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 1,350 on roll. There is an Early Childhood Centre for children aged 1-3. 31% of the students are British with 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. BSB is the only international school in Belgium to have its own 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 2018 results at Post-16 for A Level, BTEC and the IB Diploma were fabulous, translating into brilliant university places worldwide on a wide variety of competitive and exciting courses.
At A Level, our results were splendid and students achieved 100% pass rate, with an impressive 35% of grades at A*/A (26.2% national average 2018) and a remarkable 13% at A* (2018 national average 8%)!
Our IB Diploma students produced some outstanding results. All our IB students sat the IB Diploma and achieved a pass rate of 97.2%. Our average point score was 35 points. An impressive 46% of our candidates obtained 36 points or more and 91% scored over 30 points. 17 % achieved the Diploma with 40 points or more – an outstanding achievement. Meanwhile, our BTEC results were again extremely strong. A very impressive 61% of grades were at Distinction or Distinction * level, equivalent to A and A* at A Level.
BSB does not select students by ability. For many, English is not the native language. This makes success even more tremendous. The programmes are led by a highly committed and well-qualified team of teachers and our academic, university and pastoral support is organised throughout the two years to help individual students to be the best they can be and aim high.