The British International School Opens New Campus in North Moscow

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BIS has opened a new 3,500 square meter campus, with spacious well-equipped classrooms, modern laboratories, computer room, art room, library, multi-purpose conference room and a large sports hall. Here are some photographs from the school’s Open Day, which was held in the new school at the end of January.

Denis Kelly, School Consultant

This is a great new building. What does it mean for the school to have such a building?

Currently the school is operating according to the National Curriculum for England for children aged from 3 to 18 years old: in three buildings located at the metro station “Voikovskaya” as well as in two buildings at the metro station “Novoyasenevskaya” and in the building near the metro station “Profsoyuznaya” which was built in 2007 for children aged from 4 to 12 years old.

The new building is located at Priorova str, 9 building 1 and has 3,500 square meter that allows the teaching of middle and high school children in the most modern conditions. Earlier the premises at the metro station “Voikovskaya” did not allow us to accommodate everyone, the senior classes children in particular.

The new building contains all necessary facilities for children’s high-quality education: spacious well-equipped classrooms, modern laboratories, computer room, art room, library, multi-purpose conference room and a big sports hall with all necessary sports equipment.

The new building has already become an accredited examination centre for Cambridge International Examinations.

In the new academic year we began trainings under the classic British A-level Programme. In addition, in the south of Moscow, we are operating according to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB Diploma Programme). According to our IB graduates’ exams results, the school is one of the 5% of the best schools around the world.

In the future, we will continue teaching the IB programme, and the A-level programme in the new building.

The British International School is the only international school in Moscow, which operates on these two programmes in secondary school. Thus, parents and children have the opportunity to choose the most suitable education programme.

What is the cultural diversity you can see now in the British International School?

The school is an international compound. There are children of 65 nationalities studying in our school. This is something that we welcome. The number of students from Moscow has currently increased and now makes about 30 per cent. It will still grow, but I think that Moscow, as well as London and other world capitals, will keep always developing dynamically. We will always see the reflection of this multinational world in our schools, because we offer international programmes of education.

Mr. Kelly, you’ve worked in the field of international education for many years. What is special about this school, these teachers, these children?

The mere fact that we really are a truly international school is an important factor. A year ago, we celebrated our 20th anniversary at the Moscow International House of Music. We organised a children’s gala concert. When we were making up all the spots together and prepared for the concert, we had no idea how big it would become. The programme was structured to reflect cultures from all over the world, because we teach children from all over the globe.

Students that we admit have an obvious natural thirst for knowledge. There is a great desire to learn from students from different countries. I think this is also due to their experience in integration of different cultures. I’ve lived here for a long time, my wife and family are here, and throughout all these years, we have not seen any conflicts because of nationality. It is really amazing and confronts my experience working in schools in some other parts of the world.

How do your teachers and staff get along with parents?

This is an important point, and it comes down to issues of staff recruitment and formation of a proper relationship to their working environment. We emphasize from the very start the importance of integrating into the local community, from the initial appointment up to induction. We do not invite to Moscow people who do not want to come here. This is principal. When teachers come to us, we explain to them that this is a different country and a different culture. And it is the intersection of East and West, whether people want to accept it or not. This is a part of our responsibility – to make sure that everybody understands that. I think it works. Of course, Moscow has completely changed over the past two decades. This is a different city today. Therefore, it is now easier in this regard. In addition, we try to encourage people to find time for a cultural life. Many teachers like the opera, museums, galleries, which are here in great numbers. I think teachers consider Moscow an impressive city.

The school works steadily. The most important thing for us is children enjoying their studies in our school and receiving a high quality education. In this case, their parents are happy. We succeed in it.

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