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Principal's welcome

Dear students and parents,

In our high-tech age, education is like a “buried treasure” which promises success and a competitive edge in later life. There is a direct link between the level of education and professional success. Better education enhances the chances for success in later life. In many countries around the world, elite schools are a guarantee for a successful career.

The British School of Sofia appeared in Bulgaria as a response to the need for high quality education. It is a school which aims to create young people who have the competitive skills to pursue careers all over the world. Our school day finishes at 17.30 and pupils go home with a broad smile on their faces. The next morning they cross the threshold of the school with the same smile. What makes us very happy and very proud is that our school is full of smiling children.

I would like to wish all our pupils a very successful school year. I would also like to wish my colleagues success in dealing with all the challenges of British School of Sofia.

I wish everyone health and happiness!

Teodora Nenova

History

 

Year
Achievement
February 2010 BSS Kindergarten was established
September 2010 1st School Year
November 2010 Accreditation as Cambridge Primary Centre
January 2011 COBIS Provisional Member
May 2012 Accreditation for Cambridge Secondary 1
September 2013 ECIS Provisional Member
November 2013 Accreditation for Cambridge GCSE & A levels
July 2014 Cambridge International School
May 2015 British School Overseas recognition
September 2015 COBIS Accredited Member
September 2015 ECIS Accredited Member
November 2015 International Baccalaureate World School
March 2018 Second successful BSO Inspection
June 2018 First Graduated Class

 

British School of Sofia is the only school with the status of a British School Overseas in Bulgaria, accredited and approved by the Department for Education in United Kingdom and registered with a Unique Registration Number (URN) - 142484

The school is accredited as a Cambridge International School by the Cambridge Assessment International Education Board with school number BG021 and the students follow the British Educational Model in Kindergarten (2 – 5 years old), Primary and Secondary ( 3 – 16 years old). The students in College follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (16 – 18 years old).

British School of Sofia is a BSO Approved and Accredited Member of Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and is a member of European Council of International Schools (ECIS).

After the school was established in 2010, as a response to the need of a high-quality education in Bulgaria, British School of Sofia introduced some of the newest and most innovative methods in the teaching and learning process. Successive years saw new teaching methodologies introduced such as the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Thinking Based Learning, Habits of Mind, Concept Based Learning and Apple Interactive School.

With the introduction of Apple Interactive School, BSS has become the one and only school in Bulgaria where students actively use iPads in their day-to-day learning process and focuses on learning MAC OS.

In the 2018 – 2019 school year there are 300 students from 2 to 18 years old, from 42 nationalities, who study at British School of Sofia. There are teachers from eight nationalities currently teaching at school.

The goal and ambition of BSS team is to prepare the students for the world of tomorrow; a highly competitive world where they will face and to be prepared to meet and deal with any difficulty on their way to success.

 

Fast Facts

British School of Sofia Profile and Statistics

Established

2010

 

Accredited by

Department for Education, Cambridge International School by the Cambridge Assessment, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme World School, Council of British International Schools, European Council of International Schools

Type

Co-educational

 

Education

Kindergarten & Infant School (2 – 7 years old) – Cambridge Early Years and Foundation Stage

School (7 – 14 years old) – Cambridge Primary and Lower Secondary Checkpoint

High School (14 – 18 years old) – International General Certificate of Secondary Education & International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Age Range

2 – 18 years old

 

Number of students

300

 

Students ratio

60% foreign and 40% Bulgarian

 

Nationalities Represented

42 nationalities represented

 

Class sizes

15 – 20 students per class

 

Number of teachers

70

 

Students – Teacher ratio

4:1

 

Teachers nationalities

UK, USA, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Ukraine, Syria and Cuba

 

Administrative staff

10

 

The teachers of BSS are dedicated, energetic and highly professional people who love working with children. All teachers at the school have the appropriate education and qualifications to deliver the subjects they are teaching.

Languages taught

English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic and Greek

 

School hours

8:30 – 16:00

 

Administration hours

8:30 – 17:30

 

School bus

Yes

 

School meals

Yes

 

Vision and Mission

"Learning Today for the World of Tomorrow"

To provide a safe and stimulating environment, where students learn to adapt and deal with challenges they face in the diverse, ever changing society we live in. To leave BSS as responsible citizens, who will make worthy contributions to, and lead successful lives in, the global community.

We strive to create a culture and environment, which inspires each individual within our international school community, to be the very best that they can be, working hard to achieve success. In our multi-cultural school environment we guide students into becoming tolerant members of our community, so that they may go into life with open-minds that ultimately contribute to a more peaceful and tolerant world.

To achieve our Mission:

  • British School of Sofia welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and strives to educate them in a community, committed to academic excellence, mutual respect, and social responsibility.
  • Our teachers are committed to excellent teaching as their main responsibilities.
  • Our administration and staff members share responsibility for working with students as advisors and mentors to nurture the full development of students.
  • The academic curriculum is complemented by extracurricular programmes and activities which contribute to the personal, physical and moral development of students.
  • All students will leave our school confident and caring young people with a strong awareness of their duty to society. They will be able to make positive life choices, be keen to take on new challenges and want to play an active role in shaping the future.

