John Bagust, the Principal
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the website of NCBIS.
I hope the pages on our website give you a good overall picture of what our school holds but I recommend that you come to visit us and experience for yourself the school’s wonderful atmosphere and all that it offers our students. After leading and teaching in various schools in the UK and around the world, and as a parent myself, I can safely say NCBIS is a school where your children will love to be.
We have recently been celebrating our 40th Anniversary! The school was established in 1978 by a group of parents, most of whom were connected with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The school has operated since that time as a “not-for-profit organisation” under the auspices of the Heliopolis Society for the Cultural and Social Care of English Speaking Foreigners (‘The Society’), and is managed through a Board of Directors “elected” from amongst the parent community.
Our school, which caters for children aged 3-18, has a student population of 700 and is made up of over 60 nationalities. Local Egyptian nationals represent approximately 30% of our enrolment while 70% of our students are expatriates.
NCBIS strives to bring out the best in everyone. We make learning fun, challenging and relevant in an environment that is welcoming, safe and stimulating. We provide a holistic education based on the types of learning we feel is important for students in the 21st century; international mindedness, the attributes and attitudes of the IB Learner Profile, and a highly meta-cognitive approach to teaching and learning form the foundation of our instructional programmes.
Our primary school is comprised of two streams; International and Dutch. Both streams follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), a course of study that ‘prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning’. Both streams teach their respective national curriculums for English / Dutch and Mathematics but apply the PYP pedagogical approach of inquiry based learning to these areas of the curriculum where possible. In each case the school has adapted these curriculum requirements to its international setting to ensure its relevance to our student population. Students from both streams come together regularly for learning activities, assemblies, events and trips.
In our secondary school our Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – 9) students work with the British National Curriculum as its framework whilst also integrating learning ideas that promote independent learning and strong research skills. In Year 10 and 11 we offer a combination of GCSE and IGCSE programmes and examinations, while we offer the IB Diploma Programme as our pre-university qualification. Based on the University of Durham ‘Value Added’ scores, our students on average achieve in the 90th percentile (better than 90% of their peers) on their examinations.
We pride ourselves on the excellent teachers we have, both in terms of their academic excellence and also in their professional relationships with the children. The vast majority of our academic staff come from the United Kingdom, or The Netherlands in the case of our Dutch Stream. All our teachers are qualified and have at least 3 years of experience before joining us. We also have some staff members coming from Australia, Canada, USA, Germany, Spain, South Africa and France. We have a strong team of learning support staff and EAL teachers across the school; all classrooms in the primary school have a dedicated teaching assistant.
I am pleased that our school is very fortunate to have a very active ‘Parents’ Group’. The Parents’ Group also welcomes new families, offers shopping and cultural visits, and is involved in a multitude of other social events to benefit the community. They are a very important part of our school as they bring a wonderful community feel to NCBIS.
Finally, as a parent of three children myself, I know that choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you will make. As such, you need to feel safe in the fact that our school is evaluated and accredited by COBIS, CIS, IBO and the Dutch Ministry of Education. These regular inspections and evaluations from independent organisations quality assure the standard of our teaching and learning, as well as the care we provide.
NCBIS is a school where people want to be; come and join our community.
I look forward to welcoming you to our school.