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The British School of Kuwait (BSK) traces its origins to 1978 when Mme Vera and Mr Sadiq Al-Mutawa established a small kindergarten which became known as The Sunshine School. Steady growth took place through the 1980s and, having recovered from the ravages of the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, by 1992 the school accommodated 550 Kindergarten and Primary age students. The decision having been made to serve the community at both Primary and Secondary levels, a move to the present site in Salwa took place and in September 1993, newly renamed, The British School of Kuwait opened to 900 students.
Currently, there are over 3000 students from Reception to Year 13 at BSK. They come from more than 70 countries and follow the National Curriculum of England through to GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A Level qualifications. The school provides a structured, caring and happy environment for learning with excellent resourcing and a qualified, highly-trained and well-motivated staff.
The crest of The British School of Kuwait incorporates several aspects of the school’s history. The bold sunrise symbolises our students’ potential, setting out on their lives of achievement. The sun also reminds us of the original Sunshine School and its climb to success. The sun is seen rising over blue water with its strong reference to Kuwait where the sun breaks daily over the Gulf on the eastern horizon. Finally, the crest is adorned with branches of laurel, a traditional accolade, in this setting celebrating academic and cultural achievement.
The British School of Kuwait aims to offer its students a rigorous and rounded education that is relevant to the demands of modern life.
Striving for excellence in all areas of school life is the cornerstone of our educational philosophy.
Evidence for academic excellence is found by comparing the National Curriculum levels of our students with their peers in any other international or British school. Further evidence is found in the outstanding public examination results and in the list of world-famous universities to which our students gain admission.
Evidence for sporting excellence is found in the many, recently awarded, trophies and cups adorning our display cabinets. In recent years, BSK has dominated the finals in competitions organised by KFSAC and ISACK and our participation extends beyond the borders of Kuwait.
Evidence for excellence in the creative arts can be viewed in the award-winning work of our artists, ceramicists, photographers and graphic designers in numerous, recent, national competitions. Our thespians have created, year upon year, sell-out productions, including Blood Brothers, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Camelot and The King and I. Our musicians are in demand by embassies and events producers throughout Kuwait and overseas. Evidence for excellence in music is to be found in the many international competitions won by our students and the admission of our students into leading conservatoires.
Of course, statistically, all schools will have, from time-to-time, some outstanding students. The philosophy of BSK is to enable all students to be academically outstanding, all students to participate in sports as a life-long mission and all students to be artistically creative by insisting that all students create visual art, perform on stage and play numerous musical instruments.
Our philosophy extends to the provision of excellent extracurricular opportunities for our students. BSK offers the widest range of extracurricular opportunities of any school. From the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award with expeditions to the UAE (bronze), Thailand (silver) and Nepal (gold) to Robotics; from world-class debating to Model United Nations; from LAMDA to ABRSM courses; from horse-riding to scuba-diving; from skiing to martial arts; from Storytime to the Porsche School of Driving… the opportunities seem endless and provide evidence of our commitment to roundedness in the education of our students.
Social awareness through links with the international community is deeply embedded within the ethos of BSK. We benefit hugely from the cultures and experiences of upwards of 70 different nationalities of students. Through the links with the Goethe-Institut in Germany, the British Council, the service work of the International Award in India and many other Asian countries and from the response of our Senior School Council and House Charity initiatives, the evidence for excellence in personal and social education is clear.
Not all students and their families are ready to take advantage of the education on offer at BSK. We have a strict admissions policy that ensures our students are academically capable, highly motivated and well behaved. However, for our students, the environment for learning is designed to meet our aim of rigorous, rounded and relevant education.
There are nine fully equipped science laboratories, three each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. At BSK we believe that students of science should conduct as many practical experiments as possible, rather than merely watch science demonstrations or, worse still, study Science only from books and whiteboards. All students conduct practical experiments supported by a vast range of equipment, laboratory technicians and preparation facilities. We believe that understanding and opinion based on evidence holds superiority.
