On Wednesday 8th September we had the pleasure to host Mr Frank Maassen, new Group Chief Executive Officer of Cognita, at The British School of Barcelona. In his first visit of BSB, he was accompanied by Stuart Rolland, Chief Executive of Cognita Europe; Germà Rigau, Managing Director of Cognita Spain; Fidelma Murphy, Director of Education; and Álvaro de Miguel Álvarez, Head of Operations and Properties.
BSB Executive Principal, Mr Jon Locke, and BSB Senior Business Manager, Mr Dominik Anke, showed Mr Maassen around all four BSB campuses, including our rugby pitch and the state-of-the-art BSB STEM Centre currently under construction.
BSB City. New campus in Barcelona
Hosted by Ms Katherine Monaghan, Headteacher of BSB City, the visitors were guided through the historic building that has been completely renovated to provide inspiring, creative spaces for children aged 3-10.
Afterwards, the group visited the new BSB City building which is currently under construction and will open for the 2023/24 school year, with 750 new places for 3-to-18-year-old students.
Proud at BSB Sitges
The second visit of the day took place in BSB Sitges, where the visitors had the opportunity to get to know first-hand the students’ exceptional work through their ‘Proud Books’ exhibition, presented by the campus’ ambassador students.
The visitors highlighted the school’s familiar and welcoming nature and the spacious and well-lit facilities, and they also had the chance to greet the teachers and talk with them, as well as getting to know the new Early Years and Primary Headteacher, Mrs Rachael Symes.
Learning Habits and Wellbeing at BSB Castelldefels
The next stop was BSB Castelldefels. Joined by Mrs Emma Overton, Early Years and Primary Headteacher, the group visited the outstanding Early Years facilities, purposely designed to promote independent learning and developing age-appropriate psychomotor skills.
Both in the Primary and Secondary facilities, they had the opportunity to learn about the way we help develop future skills by nurturing nine Learning Habits, that contribute to the development of important soft skills, such as Leadership, Imagination, Organisation, and Determination, among others.
Mr James Petrie, Headteacher of Secondary and Pre-University, showed them the new Wellbeing Centre, a new facility of this school year especially designed to work on students’ emotional wellbeing — A fine example of the importance BSB we place on this matter.
Sport Skills at the BSB Rugby Pitch
The visitors also had the chance to visit the rugby pitch adjacent to BSB Castelldefels. They were delighted with this impressive sports facility, which undoubtedly helps enrich the students’ PE curriculum and offers a number of opportunities to enjoy after-school sport activities.
Outstanding Academic Results at BSB Nexus
At BSB Nexus, Mr Jake Richardson, Director of Pre-University, had the chance of sharing the excellent academic results achieved by our students in their June 2021 examinations, the best results ever in the history of BSB.
The Scholars at BSB Nexus also took them on a guided tour of the campus, purposely designed to provide a global Pre-University experience to students aged 16 to 18.
BSB STEM Centre – Opening soon
The last stop of this guided tour took place at our new BSB STEM Centre, located just opposite BSB Nexus. The construction works are progressing fast enough to be able to open this term. The new centre will offer modern facilities that will include a large lab space and classrooms for IT, programming and for reduced focus groups.