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.” 

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The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels

Carrer Ginesta, 26
08860 Castelldefels
Barcelona, Spain

Admissions contact number

(+34) 93 707 95 98

General contact number

(+34) 93 665 15 84

Email:

school@bsb.edu.es

The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels

Carrer Ginesta, 26
08860 Castelldefels
Barcelona, Spain

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(+34) 93 707 95 98

General contact number

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Email:

school@bsb.edu.es

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Welcome to The British School of Barcelona

The British School of Barcelona is a caring, learning community with high expectations.

We offer an all-round international approach to children’s learning and development to students from 3 to 18 years.

Academic

We inspire all to be creative, curious thinkers within a culture of support and challenge

Character

We provide individual growth through high expectations; demonstrating commitment, resilience and respect for all

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We are global citizens, embracing difference, cared for and caring, and principled in our beliefs

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A memoir? My best memoir of BSB could be the trip to London (PGL), back in Year 6, where not only did we visit the city but also took part in many activities on campus with all our friends during 5 days. My last school day was also a day to remember. I had to take my last Maths A-Level exam in the morning, and in the evening I was already graduating and saying goodbye to what has been part of my life for 15 years. I was excited to leave and start a new life at university, but didn’t know if I was ready or not! What are you enjoying most at present? I am currently enjoying most my university course (Bachelor in Business Administration at ESADE) and very happy of having met amazing people both from Spain and other countries. A tip for Pre-University students? My tip would be to work as hard as they can for the last two years as in a future, they will be grateful for having made the most out of it and having entered the university and the degree of their dreams. Claudia Ibarz Graduate Class of 2017 BSB student from Nursery to graduation
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We inspire all to be creative, curious thinkers within a culture of support and challenge

Character

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We are global citizens, embracing difference, cared for and caring, and principled in our beliefs

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The British School of Barcelona is grateful to be able to call upon the expert guidance of Ms Fidelma Murphy, who serves as The British School’s Chair of Governors and has over 25 years of experience at the forefront of International Education in Germany, Spain, Ireland and the Middle East.

As Chair of Governors, Ms. Murphy works closely with the Principal in the appointment of staff, monitors the school’s performance in a range of areas and works as a critical friend to support us as we strive for excellence in everything we do.

Ms. Murphy comments: ‘It is a privilege to be the Chair of Governors for The British School of Barcelona. The students at BSB are a joy to interact with; they are open minded global citizens who are actively involved in the learning process. They are reflective communicators who embrace opportunities to develop their learning skills.

Staff at The British School of Barcelona are committed to designing personalised learning programmes tailored to their pupils´ needs. They form part of a learning community which constantly strives to improve and grow. The progress pupils make in their academic studies and in their interpersonal skills, bears comparison with the very best schools to be found anywhere in the world.’

Ms. Murphy has extensive experience in International Schools and was part of a start-up team in the Outstanding Schools Programme in the Middle East.

Ms. Murphy was a Principal at international schools, an IB school visitor and an examiner for Cambridge Examinations. Fidelma joined Cognita in August 2018.

View Ms Murphy’s entire profile here.

BSB Castelldefels

Our campus in Castelldefels offers modern and spacious premises which create an optimal setting for effective teaching and learning. The campus is within easy reach from the centre of Barcelona, and is just a 10-minute drive from the airport.

BSB Sitges

The newly revamped BSB campus in Sitges offers modern, thoughtfully-designed, newly equipped facilities to provide the very best learning environment for Early Years and Primary aged children.

BSB Nexus

BSB Nexus, our new Pre-University campus, offers a range of pre-university programmes to students from 16 to 19 years of age, just a few metres away from the Castelldefels main campus.

A caring community

At BSB City we take care of our families 

We are currently hosting Playdates with parents and children to spend some quality time with Ms Monaghan, BSB City Headteacher, and Miss George, our Head of Early Years and Year 1 in Barcelona, before the school term begins.

Playdates are a fantastic opportunity for children to meet their teacher and some of their new classmates in a relaxed, familiar environment.

It is great to see how well families connect with each other, creating this positive, welcoming atmosphere that truly enhances the value of a BSB Community.

Playdates are available for prospective families who would like to learn more about us and engage with our Founding Families starting in September 2021. Why don’t you join us?


Forest Fun!

If your child is in Years 2 to 5, you are also welcome to a “Forest Fun” session on Thursday 26th August, at 18.00h

Forest School is an immersive learning experience that encourages hands-on, environmentally friendly creativity and problem solving. On our “Forest Fun” session, we will build tripod shelters and decorate them, do some art activity with clay or hand printing, read a story or play a nature connection game.

Join us for some urban Forest School nature fun!

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