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 limit of 16 students. Exceptions are only made in special circumstances at the discretion of the Head of School.

Around 34% 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.

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 extra-curricular 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 Office.

See the Fees page.

We promote diversity and inclusiveness wherever possible. Consequently, a limited number of Assisted Places are provided each year. If you think you may qualify, please contact the Admissions team for further details.

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.

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

Our expert careers and university advisors help students to choose a path that is right for them – enabling them to go on to study anywhere in the world. Many students choose to go to a British university. As you would expect for an international school, a significant proportion of students choose to study elsewhere. Many students go on to top universities such as Oxford or Harvard, while a significant proportion of students choose vocational and creative courses at university.

 

The UK Government has said EU students will continue to study in UK universities, with no impact on loan eligibility or fees, for those applying to courses starting in 2017/18. 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.

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 a private, independent, not for profit fee-paying school and does not receive any financial support from any companies, from the UK or Belgian Government, therefore Britain leaving the EU does not have a direct financial implication for our school.

We continue to attract the very best teaching staff from the UK and around the world because we offer permanent contracts, good facilities in a caring environment, very generous 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 one hundred applications for just one post.