British School of Guatemala

British School of Guatemala

The funds will go toward setting up a private British Curriculum based school with recognition from the British government in Guatemala.

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The British School of Guatemala, will ensure that educational standards are the same standards applied to independent schools in Great Britain in conjunction with the requirements of the Guatemalan Ministry of Education for private schools.

The school will have the recognition of the British government under the voluntary scheme of inspection of said government and will offer to its students the Bachelor in Sciences and Letters of Guatemala and the British International Baccalaureate. The essential element of such an inspection is evident in morals, ethics, curriculum, form of teaching, care for students and their achievements.

The school facilities  have 20 classrooms equipped with the necessary furniture and technology to provide the best environment for learning for our students. The school has two auditoriums for special events, graduations, plays and meetings of students and parents. We also have a modern and extensive football, basketball and volleyball courts. We have green areas and play areas for young children equipped with playful and safe games. The school has a large cafeteria and furniture that will offer nutritious menus and special diets to students who require it.

The school has the total capacity to receive 500 students comfortably distributed according to the degree that they attend. The maximum capacity per grade is 36 students, opening a section of each grade to reach a maximum 18 students in order to provide the personalized attention for which we are governed.

Vision

"Our Vision is to be at the forefront of International British Education." Our mission is to provide high quality British and Guatemalan education that will provide a transformative learning experience for all our students. Effective and interactive teaching based on our core values and the best and most up-to-date educational practice in the UK and Guatemala enables our school children to achieve their academic ambitions and careers for life. At the same time, we foster their individual talents and emphasize the importance of educating every child with attention to their physical, emotional and social development. We are determined to make a positive difference for the future of our students and their families, the careers of our staff, as well as to contribute positively to the community in which we operate.

Values and Beliefs

The Values and Beliefs of British School of Guatemala are reflected in everything we do. These values create an environment that helps our staff, students and parents understand what the British School of Guatemala represents, including how we treat each other at work and how we treat our students and their parents.

Honesty, Faith and Courage

We value the contributions of all our stakeholders to school life.
We believe in professional leadership.
We value dedication and commitment.
Our educational principles are based on traditional values, fostering self-confidence, tolerance and a sense of responsibility.
All our students have the right to a high quality education, based on sensitivity to individual dignity, and a positive and nutritious environment.
We promote outstanding teaching and learning.
We recognize and celebrate academic excellence and achievement.
High quality education is based on a collaborative approach to teaching.
Innovation in teaching and learning must be grounded in research and effective practice.
Technology should be used to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
We contribute to the permanent education of individuals who study in our school.

High-Level Strategic Objectives

The objectives of British School of Guatemala include the following points:

  1. Ensure the quality of education provided to students: This includes curriculum, internal standards and effective planning of class sessions.
  2. Ensure that the age, skills and needs of all students, including students with special needs, are effectively considered and addressed.
  3. Provide full-time education that includes extensive experience in language arts, math, science, technology, social and human studies, personal education, economic education, physical and aesthetic education, and creative education.
  4. The main language of instruction is the English language.
  5. Encourage respect for other people, with special attention to the characteristics of age, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity according to the Government Equality Act 2010 of Great Britain.
  6. Provide appropriate educational activities for students aged 5 years or less in relation to personal, social, emotional and physical development.
  7. Ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn and advance and most effectively prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in Guatemala, Great Britain and the rest of the world.
  8. Ensure the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students.
  9. Ensure the safety, improvement and health of students.
  10. Ensure that administrative, teaching, director, owner and additional personnel have the competencies, morale, ethics, and skills necessary for the best student development and administrative activities within the school.
  11. Have adequate facilities and furniture for students and teaching staff. This includes offices, recreation areas, teachers' lounge, sports areas, classrooms, technological equipment, furniture and restrooms for students by gender, special accommodations for nursing and student treatment. The school facilities will maintain the standard to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of students and staff are in optimum condition at all times. Ensure sound and acoustics, as well as light, ventilation and drinking water are in optimum condition. Physical education facilities are adequate and students have enough space to play outside the building.
  12. If there is a student with special needs from physical, medical, sensory, learning, emotional or behavioral difficulties take appropriate measures, with the support of parents and professionals with the main objective being the welfare of the student.
  13. Provide clear and truthful information to students, parents and teaching staff and respective authorities. This includes admission and hiring processes, enrollment fees, tuition and additional fees, contract terms, salary and bonuses for teaching and administrative staff, internal school rules that include procedures and appropriate penalties in case of violation.
  14. Provide effective complaint handling where all complaints are handled in writing and establishes a formal procedure of how to proceed to the resolution of each complaint received.
  15. Ensure that administrative and teaching staff have the necessary skills, knowledge, education, and ethics to provide the highest quality leadership and management of the school.

