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School Information 2019 / 2020



Welcome from the Headteacher


Welcome from the BSSP Admin


Contact Information


General Information


School Uniform Guide


Our Philosophy


School Day Timetables


Teaching and Learning


- Curriculum and Class Trips - Assessment and Reports - After School Activities (ASAs) & Community - Specialist Subjects: Languages, P.E. & Music - House System Homework


Reading at Home


Communication with Parents


Life in School


- School Lunches & Snacks - First Aid & Medicines - Absences - Parent Connection Term Dates 2019/2020


Fees and Invoicing





Our Mission is to be a ‘World Leading School’ 4

Dear Parents, Welcome to The British School of St. Petersburg. You are joining the school at a very exciting time in its history, its inaugural academic year. My sincere hope is that you will become an integral part of our school community; working together to ensure the very best outcomes for our children. Our school’s mission is to be a ‘World Leading School’, which means nothing less than having the highest of standards in everything we do. We are ambitious with the education we provide, ensuring our students thrive, not just academically, but also personally and socially. Every child who attends our school is unique and we endeavour to instil a love for learning, core values and experiences that will remain with them throughout their lives. The British School of St. Petersburg is dedicated to achieving a baseline of excellence in education, but is also innovative and expansive in its approach. We will always aim to stay at the forefront of the latest educational developments and seek to integrate them into our pedagogical approach. Our vibrant and enriched extracurricular programme also seeks to expose our students to high quality tuition in music, drama, sports and the arts. I hope you find this booklet helpful, we have tried to include as much relevant information, relating to the day-to-day operations of the school. Communication with our families is very important to us, so if there should be any queries that are not addressed in this booklet, then we would encourage you to get in direct contact with the school. My door is open to all parents should you wish to come and chat with me. I look forward to welcoming you to the school. Warm Regards, Leon Clarke Headteacher 5

WELCOME FROM THE BSSP TEAM Whether you are new to St. Petersburg or not, The British School of St. Petersburg’s Admissions Team is here to help you get up-andrunning into the new school year as quickly as possible. Enjoy an exciting and successful school year! CONTACT INFORMATION Tel: +7 812 4677746 Email: Headteacher - Leon Clarke: Administration: Finance: Our school website address is: Social Media Links:

Safeguarding: Child protection and safeguarding is of paramount importance for us and we encourage you to review the dedicated information section, but please always contact us for further information and help in this regard using the details above. 6


GENERAL INFORMATION School Location: Zhdanovskaya Ulitsa 45, lit. A, 38-N, 197110, St. Petersburg School Day: The school day starts at 08:20. Students should be dropped off at school between 08:20 and 08:30. The school day finishes for Nursery and Reception at 15:15. From Year 1 up, children finish at 15:15 on Monday and Friday and 16:15 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Children in Reception will also finish at 16:15 Tuesday-Thursday in Term 2 and 3. Our Enrichment Activities that take place from Tuesday-Thursday will begin on the second week of each term and end on the penultimate week of each term. Terminology: You will sometimes hear the following terms used for our year groupings: Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS): Nursery and Reception Key Stage 1 (KS1): Years 1 and 2 Lower Key Stage 2 (LKS2): Years 3 and 4 Invoicing & Tuition Fees: For finance and fee-related queries, please contact our Finance team at: Keep us informed: Parents are asked to keep the school informed of any changes that may occur to their contact details. Please make sure you inform the Admissions Team of any changes as soon as possible so we have the most up-to-date information in our database. Email us at:


What to bring: Nursery and Reception: School backpack, bag with change of clothes and water bottle. Mid- morning snacks and lunch are provided by the school. If your child wishes to bring a healthy snack for the end of the day they are welcome to do so. Years 1 to 4: School backpack with water bottle. All children are required to use our regulation school backpack which can be purchased from our Uniform Shop. What to wear: School uniform is compulsory for all students. Official The British School of St. Petersburg uniforms can be purchased from an online shop https://britishschool. ru/uniforms/. Please see the page on uniform to what exactly is required for your child. For uniform enquiries please contact: Other items: (such as footwear and socks) need to be purchased elsewhere. Please note that black leather shoes are required for both boys and girls. Shoes will need to

be purchased externally. School Uniform Requirements: Boy’s uniform consists of trousers, long sleeved blue shirt, sleeveless jumper, tie and blazer. Girl’s uniform consists of long sleeved blue shirt, pinafore, navy blue tights, tie and blazer (girl’s may also opt to wear trousers instead of the pinafore). PE kit is unisex, with a long sleeved shirt and PE trousers. PE shoes should be black or white trainers. All clothes worn to school (uniform and non-uniform items) should be clearly labelled with the child’s name. Lost, unnamed clothing and bags are placed in Lost Property. Uncollected items are donated to charity at the end of each school year. Students are expected to arrive at school every day in clean clothes, worn in a tidy manner. On P.E. days (two days a week), children should come to school wearing their P.E. kits. 9

