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“Enabling children to achieve more than they think they can, in a small caring school. Nurturing creative and responsible global citizens with mindsets for success”
Here at BBIS we represent 28 nationalities formed into a caring and supportive community. Our Board of Trustees, our Principal, the teachers and all our staff guarantee that children enjoy an attentive, nurturing and high quality education.
We encourage all parents wishing to apply to the school to make an appointment with the office. This will give you the opportunity to meet with us and discuss the future educational needs of your children and how we can best meet those needs. It is helpful if children can accompany their parents on this first visit.
We reserve the right to exercise discretion on age entry criteria. Children joining us from another school must provide the most recent reports from their current school, and parents are requested to ensure that any special education requirements have been fully discussed before a place has been offered.
Although our school is inclusive, we reserve the right not to admit children when we believe that we cannot meet their behavioural or educational needs.
The Budapest British International School is an independent co-educational day school for children. In keeping with our ethos as a multicultural, inclusive and caring community, we are proud to welcome students of all nationalities. As a non-selective school, we seek always to promote equal opportunity, applying our regulations on admissions fairly and without prejudice. The Admission Policy should be read in conjunction with our Application Process.
The British education system operates on the premise that students thrive best in their correct class age groups. Personalised teaching caters for individual needs and abilities; the most-able children are challenged, while children needing support are cared for and encouraged to make good progress. In exceptional circumstances, where a child is coming from a different curriculum, has limited English or results of assessments taken at the trial day indicate, we may suggest the child enters BBIS in the year below their usual one.
The average class size is usually 16 or under in Primary and 18 in Secondary. The school’s general policy is to admit no more than sixteen students to any one class in Primary and 18 in Secondary. From time to time the numbers of students applying for places far exceeds this number and may result in a class being split into two parallel classes. Additionally, having a student join for a short period of time or in case of the number of applicants being just above this, it may not be financially, or socially justifiable to create two classes. In this case school will consider very carefully the merits of admitting additional children. In circumstances where it is clear other students will be departing BBIS during, or at the conclusion of the next academic year, school will admit more than sixteen students.
In managing the composition of classes within a year group, our policy is to achieve as close a balance as possible, considering the following factors: language experience, nationality, ability and gender. If it is felt it will be beneficial to the year group as a whole, existing class groups may be reorganised at the start of the academic year to ensure an appropriate balance and mix. The children are given many opportunities to work and socialise with all of their peers across the year group. In all issues of child placement, the Principal’s decision is final.
The English level required is dependent on the age of the child and the course to which entry is sought.
Our school has a Learning Support Policy. The acceptance of students with additional learning needs will only be confirmed by the Principal after discussion with parents. Upon application, it is important that parents share all of the information regarding their child’s learning needs, including any professional assessments. Failure to do so might risk the loss of the place once the child has joined our school if we discover that we are not equipped to best assist and support the child’s development.
We encourage all interested families to visit BBIS. Prior to your visit to BBIS you will need to book an appointment with our admissions officer. During your school visit you will be given a school tour, have the opportunity to meet with the Principal, Dr. David Porritt, and to discuss any questions you may have.
We recognise that your first visit to the Budapest British International School, may well be just one step in your introduction to a new life in Budapest. It is often the case that parents have only a few days to find a school for their children, to choose a home and to begin the induction process in an unfamiliar place of work. With this in mind, we aim to make the choice and the transition as smooth as possible.
It is helpful if your child is able to accompany you on your initial visit, but we recognise that this is not always possible. However, it is certainly the case that the more information we have, the easier it is for us to prepare for your child’s first day at school. For this reason, we request that you bring with you on your initial visit, a copy of your child’s latest school reports, preferably translated into English where possible, and any other relevant details such as examination results.
We understand that it may not be possible for you to visit the school at this stage, for this reason we are happy to provide information by phone or email.
During your visit, we will explain to you:
We will happily answer any more detailed questions you may have. You will be introduced to the Principal. It may also be helpful for you to meet other senior or specialist teachers, though this may not always be possible on your initial visit.
Admissions will be able to guide you through the application process and advise you on class placement. However, it must be clearly understood that such advice does not constitute part of the formal offer.
Once you have decided to begin the admissions process, we kindly request the following documents:
If at this stage you have a need to discuss your application further, we will be pleased to make an appointment for you. We will acknowledge your application as soon as we receive it, and, if there is a waiting list, will then contact you when a place becomes available. If you would like more information during the waiting period, please contact our Admissions Officer.
In keeping with our small, family friendly ethos all children wishing to join BBIS must participate in a trial day. Students from Years 3 and up will spend a whole school day among pupils of her/his age, while students from Years 1 and 2 will spend half a day. This day helps the teachers to assess your child’s level of English and other knowledge and abilities as well as a chance to see how they fit socially into the school.
