The British School of Bucharest has a range of policies that have been adopted to benefit all students in the School. Two of these policies have a direct bearing on enrolment availability. In almost all cases, class sizes at BSB are restricted to 20 in primary and secondary classes. This restricts the availability of places, particularly in the popular entry points to the school. The School is concerned that large nationality imbalances do not occur to the detriment of the smaller groups. Part of the academic success of BSB can be attributed to the happy balance of nationalities throughout the School and the steps taken to reduce the potential for one nationality to dominate others. Our academic performance indicates that this policy is important in maintaining a good educational outcome in an international school. At any time, no nationality will represent a majority within the school body in order to preserve the multicultural richness at BSB.
BSB has a Special Educational Needs department. However, there may be certain cases where we feel that we cannot provide appropriately for a child.
Entry into the Sixth Form for Years 12 and 13 (A-Level study) is also limited to students who achieve passing grades in at least 5 IGCSE subjects or their equivalent if they are educated in a different educational system. This applies to both existing BSB students and those applying for a place in the Sixth Form.
In addition to this, we admit students based on these other factors:
1. Intellectual ability
All candidates must be capable of keeping up with the requirements of the British Curriculum.
2. Linguistic Ability in English (relevant especially for years 8-13)
To be admitted to the BSB in Pre-nursery – Year 7, children can commence with little or no English Language; from Year 8 (age 12) upwards, it is important to be at least at beginner level of English language though support is available; from Year 12 upwards, students should be fluent or close to fluency. English is the language of communication at BSB, and levels of fluency are expected to be sustained for all students and staff.
3. Character and Values
At BSB, it is important that the values identified in our code – Self-control, Honesty, Respect, Equality and Concern for others – are shared by students and their families. BSB favours students that are curious, ambitious and supportive of the continued growth of their peers.
Some candidates may not be admitted to the British School of Bucharest:
- Students or families (including family members, guardians, or visitors) exhibit sexist or racist attitudes. BSB prides itself on diversity and inclusivity, catering to all nationalities and religions. The BSB community is founded on respect for others and their differences.
- Students or families (including family members, guardians, or visitors) who in the past displayed disrespectful or aggressive (either physical or verbal) behaviour to other students, other students’ family members, guardians, visitors, school’s staff, school’s officers, or representatives, school’s contractors, or behaviour contrary to the one expected according to the registration file, parents’ handbook, school’s policies, rules and regulations, the law, or did not act in good faith in exercising or performance of their contractual, legal, statutory or other rights or obligations. Transitioning into the expectations of BSB could also be very difficult for families where children or family members, guardians or visitors are not used to an expectation of high levels of self-control and respect for those around them.
- Students with any evidence of significant previous misdemeanours, especially those including drugs or alcohol, will not be accepted.
We are an inclusive school. All pupils on the SEND register are fully included in mainstream school life at BSB where appropriate. This includes behaviour management, and all aspects of identified needs are reasonably accommodated through adjusted access or support. Every pupil is in a mixed ability class in Primary and form group in Secondary. All pupils are encouraged to take part in all aspects of school life; sports, drama and music competitions, educational visits and all extracurricular activities. Special needs pupils are encouraged to take part in CCAs and University courses.
Any withdrawal lessons for 1:1 tuition are carefully planned to minimise disruption to other curriculum subjects.
Students with SEN are integrated into the class with appropriate support in place and in curriculum areas where mixed-ability grouping is appropriate.
More Able and Talented (MAT) students are also considered as SEND. A MAT coordinator is in post in both the Primary and Secondary School. The MAT coordinator maintains the register for these students and implements interventions that allow these students to achieve their full potential. The MAT register is split into subject areas to recognise all areas of high ability.