BISM Secondary School Handbook 2021-2022

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Welcome from the Headteacher Dear Parents and Students, It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2021-22 school year at The British International School of Marbella (BISM). We extend a very warm welcome to all new and returning students and parents. Our aspiration is to provide a World Class Education for all pupils within the BISM community. We are fortunate to be governed by the Executive Board of The British Schools Foundation (BSF), a network of schools established across the globe. We are looking forward to providing your child with an outstanding educational experience. The Foundation has an excellent reputation worldwide and we will continue to build on that as we seek to meet the needs of all students enrolled in our school. Our staff members are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching, and bring a wealth of experience and expertise. At BISM, we have created a stimulating, safe and positive learning environment, with high expectations of achievement, endeavour and behaviour. We are committed to making the curriculum accessible to all students through utilising a range of teaching styles, state of the art technologies and exciting curriculum innovations, which will motivate our students to develop independent, lifelong learning skills. As BISM’s Headteacher, my role is to establish a culture that promotes excellence, equality and high expectations of all students. We value the opinions of our parents, therefore please feel free to send an email, call or arrange a visit. Parent input is invaluable and I look forward to working with you in the most important job you have - educating your child. We hope you will find this handbook useful and look forward to working closely with you to ensure the success of BISM and our pupils. Yours sincerely, Mr Dean Moore Headteacher

Welcome from the Head of Secondary Dear Parents and Students, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2021-22 school year at The British International School of Marbella (BISM). Our school provides a broad, balanced and modern curriculum and high quality learning and teaching supported by excellent pastoral care. The personal development of our pupils benefits greatly from our fantastic mentoring programme, morning greeting, shared lunch experience and the wide range of extra-curricular activities which are on offer to our pupils. 2


Encouraging our students to explore the scope of their intellectual and physical abilities underpins every aspect of our curriculum and I am confident that this academic year our students will continue to flourish in our world class facilities while also having the opportunity to develop their skills and talents exploring the wider community. Our Year 11s will end this academic year having completed their IGCSE examinations. We are excited and ready to embrace the challenges that lay ahead, confident that our students will meet their targets and beyond. As BISM’s Head of Secondary, my role is to promote academic excellence while also ensuring the highest levels of pastoral support is achieved in a happy, safe and dynamic environment. I strongly believe in order for our students to fulfil their potential, excellent relationships are key. Therefore, I encourage you to be an active participant in their educational journey through attendance at workshops, parent consultations and celebratory events. On a day to day basis, I am always available via email, telephone or for a face to face meeting should you like to discuss any element of your child’s education. I look forward to working with you this academic year. Yours sincerely, Nikki Kerlin Head of Secondary

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2021-2022 SCHOOL DATES Autumn Term:

Start of Autumn Term Wednesday 1st September: Parent Teacher Consultations (meet the teacher day) Thursday 2nd September: First Day of School Tuesday 12th October: National Holiday (School Closed) Tuesday 19th October Local Holiday ( School Closed) Monday 25th October to Monday 1st November - Half Term (School Closed) Monday 6th December – Wednesday 8th December: National Holiday (School Closed) Friday 17th December Last day of term - Noon finish

Spring Term: Monday 10th January First day of term Monday 21st February – Monday 28th February Half Term (School Closed) Friday 8th April: Last day of term - Noon finish

Summer Term: Tuesday 19th April: First day of term Monday 2nd May: May holiday Thursday 30th June: Last day of term - Noon finish

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School hours Secondary School (KS3) 08:30 - 08:45 Morning Greeting 08:45 - 09:45 Lesson 1 09:45 - 10:00 Break 10:00 - 11:00 Lesson 2 11:00- 12:00 Lesson 3 12:00 - 12:30 Recess 12:30 - 13:00 Study Times 13:00 - 13:30 Lunch 13:30 - 14:35 Lesson 4 14:40 - 15:45 Lesson 5 15:45-16:30 Assembly/Mentoring and Pastoral time Secondary School (KS4) 08:30 - 08:45 Morning Greeting 08:45 - 09:40 Lesson 1 09.40 - 10.50 Lesson 2 10.45 - 11.00 Break 11.00 - 11.55 Lesson 3 12.00 - 12.30 Shared Lunch 12.30 - 13.25 Lesson 4 13.30 - 14.25 Lesson 5 14.25 - 14.50 Break 14.50 - 15.45 Lesson 6 15:45 - 16:30 Assembly/Mentoring and Pastoral time Morning Greeting time is used to set the tone for the day and share important messages. Each morning Mentors will be available to greet and talk to students in their mentor groups. This session is an opportunity for the mentor to: ● Register pupils in a prompt and positive manner. ● Share key communication with pupils and organise the day. ● Enjoy a short period of reflection/calm in preparation for the day. The overall tone of the morning greeting is one of positive calm in which students feel valued and welcome. Positive relationships will develop through individual and group discussions as students arrive to class. It is essential that students arrive at their classrooms for the beginning of Morning Greeting so that they can be properly registered and take full advantage of time with their mentor.