UNIFORM GUIDELINES School uniform is compulsory for all students attending the school. We believe that wearing 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 every day in uniform, worn in a tidy manner. We expect our students to take pride in their school uniform. All students are expected to wear P.E. uniform on P.E. days. These days will be given to you when you receive your child’s weekly calendar. Below is the set uniform: Girl’s Winter Pinafore

Girl’s Summer Dress

Boy’s Winter Trousers Unisex Winter Dress Shirt (unisex)


School Tie (unisex)

Blazer (unisex)

Coat (unisex; optional)

Tracksuit Trousers (unisex)

Polo Shirt Long Sleeve (unisex)

Short Sleeved Jumper

P.E. Shorts (unisex)


Body Warmer (optional)

Wool Hat (optional)

Scarf (optional)

Other Items: Footwear is an important aspect of the school uniform; Shoes should be black leather, business-like in style and worn each day. On P.E. days, students must wear appropriate footwear for the activity on offer; normally training/sports shoes. All students should wear regular P.E. uniform for lessons. Use of the school coat, hat, scarf and optional body warmer are encouraged during cold and rainy days. 11


OUR PHILOSOPHY Mission Statement

To be a World Leading School. Vision To be an exemplary educational institution dedicated to the proposition that every child should be inspired to achieve extraordinary success. To realise this, we will instil in them a love for learning, a relentless pursuit of ambitious goals, and respect for core values in-line with the very best of our British educational heritage. Guiding Principles • • • • • •

Ensure our pupils are safe and happy Expect honourable, kind and well-mannered conduct Uphold the highest standards in everything we do Provide exceptional learning environments and experiences Seek and retain the very best teaching professionals Impart a passion for learning and the determined pursuit of excellence • Positively influence our community BSSP teachers know what students can achieve when inspired to be academically driven and encouraged to be ambitious. A large part of student development is access to varied educational and cultural experiences and we provide students with lots of opportunities. Our Enrichment Activities programme (EAs) covers physical, academic, creative and performing arts. Sport plays an important part in developing talent and students participate in both non-competitive and competitive sporting competitions. Music also provides students opportunities to take part in the school choir and perform in school productions. Our team of highly qualified teachers create an optimum learning environment in which students naturally excel.


SCHOOL TIMETABLE The school day begins at 08:20, students should arrive between 08:20 and 08:30. Late students should register at the reception using the Late Arrival/Early Departure Log Book. In the case of your child being sick and unable to attend school, please advise the school office by email or phone call, ideally before 08:00. EYFS: 08:20

Children start to arrive to class

08:30 - 08:45

Registration and tutor time

08:45 - 10:40

Morning Session

10:40 - 11:10

Snack and break time

11:10 - 12:50

Middle session

12:50 - 13:30

Lunch and play time

13:30 - 14:45

Nap Time (For Nursery only) Afternoon Session

14:45 - 15.15

Story and home time Primary


Children start to arrive

08:30 - 08:40

Registration and class time

08:45 - 09:30

Lesson 1

09:30 - 09:50

Assembly (except Tuesday)

09:50 - 10:40

Lesson 2

10:40 - 11:10

Snack and break

11:10 - 12:00

Lesson 3

12:00 - 12:50

Lesson 4

12:50 - 13:30

Lunch and break

13-30 - 14:15

Lesson 5

14:15 - 15:00

Lesson 6

15:00 - 15:15

Class time

15:15 - 16:15

Enrichment Activities (Tues, Weds and Thurs)

Enrichment Activities (EAs) are designed for Year 1 upwards and for Reception for Term 2 and 3. 14

TEACHING AND LEARNING Curriculum For many families, a British education is the best choice, especially for those regularly moving between countries, as it provides consistency and continuity for children. At BSSP all lessons and objectives are delivered in line with those set out in the English National Curriculum (ENC), ensuring any pupil can relocate to another country, attend a British school and pick up exactly where they left off. Some subtle changes are made to the curriculum to tailor the topics we teach according to our international environment. Our aim is to ensure that topics are relevant and the skills acquired can be applied to any topic they may study in the future. Class Trips Excursions are an essential element of the education we provide and being in St. Petersburg affords us unrivalled access to some of the most amazing resources. From museum visits to a trip to the local markets, we make sure excursions are relevant, linked to topics and enhance learning. These trips bring learning to life and provide students with a real world perspective on the learning in the classroom. Excursions are an integral part of the overall school experience and foster independent thinking, working as a team and build confidence. Trips are designed and chosen to be inspiring, educational, cultural and ultimately a lot of fun. Whether the children go on a school trip 5 minutes from the campus or an hour away by bus, a full risk assessment is conducted by teaching staff prior to the actual visit taking place. This ensures that even the most exciting and challenging activities are well- prepared, managed and most importantly, safe for all.