British School of Sofia's Philosophy

Our philosophy is to provide an educational environment of high achievement. Our students are provided with every opportunity to develop their personal and social skills, so they are prepared to take their place in the society as educated, thoughtful and responsible citizens.

Our Aims are:

  • to develop in our students knowledge, skills and values to think, learn, communicate and solve problems
  • to offer National Curriculum and Cambridge International Programmes that draw on the best practices of schools in the UK and meet the requirements of our accreditation agencies that foster love of learning
  • to foster an understanding and critical appreciation of the values (moral, spiritual, religious, social and cultural) which have traditionally accorded respect in society
  • to nurture a sense of personal identity, self-esteem and awareness of one’s particular abilities, aptitudes and limitations, combined with respect for the rights and beliefs of others
  • to promote excellence and equality in the development of the educational potential of all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged through social, physical or mental factors
  • to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes, a spirit of inquiry, and the capacity to analyze issues critically and constructively
  • to develop expressive, creative and artistic abilities to the individual’s full capacity
  • to foster a spirit of self-reliance, innovation, initiative and imagination
  • to promote physical and emotional health and well-being
  • to develop a feeling of self-worth and a sense of personal responsibility and self-discipline in both attitude and behavior
  • to develop the ability to interact and work effectively with others
  • to breed tolerant, caring and politically aware members of society
  • to foster in pupils a global awareness and a sense of responsibility for the long-term care of the environment.

Accreditations

Department for Education

British School of Sofia is the only accredited British School Overseas (BSO) in Bulgaria by the Department for Education of the United Kingdom. British School of Sofia is registered with Unique Registration Number (URN): 142484. British School of Sofia completely covers the high standards of the British educational system and National Curriculum. Inspection Report March 2018

DfE website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education 

IB

British School of Sofia is accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for Diploma Programme. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 18. It is respected by leading universities across the globe. There are many benefits to choosing the DP. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. IB DP Certificate

International Baccalaureate Organisation website: https://www.ibo.org/ 

British School of Sofia is accredited as a Cambridge Internationa School and Cambridge Examinations Center with Center Number BG021 by Cambridge Assessment International Education. This accreditation allows the students to study according to Cambridge Primary and Lower Secondary Programmes and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Cambridge International School Certificate

Cambridge Assessment International Education: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/ 

COBIS

British School of Sofia is a BSO Inspected and Accredited member of Council of British International Schools (COBIS). COBIS is a Membership Association of British Schools of quality and is a member of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) of the United Kingdom. By virtue of this and its agreement with the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), it is able to accredit British Schools abroad, anywhere in the world. To become an 'Accredited Member', a school must undergo a statutory inspection by one of the UK Government approved Inspectorates. COBIS Accredited Member

COBIS website: https://www.cobis.org.uk/ 

ECIS Logo

British School of Sofia is a Premium Member of European Council of International Schools (ECIS). ECIS is the leading collaborative global network promoting and supporting the ideals and best practices of international education. ECIS Certificate

ECIS Website: https://www.ecis.org/ 

Why British School of Sofia?

The only school accredited as a “British School Overseas” in Bulgaria by the Department for Education in United Kingdom.

British School of Sofia offers the whole stages of education from 2 to 18 years old.

Individual approach to each student according to their needs and differentiated approach in class.

Diverse teaching methodologies used in the classroom – Suggestopedia, Thinking Based Learning, Habits of Mind and Concept Based Learning.

Language learning – students at BSS have many foreign language options: Spanish, French, German, Greek and Arabic.

Technology learning and implementation – BSS is the only Apple school in Bulgaria, students actively use iPads in their day-to-day education, studying MAC OS in a state-of-the-art MAC Lab.

Very strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Programme – the students study Design & Technology – LEGO & ROBOTICS, Computer Programming, Web Design and Digital Drawing. BSS students regularly take part in international Science and Mathematics competitions.

Diverse Creative Programme – the students have Art & Design, Music, Dancing, Piano and Guitar lessons.

International Environment – at BSS there are 300 students representing 42 nationalities. 60% of the students are foreign and 40% Bulgarian. The teachers of BSS are also an international team represented by 8 nationalities.

Internationally recognized diplomas and a wide range of university application opportunities.

100% university acceptance rate.

 

Work at British School of Sofia

Join an international team of highly professional individuals!

Whatever our role at British School of Sofia might be we are a team and community who always strive to provide high-quality teaching and services to students and parents.

Working at British School of Sofia is a challenge and at the same time very rewarding. We invest a lot in teachers' professional development, implementing the newest technologies and teaching methodologies.

If you are a person who is willing to deliver high-quality education in an international environment do not hesitate to apply at jobs@bssofia.bg