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Arrival & Departure Procedures It is, of course, essential that our students are supervised at all times for their security and safety. Therefore, we request that students arrive between 8.15am and 8.30am. They may enter the school building from 8.25am to ensure that they arrive promptly to the mentor rooms by 8.30am where the mentors will welcome them into the morning greeting. All secondary school students should leave school at 4.30pm on their own and meet their parents/guardians off site. Younger siblings can be given permission to leave school with secondary pupils with parental permission. If, for any reason, you have been delayed, please telephone the school so that we are aware and can inform your child to avoid any unnecessary anxiety. If you are unable to collect your child, please inform the school at your earliest convenience as to who will be collecting your child.

Punctuality A prompt start to the school day is expected in the Secondary School. Students should be fully prepared for the school day and arrive promptly to school and each of their lessons. The issue of poor punctuality must be taken very seriously. When a pupil arrives late they miss out on essential instructions given out at the beginning of the lesson/school day which reduces their chances of academic success. Poor punctuality can also cause social disruption. Occasional lateness can sometimes be unavoidable. Should your child arrive at school late three times a letter will be sent home. If there is no improvement a meeting will be arranged with their mentor. If there is still no improvement a meeting will be requested with the pastoral leader and head teacher.

Attendance Regular daily attendance is essential if students are to achieve their potential. We ask that parents support attendance at school wherever possible. Absence from school for reasons which are neither health-related nor involving an emergency are strongly discouraged and should be kept to a minimum, since frequent absence can result in the student falling behind, perhaps seriously in their studies and/or missing key assessments. Parents who are aware of future absences should inform the Mentor as far in advance as possible. If students are unable to achieve the standards required to enter the next year group due to poor attendance, the following actions may take place at the discretion of the Headteacher: 1. The student will be asked to repeat the year 2. The student may be asked to withdraw from the school Please note that it is not school policy to provide work for students who are absent. Parents will receive notification of the number of absences in the mentor´s report at the end of term. Absence Through Sickness While regular daily attendance is important, sometimes absence is unavoidable through sickness. Please inform the school if your child is unable to attend school for health reasons. Please telephone or

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email the childs’ mentor and the school reception as early as possible after 8:00 am. In order for us to ensure the health and safety of your child, please advise us of any medical problems your child may have when there is an allergy to materials or food. Please ensure that the health questionnaire has been completed. If your child becomes unwell and the mentor feels that they may not be well enough to participate in lessons, the student will be referred to the Headteacher. After further observation, if the child is clearly not well enough to return to class, you will be telephoned to collect your child. Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the parents to collect an unwell child and that the school cannot provide a driver in such circumstances. Please ensure that school always has updated contact phone numbers. If a student has suffered any kind of gastroenterol virus, please be aware that it is school policy that the child cannot return to school within 24 hours of the last episode to avoid further infection. If a student has live head lice you will also be called to collect your child, and other parents in the school will be informed that there is a potential outbreak. Students are expected to aim for 100% attendance. Holidays during term time should be avoided at all costs. Students whose attendance falls below 95% will receive an attendance letter from the Pastoral Leader. If significant progress is not made in the following weeks, it will be necessary to schedule a meeting with the Head of Secondary and finally, the Headteacher Mr Moore. Students in Year 10 and Year 11 are expected to sign an attendance contract at the beginning of the academic year.

Security If you need to collect your child during the school day please ensure that you inform the mentor in advance. Parents will need to sign in then a member of staff will collect the child from the classroom. Early Release Slips will need to be collected from the front desk before leaving the school premises and all children collected early will need to be signed out. Parents should provide the school with at least two contact numbers in case of emergencies. It is vital that you inform the school of any changes to these contact numbers. Please be aware that school closes at 5pm. If your child stays after school for a club, tutoring or sports/music academy, pupils will await collection at the school gate at the end of the session. Parents and visitors are not permitted onsite after 5pm.