Assessment and Reporting Students are continually assessed by our teachers to refine the pace and content of future lessons. This ensures each child has maximum access to the curriculum. Feedback from these and the progress of your child are provided to parents weekly using a portal that contains photographs from their learning, bi-annual Parent / Teacher consultation evenings, mid-year and end of year reports. After School Activities We offer a range of EAs that include: cookery, football, art, netball, indoor games and IT. EAs are held from 15:15 to 16:15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each child will select an EA to do on each day. The most popular EAs can only be chosen once a year. All EAs will be limited to a maximum number of 18 students. The cost of EAs are included in the fees. Community Activities In addition to our own EAs, we work with a number of providers to ensure there are always fun, challenging and enriching activities for children in our school and the wider community. Please note that for the community activities you will need to sign up directly with the provider. Children need to be taken to and from these activities by a parent/guardian even if these activities take place on a school day. Specialists Subjects We are proud of our highly qualified team of specialists, in addition to EAL and Russian, we have experts in Music, Drama and P.E.


Languages We offer French for students from Year 3. We fully understand that we are an International School, and we have an obligation to help support develop the multilingual abilities of our students. Russian Russian is taught as a specialist lesson to our students from Nursery. Within their year group children are grouped according to their language ability allowing for targeted teaching and learning to take place. English as an Additional Language (EAL) We are used to children arriving with limited English and have an excellent EAL (English as an Additional Language) Programme to cater for this. Children have 3 hours of EAL classes each week and are given a lot of support within the classroom to enable them to acquire English quickly. We find that children pick up English incredibly quickly in this environment. P.E. All children from Reception upwards take PE lessons at specialist facilities on Krestovsky and Petrovsky Islands. These include, but are not limited to, tennis, football, basketball, athletics and swimming. From Year 1, children are allocated a term of swimming as per the requirements of the English National Curriculum. Children enjoy two weekly P.E. sessions and there are opportunities for children to play in school teams with both friendly and competitive tournaments. Our sports programme gives opportunities to learn, build skills and have new experiences outside of the normal classroom environment. At BSSP we aim to provide a very high standard of coaching and competition for our athletes as well as enable all our students to find something they can enjoy in the sporting arena.


Music We use Music to unlock your child’s imagination through our Performing Arts Programme which enriches their music education at BSSP. Beginning with music, your child will study an inspiring curriculum featuring works which represent a wide variety of music genres, styles and cultures. We bring these works to life in the classroom through hands on experiences for students of all ages. Activities such as improvisation and basic composition will unlock your child’s creativity. Your child will also gain an understanding of how music functions and its role in our cultural and social history. Children experience wide reaching benefits from learning to play a musical instrument. Our instrumental programme will support your child’s development across the whole curriculum, fostering valuable life skills, such as creativity, communication and critical thinking.


House System What are School Houses? The House System is used to promote team identity and competition. Commendations and other competitions (sport, music, academic) contribute towards the House Cup, which is awarded at the end of every term. All students are allocated to one of four Houses when they join BSSP: Shackleton, Franklin, Eliot and Turing, with siblings being assigned to the same House. The Houses run across the school and students meet regularly in their House group.






Rewards We have high expectations of our pupils in their work and for behaviour and it is important that we reward students accordingly. Pupils are awarded House Points for good work in lessons and for their homework that go towards their team total. They can also earn stickers for themselves individually, which go towards certificates that are presented during our Friday Celebration Assembly. Additionally, individual children are also recognised during this assembly when ‘Star of the Week’ certificates are awarded for by their class teacher. 19

HOMEWORK From Year 1 onwards, homework is assigned to children on a Friday. Children will take home four pieces of homework, English, Maths, Topic and Russian. Homework will be a revision of what children have done that week and should be brought in for the following Friday. Homework will help children further embed their learning and allows parents to understand what they are learning in class and how to help at home. Alongside these pieces of homework, children should read regularly with an adult at home using their Home Reading Books. These books are changed on a Monday and are matched to the child’s reading level. Children in Year 1 and above will also be given a list of spelling words on a Monday to learn for a test on Friday. These words will be linked to their phonic sounds or high frequency words.



