Frequently asked questions
Do you provide a school bus service?
Our school minibus roues are established each September and generally cover the South, South-East, East and North-East parts of the city. This includes the communes of Watermael-Boitsfort, Auderghem, Etterbeek, Woluwe St. Pierre, Woluwe St. Lambert, Evere, Kraainem and Tervuren. Morning buses are scheduled to arrive at school around 08.30 – 08.45. We offer departures at both 15.30 and 16.30 to allow children to participate in after-school activities. There is no minibus service at 12.30 on Wednesday; any Nursery and Reception children on the minibus must wait in garderie until the normal 15.30 departure time.
Do you accept children at any time of the school year?
Families are relocated to Brussels at all times of the year and being a small school we are flexible enough to accommodate new children at any time of the year. Naturally the majority of new children join us at the start of the academic year in September.
Is there a deadline for applications?
No, as we have a rolling admissions policy. We strongly suggest, however, that applications be completed as soon as possible to avoid waiting lists. Classes are usually close to becoming full around March time for the following September.
How can parents get involved?
We have an active group, Friends of BISB, which arranges regular events with the twin purposes of strengthening social links and fund raising on behalf of local and international charities. All new parents are encouraged to participate on as active a basis as possible. Friends of BISB is also involved with organising and helping to run events for the children such as Halloween, Christmas parties etc., and from time to time social events at which many parents are able to meet each other. Some fund-raising is carried out throughout the year to support international and local charities. Our school was founded by parental initiative, and we therefore warmly welcome parental involvement in our school. Parents can help in a variety of ways, for example by assisting on a school excursion, helping in the library, or running an extra-curricular activity. If you would like to help we would love to hear from you.
How Do I Get To BISB?
The school is around 3 km from the centre of Brussels on the eastern side of the city being approximately half way between NATO and the European Commission area around Schuman. We operate several door-to-door school minibus routes on a cost recovery basis and they are used by up to 20% of the school’s children. The public transport network throughout Brussels is excellent and the school can be reached via the 7, 25 or 62 tram lines or the 12, 21, 28, 29, 63 or 79 bus routes. More details can be found here at the Brussels public transport web site
When was BISB founded?
The school started in 2000 and quickly established itself as one of the leading primary schools in Brussels.
What if my child does not speak English?
For children who are not native English speakers, our specialist EAL teacher provides a carefully structured programme, designed to bring them to a level where they can participate fully in the mainstream curriculum as soon as possible.
What are the school hours?
|Years 3, 4, 5 and 6||09.00 – 15.30||five days per week|
|Years 1 and 2||09.00 – 15.25||five days per week|
|Reception||09.00 – 15.25||four days per week (Wednesday 09.00 – 12.20)|
|Pre-Nursery and Nursery||09.00 – 15.20||four days per week (Wednesday 09.00 – 12.20)|
|Pre-Nursery and Nursery||09.00 – 12.10||(Mornings only option)|
|Pre-Nursery and Nursery||13.00 – 15.20||(Afternoons only option)|
The school opens its doors at 08.30 and children are supervised in the playground until registration at 09.00. All children should be in school by 09.00 so that lessons can start promptly at 09.05.
What are your class sizes?
The small class sizes (current average is around 16) are a very significant attraction to parents as they allow a high degree of individual attention. In 2008 the school expanded into the new Junior School building, which houses our Key Stage 2 children (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 i.e. children aged 7 – 11).
How can I pay the application and school fees?
All payments are made by bank transfer to the school’s account. If you wish to pay school fees monthly then this can be done by a direct debit (domiciliation) arrangement. The schedule for these payments is normally the ten months from May to February each year.
Can I get in touch with other families from the school?
We are happy to put both parents and children in touch with each other, particularly with people from the same year or nationality. We do not however disclose contact details of our existing parents; instead they are invited to make contact with you if they feel able to help you. We have an active parent body and communication through email is extensive.
How is your school calendar arranged?
The academic year has approximately 179 school days divided into three terms from early September to late December, early January to early April and late April to early July. You can see the calendar for this academic year by clicking here.
Do you have uniforms for the children?
All children from Reception ( Nursery from September 2015 included) upwards are required to wear our attractive, distinctive and practical uniform. This can be obtained in school. On timetabled PE days children are expected to come to school wearing tracksuit trousers, which should be grey or green along with their white polo shirt. Nursery children are required to wear the school sweatshirt, white polo shirt and jogging bottoms.
Which class will my child be joining?
For the 2015/2016 academic year children are placed in their classes based on their date of birth as follows:
September 2012– August 2013 Pre-Nursery
September 2011 – August 2012 Nursery
September 2010 – August 2011 Reception
September 2009 – August 2010 Year 1
September 2008 – August 2009 Year 2
September 2007 – August 2008 Year 3
September 2006 – August 2007 Year 4
September 2005 – August 2006 Year 5
September 2004 – August 2005 Year 6