Curriculum Our school provides an innovative and exciting curriculum which covers the core lessons of English, Mathematics, Science and Modern Foreign Languages and offers a broad and innovative Integrated Curriculum covering The Arts, Humanities, Sport and Fitness, Computing, and Social and Commercial Enterprise.

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All areas of the curriculum are delivered by Specialist Teachers. Each class is allocated a Mentor. The Mentor will be responsible for their pastoral care and are the parent’s point of call should a parent wish to discuss anything.

Secondary Leadership Team Head of Secondary: Nikki Kerlin Secondary Personal Development Leader: Michelle Carr Secondary Academic Leader: Amy Ladds

Secondary Mentors 2021-2022 Year 7a: Dan Newton/Garazi Abaruza Year 7b: Nuria Rodrigues/Nicholas Seigel Year 8a: Lee Rimmer/Gema Toro Year 8b: Amy Ladds/Jaco Kuhn Year 9a: Matthew Atkinson/Ruth Townsend Year 9b: Hayley Quigg/Fraser Sharp Year 10a: Joanne McLaughlin/Pete Carr Year 10b: Abbey Frasi/Lourdes Diaz Chica/Carol Rodriguez Year 11: Chris Parker/Michelle Carr

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BISM Curriculum

Curriculum Programs Sports Programme Our aim in Sports, Health and Well Being is to introduce students to a wide variety of sports and activities with the hope that they leave BISM recognising the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle after developing a love for physical activity. Students have the opportunity to participate in sports at least four times per week and throughout the year are involved in sports competitions and inter-house tournaments that help develop key skills such as communication, leadership and teamwork. Swimming will be included in our Extended Curriculum, therefore will be optional. If a child cannot attend a lesson due to illness, if there is a medical condition, such as a skin allergy, then a doctor’s note is required and alternative provision will be made for the child on that occasion. We will also be offering the children to join our BISM Sports Academy which will include: football, basketball and swimming. Music Music and Performing Arts are key components of the Integrated Curriculum in our school. Throughout the year, students are offered a wide range of musical activities in which they can participate, ranging from music in lessons, after school activities and public performances. It is our aim that all children who attend our school become musically literate. We will also be reintroducing our Individual Music Programs, now renamed as the BISM Music Academy, this academic year which will include external specialist instrumental teachers , more details will follow from our Music Department.

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Spanish We are very aware of the enormous opportunities that are available to us being based in Marbella. We are at the heart of southern Spain, a rapidly transforming area with a growing influence on Spain and the world at large. We recognise that an understanding of Spanish culture and a command of the Spanish Language will be invaluable assets for the future. Native speakers of Spanish receive 6 hours of Spanish per week, including Spanish Reading time. Non native speakers of Spanish receive 3 hours of Spanish as an additional language according to ability.

After School Activities The ASAs programme offers a range of activities including Sports, Music, Art, Science and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL). The opportunity for students to develop interests beyond the classroom is an integral part of the school. The ASAs are organised by staff members and outside instructors. ASAs generally start near to the beginning of each term, once the usual routines are established. You will be notified of the clubs on offer in advance so that you can assist your child in choosing the preferred activities. Once an ASA is chosen for each term, it is important that the student remains committed to that activity. Certain ASAs may require a commitment across more than one term. Students and families will, of course, be made aware of the requirements of the activities that they select.

School Uniform School uniform is compulsory for all students attending the school. We believe that wearing a school uniform in a proud and smart manner promotes positive self-esteem and, therefore, is integral to the ethos of the school. All students are expected to arrive at school everyday in uniform, worn in a tidy manner. We expect our students to take pride in their school uniform. The Headteacher will give guidance regarding the dates when summer and winter uniforms are to be worn, according to the seasonal weather conditions. Summer uniform will be required at the beginning of the year. Below is the set uniform for Secondary students:

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Girls: blazer, white shirt, skirt, blue, black or grey socks, tie, parents to purchase black leather school shoes separately. Boys: blazer, white shirts, shorts or long trousers, blue, black or grey socks, tie (blue/yellow stripe), parents to purchase black leather school shoes separately. PE: T-shirt, Shorts, White Ankle Socks, trainers to be purchased by parents separately, house shirt (Red, Green, Yellow and Blue). Additional Items: school rucksack, jumper (optional) sun cap, hairband. Pupils are also encouraged to bring their own stationery (including blue and green pen/biro), mathematical geometry set (ruler, protractor, compass, set squares) and scientific calculator.

