The British School Manila
About The British School Manila
About The British School Manila
The British School Manila (BSM) is a highly regarded co-educational British international school established in 1976. The curriculum of the school honours the proud traditions of the British education system. We also take full advantage of our unique local context to provide an exceptional international education.
BSM was founded in 1976. The school has grown from 2 classrooms and 32 students in its first year to the present day where BSM welcomes approximately 930 students aged 3-18 representing 45 nationalities. The nationalities most heavily represented in our student population are British (29%) followed by Filipino (21%), Australian (11%), Canadian (10%), and American (6%).
BSM has a clearly articulated vision and mission which guides all that we do. We aim to develop students as global citizens who are equipped with skills, understanding and values to be able and willing to contribute positively to our world.
BSM is a co-educational, fee paying, not for profit school for students of all nationalities in the Philippines. The school is an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). It is one of the 401 schools worldwide out of over 4000 international schools that are full CIS members. BSM is also a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) and an accredited member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). BSM is certified to teach the adapted form of a British Curriculum followed by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
All our teaching staff are either UK or Commonwealth trained and/or experienced in the delivery of the UK curriculum with English as medium of instruction. BSM teaches from Nursery to Year 13. The maximum class size is 22 for all years with the exception of Nursery where we have one class of 25 and Years 12 and 13 where we aim for a maximum class size of 16.
BSM guides and prepares students to apply to Universities and Colleges all over the world; the majority of BSM graduates attend College in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and the Philippines. The school has a highly qualified and experienced team of Careers and College counsellors that advise students and families on available pathways from a position of great expertise.
BSM teaches an adapted form of the National Curriculum of England in Years 1-9 and the EYFS.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based on a rich play based curriculum focused on the needs of the child.
The EYFS framework is used to focus on 7 key areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Play underpins the learning and all aspects of children’s development in EYFS. Through play the children develop language, practise new ideas and skills, take risks, show imagination and learn how to solve problems on their own and with others. They are introduced to the concepts of ‘Learning Power’ and through their play they develop an understanding of the six key skills. These are later unpacked and embedded into daily practise in Key Stages 1 and 2. Early Years’ practitioners carefully plan and resource the experiences to inspire meaningful play and ignite children’s imaginations. This helps children discover and make sense of their world as they explore and experiment in a secure and safe environment.
We place a strong emphasis on teachers and parents working in partnership and this is strengthened by the daily soft starts; a flexible start when parents are welcome for the first half hour of the day.
The Primary curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum for English,
Mathematics and Science, with ICT (Information Communication Technology) integrated in all that we do. Our children follow enquiry-based units focused on global citizen concepts of sustainability, choice, change, nature and interdependence. Our authentic projects based on the UN Sustainable Development goals and our service learning programme inspire and support these concepts.
In addition, we place a strong emphasis on sport and the arts, with specialist teachers and wonderful facilities for these areas. A comprehensive extra-curricular programme offers additional opportunities to develop creativity and collaboration and our residential programmes foster resilience, independence and social skills.
Students in Years 7-9 follow an adapted version of the English National Curriculum. This offers a broad and balanced curriculum framework which covers the core subjects - English, Maths and Science - as well as Humanities - History and Geography - and a wide range of creative subjects - Art, Music, Drama, Computing, and Physical Education. The curriculum is based around concepts and there are frequent opportunities for transdisciplinary learning. Many of the curriculum goals focus on the development of values and character as we seek to develop our young people into global citizens. This is most evident in our service learning programmes where year groups have developed long standing partnerships with a range of local charities and voluntary organisations.
This is followed in Years 10 & 11 by the offer of a comprehensive range of (I)GCSE courses examined by Edexcel or Cambridge International Examinations. This General Certificate of Secondary Education - (I)GCSE is a 2 year course that includes the compulsory study of English, Mathematics, Science, and a second Language along with a choice of options from the Humanities, Visual and Performing Arts, Business and Economics, Psychology and Physical Education.
The IB Diploma programme, delivered to Year 12 and 13 students at BSM, is a challenging two year pre-university course which has earned a reputation as the most rigorous post 16 programme in the world. The IB Diploma curriculum covers Mathematics and English, the Humanities and Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts and a second Language. IB students also study Theory of Knowledge, complete an Extended Essay and must provide evidence of Creativity, Activity and Service. These three elements are known as the Diploma Core. The rigour and reputation of the IB Diploma, and our exceptional outcomes, allow BSM graduates to present compelling applications to the top Universities and Colleges in the world.
BSM is proud of our wider curriculum. We offer a rich and diverse After School Activities (ASA) programme that begins in Reception and continues throughout the student's school life until their departure in Year 13. More than 200 ASAs are offered every week to cater for all student interests and to develop their sporting, creative, academic and artistic talents.
Our service learning programme is designed to prompt both action and reflection and ensure our students develop the capacity for empathy and a sense of responsibility for others. Our residential trips provide our students with opportunities to step out of their comfort zone, to appreciate cultural differences and to celebrate diversity. Our IB students take the lead in many of our service learning initiatives; this provides evidence to contribute towards the Creativity, Activity and Service elements of the IB programme.
Our membership of FOBISIA provides further opportunities for students to compete with other FOBISIA schools in the region in academic, music, sporting and academic events.
Our examination results stand comparison with the very best international schools in the region and in the world.
In our (I)GCSE examinations in 2019, 95% of our students achieved at least 5 A*-C grades. 24% of our students achieved all A*/A grades. 94% of all our students IGCSE grades achieved were A*-C - to put this into context the figure for the UK as a whole was 67.1%.
At IB Diploma level, our average points score in 2019 was 35 points. This compares very favourably with the world average of 30 points and the Asia average of 33 points. 18% of our 2019 graduates scored in excess of 40 points.
The school year is divided into 3 terms: term 1 from August to December, term 2 from January to March, and term 3 from April to June.
BSM is located on a purpose built and impressive campus which is well equipped and spacious. Learning takes place in six purpose built teaching blocks designed for their Key Stage level; the buildings are designed to offer maximum flexibility. At the heart of the campus sits the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) which houses a well equipped library, Learning Support Hub and the counsellors.
New last year was the opening of the Creative Arts Centre that provides a 750 seater auditorium as well as exhibition spaces and teaching spaces for Art, Drama and Music. This wonderful and versatile space offers the facility for internal and external performances and provides excellent spaces for professional development, workshops and schools events.
Our sports facilities include an 8 lane 25m swimming pool, football pitches, an astroturf for tennis and cricket, a basketball court and badminton courts. The school also has two cafeterias providing healthy options; our drive to reduce our reliance on single use plastics is evidence of our moves to developing a sustainable campus.
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The British School Manila truly offers an adventure for the mind and a home for the heart.