Key Strategies to Support Our Goals

Provide a British and Guatemalan curriculum, supported by evidence-based research and best practices in the most successful independent schools in the UK, Guatemala and abroad.
Encourage students to lead healthy lifestyles through diet, exercise and sports.
Educate our students to be good citizens with values based on traditional ethics.
Promote excellence in our school by employing teaching professionals who are passionate, knowledgeable and highly qualified in their field.
Invest in our staff through effective professional development, training, career planning and talent management.
Ensure effective leadership and management of the school.
Make the most of resources and information to achieve and maintain an efficient, effective and sustainable school.
Support and actively contribute to our local communities.
Recognize and celebrate the effort, achievement and excellence of both students and teaching staff.

The Curriculum of British School of Guatemala

The curriculum to be implemented in the school is based on the national curriculum of England and meets the requirements of the national curriculum of Guatemala.

The curriculum is balanced so that it that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, and physical development of all students. This curriculum prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of life.

Our curriculum provides students with an introduction to the essential wisdom they need to be productive and educated citizens. The curriculum will help students appreciate human achievement and creativity.

Extracurricular activities

The school will be offering extracurricular activities for students. The areas of these activities are:
Sports: Soccer (Football), Yoga, Martial Arts, Basket Ball and Volley Ball.
Arts: theater, dance, singing and acting.
Homework Companionship
Tutoring

INCLUSION

Setting Appropriate Challenges

Teachers should have high expectations of all students. They must plan high-performance work for students who have significantly above-the-standard skills. Teachers have an indispensable obligation to plan lessons for students who, for whatever reason, perform less than standard or who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Responding to the needs of students who are overcoming potential barriers for individual students or groups of students:

A large proportion of Guatemalan students have special educational needs, many of whom also have some form of disability. Lessons will be planned to ensure there is no barrier to any student attending British School of Guatemala.

With the right methodologies, which recognize individual needs, many of these students will succeed without having to add resources other than those they use on a day-to-day basis.

Teachers should plan the lessons so that these students can study all subjects in the curriculum. Potential areas of difficulty should be identified and treated with the support of the school's emotional wellness department and the curriculum reform department of the Guatemalan Ministry of Education.

The Staff of the British School of Guatemala

We know that the key to the success of a school that provides excellence in education is the staff that day by day helps students reach and exceed their goals. For this reason, the school will hire only qualified teaching staff in the area of specialty education and will ensure that its remuneration is fair and according to the laws of Guatemala.

Administrative Staff:

Educational Administrator / Legal Representative: María Yolanda Álvarez Feldmar
Academic Director
Secretary / Cashier
External Counter

Teaching Staff:
20 Teachers

Bilingual Grade Teacher Prep School

Bilingual Grade Teacher 1

Bilingual Grade Teacher Year 2

English KS2

English 1 KS3

Computers and Technology (Prep School - Year 9)

Music (Prep School - Year 9)

Physical Education (Prep School - Year 9)

Comunicación y Lenguaje(KS2)

Comunicación y Lenguaje (KS3)

Francés (KS2 To KS3)

Math (KS2)

Math (KS3)

Medio Social y Natural (Years 3, 4 and 5)

Science (Year 6 to Year 9)

Social Studies (Year 6 To Year 9)

Expressive art and design (Prep School - Year 9)

Religious Studies (Year 4 to Year 9)

Sex and Relationship Education (Year 7 to Year 9)

Design and Technology (Year 6 to Year 8)

Department of Teacher Support:
2 Nannies

Department of Emotional Well-Being:
School Psychologist
Pediatric Psychiatrist Consultant
School Nurse

Department of Cleaning and Maintenance:
2 cleaning staff members
1 Member of building maintenance and gardening staff
1 member of Security staff