Other Items: Footwear is an important aspect of the school uniform; the correct socks and shoes complete the uniform (see above). Shoes should be black leather and worn each day. Use of coats and anoraks are encouraged during cold and rainy days, and sun hats on sunny days. We encourage independence in our students. This does mean at times that items can go temporarily missing. With this in mind, please label all items of school uniform with your child’s name and class. General Appearance For safety reasons the wearing of earrings (except studs) must not be permitted. They represent potential hazards to all participants. Medical, professional and occupational safety advice confirms that they should be avoided at all times due to the active day the children are engaged in. 11


Hair should be worn in a neat style (long hair tied up), while mohicans, tramlines and bright colours are not considered appropriate hairstyles for school. If a student attends school with a hairstyle that is deemed inappropriate, the Head of Secondary will inform the parents and request a more suitable style. Dress Code for Non-Uniform Days Occasionally, throughout the year, on a number of days the children will be invited to wear clothes that are not school uniform. This may be to help celebrate a specific day, event or party. Often guidance will be given via the parent portal beforehand. Please be reminded that whilst the children have been invited to wear clothes other than the uniform, they are still going to school and should be dressed appropriately.

What You Will Need For School Water Bottles: Each student will be asked to bring their own reusable water bottle to school ● The bottle should be individual and never shared with others ● It should be clearly labelled with the name and class of the student ● The bottle will be returned home at the end of each day to be washed ● Only water should be contained in the bottles - no juice, carbonated drinks or flavoured drinks ● Water dispensers will be available at school for refills whenever required ● Resources: A small pencil case with personal items students will need for a school day ● These items include: a ruler, pen, pencils, highlighters, coloured pencils, a glue stick, ● rubber/eraser and pencil sharpener An academic diary or agenda is also recommended to record homework, deadlines, and key ● dates for school events A reading book in English and Spanish for structured reading time each day ● Personal Headphones will be permitted in school but may only be used with the permission of the ● class teacher when necessary

Prohibited Items 
 It is school policy not to bring the following items to school: ● ● ● ●

Music-playing systems, mobile phones or any other electronic devices not supplied by the 
school Sharp or pointed instruments (e.g. scissors) 
 Chewing gum and sweets Any item, equipment or device which is likely to bring harm to the user or others

This is to ensure that students’ belongings do not get damaged or lost. If a parent needs to contact a student urgently a message can be passed through the school office.

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Shared Lunch A hot and nutritious lunch is served to all children in school. School lunches are paid for in advance along with tuition fees. If you have not already informed the school that your child has dietary restrictions (whether for health, religious or allergy reasons), please do so immediately. We will inform the school kitchen and special arrangements will be made to provide proper suitable alternatives. Pupils and mentors regularly eat lunch together to promote positive relationships and shared discussion in an informal setting. Pupils take turns to help serve each other food/water. Good manners are modelled and expected. Pupils can choose topics of conversation and build their confidence and communication skills in an informal setting. Pupils are expected to remain in the dining hall for the whole of the lunch period.The last 5 minutes of lunch may be used for short announcements by pupils or staff.

Snacks Students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack for morning break. This should consist of fresh fruit or a wholesome, nutritious snack. BISM discourages sugar-laden foods for health reasons and also because they can often have a negative effect on concentration and learning. Under no circumstances should snacks be shared amongst students. Please note that, due to existing serious allergies present within the school, snacks with nuts must be avoided. BISM IS A NUT FREE ZONE (this includes ALL food stuffs that contain any traces of nuts).

Behaviour Our school’s code of conduct aims to achieve a positive atmosphere in which more time is spent on teaching and learning. We recognise that the school has a critical role to play in developing self-discipline in students. We aim to establish acceptable patterns of behaviour and to encourage students to develop a sense of responsibility, self-respect and a respect for other people, property and the environment. 
 It is essential for parents and the school to work in partnership so that the values encouraged by home and school are mutually reinforced. The following outlines the key expectations we have of students: 
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Treat everyone with respect and courtesy Behave in a way that aids learning during lessons 
 Walk at all times when indoors 
 Walk on the left in corridors and staircases 
 Hold doors open for others 
 Remove coats, jackets and hats during lessons and at lunch 
 Make sure that classrooms and playgrounds are kept clean and tidy
 Greet the teacher and guests in the school 
 Speak and listen in turn 
 Always look after classroom resources and ensure they are tidied away at the end of a lesson 13


