A highly successful Open Day
The British School of Barcelona welcomed over 50 families on Friday 21st November on its annual Autumn Open Day. This event attracted many prospective parents wishing to find out more about our academic and co-curricular programmes which are underpinned by our commitment to all-round excellence. Families also had the opportunity to see our state-of-the-art facilities.
Dr González (Headmaster) opened the session by explaining the significance of learning at an educational establishment fully accredited by the British Government and recognised as an official British School Overseas offering the English National Curriculum. He also stressed the fact that BSB also meets the requirements of the Spanish curriculum for foreign schools in Spain, which involves the study of Spanish and Catalan language and culture.
Mrs Oxberry (Head of Primary) talked about the Early Years Foundation Stage, which emphasizes the personal, social, emotional and physical development of young children, as well as areas such as communication, language and understanding of the world. She also elaborated on the highly creative theme-based approach of the Primary curriculum.
Subsequently, Mrs Hughes (Head of Secondary) outlined the main differences between the British and Spanish Secondary education systems, and she provided a detailed account of the IGCSE, AS and A-Level courses and the examinations pupils sit at the end of Years 11, 12 and 13.
The Headmaster brought the presentation to a close by talking about the three main pillars on which the school’s educational philosophy is based:
- Academic ambition involving inclusive teaching and learning, giving equal opportunities to everyone.
- Multilingualism, multiculturalism and international-mindedness for practical purposes (global citizenship) as well as for their intrinsic value (intellectual wealth).
- All-round excellence through our Enrichment Programme: assemblies, tutorials and societies which promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as healthy habits, critical thinking, expression of opinions, initiative, self-confidence, leadership qualities and public-speaking skills.
The families were then invited to visit the five main buildings in the school. They saw children learning in their classes, playing instruments in the new music rooms and training at our sports courts. They also toured the dining facilities and our brand new theatre, which is used on a daily basis for assemblies, concerts and drama activities, among others.
Parents then had the opportunity to engage in more personal conversations with the Senior Leadership Team and our Admissions Officer, Gema Martínez, and indeed they raised interesting questions on a range of topics, from entry requirements to university access and career choices.
The BSB holds two Open Days every year. In addition, we have an open-door policy so all families are more than welcome to arrange an appointment with our Admissions Officer to have a personal interview and visit the school. Appointments with Gema can be made by telephone, by filling in the contact form on this website and also via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on: 21st November 2014