The British School of Kuwait (BSK)
The British School of Kuwait (BSK) is a private, co-educational day school. It currently has around 2000 students on roll from the Reception year (4 years of age) to Year 13 (18 years of age).
BSK is licensed by the Ministry of Education of Kuwait through its Private Education Department. Award of our licence requires a successful inspection from current approved inspectors registered with the United Kingdom Government Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED). The last such inspection took place in 2010.
BSK follows the National Curriculum of England and is an approved examination centre for:
- General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
- International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
- General Certificate of Education at Advanced Subsidiary level (GCE AS Level)
- General Certificate of Education at Advanced level (GCE A Level).
Currently, BSK offers GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A Level examinations through Edexcel. BSK also offers IGCSE level examinations through Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Regular unannounced inspections of the arrangement for, and security of, public examinations, by officials of the Examination Boards, guarantees the quality and impartiality of the British examination system, the ‘Gold Standard’ so valued by leading universities throughout the world.
BSK is also an approved centre for examinations conducted by the London Academy of Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and our facilities are the base for the British Council to conduct the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations.
Curriculum accommodation is made for studies required by the Ministry of Education in Kuwait:
First Language Arabic
Second Language Arabic
Islam for Muslim students with Arabic as a first language
Islam for Muslim students with Arabic as an additional language
Quranic Studies for Muslim Kuwaiti students (optional for non-Kuwaiti Muslims)
Social Studies of Kuwait.
Partnerships and Awards
The British School of Kuwait is a:
- member of the Council of International Schools (CIS)
- founder member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME)
- recipient of the British Council's International School Award (ISA)
- German Government Partner School (Schulen: Partner der Zukunft).
The British School of Kuwait (BSK) has a curriculum managed into a number of operational or tactical groups. Students are placed into year groups according to their age on 15 September of the academic year, as required by the Ministry of Education in Kuwait. The National Curriculum of England is organised into Key Stages of development directly linked to these year groups in terms of content and challenge.
At BSK, five Departments, each led by a Department Coordinator (DC), manage and deliver the National Curriculum. Interestingly, these Departments work across Key Stages, ensuring continuity and progression. The Primary and Secondary Head Teachers (HTs) each lead teams of DCs and Assistant DCs (ADCs), with further input from the Assistant Head Teacher (AHT) and Senior Teachers (STs).
The Primary phase at The British School of Kuwait comprises the Lower Department (Reception to Year 2) and the Junior Department (Years 3-5).
By teaching the English National Curriculum complemented by a strong pastoral programme the Lower and Junior Departments at BSK seek to guide and inspire children to become resilient, lifelong learners and the leaders of the future.
The Secondary phase at The British School of Kuwait comprises the Middle Department (Years 6-8), Upper Department (Years 9-11) and the Sixth Form (Years 12-13).
Our capable and dedicated teachers seek to inculcate in their students the attitudes, attributes, knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful, fulfilling careers and personal lives.
To achieve this, mutual responsibility and teamwork are vital. BSK is a learning community – teachers and students, working together.
To maintain the position of The British School of Kuwait as a centre of excellence it is essential that the students who gain admission meet standards that enable them to gain as much as possible from their learning experiences. It is important for our parents to know that their child will be sitting next to classmates who are equally able, well-behaved and highly motivated.
Parents and students who are considering joining BSK are welcome to tour our Salwa campus. Tours can be arranged by contacting the school reception. When you contact us, we will ask for the age of your child so that a relevant tour is arranged that includes the areas that your child would frequent including classrooms, playgrounds and specialist facilities.
Parents wishing to enquire into registration for their children at The British School of Kuwait (BSK) should contact the Senior Registrar in the first instance. The Senior Registrar will then:
Request some basic information including: your child’s name and date of birth, the name of the last school attended and the Year Group (The Registrar is able to advise on movement from a non-British system).
In the event of a registration enquiry for which the prospective student is outside Kuwait, the Registrar will ask for a completed registration form (a copy of which can be downloaded here) and the most recent school reports to be emailed. The Registrar will forward this information to the relevant Department Coordinator to seek provisional approval. If such approval is granted, a place in the Year Group will be reserved, subject to the receipt within seven days of 200 Kuwaiti dinars (KWD) to the Senior Bursar, if the parent is within Kuwait, or to the School account number (IBAN: KW56NBOK0000000000001005163402) if the parent is in another country. Upon the prospective student’s arrival in Kuwait, the normal admissions procedure must take place, including an admissions test (CAT or other). In the event that the prospective student does not pass the admissions procedure, a full refund of the KD200 will be made.
Enquiries to join the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13 for GCE AS/A2 courses) should be made with the Sixth Form Coordinator (SFC) in the first instance. The SFC will require details of performance at mock-GCSE/IGCSE for Year 12 and final GCSE/IGCSE and AS unit results for Year 13.
In the event of an enquiry from within Kuwait, the Registrar will ask for the same initial details as listed above. Additionally, the Registrar will require a photocopy of the student’s passport personal detail pages and a payment for the admissions tests (KD10 for Reception to Year 3 or KD20 for Years 4-11)
Appointments for admissions tests are made by a receptionist and the parent will be informed of a date and time.
The results of the admissions test are forwarded to the relevant Department Coordinator (DC). The DC will contact parents with the result. For successful students, an appointment will be made for an interview with the DC. Following a successful outcome to the interview, the DC will accompany parents to the Registrar’s office for the completion of the registration process which involves:
Completion of a registration form* which must then be signed by the DC.
Payment of KD200 to the Senior Bursar as a non-refundable deposit.
*Parents have THREE working days from completion of the registration form to payment of the non-refundable deposit. If parents do not pay the deposit on time the place cannot be guaranteed.
Early in Term 3, parents will receive notification of the deadline for re-registration which has been agreed with the Ministry of Private Education. This date is always in the first week of April.
BSK guarantees to register students for the next academic year provided the student successfully completes the year and re-registers before the deadline. Should a parent fail to re-register a student before the deadline, BSK cannot guarantee a place. As BSK is Kuwait’s premier school and places are in high demand, we urge parents to re-register early.
Parents are required to visit the school and to meet with the Registrar. During the meeting, parents should update details on their child’s registration form and then visit the Senior Bursar to pay a non-refundable re-registration deposit of KD100 per student.