The British School of Barcelona accredited as one of the best British schools in the world
The British School of Barcelona has been rated as Outstanding in every category by the inspection run by the English Department for Education (DfE) of the British Government
BSB is one of the only five schools in Spain that are currently recognised as outstanding by BSO and the only school in Catalunya to have gained this prestigious accreditation
The inspectors highlight the quality of education, the strong sense of community among staff, students and families, and the global educational standards of the school
The top-quality education provided and the outstanding academic achievements allow students to attend the best universities in Spain and around the world
The British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspection is a voluntary scheme for the inspection of British schools overseas, whereby schools are inspected against a common set of standards that are aligned to British independent schools in the UK.
By achieving UK inspection-based accreditation, participating schools are able to demonstrate that they provide a British education that has similar characteristics to an education in an independent school in the UK.
Penta International is an independent inspectorate body accredited by the English Department for Education (DfE).
Over a 3-day period, a team of six international inspectors observed over 100 lessons from Early Years to Pre-University across all of our four campuses BSB City, BSB Castelldefels, BSB Sitges and BSB Nexus. Discussions were held with the senior staff, the leadership teams, a range of teachers, parents and groups of students. School documentation and policies were analysed, and data reviewed.
Being rated as an “Outstanding School in every Category” is the highest recognition that an international educational centre can receive and grades BSB as one of the best British schools in the world.
This achievement places BSB as one of the only five schools in Spain that are currently recognised as outstanding by BSO, and the only school in Catalunya to have gained this prestigious accreditation.
The report highlights the quality of education provided, the strong sense of community among staff, students and families, and the global educational standards of the school.
With over 60 years providing a top-class British International Education, BSB has developed exceptionally in recent years, both in terms of education and expansion of its facilities. Penta’s report states that the significant progress BSB has made in school improvement over the last few years is the result of a clearly established vision, which informs the strategic direction of the school, under outstanding leadership and management.
The report highlights that BSB delivers an excellent, broad, balanced and highly personalised curriculum that encourage independent and creative learning. This allows students across all year groups to make consistently very good progress and achieve well above UK national averages. The report also indicates that students throughout the school display high levels of English.
Inspectors reported that students feel happy and safe, and are very proud of their school. Wellbeing of students is recognised as a clear focus of the school and relationships between students and teachers are found to be excellent.
The report also points out that BSB is an inclusive school that actively promotes values such as mutual respect and tolerance helping students develop global perspectives.
As a result of the quality education provided and the outstanding academic achievements, each year nearly all students at BSB progress onto higher education; 95% are successful in gaining places in their first choice university.
This is the result of excellent university admission guidance allowing them to attend the best universities in Spain and around the world.
In almost all subjects, activities are facilitated by teachers to encourage independent child-led learning. Students are provided with many opportunities to develop their learning habits through a project-based curriculum.
The quality of teaching and assessment is outstanding at BSB. Outstanding practice is evident throughout the school. Teachers are confident, knowledgeable and have warm and effective working relationships with students. There is a lot of use of praise and encouragement.Classrooms are attractive, and provide environments that really support learning and promote high standards. Resources are used creatively by teachers to enable students to grasp concepts quickly and make good progress."
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