The BISL Philosophy
At BISL, our approach is rooted in the best of the British and International education systems, providing a modern, relevant and appealing education in English, which maintains a careful balance between tradition and innovation, taught by bilingual or native speakers, with courses in Slovene language and culture. We offer a style of education for expatriate and local students which is a much sought after alternative to other education systems in Slovenia.
Our approach emphasises learning for real understanding and learning how to learn, rather than simply memorising facts. As part of this process, we use on- going assessment for learning as well as of learning. Assessment takes a wide variety of forms, and we reference our measures of each students’ progress against standardised assessments of both achievement and potential.
We strongly believe that ‘education’ is not limited to what takes place in the classroom and we provide a broad range of enrichment activities during and after the school day. We capitalise on being in an area of cultural and historic importance as well as of outstanding natural beauty by getting the students out and about: trips and visits are an important feature of our programme in all sections.
BISL opened in September 2008 with 22 students in 6 classes. As we move into our new premises in 2016, we have around 160 students, aged from 3 to 18, from over 30 different nationalities and we expect to grow to about 300 in the coming few years. We do not want to grow any larger than this, since we value highly a school in which everyone is known.
We make the most of small class sizes to get to know each of our students well, and the teachers build a bond of mutual respect and trust with the students and parents, which greatly enhances the learning environment. Visitors comment that our school has a happy, purposeful and positive atmosphere; it is a workplace in which all members of the community are valued and where everyone - students and teachers alike - can thrive and achieve their best.
We believe that self-discipline is better than punishment, so classroom discipline in the traditional sense is rarely an issue. A supportive, positive environment makes an enormous difference to the whole school experience. It also helps us to identify any youngsters who require additional support to ensure they get the most out of their time at BISL. We are happy to accept students with mild Special Educational Needs if we feel we can provide appropriately for them.
Taking pride in one’s appearance is an important life skill. In common with most schools in the UK, our students wear a smart school uniform. Specific garments are available directly from the supplier via an online shop and more generic items can be purchased locally. Sixth Form students have more choice of dress, within guidelines, reflecting their greater maturity and responsibility.
Our aim is to keep all channels of communication with families permanently open. In many classes, internet technology enables parents to see what is being covered and what has been achieved. Whilst Parent-Teacher meetings are held each term, the Principal and teachers are always ready to discuss immediate concerns and parents have teachers' e-mail addresses for regular communication and to arrange additional meetings if necessary. E-mails are regularly sent to parents and we aim to respond to e-mail communications within a working day wherever possible.
We realise that, for many families, finding the money to pay for private education may mean making other sacrifices. We work hard, therefore, to ensure a BISL education remains good value for money and our philosophy is firmly rooted in our educational and philanthropic aims. BISL is not a purely commercial profit- making venture; we provide the choice which people in Slovenia want and deserve and broaden the future opportunities for our students.
“The BISL education system opens you to many future opportunities” - Yr.13 graduate, 2016