Welcome to the Pre-Nursery, Nursery & Reception

What our children experience in their early years has a significant impact on their future which is why at the British School of Bucharest, we provide them with a nurturing, caring and welcoming environment.

Furthermore, we strive to create a safe and happy place for our children in EYFS, where they can develop at their own pace throughout the three stages: Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception.

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Learning Through Play

A British School of Bucharest EYFS education involves a lot of play. Our native English-speaking teachers plan exciting activities that provide learning opportunities based on the children’s educational, social and personal needs. They engage our students and create a play-oriented learning environment that encourages individual development.

Understanding the Learning Needs of Each Child

We provide our children with a safe, secure and nurturing environment where they can develop their unique abilities and talents. To know how to best help children on their learning journey, our teachers conduct continuous classroom observations as the children play and work. Gradually they build up a portfolio for each child that documents their engagement and achievements. We also encourage our parents, who we consider partners, to contribute to developing this portfolio.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

The co-curricular programme is essential to our children’s education and personal development. Our Reception students can choose an after-school co-curricular activity from 15.00 – 16.00 daily. Our courses cover many areas of interest, from sports activities and arts education to music classes, innovation classes, mental well-being or life skills.

The Principles that Guide Us

At the British School of Bucharest, we aim to fulfil the expectations of the EYFS Statutory Framework published by the Department for Education. Our play-oriented learning approach meets children’s educational, social and personal needs and is based on four EYFS principles.

Meet Our Teachers

Victoria Smith

Head of Primary School
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Victoria Smith

Head of Primary School

Victoria Smith joined the British School of Bucharest in 2015 as Head of Primary School. She acquired her PGCE and MA in International Education from the University of Sunderland in England.

She holds additional degrees in Spanish and Political Science. Following her passion for professional development and school improvement, Victoria is an accredited facilitator of the COBIS leadership training programmes, including CPAH (The COBIS Programme for Aspiring Heads) and CPML (COBIS Programme for Middle Leaders). These courses are delivered to delegates from around the world.
She is also qualified as a ‘Lead Improvement Partner’, helping other international schools obtain COBIS accreditation. Victoria has over 20 years of experience working with children in schools. Before becoming a Teacher and senior leader, her background was in social services and Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Paul Gildea

Director of Pastoral Care and Inclusion
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Paul Gildea

Director of Pastoral Care and Inclusion

Paul Gildea joined the British School of Bucharest in 2015, taking on the Key Stage 2 Coordinator role and, more recently, Director of Pastoral Care and Inclusion.

He studied at the University of Durham and graduated with a BA degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies before undertaking a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) focusing on Modern Foreign Languages at the University of London, and has an MA in Education, Leadership and Management from the University of Derby. Paul gained eight years of experience in the British school system, rising to the position of Assistant Headteacher while working in two London primary schools. He has also worked as an English Subject Leader and Year 6 Teacher at the British School of Beijing.

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