British School in the Netherlands: Preparing children for a successful future
Searching for a school that provides academic excellence and an enriching environment for your child is one of the most momentous decisions a parent will ever make. After all, this is where career choices are made and dreams begin!
Five campuses, one school
The BSN offers a unique six academic pathway programme for its international students.
With five campuses across The Hague and Voorschoten, The British School in The Netherlands (BSN) is large enough to cater for families coming from all over the world and living within the Randstad area.
The three junior schools and two senior schools follow the British curriculum right through from Foundation Stage to the Sixth Form. At that stage, students can choose either to continue with the British Curriculum or pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB).
The BSN offers a unique six academic pathway programme including A Levels, IB Diploma Programme, IB Career-related Programme, BTEC qualifications and mixed pathways.
There are plenty of opportunities for cross-school interactions at the many sports clubs or creative arts and collaborative projects. At these clubs and projects, wider friendship circles are created, making for sociable and confident children and young adults.
Starting school: Easy does it
No matter how old your child may be, starting or changing school is an exciting, but sometimes stressful time for both parents and children. You can rest easy knowing the BSN welcomes children from all over the world, from over 80 nationalities in fact, who contribute to its internationally British school ethos.
Language learning is important at the school, as the children first arrive at the school with different levels of English. As such, staff are very experienced in supporting children with a wide range of fluency in English. English as an Additional Language (or EAL), is a phrase used by teachers to refer to children who speak a language other than English.
In addition, International Student Ambassadors buddy up with new students and introduce them to the BSN way of life - they never feel like the newbie for long!
Open your child's window to the world at BSN
The BSN’s reputation as a school of academic excellence continues to grow and their students’ results speak for themselves. With impressive results such as these, it's no wonder that students’ university destinations are equally impressive. A BSN education really can open a window to a world of opportunities.
The BSN’s 8 character profiles
Underpinning the lessons and ethos at The British School in The Netherlands are eight character profiles, which staff encourage and seek evidence of. The eight character profiles of students at The British School in The Netherlands are:
Students learn to take risks, stand up for what they believe in and can adapt to new ideas and situations.
Students are able to challenge themselves to do the best they can and keep going in the face of difficulty.
Students are encouraged to find new solutions, think critically and to be imaginative and resourceful.
Students learn to be open-minded about people and cultures, to enjoy discussing new things and not be afraid to ask questions to deepen their understanding.
5. Digital responsibility
Students learn to stay safe online, to balance technology within their life and use their technology skills creatively
Students are encouraged to show empathy, be tolerant and inclusive of other citizens of the world and reflect on their actions and those of others.
Students learn to value and respect the thoughts of others, to work with others to enhance their ideas and to contribute positively.
8. Environmental integrity
Students are encouraged to contribute to a sustainable environment, improve the world they live in and reflect on the impact their actions have on our planet.
The school organises themed assemblies that encourage children to think about core values. During these, students can put their points of view across. Additionally, the students also teach younger students, so they can directly experience the altruistic rewards that come from helping others. These are just some examples that show that the BSN fosters a learning environment where the aforementioned character profiles are practised every day.
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