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Knock and wait to be invited into the room if late for class or visiting another class/office 
 Do not leave the classroom without the teacher’s permission 
 No eating and drinking in the classroom – except water, and with the teacher’s permission 
 Students are responsible for clearing trays, plates, etc., after break and lunch

All students are encouraged, taught and expected to demonstrate high standards of behaviour. We value highly the qualities of self-discipline, self-respect and respect for others and their property. We encourage all students to act as positive citizens and bullying will not be tolerated at our school.

House System On entry to the school, each student will be allocated a ‘House’; members of the same family being placed in the same house. We always seek a balance of male and female students in each one. The house names and colours are as follows:

The whole school is involved in the House point system and each teacher and assistant teacher will be part of a house. There will be regular house assemblies held throughout the year. The students will elect house captains for each house (one boy and one girl) at the start of the academic year. The House system comprises two parts: 1) House points, where students gain house points for individual awards relating to their progress and efforts in all aspects of school life. 2) Inter-house competitions such as sports days, swimming galas, poetry and music competitions which will be held every Wednesday afternoon.

Celebrating success in Secondary School At BISM, we believe that great efforts should be rewarded and recognised. With this in mind, we have a house point system designed to encourage high standards and positive action from our students throughout the year. House points, therefore, will only be awarded when students do their very best. During the year, students will be awarded house points for excellent work, effort and progress. Teachers award points to each student when deserved and it is the responsibility of the student to enter their house point on the chart displayed in the class. There will be no negative actions such as minus house points. At the end of each week, the house points from each class are collated, with the winning house 14


announced during the next assembly. A house point cup is awarded to the winning team annually on Speech Day. The success of our young people will also be regularly celebrated through achievement assemblies, Extended Curriculum showcase assemblies and our annual Speech Day. Pupils will be encouraged not only to participate in these assemblies but to take the lead as presenters and speakers.

Health and First Aid All staff are first aid trained who can deal with day-to-day matters such as cuts or bruises, and students who feel unwell whilst at school. If there is an accident/injury at school and the child needs to see a doctor the parents will be called immediately. If you have private medical insurance you can take your child to your preferred doctor. If you would like to use the school´s medical insurance provided by Mapfre insurance you will need to go to the Clinica Ochoa, Avenida Severo Ochoa s/n, Marbella. If you decide to take them to the Clinica Ochoa you will need to take along an accident declaration form which has been filled in by the school, signed and stamped with a unique file number. Medicine For Students Academic Staff are prohibited from giving any medication to students while on-site. School Administration requires a prescription from a doctor with the doctor’s signature and stamp in order to administer any medication to a child. If this cannot be provided, a family representative known to the school will need to give medicine to the student.

Role of the Parent At BISM we acknowledge the importance of involving our parents in their child’s education and we encourage the support of parents throughout the school. Parents are often invited to support class assemblies, activities, open days and curriculum days in order to be involved in school life as much as possible. Parents are invited to join the EFC (Events and Fundraising Committee) to support school events and charity work Other opportunities to get involved: To be involved in school life as much as possible parents are invited to take part in the following activities: ● Open days ● Parent Teacher Consultations
 
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Information Evenings ● Assemblies and School Events ● Coffee Mornings

Home/School communication At BISM we greatly value working in partnership with parents and guardians to ensure the very best for your children. As part of this, we place a strong emphasis on opening up many avenues of communication between parents and teachers. Please take the time to read the following to help you understand the different ways that we can share information with each other.

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Daily Communication: Parent Portal. Most communication from the school is provided via the online Parent Portal. ● Therefore, it is essential that all parents review all of the information on the Portal regularly. Not only will information from key staff members be presented there but also important calendar events throughout the year. ● Email. Critical/individual communication can also be maintained by email, though we ask you to do this selectively and concisely so that email communication remains manageable for teachers and they can focus on their classroom work. The Mentor should always be the first point of contact. When appropriate, they will refer any important issues to the Senior Leadership Team or onto the relevant teacher. If you wish advice on administrative aspects of school please contact our admin team directly. Weekly: Weekly Blog. Teachers will inform you of learning experiences that took place during the week and ● upcoming events via the weekly blog that is posted on the Parent Portal as a Secondary school or as individual mentor or year groups. Throughout the term: ● School newsletter. This will be published on the Portal and the school website throughout the year. It includes articles from staff and students and photos celebrating what the children have done throughout this period. School Reports. You will receive three written reports on your child’s progress and attainment ● throughout the year. 
 ● Parent Teacher Consultations. These take place four times a year or when deemed necessary and give you the opportunity to talk one-to-one with the teacher about your child’s progress, development and targets.

