Primary School

We pride ourselves on knowing each child as an individual in order to help them make progress. 

A unique voice for every child

At BSB's Primary School, the development of the whole child is at the heart of our education programme. Learning in our Primary School is about developing personal, emotional and social skills as well as being an intellectual process.

Our Primary curriculum is available to children from ages 1-11. This is British-based and uniquely adapted to the needs of our international and multicultural student body. Every Year Group from Reception (ages 4-5) has a French/English bilingual class in which children follow the same curriculum as their peers in the English section but with all subjects taught in both languages.

We are proud to say that our Primary School has the warm atmosphere of a small school with the resources of a large school. The Early Childhood Centre (ages 1-3), Lower Primary School (ages 3-7) and Upper Primary School (ages 7-11) each have their own dedicated facilities. Of course, Primary students also benefit from whole school facilities like the new Jacques Rogge Sports Centre and swimming pool, science labs, art studio and theatre.

Neil Ringrose

Vice-Principal & Head of Primary School

Inside the classroom

Our experienced, well-qualified and dedicated staff nurture and guide our children to think, from the earliest ages, about what sort of contribution they will make to the world, encouraging the development of internationally-minded, compassionate and responsible young people.

Outside the classroom

At BSB, a wide range of extra-curricular activities and school trips are offered to take learning beyond the classroom and to enhance the educational experience. Our diverse programme offers something for everyone, encouraging children to find their own passion.

Integrated Learning Themes

Teachers plan six different 'Integrated Learning Themes' per year. These are cross-curricular 'topics'; there is no fragmentation of separate subjects which in turn provides a more meaningful context for learning.

Themes are based on key concepts and central ideas which draw on the children's experiences making internationalism and cultural inclusivity implicit. Students are taught to use critical and creative thinking skills across the curriculum.

By organising the curriculum through themes, the aim is for BSB students to be articulate, engaged and enthusiastic about their learning and see the 'big picture', approaching topics from multiple perspectives and making connections between subjects.

Quick facts

  • French-English Bilingual classes from age 4

    Our French-English Bilingual programme is on offer for ages 4-14.

  • 7 annual productions

    Children from Kindergarten to Year 6 perform in a play on stage in our Brel Theatre.

  • 4 residential trips

    Exciting trips away from home for Years 3-6 reinforce learning and develop social skills and teamwork.

  • 1 swimming pool

    Our new pool has a movable floor. The depth is adjusted to suit the ability of the children using it.

Welcome to our Primary School

What our teachers say

Esther, Learning Improvement Leader of Early Years

“It is a pleasure to be part of such a special international community. It is fantastic to observe right from the Early Years, the children are motivated to explore, developing resilience and making links in their own learning. As a teacher in the Early Childhood Centre I am passionate to ensure the children start their education engaged, motivated and critical thinkers, BSB is the best place to nurture and provoke this!” — Esther, Learning Improvement Leader of Early Years

Laura, Speech and Language Therapist

“BSB guides and supports children from such a wide variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds to become the most caring, open-minded and confident students.” — Laura, Speech and Language Therapist

Philip, Deputy Head of Primary School

“I decided BSB was the place for me after just one look around the school. The warm and caring atmosphere I experienced as I walked the corridors and playgrounds assured me that this was a school I wanted to be part of and a place where I wanted my children to learn.” — Philip, Deputy Head of Primary School

Nicki, Head of Inclusion (Primary)

“It is a joy to work with students from many nationalities. It is our job to provide the supportive, safe and nurturing environment for them to start and continue on their learning journey by taking risks. Watching a non-English speaker embrace the language and speak those first tentative words reminds you of the challenges they face on a daily basis.” — Nicki, Head of Inclusion (Primary)

Christi-Ann, Faculty Leader Performance & the Arts

“I loved BSB from the moment I came for interview, and still love teaching here 10 years later! The school has amazing facilities, dedicated teachers and wonderful students from a huge range of countries and backgrounds. The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly to all, and together we focus on the development and education of each student as an individual.” — Christi-Ann, Faculty Leader Performance & the Arts

Hazel, Leader of Integrated Learning English

“The children at BSB are such kind, considerate and imaginative young people. Skills such as teamwork, respect for others and creativity are given just as much importance as academia across the whole school. As a result, the children are fantastic to work with. The huge range of opportunities that are on offer for the children allow them to excel in their own unique way, whether it be acting on the stage in the annual production, playing a musical instrument in an orchestra or competing in sport. They leave the school ready to face the world, which as a teacher, is a joy to be a part of their journey” — Hazel, Leader of Integrated Learning English


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