Children will be provided with lunch and snacks during the day. If your child has any dietary requirements, please let us know in advance.
In addition, for students from Years 3 and up we ask the students to complete a CAT4 assessment. The Cognitive Abilities Test: Fourth Edition (CAT4) provides a robust, standardised measure of cognitive reasoning ability, without reference to curriculum-based material and regardless of previous achievements or first language. The test is essential for us to understand the learning profile of your child. What are their strengths? What areas need development? What’s their natural way of learning?
Upon completion of the CAT4 test and the trial day, the Principal and the class teachers will review the assessment and make a decision whether a place will be offered. At this point it may be requested to fill out a questionnaire that would provide us with more information on your child’s social and emotional interactions. A formal offer of a place will be made in writing for your child/children immediately should a place be available, or alternatively, when a place becomes available if there is a waiting list at your child’s year level.
When steps 1-4 have been completed, we are glad to offer you a place and confirm the date of starting at BBIS. This is the time to pay the Deposit (refundable), the Sponsorship contribution and to sign all the agreements that are required. Should you have any further questions, please contact our Admissions Officer on the following email address: email@example.com. Prior to starting school, all contributions need to be paid and paperwork must be completed.
Upon entry, we will continue to assess all students in order to ascertain their level of English and then ascertain their level of achievement relative to our current students.
Although we are an inclusive school and do not impose academic entry criteria, the level of attainment at the Budapest British International School is high and we need to be sure that your child will cope and settle happily with us. We have support staff who offer additional help where there are gaps to fill, or for younger children, where additional reading or maths support is required. We look forward to seeing you at the Budapest British International School, and to welcoming you and your family to our special community.
A non-refundable Application contribution is required to be paid in full at the same time as you send or hand in your application. You will receive a letter after booking a trial day with details of our accepted methods of payment.
A non-refundable registration contribution is required for all new starters once the admission is confirmed, and is payable within 3 working days of the acceptance of the offered place.
A refundable deposit of is required for all new starters together with their school tuition contribution. If the student is joining at the start of the next academic year, the tuition contribution should be paid in accordance with the contribution schedule. For students starting mid-year, this should be paid before the first day of school.
The deposit is fully refundable when the student leaves the school without any interest on demand if all accounts have been settled in full, all school property has been returned without damage and the required written notice has been submitted, as outlined in the application.
A non-refundable, annual seat reservation is required to secure placement at BBIS, and must be paid within 5 working days after receipt of the Deposit and the Registration contribution. The seat reservation will be redeemed against the tuition contribution for term three of the current or following academic year, depending on date of joining.
You can find details of our Tuition Contributions in the Visitor Pack.
All contributions can be paid by bank transfer and credit card (which has a 1% surcharge). Cash is also acceptable for contributions with the exception of the Application contribution.
Application contribution must be paid within 3 days from confirmation of trial day.
Please complete in BLOCK CAPITALS. Please use one application form for each child.
Applications can be accepted by the Admissions Office with a copy of the following documents:
How would you best describe your child in the following areas (please tick):
Has your child ever been classed as having any of the below?
In Year 1, we encourage students to focus on English and with the large proportion of phonics work being done in this year, to create a full immersion in English, neither Hungarian nor MFL classes are offered.
In Years 2 to 4, all students must choose either German or Spanish as their MFL choice, for two lessons per week.
Hungarian students may also choose Hungarian.
Please tick your language choice below:
Those students who wish to learn Hungarian but are not Hungarian nationals have the option to participate in the Hungarian as a Foreign Language after-school club, up to five times per week.
In Years 5 and 6, all students must choose either German or Spanish as their MFL choice, for two lessons per week.
In MYP 1, all students must choose either German or Spanish as their MFL choice, for two lessons per week.
Those students who wish to learn Hungarian but are not Hungarian nationals have the options to participate in the Hungarian as a Foreign Language after-school club, up to five times per week.
Please see below for information about Genius Hour and iDEA:
“Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.”
“iDEA is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through our series of online challenges, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry recognised awards that help you stand out from the crowd.”
Please tick your choice below:
In MYP 2 and 3, all students must choose either German or Spanish as their MFL choice, for two lessons per week.
The information that you provide ensures the safeguarding of pupils, efficient communication with parents or legal guardians and delivering appropriate teaching. We may share your information with accredited GDPR compliant companies who are listed in the BBIS Data Protection Policy. The information you provide is essential and is held by BBIS for health and safety and person and property protection. Your information will be held for a maximum of your date of birth +25 Years as outlined in the data retention and destruction policy. To access data BBIS holds about you, you must place a Subject Access Request to the Data Protection Officer - Mr Gabor Kocsor.