Our sports facilities are the envy of other schools in Kuwait. In addition to the four large sports courts, the Marble Arch is an arena capable of holding a variety of sports taking place simultaneously. Students also make use of our swimming pool on site as well as astro-turf pitches adjacent to the campus. BSK employs full-time specialist sports coaches to support the PE team. We are proud that teams representing BSK fill our trophy cabinet with cups and shields. We are even more proud that BSK enters teams into every sporting competition available in Kuwait. We are most proud that, at BSK, there is a culture of ‘Sport for All’ with extracurricular clubs dedicated to students that simply enjoy their sport whether or not they reach School Team standard.
In dedicated, fully-equipped rooms, students experience for themselves the creative processes of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Textiles and Photography. In our Ceramics Studio, clay is worked on potter’s wheels, glazed and fired in our kiln.
Our three Design and Technology rooms are equipped with hand and power tools, vacuum formers and other specialist equipment to enable students from Reception to Year 13 to use their hands to manufacture.
Students of Dance have three, full-sized dance studios to work on their ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary styles.
Students of Drama have a dedicated studio and access also to the Shakespeare Theatre with its advanced sound and lighting equipment.
Music at BSK has set new standards. The three music performance rooms, including the John Lennon Studio with its stage and lighting equipment, are supplemented by tutor rooms in Whitehall and a fully-equipped recording studio. Moreover, we believe that every student should play multiple instruments and abundant numbers of guitars, violins, recorders, keyboards and many other types make this possible through the dedication of the Music Team which includes four full-time specialist tutors in addition to a teaching staff of six.
Students in Primary use iPad Mini tablets. Students in Secondary are required to bring a suitable laptop or tablet computer. Textbooks continue to support learning and through our textbook supply system, all students own and utilise the latest titles.
There are many other facilities and resources available to aid teaching and learning at BSK. However, the most important resources are the students and the teachers.
Students learn a great deal through collaboration with their classmates. Through our strict admissions policy, parents can be sure that their child will sit in class surrounded by others who are intelligent, well-behaved and highly motivated, thereby ensuring that BSK remains the most focused learning environment in Kuwait.
All of the teachers at BSK must have qualifications recognised in the United Kingdom. Our teachers are highly qualified, dedicated professionals for whom teaching is more than a mere job; it is a life choice. All are committed to life-long learning for themselves and large resources are ploughed into Continuous Professional Development. Managers, administration and auxiliary staff share the desire to support the myriad learning opportunities at BSK, Kuwait’s Premier School.
To maintain the position of The British School of Kuwait (BSK) as a centre of excellence it is essential that the students who gain admission meet standards that enable them to gain as much as possible from their learning experiences. It is important for our parents to know that their child will be sitting next to classmates who are equally able, well-behaved and highly motivated.
Parents and students who are considering joining BSK are welcome to tour our Salwa campus. Tours can be arranged by contacting the front reception desk. When you contact us, we will ask for the age of your child so that a relevant tour is arranged that includes the areas that your child would frequent including classrooms, playgrounds and specialist facilities.
STEP ONE of the actual admissions process for parents of prospective students is to make contact with the relevant Phase Coordinator (PC) or Department Coordinator (DC), either directly or through the front reception desk.
It is not possible for students to join Year 11 unless they have completed year one of the appropriate two-year GCSE/IGCSE courses. It is not possible for students to join Year 13 unless they have completed year one (AS) of the appropriate two-year Advanced level courses.
STEP TWO is to sit an entrance test arranged by the PC/DC. For younger students these tests are specially designed by BSK. For older students from Year 4 to Year 11, age-specific Cognitive Ability Testing (CAT) is used. For students considering Year 12 or 13, satisfactory GCSE, IGCSE or AS Level results are required.
STEP THREE for students that have passed STAGE TWO, is an interview with the relevant PC/DC who must be provided with previous school reports.
STEP FOUR for students that have been accepted for entry by the PC/DC is for parents to meet with the Senior Registrar to complete, in full, a school application form, including agreement of the terms and conditions.
STEP FIVE is to pay a non-refundable deposit of KD200, plus refundable compulsory charges (for the VLE, textbooks and school photographs) to the Senior Bursar.
STEP SIX is to return to the Senior Registrar for the final confirmation of admission and allocation to a Tutor Group (TG).
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