The British School Manila (BSM) is a highly regarded co-educational British international school established in 1976. The School is proud to uphold the high standard of the British education system and we take full advantage of our multi-cultural setting. We are accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and also a member of The Federation of British International Schools in Southeast Asia and East Asia (FOBISIA).
At present 900+ students aged 3-18 are on roll and 37 nationalities are represented. British children make up 33%, Filipino 22%, Australian and Canadian 9% and Americans 6% of the total student population.
The British School Manila (BSM) is a co-educational, fee paying, non-profit school of students of all nationalities in the Philippines. The school is an accredited member of the Council of International Schools. It is one of the 401 schools worldwide out of over 4000 international schools that is fully accredited and authorised as a full CIS member. BSM is also a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA). BSM is certified to teach the adapted form of a British Curriculum followed by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. BSM was founded in 1976, where it has grown from 2 classrooms and 32 students to over 900+ students representing 35 nationalities, the top 5 being: 33% UK,22% Philippines, ,9% Canada, 8% Australia, 6% USA,. All faculty are either UK or Commonwealth trained and/or experienced in the delivery of the UK curriculum with English as medium of instruction. BSM teaches Nursery to Year 13. The maximum class size is 22 for all years with the exception of Years 12 and 13 where we aim for a maximum class size of 16. To achieve their full potential, we aim that BSM students will become independent critical thinkers, problem solvers, decision makers, effective communicators, team players, responsible risk takers, and active participants in a global society. BSM aspires to guide and prepare students for tertiary education all around the world, with the majority of graduates attending college in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and the Philippines.
At BSM, every child’s learning experience is the focus. The school’s programme is designed to fully prepare students to excel academically, but more importantly, to be successful and happy in their work and lives. BSM students are taught to be independent, collaborative, communicative, creative, questioning and reflective. BSM’s programme inculcates good values and a sense of responsibility to the community through its Service Learning Programme where it partners with various non-profit organizations. This is complimented with educational trips that open the students to different cultural settings. Learning does not end in the classroom for BSM students. They are encouraged to hone their skills in different fields through a rich and diverse After School Activities programme that begin at Reception and continues throughout the student's’ life in school until their departure in Year 13.
BSM teaches an adapted form of the National Curriculum of England in Years 1-9, with Year 10 & Year 11 students studying (I)GCSE courses examined by Edexel or Cambridge International Examinations. The results at (I)GCSE compare favourably with the best international and UK schools.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a demanding 2 year pre-university course that leads to external examinations and is designed for highly motivated high school students aged 16-19. At BSM it is taught to students in Years 12 and 13. For over 30 years the programme has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB Diploma holders access to the world’s leading university. Our broad curriculum provides a balanced coverage of Mathematics and English, the humanities and sciences, visual and performing arts and physical education, whilst ensuring that students develop a wide range of skills and techniques together with creativity and physical well-being. It is flexible but rigorous enough to challenge all abilities at every level of the school. Up to Year 11 teaching and learning is structured around the requirements outlined by the National Curriculum of England, adapting and amending our curriculum to suit our students’ needs.
We know that once our students have left BSM, they will enter a very competitive world and will need academic ability, personal skills and a positive character in order to be successful and happy. The Post-16 Programme for Years 12 and 13 prepares students for college/university entrance and for future careers. It is based on the International Baccalaureate Programme philosophy of international understanding, holistic education and communication. The IB Diploma is an internationally accepted qualification highly regarded by universities and employers around the world. A full counselling service for college and university placement is provided at BSM. Where students are guided and supported in their choices and given individual help.
Extra-curricular activities are also extremely important, and over 70 activities are offered, catering for a very wide range of sporting, creative, academic and artistic talents. We also promote service to others including the Creative, Action and Service programme (CAS). Membership of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) provides opportunities for inter school Music, Sporting and Academic events.
The (I)GCSE examination results place the school amongst the very best in the world with 97% achieving 5 or more A*-C grades. BSM is an EDEXEL and Cambridge International teaching centre. BSM students regularly gain IB Diploma scores higher than the world average. In 2015 , the BSM average point score of 36 measures well against a world average of 30 points. BSM had a total of 20 students achieve 40+ points (36% of total cohort). The average grade achieved by BSM students was 5.6 per subject. In 2015 all Year 13 students completed the full IB Diploma.
Our teachers are UK or Commonwealth trained and the majority have a background in Education in the United Kingdom.
The British School Manila Parent Teacher association (BSPTA) is very active and involved in the daily life of the school. Consisting of both expatriate and local families, the parent body as a whole is articulate and informed. This results in a home environment in which the students learn to appreciate the importance and enjoyment of education.
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.
In September 2001 the school relocated to a new site with state of the art facilities. It is purpose built and impressive, well equipped and spacious. The students are housed in six classroom clusters according to their Key Stage level. Every class room is connected to the school’s internal computer network.
In addition to the classroom clusters, there is a specialist teaching block housing eight spacious specialist science laboratories and BSM has introduced a 'Bring Your Own Device' programme across the entire Senior School.
In 2014 the school opened a new Learning Resource Centre and is about to embark on building a new Visual and Performing Arts space to house Art, Music and Drama, along with exhibition spaces and an auditorium.
Our sports facilities include an 8 lane 25m swimming pool, football pitches, a basketball court and badminton courts. The school also has refectory with its own catering services run by a nutritionist chef.
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