FAQ

 

Q. What is the student population of the school?

A. Currently around 330 students attend the British International School of Stockholm. Approximately 24 percent of the student population are British citizens and have at least one parent who holds a British passport. Approximately 22 percent of our students are Swedish passport holders with a similar number holding US passports. The remaining students are drawn from more than 45 countries.

Q. Are the teachers British trained?

A. The vast majority of classroom teachers, including subject specialists, are British. All are fully qualified and have at least two years' experience of teaching the English National curriculum; many also have previous international experience. They have a very good understanding of the needs of international students and of life in Sweden.

Q. How does the School determine what year group my child will be placed in?

A. Students will be placed in year groups according to their date of birth. Our academic year cut off date is 31st August. Students entering Year 1 must have turned 5 by 1st September and so on as we progress up the School. Exceptions are made only in extraordinary circumstances.

 

Age on 31st August

Year Group

Key Stage

IPC Milepost

3

Pre-school

Foundation Stage

Early Years

4

Reception

5

Year 1

Key Stage 1

Milepost 1

6

Year 2

7

Year 3

Key Stage 2

Milepost 2

8

Year 4

9

Year 5

Milepost 3

10

Year 6

11

Year 7

Key Stage 3

 
12 Year 8
13 Year 9
14 Year 10 Key Stage 4
15 Year 11

 

Q. Does the School offer learning support and facilities for students with special needs?

A. Our school is academically non-selective, and we have team of Individual Needs teachers and assistants who provide support for children who experience mild learning difficulties. We do not, however, have the facilities to cater for the needs of those who require intensive or extended programmes of educational support. Children applying with specific support needs will be assessed by the Individual Needs Coordinator to ensure that the school is able to offer an appropriate programme of learning.

Q. What if my child is not fluent in English? Can I still apply for a place in the school?

A. The school does accept students with limited English language and our Individual Needs department supports children who need help learning the English language, either as beginners or as developing English speakers. The school’s Individual Needs Coordinator meets with all new admissions and carries out an informal baseline assessment to establish the level of language support required. Support may be given individually, in small groups or within the main classroom environment and the school may also recommend additional language support, for which the parents will be responsible.

Q. What is the discipline policy in the school?

A. We have a clearly structured Behaviour Policy for students and a supportive pastoral system for monitoring the personal welfare of students. A structured tiered system of sanctions for misbehaviour is in place.

Q. What does the School do about bullying?

A. We do not tolerate bullying in any form. We believe that every individual is entitled to work and learn in a safe and secure environment. Positive personal relationships, including an awareness of bullying, are raised through the PSHE curriculum, assemblies and class discussions. We supervise key areas of the School throughout break and lunchtime and we have procedures in place to investigate and deal effectively with incidents of bullying. 

Q. Are there sufficient security measures in place at the School?

A. The safety and security of our students is of utmost importance. Security measures, including CCTV and a key card entry system at the school, are constantly monitored and reviewed and the school takes advice from and liaises with representatives from the British and US Embassies.

Q. Are there any accreditations?

A. The school is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Confederation of British International Schools (COBIS), who also inspect the school.

Q. What are the class sizes at the British International School of Stockholm?

A. We aim to maintain a maximum of 22 students per class in Year 2 to Year 8, with slightly smaller numbers in the other year groups. 

Q. What is the homework policy?

A. All children receive homework. It is less formal in the infants before gradually increasing as the children move through the school.

Q. How is my child’s academic and personal progress at school reported to me?

A. Parents receive one written report per year which includes feedback as well as targets for the child. Parent-teacher conferences are offered in the first two terms and parents can meet with class teachers throughout the school year by prior arrangement.

Q. What extra-curricular (after school) activities are offered at the School?

A. There are a wide range of activities available each term, covering sports, arts, academic, languages and other interest areas.

Q. Does the School take students on enrichment and residential trips?

A. Yes. Visits to places such as museums and natural areas in Stockholm enrich the curriculum at every level. Pupils in Year 5 upwards participate in a ski trip and residential field trips.

Q. Is there a Gifted & Talented programme?

A. There is a Gifted and Talented programme which includes class based and withdrawal group extension as well as ability groups in certain subjects for a range of age groups.

Q. Is there a buddy system?

A. All new arrivals are given buddies to help them settle into the school routines. PTA linked class reps are always available to help new parents settle.