I look forward to
meeting all parents in
the year ahead.

Head of School Message

I would like to begin by wishing all students and parents considering enrolling at the International British School of Bucharest a very warm welcome. I am confident that you will find IBSB to be a bright, friendly campus, and that your time spent here will be both rewarding and enjoyable.

IBSB is a school with a reputation for academic excellence, and we pride ourselves on the fact that our graduating students are accepted into many of the top universities around the world each year. As a small school, we are able to employ individual student tracking as a standard part of our programme to ensure that each and every student has the opportunity to succeed in their studies and progress toward achieving their dreams, whatever they may be. Both form tutors and subject teachers take the time to speak personally to students at regular intervals to explain their current level and to set achievable targets to motivate students to progress on to the next level with confidence.

Students attending our school are expected to apply themselves to a rigorous programme of study intended to challenge them to achieve their full potential and to strive for excellence. The programme our students follow from Preschool to Year 13 is the National Curriculum of England, applied within an international context, which enables our students to develop academically, as well as socially and emotionally through the rich extracurricular programme available. As our programme is highly individualized, there is the possibility of fast tracking students who are able to extend themselves beyond National Curriculum expectations in certain subjects. We also have excellent support systems in place to identify and help students where needed; in particular, we have a very strong EAL programme to help students learn English quickly and easily.

Paramount to the success of our students in the close relationship formed between the school and parents. We view education as a partnership in which the teachers and parents work together, through regular communication, to ensure that students are focused and working to their full potential. At the start of each academic year parent-teacher coffee mornings and information evenings are organised to enable the class teachers and form tutors to get to know the parents and to enable the parents to meet

each other to ensure that all lines of communication are open and working effectively.

Then, as the year progresses, teachers send home regular emails to keep parents updated on student progress, with termly reports in the primary school and half termly reports in the secondary school posted on Schoolbase. At the end of each term there are formal parent-teacher meetings to enable parents to discuss pupil progress 1-2-1 with subject teachers, and for those parents looking for more detailed information, parents are provided with a login name and password at the start of each year to enable them to track student progress and monitor classroom planning and homework given out via our online Schoolbase system.

The calendar year at IBSB is always very full, with a colourful range of events and activities planned, including House events, school productions, citizenship days, charity fundraising activities and events, student social events, school and interschool sports events and sport days, interschool academic events and competitions, special days celebrated with the parents, such as Halloween, Martisor Day, and UN Day, as well and a plethora of day trips and residential trips that take place throughout the year. To find out more about what goes on at IBSB on a weekly basis, I encourage you to visit the online School Calendar and to read through some past issues of the school magazine, The International Voice, which goes out free to all parents at the end of each term.

Finally, I would like to inform all prospective parents that IBSB maintains an open door policy, and so with this in mind we look forward to receiving a visit from you at some point during the course of the academic year. You are welcome to visit the school at any time to view the classes taking place or to speak directly with one of our teachers or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Should you require help in any regard to the education of your children, please do not hesitate to contact the school office at your earliest convenience.

For any parent wishing to speak with me directly, I would be very happy to make an appointment to speak with you at the earliest available, mutually convenient time.