As a British International School operating in Olomouc we offer a programme and care that is different in a number of aspects from the local schools. It is the emphasis we put on the development of the whole child, exciting themed based curriculum in our primary or the support we provide to children with different abilities are just a few examples from many that make our school a great place for your child.
We strive to educate the whole child and our focus on social and emotional development is equally important to the academic development.
Our school is divided into Houses, where children of all ages and abilities work together to develop their wider skills. We also organize inter house competitions during the year.
We are proud to be a private school. We do not receive any governmental funding. Our programme is financed through school fees and thus we are independent.
The school year is divided into three terms. Parents receive report on learning at the end of each term.
We put a strong emphasis on the development on subject specific skills rather than on acquisition of knowledge. (If you know a lot of information about skiing that does not make you an excellent skier.) We get children to do things.
We motivate our pupils to be creative with the information they get (it is not enough to memorize when something happened but pupils need more practice in writing about the past or drawing maps and in this actively use what they know)
Our lessons are different in time usually from 40 to 60 minutes depending on the time of the day. Younger children have longer breaks.
We do have homeworks but we see them more as an opportunity to become responsible learners. The content is not so important.
This does not apply to Czech language as we have fewer Czech lessons than in usual Czech schools.
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Holidays are similar to Czech holidays. Though we have slightly longer Christmas and Easter breaks to accommodate for our international families who visit their home countries.
Classroom size - we normally have from 10 - 15 students in each class.
Facilities - we have our own science lab and excellent outside field right at the edge of historical city centre.
Learning resources - since we teach in English learners at our school have extended access to a variety of resources. We take good advantage of this.
Rotating teachers - we see it as benefit that children experience different teaching styles already in the primary school. It can be that children have different teachers for different subjects.
Own classroom - like in most schools each class has their own set classroom in which they spend most of their time. However we like to encourage children to spend time outdoors.