READING AT HOME On Mondays, children will bring home new Home Reading books which are levelled and set to their reading ability. They will also be able to visit the library once a week and select a library book of their choosing. Reading with your children at home is the best homework that you can do with them. This should be done on a regular basis, 3-5 times a week, for 20 minutes per session. It is important that you read in both English and your native language, if that is not English. Like anything we do in life, your child is going to want to participate more if it is something fun and enjoyable. When improving your child’s reading there are two main focus areas. These are phonics and comprehension. Although comprehension will start before phonics skills through the use of picture books - where is the star? What is the boy wearing on his head? It is phonics that provides the basis of beginning to understand the relationship between letters and their sounds. Children from the age of 2 will start to notice that letters look different, that they aren’t merely all the same squiggle. They might recognise common letters like those at the start of their name. Once children learn the sounds those letters make they can then break down words and build them up by blending the sounds. Unfortunately, English doesn’t completely abide by phonetic rules and there are many words they must learn to recognise from sight. These are known as “sight words” such as said and who. As well as being able to speak the words on the page, children will also at this stage start to use punctuation, pausing at commas and full stops and exclaiming when encountering exclamation marks. When reading aloud, you should also be promoting intonation. Thinking about how a character will sound. Are there sections in capital letters or bold writing? Then how should these sound when you hear them? Parents often assume that if their child is a fluent reader and can articulate every word on the page that their understanding is perfect. Vice versa 22

parents will worry that their child doesn’t understand what they are reading if they are prone to mispronounce words. The rule is that children should be able to pronounce 90% of the text they are reading, but as they are always looking to improve they should always be encountering new words they are unfamiliar with in order to help them build their vocabulary. Even if a child comes across a word they have never seen or heard before there are ways in which they can work out what it means through context, much in the same way an adult might do when encountering a foreign language. If you are reading a menu or looking at road signs, you can use what you already know about these to make calculated guesses. Remember that reading can often be open to interpretation. Unlike maths where the answer is either right or wrong, there can sometimes be multiple answers depending on the background the child has when reading the text. The rule is that if the child can back up and explain their answer and it is relevant and makes sense then this can be correct. Remind your child that when answering questions they don’t have to try to remember the text but can look back over the piece. Some children like to mark the text with a pencil or highlighter to assist them. Below are questions to help aid their comprehension levels: Prior Reading: What do you think this book is about? What type of characters do you think will be in it? Where do you think the story will be set? During Reading: What is happening now? How do you feel about? Why do you think the character is doing? Why do you think the author chose this setting? How do you think the character is feeling? Can you find? What do you think this word means? Can you think of a similar word? After Reading: What parts did you like best? Can you think of a similar story? Could you write your own story like this? When did the story take place? Who were the main characters? On which page would you find?


COMMUNICATIONS WITH PARENTS A weekly review of the week will go out to all parents. This will include photographs of the children learning and a short caption to explain what they have been doing that week. Any letters from the school are sent home as paper copies. Parents are encouraged to get into the habit of checking their child’s school bags regularly. Parents should always email their child’s class teacher with any questions. Progress Reports Progress reports are sent home in December and June. These reports will focus on academic achievement as well as personal and social matters, and will include targets for future learning. Parent Teacher Conferences are delivered in October and March and present a chance for parents to sit down with the class teacher and hear about the progress being made and targeted areas for improvement. Open Door Policy Parents need not wait for an official opportunity to meet with teachers, but are kindly requested to make an appointment in advance via email. This will avoid disappointment if the member of staff is not available and will prevent any disruption to the teaching day. Parents who wish to meet with the Headteacher, should contact administration, either by telephone on +7 812 46 777 46, or by email to Meet the Teacher sessions are held at the beginning of each academic year in order to learn more about the teacher and the lessons your child will be involved in. An Open Day is also held in the first term, allowing you to come and experience a lesson and assembly with your child. 24



LIFE IN SCHOOL Use of Electronic Devices Children are not allowed to bring electronic devices into school which includes iPads and smart watches. This includes bringing items in their school bags. Any items found/reported will be confiscated and their parents will be asked to come into school to collect them from the Headteacher. School Lunches and Snacks A hot lunch is served to all children in school every day. School lunches are paid for in advance along with tuition fees. If your child has dietary restrictions (whether for health, religious or allergy reasons), please inform the school immediately if you have not already done so. We will inform the school kitchen and special arrangements will be made to provide suitable alternatives. The school aims to offer a balanced healthy meal. Snacks are served in the morning these comprise of fruit, yoghurt and delicacies such as bliny, syrniki, etc. Please note that the school is a nut-free zone. On their first day at school, all Early Years and Primary School children with special lunch requirements will be identified and all teaching staff will be aware of the individual needs. Kitchen staff will also be made aware and make sure they are given the correct meal. School First Aid The school trains staff in first aid prior to the beginning of the academic year. In the unlikely event of a more serious incident occurring at school, parents will be telephoned to inform them of the accident and if deemed necessary, parents will be asked to meet the child at school or the local hospital. If required, payment for any treatment is the responsibility of the parent.


