Flexibility : class size and appropriate age bands
The school is dedicated to maximising the talents of its students. Classes are kept small (15:1 student: eacher ratio (8:1 student-teacher ratio at A-Level), for greater individual interaction between the teacher and the students. They are encouraged to exchange ideas with each other, thus nurturing social skills and cooperation within a group, as well as independence and self-confidence.
Broadly, we group students according to their age as on 1st September. However, after thorough assessment, BIS caters for those who need to be placed in a group more appropriate to their level.
Moving to a new school in a new country with a new language can be daunting to both students and parents. To ease the transition, each student is assigned a personal tutor whose role is to guide and assist him/her in settling in happily at the school, and with peers and host family where applicable.
The tutor follows each student’s progress and achievement, co-ordinates her/his social integration and pastoral care, and liaises closely with parents. The tutor also assists in resolving any difficulties and liaising with the Head of Section for providing career advice to older students.
Support for non-native English speakers
For students whose mother tongue is not English and who require additional support, we provide individual tuition in English as a Second Language, and extra support in subjects such as History and Science (see fees list
). This ensures maximum language fluency and fosters full engagement in the programme.
Integration into the local community
We make every effort to involve students in the life and culture of Bordeaux with regular visits to theatres, art galleries, museums and a number of community-minded organisations (such as the Food Bank and Fair Trade). BIS also facilitates students to join local sports clubs and associations and regularly follows up progress. In addition, older students, keen to gain real-life experience, are assisted in obtaining work placements with local organisations.
Participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Scheme (from 14 years upwards)
BIS encourages students to take part in this internationally recognised programme of personal development, highly valued by universities and employers.
Excursions and field trips
Regular outings, and monthly "Away Days" for all Middle School students (see Blog) are organised throughout the school.
Each year students have the opportunity to take part in an extended trip lasting between 3 and 7 days either within France, or to an English, Spanish or French speaking country (London, Canada, etc).
Access to digital platform for parents and students
All students and parents are registered with our online platform "Edupage". This secure portal provides a range of tools for both parents and students to keep informed of daily school life, to help with daily organisation and to monitor student progress. Information such as timetables, homework activities and assignment deadlines can be found here.
The platform is also used as a means of constant communication between students, parents and teachers, including information relating to absences, grades, weekly emails concerning a child’s general progress, school events and termly reports.
Universities Guidance and Career Orientation
All students are assigned a tutor who will personally guide them to achieve their full potential. They will also have individual interviews on a regular basis with the Head of Secondary to help them with their academic progress.
BIS offers a dedicated higher education and careers counselor, ensuring that students have the information, support and coaching needed to get on the right path towards achieving their ambitions.
Higher Education: Tailored guidance on options for international study at degree level and beyond, full preparation and support for international university applications (including throughout the UK UCAS cycle), as well as coaching on writing personal statements. Students will also enjoy visits from leading international universities.
Careers: Students benefit from inspirational talks from professionals in key fields, workshops (CV writing, interview technique and practice, start-up workshop), visits to business of interest, and the possibility of organizing work placements.
For more details, see the dedicated page >