School Life

School starts at:

7:45 am for all students KG – Year 13

School ends at:

12:15 pm for all students in KG

2:00 pm for students in Reception

2:20 pm for students in Year 1 and Year 2

2:40 pm for Juniors and Seniors

Bus transport

The BSB school bus service will be happy to transport your child to and from school.  Please download the form and submit to Mr. Divyak, the transport manager on transport@thebsbh.com   extension 897

BSB School Bus Policy and Code of Conduct
BSB School Bus Enrollment Form

Arriving at school by car

The roads around the school are very congested in the mornings and at the end of the school day and we ask that parents drive slowly and carefully. Our security guards assist in directing the safe and orderly flow of traffic, both inside and outside the school, at these times and we would appreciate your polite, patient and supportive cooperation to enable them to do their jobs effectively

Parent car pass discs

Only cars displaying a BSB car pass sticker in their front windscreens are permitted to drive onto the school’s premises. If you plan to drive into school then you will need to obtain a car pass sticker and display it prominently so that it can be seen easily by the security guard on duty at the gate. Parent car pass stickers are available from the Admin Block Reception. There is a nominal fee of BD1 for up to three car pass stickers per family. You will need one sticker for each car you plan to drive into school. We ask that you remove the sticker from your windscreen if you sell your car during the school year.

A safe and secure school is in everybody’s best interests, and in particular, in the interests of the protection of your children. Your children’s safety is our highest priority. We have a CCTV surveillance system, employ a team of well trained and qualified security guards and we expect all members of our school community to treat them with respect and to follow their directions.

Emergency procedures and safety audits

We hold regular fire drills to ensure that our procedures are adequate and correct and that all members of our school community are familiar with those procedures.

Parent passes

All parents entering the school premises are required to show the security guards photo identification, like a CPR card, as well as the parent’s pass that was issued to you when your child joined the school. Drivers entering the school premises are required to show the security guards photo identification, like a CPR card, as well as a driver’s card.

This requirement will be strictly applied so, if you do not have a parent’s pass, please inform the reception desk and they will arrange to have one issued to you. Parents whose children are newly admitted to the school will receive their parent’s passes via their children in the first two working weeks of joining the school.

If your child is brought to school by a driver, they are required to register at Reception as designated drivers for your children by providing us with a copy of their CPR cards or passports photo pages. Drivers will be issued with a driver’s card.

Having a parent’s pass will make it quicker for you to enter the school. If you do not have your BSB Parent pass with you, then you will be asked by the security guards at the main gate for your CPR or other photo identification in exchange for a visitor’s pass while you are on site. This applies to drivers as well. Visitors’ passes are required to be worn whilst on the school premises for easy identification.

Students leaving school during school hours

Students are not permitted to leave the premises during school hours.  Students involved in extra-curricular activities or clubs at the end of the school day are also not allowed to leave the school premises until the end of the activity. Students may purchase drinks and snacks from the school cafeteria or bring food and drinks from home.

Students will only be allowed to leave school if they have a valid reason and a written request from their parent or guardian which the student should give to his or her form tutor, in the first instance. The student is required to sign out at Reception before leaving and will be issued with a “permission to leave school” pass which must be handed to the security guard at the gate. A student will only be permitted to leave school accompanied by a teacher, parent or guardian

Daily registration

All students must be present within school at the specified times. Attendance is taken in registration at the beginning of the school day and students are expected to be in their class base or form rooms at 7:45 am.

Late arrivals

Students arriving late to school after registration must sign in with our attendance officer at reception. Unless the reason for being late is due to the late arrival of a bus, a letter signed by a parent or guardian explaining the reason for the late arrival should be given to the student’s form tutor within two days. If Junior students are late on three occasions in one term, without good reason, a letter will be sent home to parents. If Senior students are late on three or more occasions in one term, without good reason, they will be given a school detention, this will be followed by a letter home and further lateness will require a meeting with parents.

