Secondary FAQ

No, existing primary students do not have to fill out a new application to enter the secondary school. Progression is automatic and there are a number of transition days and events to help children settle in successfully.

A two and half hour online Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) is sat by prospective students for Year 7 and above. This tests verbal, non-verbal, spatial and quantitative understandings. It is culturally neutral and tests general ability. There is also a short written task asking some basic questions about a students’ educational history. As outlined above we use this test to ensure we know a students’ ability so that we can help them settle into their lessons quickly and be able to make good progress as soon as possible.

TBS has a termly assessment report issued to parents from Term 2 and we encourage parents to attend parent teacher evenings to help them understand current academic and personal progress. Parents are welcome to arrange an appointment to meet mentors and/or the Head of Key Stage if they have any queries about any matter.

The British School has no set school uniform. We recognise that everyone has their own preference when it comes to personal appearance and we want young people to make their own choices and to be comfortable.

TBS’s public examination results compare very favourably to other schools. TBS is not academically selective but our results are better than most schools in the UK. Our most recent examination results are available on our website. Students regularly achieve between 1 and 2 grades higher than their CAT4 (cognitive ability test) predicts.

Students attend universities in various countries like the UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and the Netherlands. They apply for a wide range of courses. Last year’s most popular were International Relations and Politics, Business Management, Engineering and Psychology.

There is a programme of college preparation support including a week-long “University Week” at the end of Year 12. Each student has a mentor and there are two Higher Education advisors at school who can help with the process of selecting universities and courses. School provides all documentation including transcripts, predicted grades, references and recommendations. TBS is registered with the College Board and students in Year 11 and 12 have the option of doing PSAT here in school.