Welcoming New Families

Support on Arrival

As an international school with students of over 50 different nationalities, The British School of Barcelona welcomes families from all around the world. We have procedures in place to facilitate the arrival of students and their families to our BSB community.

We fully understand that moving to a different country, changing to a new school or starting your child’s schooling in Early Years is a significant decision for a family and we do our best to you help you settle in and make this transition process as smooth as possible.

 

Supporting Parents on Arrival

  • Welcome meeting with key information about school procedures
  • Orientation day before school starts in September (children welcome)
  • Welcome coffee morning at the beginning of the Autumn term
  • Introduction sessions to Tapestry (Early Years) and Seesaw (Primary) digital journals as the tool for parents to keep up with their child’s progress
  • During the first two weeks of class, the Primary Wellbeing Team sends every other day an email to the parents informing about the child adaptation progress
  • Personal appointments as required
  • Spanish adult lessons for parents.

 

Supporting Students on Arrival

Early Years

  • Home visit of the class teacher and the Head of Early Years
  • Play date at the school to meet the Early Years team in June
  • Orientation day before school starts in September
  • Transition week during the first week of September

Primary

  • Class buddies for each new child for one week minimum
  • New arrivals meeting and tour of the school on the orientation day
  • Introductions to all teachers
  • The Wellbeing Team will monitor the progress of the child during the first weeks in school

Secondary

  • Class buddies for each new child for one week minimum
  • New arrivals meeting and tour of the school on the orientation day
  • Introductions to all teachers
  • Transition week in June for all Year 6 students into Year 7: Fun activities, getting to know each other, sports competition and assemblies.
  • In-year entry students have 1: 1 with Head of the Year regarding subjects and are shown around by their Tutor

Pre-University

  • Transition Week in June
  • Welcome meeting the day before school starts in September
  • On arrival day: Heads of Years 12 and 13 welcome students in person and introduce them to their teachers
  • All students can have 1: 1 re subject options changes with Director of Pre-University in weeks 1-3 esp.
  • In-year entry students have 1: 1 with Head of Year 12 and Director of Pre-University regarding subjects and are shown around by Head of Year 12
  • Year 12 Team Building Away Day in September

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the questions most frequently asked by parents during the admissions process at The British School of Barcelona.

Should you have any other questions, please get in touch with our Admissions team and we will be happy to help

Yes. BSB is an English school which follows the English National Curriculum. Subjects are taught in English and students are completely immersed in the language throughout the school day. Other languages are taught as subject areas.

BSB Castelldefels: For children applying for places in Nursery and Reception previous knowledge of English is not required. In Year 1 pupils should have an age-appropriate level of English. From Year 2 onwards we test their level of English to determine whether they would be able to follow lessons comfortably or not. Children learn languages very quickly and starting at an early age is clearly an advantage. Secondary students (from Year 7) need to have a proficient level of English to enter the school.

BSB Sitges: For children applying for places in Nursery and Reception previous knowledge of English is not required. In Year 1 pupils should have an age-appropriate level of English. From Year 2 onwards we test their level of English to determine whether they would be able to follow lessons comfortably or not. If students in years 3 to 6 have insufficient English to do so, then a place in the English as an Additional Language class may be offered. This is a short term placement which supports the rapid acquisition of English so that the student can be quickly integrated into the age appropriate class with peers. Secondary students (from Year 7) need to have a proficient level of English to enter the school

Check our Admissions Process to get more information on how does it work.

Yes. BSB school is recognised by both the British and Spanish education authorities as a formal teaching centre. We follow the English National Curriculum and students can apply for places in British and Spanish universities as well as other institutions around the world.

Find out more on destinations for higher education to learn more about some of the university courses our students choose when they graduate.

The British School of Barcelona are proud to be a truly international community with over 50 different nationalities represented in the school. We strive to keep a fair balance between local families and those coming from abroad and maintain a ratio of approximately 60-40 between the two groups.