Medical appointments during the school day

In order to protect teaching time, parents should make every effort to schedule routine medical appointments for students outside of school hours. If a student arrives at school late from attending a medical or dental appointment, documentation of that appointment is required.

Student absence

Attendance in each class, each day, is necessary for success in school. Most subjects are taught in sequence, requiring the understanding of each concept in the order of presentation. A missed school day cannot be made up by simply doing the written work that is missed. We expect our students to attend school except for the following reasons: illness, medical care, injury or other emergencies, activities or events beyond parental control. It is not considered appropriate for students to miss school to meet or see off friends and relatives who are arriving in or leaving Bahrain as this is a frequent occurrence and would disturb the routine of the school classes and have a negative impact on student learning. School activities like field trips are not considered as absences.

Examination leave

Study leave is timetabled through the school for students before an external examination. Additional absences from school prior to examinations to revise or produce coursework are absolutely discouraged and will be recorded as unauthorized absence.

Term time leave

The BSB calendar is published in advance and we ask parents to ensure that children are not taken out of school during term time. However, we realize that this is sometimes unavoidable. If you have to take your children out of school during term-time for any reason, please email or send a written request for leave of absence at least four days in advance to the relevant head teacher who will be able to advise you of any internal or external examinations taking place during the requested leave of absence period.

Parent absence from Bahrain

It is our unfortunate experience that some parents leave Bahrain while their children remain here unsupervised. This often only comes to light when the children are not attending school or one of the children has an accident. The presence of a domestic helper is seldom sufficient in cases of crisis. If the circumstances are absolutely unavoidable, parents should attempt to find a family with whom their children can stay while they are out of Bahrain. Whatever arrangements are made, the relevant head teacher should be informed by letter or email, with information about who is acting as guardian to the children and providing all their contact details. The guardian must have been given written authorization by the parents to give permission for any necessary medical care in the event of illness or an accident.

Learning Philosophy

At the BSB we believe that everyone has the potential to learn, with the right support.

  • We learn in different ways, depending on abilities, learning styles, preferences and interests.
  • Learning is about understanding.
  • Developing understanding requires curiosity, risk taking, creativity, awareness and persistence.
  • Learning takes place through inquiry: questioning, exploring, experimenting and problem solving.
  • Learning takes place when we make connections between previous and new understanding.
  • Learning occurs by acquiring skills and knowledge, constructing meaning and transfer to other contexts.
  • Learning is active and social and best takes place through collaboration and interaction.
  • Learning takes place when we feel secure, valued and are able to take risks.
  • Learning needs to be challenging, meaningful, purposeful and engaging.
  • Learning includes meta-cognition and reflection, and requires learners to take ownership of their learning.
  • On-going assessment and reflection on learning are tools to inform learners where they are on the journey towards understanding.
  • When learners take recognise academic and personal challenges as opportunities for developing understanding, learning becomes personally engaging and joyful.

Learning is continuous, lifelong and ever-evolving.

Curriculum Overview

A school’s curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that a school plans for its students. The two key aims for a school curriculum are to provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum that:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students.
  • Prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that our students develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to be confident, successful and independent individuals and members of society.  We value academic excellence and we provide a learning environment in which all of our students can achieve their personal best, according to their abilities and talents.

The National Curriculum of the United Kingdom

This section is a very brief overview of the structure and organisation of the taught academic curriculum at the BSB.  There are detailed curriculum documents for each section of the school that provide more details of our academic programmes of study.

The taught academic curriculum forms an important part of the whole school curriculum and the British School of Bahrain follows the National Curriculum of the United Kingdom, with some adaptations to reflect the local historical, cultural and physical features of Bahrain.

Families from countries in the Southern Hemisphere will find that the academic year at the British School is different to the system they have come from; we have much experience in smoothing the transition of children from one national system to ours.

The National Curriculum of the United Kingdom is organised on the basis of four key stages in the compulsory phase of education, in addition to Kindergarten, Years 12 and 13.

