The British School of Brussels (BSB)
Pater Dupierreuxlaan 1, 3080 Tervuren, Belgium
+32 (0)2 766 04 30
|Language of Instruction||English, French (bilingual programme for ages 4-14 years)|
|Co-ed Age Range||1-18|
|Number of pupils||1,350|
|Number of boys||675|
|Number of girls||675|
|Number of sixth formers||200|
|Day fees per annum||€27,550 - €35,250|
|Average Class Size||16-25|
|Authorised IB Programmes||IBDP|
|Diploma Coordinator||James Willis|
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The School was founded in 1969 and officially opened in 1970. It has a beautiful site of ten hectares, surrounded by woodlands and lakes in Tervuren (20 minutes drive from central Brussels). The School is a coeducational non-selective day school for children aged 1-18, with over 1350 on roll. There is an Early Childhood Centre for children aged 1-3. 34% of the students are British and there are 70 other nationalities represented.
Students follow a British-based curriculum up to age 16 – (I)GCSE. This is adapted to our European context and international cohort and is followed by the choice of three internationally recognised pre-university examination courses from age 16-18. English GCE A Level, The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (French/Dutch options) and BTEC Business, Hospitality, Sport and Applied Science. French and Dutch are taught from an early age and there is a bilingual French/English programme for students aged 4-14 years. German or Spanish are additionally available from age 11. There is an Additional Educational Needs (AEN) department and extensive support provided with an English as an Additional Language (EAL) department. A specialist international careers team provides guidance and support to Post-16 students.
The school has excellent facilities including a state-of-the-art design & technology workshop, food technology rooms, networked IT suites, drama studios, nine science laboratories, four art studios and cafeteria. In September 2016 the school opened its new Sports Centre including a 25m indoor swimming pool.
Arts, music and drama thrive and a wide range of performances are held regularly in the 240-seat theatre. The music department has a music technology suite, full-scale recording studio and a rehearsal studio.
Sports include rugby, football, hockey, tennis, gymnastics, swimming, athletics and basketball. The school participates successfully in ISST/ISGA. There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities with frequent opportunities for overseas travel and school journeys.
Our academic results are amongst the highest of any international school in Europe and well above the worldwide average. In 2017, 100% of BSB graduating students passed their IB Diploma or BTEC and 99% passed their A Levels.
All of our IB students took the full Diploma, all passed. Remarkably, 98% of those successful results were at 30 points or above. (Worldwide average is 40% for 30+ points). Our average IB Diploma point score of 37 points was up on 2016’s record level. 59% of our candidates obtained 36 points or more (compared with a world IB average of 21%). 32% achieved the Diploma with 40 points or more (against an IB world average of 9% last year) with two of our students obtaining 44 points. 32% of our IB students opted to take the Bilingual Diploma and all were successful.
At A Level, BSB achieved a splendid 99% pass rate, with an impressive 32% of grades at A*/A - well above the national level - and 64% at A*-B and 80% at A*-C. Meanwhile, our BTEC results in Business, Sport and Hospitality were again extremely strong. All students at all levels, passed. A remarkable 67% of grades were Distinctions or Distinction*.
For (I)GCSE in 2017, 36% of BSB students achieved A* passes and 60% of grades were at A* or A, with 78% of grades at A*-B.
For a non-selective school and considering the wide range of abilities and educational background of BSB students these are superb results.