Head of Secondary Welcome

Dear Families,

Thank you for browsing this page and on behalf of NCBIS staff and students, may I offer you a warm and sincere welcome to our Secondary School webpage. Our aim is to provide comprehensive and up to date information in as informative a style as possible. However, we recognize that the quality of learning, as well as our unique, friendly and caring atmosphere can never be fully explained on paper, so we invite you to come in and meet us as soon as possible. We fully appreciate the complexity of working hours and business meetings, so we will organise tours to fit your schedule. As the majority of teaching staff at NCBIS are ourselves Parents and International travelers, we understand that finding the right school for children is an essential part of any relocation, and so would like to assure you that we will help you in the most professional and understanding manner possible. We, too, have relocated, understand the concerns and doubts that you may have, and are here to help both as passionate Educators and also as members of a close-knit, expat community, anxious to help you settle in and enjoy this wonderful country and vibrant city.

Irrespective of the manner in which they are measured, NCBIS pupils’ performance in public examinations is something that we can all be proud of. Central to our philosophy is the concept of ‘value added’, where we aim for each individual to recognise their individual potential. We use data from the University of Durham to compare how successful we are in this aim. Fortunately, year after year, we have received positive affirmation that our students perform better than ‘similar’ counterparts across the world and independent data suggests that in terms of Value Added, we can proudly claim to be in the top 10% of all schools with similar student  intake. A strong Pastoral programme helps students to achieve this academic potential.

However, there is so much more to education and learning than examinations results. Simply browsing our weekly newsletters will demonstrate that our academic achievements and world class IB Results have not been at the expense of activities outside of the classroom. This is an incredibly busy, innovative and forward thinking school and we excel in educating “the whole child” from sport to creativity, academic to “soft skills” for employability. Our list of university destinations speaks for itself, but none of this really matters if our children don’t feel safe, secure, supported and successful, socially and academically. Walking our campus, you will not fail to notice a very obvious international intake, the smiles on the children’s faces, their polite and cordial interactions and a “joie de vivre” which really does suggest that “school days are the best days of your life”. Well that is what our visiting alumni tell us anyway, and their newsletter articles fill us with pride and admiration for their career success as “world class scholars but more importantly first class citizens” making a real difference in the global marketplace.

Whether you are a prospective or existing parent, I would like to invite you to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have, and cordially invite you to stop by the Secondary School Office to get a better understanding of how the NCBIS team works together for the benefit of our students and the wider international community. No question is too small and we are here to help you whenever you need us! It would be a pleasure to meet you soon!

Sue Holt

Vice Principal & Head of Secondary School