Additional Information and Correspondence during the Year: Curriculum Evening. At the start of the academic year, a Curriculum Evening will be held, during ● which time parents will be invited to visit the classroom of their son or daughter and gain an insight into their new class and teaching staff. It is also an opportunity for the teachers to share important information about class procedures and expectations. Class Timetable. This timetable indicates which activity your child is doing at what time during the ● week. ●

News. We have regular updates of school activities via newsletter, website and postings.

Face-to-face. Subject teachers and Mentors are happy to discuss concerns you may have about ● your son or daughter but are unable to do so during teaching time. Please make an appointment via your childs’ Mentor or you may email the Mentor directly about any minor issues. In order to maintain consistent lines of communication, we ask that you ensure that your contact details including mobile phones and email addresses remain regularly updated with the school office. If you have a question or concern, please arrange a meeting with your Mentor. If you are not satisfied with the result of the meeting, then please meet with the Phase Leader. If the issue still cannot be 16


rectified, please meet with the Headteacher. Student Work and Portfolios Parents will have regular opportunities each term to see the work being achieved by the students as part of the parent teacher consultations. Student work will also be available on google classroom and subject teachers will send you an invitation to join each classroom at the beginning of the academic year.

Using English in School Bilingualism at BISM is an asset to the pupil and the school, and this is reflected in the way we approach the use of language in school. English is the first language of the school and we should encourage it to be used as much as possible. It is the one common language that all pupils will share and therefore has the capacity to unite all pupils.

Educational Visits & Residential Trips Educational visits are crucial opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. Educational visits are organised in relation to the topics and themes being taught in class. Educational visits may be to museums, cultural sites and events or activity centres and are designed to support the learning in the classroom. In Key Stage 3 and 4 we offer the opportunity to enjoy longer trips through our Outwards Bound programme. This opportunity is of great benefit in supporting independence, leadership and teamwork, maturity and self-esteem. For many students, it is the highlight of the year. An annual Key Stage 3 Ski trip will take place during term 2 to give students the opportunity to learn new skills, develop their resilience and feel challenged in a fun and exciting manner. Every effort is made by the organising staff to share information and costs at an early stage. We hope that all students

will be able to attend. For those that are not able to go, a topic-related programme is offered at BISM during the residential week.

Meeting Student Needs EAL (English as an Additional Language) As an international school, we seek to accommodate students from a range of cultures, nationalities and backgrounds. We strictly limit the number of students who need significant support to fully access our curriculum to 20% of any class. This means that effective support can be offered and that English remains the language of our school and the playground. EAL students may initially be withdrawn from other classes to work individually or in small groups with one of our EAL team. Progress is monitored regularly with the aim of being fully integrated into classes without additional support. An intensive EAL course is available for children with exceptionally low English at an extra cost. SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) 17


Our teachers are skilled at meeting the needs of different abilities within a typical class. Some students may need additional, specialised support due to a moderate learning difficulty. This can be generally supported through the development of an IEP (Individual Education Plan) which will be agreed, monitored and reviewed termly by Miss Kerlin (SENCo), parent and student. Pupils who require access arrangements in both their internal and external examinations will be provided with opportunities throughout the school year to use these access arrangements in both formative and summative assessments. If you suspect that your child may have a special educational need, please make contact with Miss Kerlin to discuss this and how we can best support them in school. Opportunities outside of the Curriculum We believe that it is important that talented students are challenged and have an opportunity to showcase their abilities. Some of the practical examples of opportunities for our most able students include: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Entry in COBIS competitions and festivals 
 Competitive sports teams Participation in local football and basketball llegues 
 Leading roles in productions 
 BISM talent show competition STEM Competitions Collaborations with local Universities Art exhibitions 
 Intervention groups and streamed sessions for excellent readers, writers and mathematicians

Summary We hope that this handbook provides an informative introduction to the school. Of course not everpiece of information will be here and if you need any further guidance, please feel free to contact the appropriate member of the school for further advice. We look forward to working with you this year.

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