Admissions FAQ

Admissions FAQ

We have prepared a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions by new families. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions team.

We limit class sizes to 20 for Kindergarten to Reception, 25 up to Year 5, and 21 in Years 6-11. Years 12-13 have a maximum of 14 students. Exceptions are only made in special circumstances at the discretion of the Head of School.

Around 33% of students at the school are British. Approximately 70 nationalities are represented within our school community, making it one of the most diverse and inclusive student environments at any educational facility in the world.

As you would expect for an international school, a wide variety of languages are taught, with bilingual programmes available at both Primary and Secondary level. French is taught from Kindergarten, so as early as age three is possible, and Dutch is taught at the age of seven.

Students have the opportunity to learn an additional language in Secondary School, and may choose Spanish, German or Dutch. Additional languages, such as Chinese and Russian, are taught on an ad-hoc, extra-curricular basis, with some students going on to gain qualifications in these extra-curricular languages.

We also have a French/English bilingual programme to complement our English-medium teaching. We offer a bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (English with French or Dutch) for students aged 16-18 years. We also offer significantly enhanced French in Secondary School.

Please contact our Admissions Office to find out the latest developments.

As well as Brussels, many families live close to the school in Tervuren including Moorsel, Vossem and Duisburg or in one of the villages/towns close to Tervuren, such as Everberg, Leefdaal, Overijse, Kraainem and Wezembeek-Oppem.

Yes, we operate a supervised school bus service that covers many routes. Our Admissions Office will be happy to provide details.

Contact our Admissions team

School uniforms are not common on mainland Europe. However, BSB students are expected to respect a dress code and ensure their clothing is appropriate for the learning environment. There is a school PE (sports) kit which all students must wear for PE from Year 1 onwards.

We have an average turnover of 20%, a reflection on our international status and the global mobility of the families who choose to educate their children here.

No. Our very youngest students (up to Year 1) eat their packed lunches in their classrooms, and Year 2 students eat their packed lunches in Tintin Hall.

However, Upper Primary and Secondary students do eat in the Cafeteria (Upper Primary at the first sitting and Secondary at the second sitting) and may choose to purchase a meal, sandwiches, salad or to bring a packed lunch. All of our meals are freshly prepared on site and have a very healthy bias. We encourage fruit as snacks and do not sell fizzy drinks.

Yes, a significant choice for all ages including for our parents! We believe activities outside the classroom are at least as important as academic progress and are absolutely essential to personal development.

We offer a wide range of Enrichment activities including sports, music, drama, environmental, public speaking clubs and many more.

See the Clubs & Activities page.

Fees are set each year in advance and are paid in full (or, by special arrangement, in installments) at the start of the school year in September. Parents with further questions should contact our Admissions team.

See the Fees page.

For parents who cannot collect their Primary School children from school immediately, we operate a fully supervised after-school garderie where students can socialise in a fun and structured environment while they wait to be collected.

Older students are invited to join in our range of after school extra-curricular activities, ranging from sports teams to language clubs.

The British School of Brussels (BSB) is very much an international school with 70 different nationalities represented. Non-British students make up almost 70% of our population, and because of this multinational and multilingual population, we do not believe that Britain leaving the EU will have a significant impact on our school. We will always be committed to having this rich and diverse cultural mix.

Whatever happens after Britain leaves the EU, Brussels is an international centre for British education and we do not believe that this is going to change dramatically.

BSB is the only school in Belgium that offers three pre-university routes. Not just British qualifications (A Levels and BTEC vocational courses in Business, Sports, Applied Science and Hospitality) but also the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with French & Dutch bilingual options.

BSB is a private, independent, not-for-profit, fee-paying school and does not receive any financial support from the EU, UK or Belgian Governments. BSB operates under a prudent financial policy, which has allowed the school to manage its financial operations with a very healthy cash-flow. The school has no loans and the policy is to avoid borrowing at all times. Any surplus which is generated is immediately transferred into the reserves to fund new development projects, such as our swimming pool.

We continue to attract the very best teaching and learning staff from the UK and around the world. Because we offer permanent contracts, good facilities in a caring environment, competitive salaries and an extensive package of extra-legal benefits, we remain one of the most sought-after schools to work for in Europe; on average we receive 35 applications per teaching post, with sometimes over hundred applications for just one post. We currently have 78% British (teaching and learning) staff many of whom have international experience and/or international qualifications.

Whilst many of our graduating students go on to universities in the UK, equally many BSB students go on to gain places at some of the most prestigious universities worldwide. While Brexit negotiations are ongoing, the UK Government has said EU students will be able to continue to study in UK universities, with no impact on loan eligibility or fees, for those applying to courses starting in 2018/19.

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