The British School, Kathmandu, Nepal
About The British School, Kathmandu, Nepal
The British School Kathmandu is an inclusive school where staff, students and parents work together in a safe, caring and tolerant community so that each achieves their optimum in terms of learning and emotional, social, physical, moral and spiritual development. In this partnership, we seek to develop healthy and happy, well-rounded individuals who are confident, thoughtful, and adaptable, able to embrace and influence an ever-changing world. Our students will act with integrity, care for communities and the environment, and seek social justice for all.
The British School was established, originally as a primary school, in 1966. It is a fee-paying, not-for-profit, independent, international school delivering the English National Curriculum with sixty full time UK recruited staff (including the Principal). The school accommodates students from Foundation 1 to A Levels. The International Primary Curriculum is followed alongside National Curriculum Mathematics and English from Foundation 1 to Year 6. Cambridge International Examinations and Edexcel syllabi are followed for IGCSE and A Level examinations (CIE is a part of the UCLES Examinations Board).
The School currently serves 40 nationalities all sharing English as the teaching medium. The school is very well resourced and currently has 500 learners on roll. As staff, we are very committed to the multicultural aspects of the school. We are an inclusive school and as such we value each pupil and the wealth of experience and culture that they each contribute to the school as a whole.
The buildings consist of a large house that has been retrofitted and converted for our purposes which consists of the primary classrooms, an ICT suite with five full time support staff, and a small Food Technology area. There are also a number of purpose built blocks that include:
- A custom built assembly and sports hall with stage.
- A purpose built Performing Arts Center with a fully equipped Drama hall and 2 Music areas with various small music and drama practice rooms.
- A purpose built Secondary Section that houses an ICT suite, 3 laboratories (of which 2 are new in October 2016) , 3 English rooms, 3 Humanities classrooms and four subject based classrooms.
- A purpose built two storey Library.
- A Sixth Form Centre with social space, office for the Head of Sixth Form and 5 seminar style Sixth Form teaching rooms.
- The attractive grounds also contain three basketball courts, cricket nets, two Astroturf pitches for sports and play, a covered dance studio, various modern play areas for primary and a duck pond!
The site has been significantly improved in the recent years and retrofitted to the highest safety specifications.
The School is generally two form entry throughout. In the Early Years Foundation Section there is currently one Foundation 1 class followed by two form entry throughout primary. The Primary section is jointly led by the Early Years & Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 coordinators. In the Secondary Section, each form class has 2 mentors who are responsible for the pastoral care of the students and is led by the Key Stage 3 and 4 coordinators.The Sixth Form is managed by the Head of Sixth Form, supported by four mentors who also counsel students on academic issues and university applications along with pastoral care.
The Vice Principal oversees the monitoring and tracking of progress of each student and acts as liaison between Primary and Secondary Sections. From Year 4 upwards every child sits a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT4s) which enables the staff to assess the progress of the students and map their strengths and weaknesses.
Learners, for whom English is a second language, will be given a test appropriate to their age to enable them to demonstrate acceptable English literacy skills.
We are supported by a Learning Support team of 13 professionals, 19 class learning support teachers and 80 non-teaching colleagues to ensure we are as responsive to individual children’s needs as we possibly can be. Every primary class has at least one full time Class Learning Support Assistant (sometimes more depending on the needs of individual children). In the secondary section the Learning Support Assistants work with subject teachers supporting students identified as requiring various levels and types of support. Their tasking is the responsibility of the Head of Learning support who line-manages this group and is also a member of the School Leadership Team.
The academic year is broken into 4 terms. Currently holidays are 3 weeks in the winter, incorporating Christmas, 5/6 weeks in the summer usually the month of July, 2 at Easter and 2 in October for the Nepali festival of Dashain as well as occasional festival days and shorter half term breaks in Term 3 and 4.
The School is expanding steadily and plans to move to a purpose built new school with capacity for 550 students. All appointed staff are enthusiastic, energetic and fully committed to delivering quality British education. Educational advisors from the UK and Commonwealth visit the school to share their expertise on best current practices in education. The School has an Ofsted-style review every few years which is funded by the school. “The British School, Kathmandu is an excellent school: it provides an outstanding quality of education and demonstrates an exceptional flexibility in meeting the learning and personal needs of its students” - as quoted on the inspection report of February 2016.
We are situated in the Jhamsikhel area of Patan, approximately two kilometres to the south of Kathmandu. There is a wealth of activities available from art and sport to good restaurants and a busy social calendar. Whilst Kathmandu is a city, in a developing country with all the associated problems of a fast growing population, on the edges of the valley and beyond there is a beauty which exceeds all expectations; as Rudyard Kipling said, "The wildest dreams of Kew are reality in Kathmandu”.