Inspection Report Reveals BSB Compliance with British Schools Overseas Standards

We are proud to announce that The British School of Barcelona meets, again, the standards required of British Schools Overseas (BSO), as stated by the School Inspection Service (SIS), an independent body which is approved by the Department for Education in England to provide independent professional inspection of British schools overseas.

The school went through a thorough inspection process led by a team of six expert inspectors between 8th and 10th March 2016.

The key inspection judgements for this school were:

  • The quality of education: Good
  • Pupils’ personal development: Outstanding
  • Safeguarding pupils’ welfare health and safety: Outstanding
  • Leadership, management and governance: Good
  • Effectiveness of the Early Years’ provision: Good

We invite you to read some highlights from the report:

“The consistency of good teaching over time is the reason why all students make outstanding progress.”

“Pupils learn outstandingly well at all stages of the school and make consistently high levels of progress.”

“In Early Years, children make very good progress. This continues into Key Stage 1 and 2. In Key Stage 3, the school’s initial baseline test shows that the pupils come from the full ability range and progress is again very good, especially in English.”

“(I)GCSE results at the end of Key Stage 4 are excellent.”

“This is well above the average found in Britain.”

“In many lessons students relish the challenging work, are highly motivated and work at a demanding pace, ensuring learning progresses rapidly.”

“Teaching and assessment are good. They are consistently good in the Early Years, in the primary school and at Key Stage 3. In the secondary school, teaching is particularly strong in the sixth form. The consistency of good teaching over time is the reason why all students make outstanding progress and achievement.”

“The depth of teachers’ subject knowledge, questioning and expectations are a significant strength.”

“In all lessons, at break times and when moving around the school students behave impeccably. These excellent attitudes to work continue and mature as students move through the secondary school and into the sixth form. They are very well prepared when they leave the school to make the most of their future lives.”

“The school’s provision for students’ welfare health and safety is outstanding. Since the last inspection leaders have undertaken a thorough review of all procedures. Staff recruitment procedures meet current regulations. These have taken into account the need to balance the expected requirements within the UK with those in relation to Spanish and Catalan law.”

“Provision for Early Years is very effective. Children make a secure start to their education. Teachers know their subject and understand how young children learn.”

You can read additional highlights and download the full inspection report from here:

The British School of Barcelona – Inspection Report – March 2016

The report is also available from the School Inspection Service (SIS) website.