Medicines If your child needs to take medication, it should be brought to the School Reception. You will be asked to sign a consent form to confirm the details. Pupils may not administer their own medicine. Please advise us of any medical needs your child may have, particularly when there is an allergy to materials or food. Absences Regular daily attendance at school is expected but sometimes absence is unavoidable. Please inform the school if your child is not able to attend - the most effective method is by email direct to your child’s teacher or telephone the school office. Please also inform the school immediately if your child has an infectious illness or condition (i.e. chicken pox, hand foot and mouth, measles, etc.). Children with a fever or upset stomach MUST stay at home for 24 hours before returning to school. Parent Connection The Parent Connection (PC) is a fun, social and welcoming organisation that usually meets on a monthly basis. It works to promote and encourage interactions between parents, teachers and the school community. Through this principle function it acts as a meeting place for parents and facilitates fundraising activities, including for charitable causes. If you wish to be part of the PC and help to organise and arrange events for the school, please give your details to the Headteacher by email to


ACADEMIC YEAR 2019 - 2020 Term One – Autumn Term First day of Autumn Term – 26th August Half term – 14-18th October Recap Day (Optional) – Saturday, 26th October Unity Day – 4th November Recap Day (Optional) – Saturday, 23rd November End of Term 1 – 20th December Term Two – Spring Term First day of Spring Term – 13th January Recap Day (Optional) – Saturday, 25th January Recap Day (Optional) – Saturday, 8th February Half term – 24-28th February Public holiday – 9th March Recap Day (Optional) – Saturday, 21st March End of Term 2 – 3rd April Term Three – Summer Term First day of Summer Term – 20th April Recap Day (Optional) – Saturday, 25th April Labour Day – 1st May Public holiday – 4th May Half term – 11 - 15th May Recap Day (Optional) – Saturday, 30th May Russia Day – 12th June End of Term 3 – 3rd July Recap Days (Optional): 500€ EUR per term. During each term we offer Recap days. Recap stands for Reinforcing Curriculum and Progression. These extra tuition days allow for either a review of any areas of the curriculum a student might require extra support in or additional intensive sessions to propel them to a higher level. Combined with our normal school calendar, these ‘top-up’ sessions can greatly boost a child’s academic development. 29


FEES AND INVOICING The tuition fees for Early Years and Primary school are displayed on our website at Tuition Fees include stationery, learning materials, and consumables but do not cover the cost of school trips, uniforms, school bus or lunches. Tuition fees are payable in three (3) equal instalments in advance of the start of each term and are subject to an annual review. School fees will be issued on a termly basis. For your financial planning, the following table details when you can expect to receive the invoice and when the invoices will be due. Fees for

Invoices sent out by

Due date is

Autumn Term

30 of June

1st of August

Spring Term

15th of November

15th of December

Summer Term

15th of February

15th of March


The administration team will be in touch to confirm your individual invoicing details. If you wish to be invoiced yearly or for any subsequent changes and requests our finance department will help you on: Email: finance@ Invoice due dates are within 30 days of issuance.


GLOSSARY • EA - Enrichment Activity • EAL - English as an Additional Language. • EYFS - Early Years (from Nursery to Reception, children aged 2 to 5). • IMPS - Individual Music Programmes (optional individual music tuition, available each term, fees are payable). • KS1 - Key Stage One (children in Years 1 and 2). • LKS2 - Lower Key Stage Two (children in Years 3 and 4) • One to One - An adult allocated to assist a specific child in class • PC - Parent Connection (A parent organisation that organises school events and fundraising actviites) • P.E. - Physical Education • PSED - Physical, Social and Emotional Development • PSHE - Physical, Social and Humanities Education • STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. • TA - Teaching Assistant. An adult working with a class.





Location of School Campus Zhdanovskaya Ulitsa, 45, Lit. A, 38-N, 197110 St. Petersburg, Russia Contact us Phone: +7 812 46 777 46 Email:

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The British School of St. Petersburg School Information Booklet  

The British School of St Petersburg is an international school dedicated to achieving a baseline of excellence in education​ but is also inn...

The British School of St. Petersburg School Information Booklet  

The British School of St Petersburg is an international school dedicated to achieving a baseline of excellence in education​ but is also inn...