The British School of Barcelona is regularly inspected as a British School Overseas, whether by Cambridge Education or SIS (School Inspection Service), and also by NABSS, The National Association of British Schools in Spain.
Follow the link for the SIS BSO Handbook for inspecting British Schools Overseas –used by BSO schools as a basis for their professional standards– to see the criteria on which a school is judged for an inspection.
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Inspection Report March 2016
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Highlights from the report:
“The consistency of good teaching over time is the reason why all students make outstanding progress.”
“The executive headteacher provides an experienced and very strong lead to the work of the school. He is ably supported by a good senior and middle management team and a staff that share his vision and ambition. This shared sense of purpose is what is driving the school forward and gives it a strong capacity for further improvement. Together, the senior managers have ensured that the British schools overseas (BSO) standards are met.”
“Pupils learn outstandingly well at all stages of the british 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.”
“This is due to the excellent knowledge, skills and understanding they have gained in literacy and mathematical understanding through their time at the school. They treat each other with respect creating a relaxed and calm atmosphere where learning thrives.”
“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 of The British School of Barcelona make outstanding progress and achievement.”
“The depth of teachers’ subject knowledge, questioning and expectations are a significant strength.”
“Teachers of The British School of Barcelona enjoy teaching and relationships are outstanding.”
“Teachers benefit greatly from the excellent support and guidance they receive about pupils with English as an additional language and special educational needs.”
“Students’ personal development is outstanding in a school that values everybody.”
“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 british 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.”
“The quality and effectiveness of leadership and management are good. The newly appointed executive headteacher has a very clear, realistic and ambitious plan to improve the school’s provision and facilities.”
“As a result, morale is high and relationships between staff, students, parents and the proprietor are good.”
“Parents generally have a good working relationship with the british school. The returned questionnaires to the parents’ survey, while low in number, are supportive.”
“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.”
Inspection Report October 2017
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Highlights from the report:
“The British School of Barcelona is housed on a purpose-built site which provides spacious and well-lit classrooms. (…) Teaching rooms are suitably furnished and well resourced. A good range of reading and practical resources are available and the school regularly purchases new items in response to specific curriculum needs.”
“The teaching staff is suitably qualified and experienced to be able to deliver the National Curriculum effectively in early years and primary.”
“The British School’s curricular planning ensures effective coverage of all areas required by the National Curriculum and allows a creative and flexible approach.”
“The British School of Barcelona has been particularly successful in ensuring that new pupils integrate and adapt as quickly as possible, and that all pupils work together with confidence and mutual respect.”
“Most lessons provide good, and sometimes outstanding, learning opportunities for the children in the school. They are well planned and make good use of a variety of resources.”
“Children throughout the school are motivated and engaged in lessons and their behaviour is good. They enjoy learning, they feel supported and participate confidently in class discussions and assigned tasks.”
“Pupils feel that they benefit from a safe and supportive school environment. They feel positive about the working relationship they have with their teachers and show a good understanding of the importance of developing independent learning skills.”
“The school has undergone a significant transformation in a relatively short period of time and the success of this owes a lot to outstanding leadership and management.”
“Communication between the school management and parents works effectively. High quality written information clarifies the school’s aims, ethos and routines, while good use of reporting systems and school diaries allows parents to be aware of their children’s progress. Parents are supportive of recent changes in the school and consider that The British School of Barcelona has a good understanding of their children’s needs.”
Accreditations & Partnerships
British Schools Overseas Inspected
The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels is a international school successfully inspected against the United Kingdom DfE standards for British Schools Overseas (BSO). The BSO scheme is an initiative of the United Kingdom’s Department for Education (DfE). It is a voluntary inspection scheme for overseas schools that aims to help them make sure they provide their pupils with the skills and qualifications they need to enter or re-enter the British education system. The scheme helps to inform parents of how the standards in these schools measure up against the standards that apply to independent schools in Britain, insofar as this is compatible with the legal requirements of the host country.
National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS)
The British School of Barcelona is a founder member of the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS). It was founded in 1978 and since then, NABSS members are fully licensed by the Ministry of Education of Spain, and recognized by the British Council centers and official inspectors. NABSS is also affiliated to the British Consulate in Spain.
BSB School, has been accepted as a member of HMC, a kite mark of global quality, innovation and excellence in education.
HMC (the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) is a professional Association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools. As an HMC school, The British School of Barcelona is committed to the benefits of a holistic educational experience: academic excellence coupled with a strong emphasis on pastoral care and exceptional co-curricular opportunities.
Council of British International Schools (COBIS)
The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels is Accredited Member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).
Representing over 500 member organisations, COBIS is a responsive organisation, open to current and future opportunities. The association has developed markedly since its foundation, changing to meet the needs and aspirations of its growing global school membership base.
Being a COBIS school means that the BSB School operates within specific guidelines of ethical practice and good governance, which reflect the high standards and ethos expected of a first-class British-style educational system.
The British School of Barcelona Sitges is an IB World School, that is, an authorised school for offering International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes of international education. IB programmes develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) enjoys a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions.
Barcelona International Schools Association (BISA)
The British School of Barcelona, Castelldefels and Sitges campuses, is a founder member of the Barcelona International Schools Association (BISA). It is a professional organization that strives to improve the quality of education in its member schools through several venues. It promotes the sharing of resources, professional development, and communication and interchange; the organization also attempts to create international understanding in Barcelona and beyond. BISA serves as a liaison between its member schools, local governments, and pertinent local and international education organizations.
Cambridge International Examinations
The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels and The British School of Barcelona Sitges, is an authorised centre for the University of Cambridge (CIE) exams. Cambridge qualifications open doors for Cambridge learners and are an international passport to progression and success. They are recognised by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic ability.
Pearson Edexcel London Examinations
The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels and The British School of Barcelona Sitges, is an authorised centre for EDEXCEL qualifications. Edexcel is the brand name for world-class academic and general qualifications from Pearson, including GCSEs and A Levels. Designed to advance learners’ skills while developing knowledge, Edexcel’s qualifications help learners either progress to higher education or go directly into employment. They are grounded in the quality and traditions of the British education system made relevant for today’s United Kingdom and international learners.
Asociación de Colegios Privados Independientes – Círculo de Calidad Educativa
The British School of Barcelona is a member of CICAE, an association of private schools whose mission is to promote and develop the free and independent education in order to improve the quality of teaching.
The British Chamber of Commerce in Spain
The British School of Barcelona, Castelldefels and Sitges campuses, is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, the only independent British-Spanish business organisation in Spain, with strong institutional relations, in particular with the British Embassy and British commercial services (UK Trade and Investment) and Spanish abroad (ICEX).
Rockschool International Music Exam Board
The British School of Barcelona and UNICEF signed a collaboration agreement in 2013 which recognises our educational centre as a Escola Amiga d’UNICEF (UNICEF ally).
Through this agreement our International School commits to incorporating in its programme the promotion and protection of children’s rights and to celebrate the international Day for Children every year in November.
Our English School will participate actively in those fundraising campaigns and awareness programmes designed by UNICEF to support their international cooperation projects. This will also include emergency actions organised by UNICEF around the world to help children in areas devastated by conflict or natural disasters.