Why the british school?

Because intelligent and structured learning allows our students to flourish.

Current Initiatives

The British International Pre-School has been nominated for two international awards for their Outdoor Education Programme

The awards are:

TES Independent Schools Award 2016

Category: British International School Initiative of the Year

http://www.isawards.co.uk/isa2016/shortlist (announced in November)

The Times Educational Supplement Independent Schools Awards applaud excellence and reward strategic and financial innovation. Nominated schools provide benchmarks for the sector as a whole and opportunities for schools to learn from each other. These schools demonstrate excellent value for money to their parents.


BIS: The British International School Award

Category: Strategic Initiative of the Year

http://www.bismagazine.co.uk/awards/shortlist/ (announced in January)

The British International School Awards have been launched to recognise excellence in British schools overseas, to celebrate the success of the sector and to help set benchmarks in best practice. The awards celebrate innovation in strategic, financial and educational projects in qualifying schools. They are organised by British International Schools Magazine with the support of ISC Research. The winning schools will provide benchmarks for the sector as a whole,

Both awards are given as recognition of excellence and outstanding examples of best practice in British Schools overseas.

The Pre-School Outdoor Programme offers the Early Years Outdoor Learning Curriculum through experiences outside, in the surrounding natural environment and in all weathers.

These activities include:

  • Climbing and descending from rocks using ropes
  • Making fire safely using ‘flints’
  • Cooking outside using Trangia stoves
  • Playing with ropes, carabiners and pulleys
  • Transporting things in buckets
  • Building mini-shelters using different materials to build structures and create art outside
  • Using slopes to learn about gradient and gravity
  • Digging, making mud pies and pretend meals from stones , leaves and flowers
  • Tending to, and harvesting from, our school garden

Through these activities, children learn about risk and responsibility and connect to the natural world. They become more resilient and responsible individuals and become fitter and healthier whilst they learn and have fun outside every day.

Are you interested in an English language Pre-school?

  • The British International Pre-School at Gausel is for children aged 2 to 4.
  • Pre-School fees are the same as local Norwegian ‘barnehage’
  • There are over 50 nationalities in our Pre-School
  • The main language is ‘play’! (the second is English)
  • Our outdoor activities are led by a specialist teacher
  • The school is situated beside Gausel woods and Gandsfjord.

For more details please e-mail: admissions@biss.no

The British International School has been invited to join a team pioneering high performance learning in schools

The British International School of Stavanger is one of seven pioneer schools who are working in collaboration with Professor Deborah Eyre and her High Performance Learning (HPL) team. HPL aims to develop and achieve a standard of education that takes a school beyond excellence, to make good schools into world class schools. HPL encourages the highest possible standard of achievement for every student irrespective of their starting point. This enhanced performance is achieved by developing higher order thinking skills, linked to the values and attributes outlined in the IB learner profile. Students and teachers pay close attention to demonstrating these values and reflecting on individual progress. Other stakeholders, such as governors and parents, are encouraged to support the learning process, encouraging continuous improvement through positive reinforcement and the celebration of achievement.

High Performance Learning means more students reach their highest possible standards for university, for work and for life.

The British International School of Stavanger is aiming for external accreditation with High Performance Learning in 2018.


The British International School Stavanger has a close working relationship with Rotary International Stavanger through their Rotary INTERACT Club.

INTERACT clubs are designed for students aged between 12 and 18 years to bring them into direct contact with local business initiatives. They are also introduced to the important work various organisations do at 'grass roots' level and develop an awareness of global issues. This building of links and networks is a feature of 21st century communication and a powerful tool for success as an individual or group.

Students in MYP/IB are required to fully engage in Community and Service projects (CAS) and the Rotary Interact Club acts as a sponsor to support the development of student CAS activities. Members of Rotary International Stavanger support our students by modeling good business practices and assisting students to fulfill high quality projects. Teaching good communication and networking skills is a key element in our Personal, Social, Health (PSHE) curriculum and the INTERACT Club is also an ideal vehicle for furthering these skills.

The school's INTERACT committee meets twice monthly to oversee and coordinate the CAS programme. Here, rotary members support and interact with the student representatives in each class. The INTERACT committee can call upon sponsors to assist in major fundraising projects and benefit from the international links the sponsors can access. Students who demonstrate outstanding commitment may be eligible for special awards and opportunities for exchange visits to other countries.