Primary curriculum:

Foundation Stage   ages 3-5     (Kindergarten, Reception)
Key Stage 1              ages 5-7     (Year 1,  Year 2)
Key Stage 2              ages 7-11   (Years 3-6)

Secondary curriculum:

Key Stage 3  ages 11-14  (Years 7-9)
Key Stage 4  ages 14-16  (Years 10-11)
Sixth Form     ages 17-18  (Years 12-13)

It is a great benefit that the British School of Bahrain is a Kindergarten-through-Year 13 school as this considerably eases the transition anxieties students sometimes experience in going from one phase of education to the next. It is also the strong basis underpinning our school community and spirit.  The fact that we are one school and not three separate schools is an important and valued part of our school ethos.

Academic Policies

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism and cheating

Students are encouraged to use books, magazines and the internet to get information and to develop research skills.  These are important sources for helping them to learn.  Students may also use the help of friends, parents and tutors to improve understanding or widen knowledge.  These are also useful ways to help with schoolwork.  However, students need to be aware that they should be very careful when using the resources of printed material, the internet or friends, parents and tutors that they are not using those resources inappropriately.

Plagiarism

This means directly copying from any printed source (such as books, periodicals and magazines) or downloading material from the internet.  It also refers to using material from printed sources or from the internet without referring to the source and then offering that work as one’s own.

Copying

When one copies from another student and then pretends it is his or her own work. In addition, a student should not allow another person to complete for him or her.

Inappropriate use of tutors

If you have hired a tutor for your child, please ensure that the tutor is assisting and supporting your child’s learning and not doing the work for them. Handing in someone else’s work will give teachers an inaccurate picture of your child’s learning needs. This will not only impede your child’s progress and success, it is also dishonest.

Be aware that work which is plagiarised or which is copied will not be given a grade.  In cases of blatant copying of another student’s work, the student involved may face further disciplinary consequences.
How can parents help?

  • Students will be more inclined to plagiarise if they are under time pressure.  Planning assignments and course work is the KEY to effective research and writing.  All Junior and Senior students have a school diary and they should be encouraged to keep their work schedule and not rush to finish work at the last minute.
  • Students should be encouraged to use a range of resources.
  • Unrealistic expectations can cause a student to panic and to cheat.
  • If you have hired a tutor, please brief them about the appropriate level of help and support of your child’s work.

Homework

Homework is any extended learning that is set by the school, which is undertaken out of lessons for which the student has primary responsibility.  The purposes of homework include the following:

  • To encourage lifelong learning

Through the development of skills, independent research, enquiry based learning, confidence and motivation.

  • To promote academic learning

Provides practice and consolidation, preparation for future learning, extends school learning and offers reflection.

  • To develop generic skills
  • Independence
  • Initiative and information skills
  • Planning of time
  • Self discipline and organisational skills
  • Responsibility for learning
  • To promote the home-school relationship

Home learning becomes a three-way partnership involving students, families, and teachers; keeps parents informed and involved; keeps learning on the agenda at home to promote home school dialogue.

  • To extend the curriculum.

In brief, all students in the juniors and seniors have a homework timetable and a homework diary that parents are asked to monitor and sign.  We ask that you support your child in providing a quiet and uncluttered place in which they can do their homework and in encouraging them to complete their homework tasks properly and in a timely manner.

The BSB provides an excellent educational programme for children who fall within the mainstream spectrum. Within this spectrum, we recognise that every child has his or her own particular learning profile and range of talents and abilities and we endeavour to meet a wide range of individual learning needs in the delivery of our curriculum through a variety of differentiation strategies.

We require a good level of English proficiency for admission to the BSB and we do not currently provide any programmes to teach students for whom English is an additional language who are at an early stage of acquiring English.

It is our intention to develop our facilities and capacity to support students with special learning needs in the future but, at our present stage of development, we have only limited resources to cater for students whose learning needs require significant support and, for this reason, we not admit students with specific learning needs that fall outside the mainstream spectrum. It is not in the best interests of anyone, and least of all of the student involved, if he or she is not able to benefit from the educational programme we offer and to thrive within the academically high achieving environment at the BSB.