Berlin British School: a vibrant, challenging all-round international education
Text: Berlin British School, Andrew Walsh, Caitriona Phelan-Körnig, Leonie Von Lilien | Photos: Berlin British School Ggmbh
For 25 years, Berlin British School (BBS) has been educating students from more than 60 different countries and preparing them for the challenges of a globalised future by providing a stable, supportive and disciplined environment in which all students strive for academic excellence and develop confidence and creative thinking skills.
A caring community that provides strong pastoral support and the framework of British educational traditions ensure that all students are guided and nurtured throughout their time at the school and learn to celebrate diversity and embrace tolerance and mutual respect. A wide-ranging co-curricular educational programme enables students to develop holistically and appreciate the importance of developing important skills and dispositions that go beyond the walls of the classroom.
Fully accredited by the Council of International Schools, and implementing programmes from both the globally recognised International Baccalaureate and Cambridge International Examinations, BBS has been at the forefront of educating students from Berlin’s international community since its foundation in 1994. Believing that the most successful schools blend innovation and tradition, the curriculum incorporates exciting pedagogical innovations – for example, inquiry and concept-based learning – alongside traditional, tried and tested educational principles, such as differentiated instruction and the teaching of language across all areas of the curriculum. Students are prepared thoroughly for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which is seen across the globe as the gold standard of pre-university educational courses, as it combines both depth and breadth in its intellectual demands and prepares students optimally for a successful life at university and beyond.
The British foundation of the school has ensured some important structures: there is a House system, in which students cooperate together and compete against each other across a range of diverse pursuits; a school uniform encourages students to view themselves as proud members of a community of equals; the pastoral system is dependent on a strong, meaningful bond between teacher and student, with excellent communication and early intervention as ways of supporting students throughout their time at the school.
Berlin British School is a friendly, welcoming school lucky enough to enjoy an idyllic woodland setting as its natural environment in which our students can grow. It is small enough for all students and teachers to know each other, and large enough to offer opportunities for all students to flourish in a challenging yet caring environment; and the school aims to serve both the high-flying student who at the end of their BBS career achieves the maximum 45 points in the IB Diploma and goes on to read Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, and the student who is delighted to pass the IB Diploma with 30 points and gain access to a chosen university course. BBS is unique in the Berlin education scene as the only international school to offer the choice between a curriculum delivered through the medium of English, ideal for students from an international business or diplomatic background, and a bi-lingual option that enables native German speakers to enjoy the benefit of studying selected subjects in German.
BBS is proud of how it fulfils its mission to create confident learners and creative thinkers through providing a caring and supportive community. If you would like to see the school in action, do not hesitate to get in touch to arrange a personal tour.
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