Secondary and Sixth Form
1. Do the current primary school students at TBS wishing to enter the secondary school need to submit a new application?
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.
2. How are students assessed for secondary school?
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 being able to make good progress as soon as possible.
3. How is my child’s academic and personal progress reported to me?
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. Additional to termly assessment report, parents can see traffic light data on the parent portal. 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.
4. What is the dress code in Sixth Form?
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.
5. How do TBS’s IGCSE and GCE A Levels grades compare with other British International Schools?
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.
6. How do scores in GCE A levels compare to other pre-university courses such as IB Diploma?
There are different college preparation courses that have similar equivalency in the eyes of universities worldwide. In the UK, GCE A levels are the most common pre-university course and are universally accepted for entry. In the USA GCE A levels and IB Highers are seen as roughly equivalent: both are seen as advanced programmes similar to AP, and both receive similar college credit. Universities in countries such as Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia accept GCE A levels for university entry, and usually make generous offers on grades lower than might be expected in the UK. GCE A levels often suit students better than the IB Diploma because it is more flexible. Students can follow a wide range of subjects if they choose but can also have a narrow focus (for example just studying sciences) if this better suits their future plans.
7. Which universities do students go on to and for which range of courses?
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.
8. What support is given to students and their parents with university and college applications?
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 course. 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 Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) here in school.