Educational model

Contemporary education at British International School Classic recognises the equality of the emotional, intellectual and behavioural aspects of the personality of each pupil and acknowledges the affective elements in the educational process - feelings, values, interests, convictions, experiences among others.

Education is based on the contemporary holistic concept of an integral personality, whose experience follows the model of Intelect-Emotion. This model helps pupils to develop their own academic intelligence (linguistic, arithmetical, and logical abilities) and enables them to further develop their emotional abilities, e.g. to discover and manage their own emotions, to recognise and adequately react to other people's emotions. This educational model not only develops pupils’ critical thinking and empirical understanding, but also broadens their intuitive, aesthetic and creative forms of intelligence.

The education at British International School Classic aims at building partnerships. To do so the school incorporates various interactive models of work such as: visualisation, research, panel discussions, brainstorming, problem-solving, situational and role games. Qualities like tolerance and cooperation, effective communication, constructive decision-making and problem-solving are a fact at "Classic". The school has provided an environment of acceptance and mutual support. The fear of failure is reduced to a minimum, and pupils are actively involved in the educational process.      

The school curricula follows both the Bulgarian and British national education standards with subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Design & Technology, ITC, History, Geography, Art & Design, Music, PE and PSHE .

Levels of education in accordance with Bulgarian and British systems as taught at "Classic"

          British System

      Age

                        Bulgarian System

Grade 1

Primary school

5-6 yrs

 

 Primary school

 

Preperatory

Grade 2 

6-7 yrs

Grade 1

Grade 3 

7-8 yrs

Grade 2

Grade 4 

8-9 yrs

Grade 3

Grade 5 

9-10 yrs

Grade 4

Grade 6 

10-11 yrs

 Secondary school

Grade 5

Grade 7 

Secondary school

11-12 yrs

Grade 6

Grade 8 

12-13 yrs

Grade 7

Grade 9 

13-14 yrs

Grade 8

Grade 10 

14-15 yrs

 

 Secondary school

 

Grade 9

Grade 11 

15-16 yrs

Grade 10

Grade 12 

Advanced Levels

16-17 yrs

Grade 11

Grade 13 

17-18 yrs

Grade 12

According to the British education standard, the compulsory education continues eleven years. It is divided into four stages, called “Key Stages” (KS). The first one (KS1) ends when the child is 7; the second key stage (KS2) is from 7 to 11. The third key stage (KS3) spans between the ages of 11 - 14, and the last fourth stage (KS4) is from 14 to 16 years of age.

Primary Education
The compulsory education begins at primary school. The primary school comprises of the first two key stages, namely Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 and continues till 11 years of age. Children begin their compulsory education when they turn 5. 

Secondary Education
Secondary education is also divided into two key stages: Key Stage 3 & Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 4 the number of compulsory subjects is reduced and students can choose which ones to study. It is during that same key stage (KS4) when pupils are being prepared for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). Students sit GCSE exams in different school subjects, including Mathematics and English, and can choose up to ten different subjects. They have to sit exam for each subject. The assessment is done by independent external examiners' board. While at grade 9 (13-14 yrs), students select which subjects they want to study during Key Stage 4, and then at grade 10 and 11 (14 - 16 yrs) they can choose the subjects for their GCSE exam. The compulsary GCSE subjects are English, Mathematics, and Science; the elective ones are Arts (Art and Design, Music, Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Design and Technology), Humanities (Geography and History), and Contemporary Languages (Spanish, Deutsch, Italian). 

A Levels
The exams for General Certificate of Education Advanced-level (GCE A-Level) are taken separately for each subject. Students can choose any combination of subjects in their preparation. GCE A-Level is the students' path to university.  

Education

  • The prerequisite for development of a new educational paradigm is the understanding of the necessity of a different type of education and upbringing in a different type of school. The main focus is the formation of each youngster as an author of innovative ideas.
    The spiritual, intellectual and physical development at BIS Classic aims at maximizing each child's potential with the perspective of a successful social integration. The necessary partnership in the process of creative thinking, the support in the individual discovery of knowledge and the formation of a personal approach in their application in various situations are all implemented within our new methodology. It subtly develops the potential of children while preserving their own individuality. The existing system of achievements motivation, is directly linked to a deep, continious as well as a profound motivation, ambition and success.