupils enjoy many opportunities to represent the school in international competitions and awards, including:

The British School of Bucharest is proud to be accredited to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. Over seven million young people worldwide have taken up the Award challenge.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is available to all 14 to 24-year-olds and is the world's leading youth achievement award. It equips all young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements consistently.

Since its launch 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non-formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person's personal development and is achievable by any 14 to 24 year old who wants to take up the challenge. There are three levels to the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students start their Bronze in Year 10, Silver in Year 11 and Gold in Years 12 and 13.

The Award framework

The Award comprises three levels and four sections. Participants complete all four sections at each level to achieve their Award. At the Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.


The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time to understand the benefits of this service to their community.


The Skills section of the Award encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.

Physical Recreation

The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation to improve health and fitness.

Adventurous Journey

The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants will plan, train for and undertake a journey with a defined purpose in an unfamiliar environment.

Residential Project

The Residential Project, completed only at the Gold level, aims to broaden participants' horizons through involvement with others in a residential setting.

 For more information concerning the Award, please visit the official website or contact our Award coordinator at

We have run the Sports Leaders Awards since September 2014 and have been delighted with the work and involvement of so many British School of Bucharest pupils. Students develop self-confidence, and organisational and leadership skills through sports leadership, both individually and in groups. We believe that our students possess the qualities to become excellent leaders, and these courses bring out such qualities.

The programme provides recognised qualifications that equip young people with the skills and motivation to create and run sporting activities in the community. The qualification is held in high regard by universities, colleges and employers. Effective September 2018, we opened the opportunity to include more year groups.


Year 5 and 6 students can take a big step towards developing their leadership skills by selecting the PlayMaker Award, which is part of the BSB Universities programme. The PlayMaker Award is a great introduction to leadership for pupils aged nine and over. It is designed for use in various education settings as a 6-hour course and focuses on developing learners’ leadership skills.

Year 10 + 11

‘Level 1 Sports Leaders’ is undertaken by our Year 10 + 11 students during Physical Education lessons. The course provides the opportunity for Secondary students to work closely with Primary School children. Many of them have used newly acquired skills to assist in running co-curricular activities after school and other sporting events

Year 12 (Level 2)

The Sports Leaders Award (SLA) is offered as an enrichment course to be studied in addition to the full-time Sixth Form programme.

It is a nationally recognised qualification awarded through Sports Leaders UK. This qualification provides an introduction for those people wishing to lead groups in sporting and recreational activities. It gives those over 16 years of age, regardless of ability, the opportunity to train and provide voluntary assistance alongside qualified coaches or teachers. You will study for this qualification for one hour per week. All units must be completed, and voluntary community placement of at least 10 hours must also be fulfilled.

The Sports Leader Award syllabus is divided into eight units which are as follows:

Organising and delivering a sports activity session

Establishing and maintaining a safe sporting activity

Sports and recreation in the UK

Fitness sessions

Running sporting events/competitions

Adapting sports activities

Select, plan and lead on a sporting activity

Demonstration of leadership skills in the community

This is a fun and practical award that offers an ideal way for our pupils to develop leadership skills, personal confidence and gain some volunteering experience. The leadership skills gained through this course will be applicable for anyone looking at people management careers, not necessarily limited to the sporting field.

COBIS is a student-centred organisation committed to cultivating and celebrating student talent. Children participate in a series of competitions and special programs that allow them to forge international friendships and acquire unique educational benefits. The activities are for both Primary and Secondary levels.  They include virtual events, Poetry competitions and special award ceremonies in recognition of contributions brought to the School Community.  

For more information concerning the COBIS organisation, please visit the official COBIS website or contact us at

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