BISC House System
We are proud of BISC's supportive environment, our strong focus on pastoral care and positive discipline, and the close working relationships and good communication with parents.
Our small class sizes allow all staff to get to know each individual child and ensure that every pupil can achieve his or her full potential.
In addition to this and in keeping with common practice at leading British schools, all children join one of our four "Houses" when they start at BISC. The four Houses are named after British writers: Rowling, Shakespeare, Bronte and Dahl.
House membership is important because it allows students opportunities for teamwork and competition; it encourages students to improve in everything they do, not only for their own sake but for that of the group, their House and their fellow House members. Siblings generally belong to the same House.
A reward system leads to a House merit award, which is presented at assemblies, and there are many opportunities for students to represent their Houses in many sporting and non-sporting events.
Pivotal to the pastoral care programme is the role of the tutors, who have daily contact with students. They help with pupils’ personal daily organisation, deal with any concerns that may arise, monitor the academic and social progress of all children in school ad liaise with parents on a regular basis.
Teachers maintain close contact with parents through informal conversations, emails and meetings so that problems can be quickly and effectively resolved and learning needs can be addressed at home as well as at school.
Our policy of using positive discipline encourages students to understand the importance and consequences of their actions and gain insight and a sense of personal responsibility by making the right choices. Our Student Learning Council provides a forum for this.
We encourage older students to look after younger ones through our ‘buddy’ system, whereby older students are given the responsibility of working with younger students; our prefects, for example, assist tutors by working with children in nursery and reception classes. This helps foster a sense of cohesion between the different year groups in school and it contributes to our caring, calm and kind ethos.