Yes. After school we offer an extensive programme of activities which bolster Sports, Creativity and Languages. We believe these activities complement and enrich our formal curriculum.

Learn more about our after-school activities programme.

Yes. In Primary we have support teachers to help students improve the level of their written and spoken English. We also offer after-school language lessons to children interested in keeping up and improving their mother tongue.

Learn more about our after-school activities programme

Yes. At BSB we value the fact that parents participate in the life of the school. We organise Workshops and Talks for parents on a regular basis and we also invite families to join us on a range of whole school family events, such as the Global be Well Day, Carnival, the Fundraising Summer Fair, among many others.

Learn more about our BSB Community activities at Parents Events & Workshops.

Yes. Every year we run our Summer School. It is designed for children aged between 3 and 15 years old to enjoy their summer holidays while improving their English or Spanish skills during the long holiday break. The BSB Summer School is open to BSB students as well as pupils from other schools and countries, thus creating an international environment where successful learning can take place.

We also run STEAM Holiday Camps at different periods thorughout the year for students to make the most of their holiday breaks and develop new STEAM skills through engaging in creative projects.

Visit our Summer School and Holiday Camps section for details and registrations.

Yes. Each BSB campus has its own kitchen where specialised staff prepares balanced and healthy meals every day. We also cater for all sorts of particular dietary requirements.

Please visit our Nutrition page to learn more about the menus cooked and served in-house every day.

Yes. The British School of Barcelona currently operate different bus routes serving most areas where students live and travel to school on a regular basis.

Please visit our School Transport section to learn more about the bus routes available for each campus.

Three Campuses, Two Towns - One School

The three campuses of our International School of Barcelona are located in two adjoining seaside towns that lie south of Barcelona. Both are welcoming towns to expats from all around the world.

The Town of Castelldefels

Castelldefels is a beautiful seaside town that lies south of Barcelona. The Mediterranean climate, with year-round sunshine and mild temperatures, allows our students to take full advantage of our open-air facilities and the wonderful combination of mountains and coastline which Castelldefels has to offer.

Castelldefels is an increasingly popular destination for expat families due to the proximity to Barcelona. The sports legacy of the Barcelona Olympic Games is evident in its world-class sports facilities. Our school occupies a strategic location, just a stone’s throw from several sports clubs such as the Olympic Canal, the Andrés Gimeno Tennis Club and the Granvia Mar Sports Club, where many school and after-school sport activities take place.

Castelldefels has a full range of cultural events going on, which includes plays, movies in their original language, dance and talks. In addition, due to the proximity to Barcelona we can also enjoy the wide variety of museums, theatres and other cultural venues for educational purposes.

The British School of Barcelona has two campuses in Castelldefels (BSB Castelldefels and BSB Nexus) and a sports stadium. Both campuses lie within easy access to the centre of Barcelona, and are just a 10-minute drive from the airport. They are also easily accessible by public transport, with direct connections by both train and bus to the centre of Barcelona. The British School of Barcelona also provides transport services to and from any of our campuses.

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The Town of Sitges

Sitges is a beautiful Mediterranean coastal town located in the Garraf area. Sitges benefits from a year-round mild climate that makes it possible for our students to enjoy outdoor activities almost every day of the year.

Sitges is a convivial town which welcomes families from around the world. It is a vibrant, multicultural town, where numerous world-renowned cultural and festive events take place throughout the year, such as the International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia and the International Barcelona-Sitges Vintage Car Rally. The town also offers a wide range of sports and water-sport activities, including annual events such as the Half Marathon, the Triathlon, the Beach Rugby 7s championship, sailing regattas, and other sports tournaments.

The BSB Sitges campus can be reached easily from Barcelona, Tarragona or the Barcelona-El Prat Airport by public transportation (train and bus). Our international school in Barcelona also provides transport services to and from any of our campuses.

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