BRITISH INTERNATIONAL COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS

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The British International Colleges and Schools

represent the very best in primary and secondary education. We offer children in South Africa the opportunity to begin their career in academia in a setting which allows them to reach some of the highest levels of international acclaim.


The British International Colleges aim to provide students of above average academic ability with a learning environment in which their potential can be realised.


The British International Preparatory School offers children an unparalleled opportunity to achieve their true personal potential in a warm, nurturing and expertly managed learning environment. We know this is absolutely essential to a child’s success and their exponential development during the key primary learning stages.


 

The group began its life as a simple Sixth Form College in Bryanston in the previous century, offering A Levels to students who preferred these qualifications to the South African Matric and to students who had finished their Matric and had the ambition and intelligence for which the College is so well known.


 Following its runaway success, the College began to offer IGCSE (O Levels) as well, sourcing the finest lecturers from around the world to guide ambitious young minds through what is undoubtedly the most well recognised and highly regarded education system in the world.


As the College grew, it began the new millennium with too many students for its space to handle and as word spread that superior education was now an option in Johannesburg, ground was broken at the beautiful premises on Bryanston Drive in Sandton that so many students and staff now call their home-away-from-home.


As we grew, so too did the demand for Cambridge education nationwide. Our Founder, Mrs CM Oshry (B.A; UED; B.Ed; M.Ed) founded and became the National Chairperson of ACESA (Association of Cambridge Educators in Southern Africa), in order to facilitate Cambridge's expansion in South Africa.


Over the next twenty years, other schools opened nationwide offering similar education and qualifications, as the youth of this country discovered greater ambitions than they had ever had before - very many of them going on to further education in internationally famous universities.


Very many of the British International College students have gone on to study at institutions like the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, Imperial College London, Scottish, European and Asian Universities as well as several of the Ivy League Universities in the USA. Others chose to remain local and make a real difference here at home in South Africa. Students going into local universities invariably report back about how greatly advantaged they felt as a result of their time with us. We are very proud of our high achieving Alumni. An exceptional number of BIC students have gone on to successfully complete prestigious postgraduate degrees.


You will find BIC students across the world, ranging from Nuclear Physicists, and Quantum Theorists, to some of the brightest artists one could imagine - and even a few who chose to return home to lecture to the next generation of what we know to be the brightest and the best young minds of today.


As demand grew, so too did the system we were offering, for example - O Levels are no longer considered a part of the Cambridge examination methodology. Instead, and without missing a beat, we seamlessly adopted their new accreditation - the International General Certificate of Secondary Education or IGCSE. If you walk past any of our College campuses, you'll be able to recognise them by the dark blue golf shirt they wear as part of their liberal-but-smart uniform.


Distance College

We found that there was now demand for us all across the country, and in response, we founded the British International Distance College as a way to provide quality international education to bright young minds - wherever they may be. Within a year, the Distance Learning wing of our group flourished  - and for many years was the only Cambridge approved IGCSE and AS level distance education provider in South Africa. BIDC now has multiple partnered study centres across the nation, as well as individual students as far and wide as Kenya and Korea, who travel all the way to our examination venues in South Africa or are assisted to sit exams in their home country.


Such a high quality distance learning program was a prize for those who were dedicated sportsmen and women, with entire Golf and Dance academies adopting our programmes such that their students would be free to focus and build on their passion. Several of our Distance College athletes have gone on to become champion representatives of South Africa in a variety of  disciplines, including but not limited to: Golf, Ballet, Highland Dance, Figure Skating, Tennis, Vaulting, Motor Racing, and many more.


With the introduction by Cambridge of Brilliance Awards, we were able to see just how incredibly talented our Distance students are - with several of them receiving the highest marks in the country - or even in the world - in some of their final Cambridge exams. In the last two years alone we have had three "First in World" awards for Co-Ordinated Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology combined),

Psychology, and Chinese first language.


Pretoria Campus

As word of mouth spread, it become evedent that the residents of Northern Gauteng wanted a campus near them, and in a short while, BIC Pretoria was established, a full British International College campus was offering the same quality education as could be found in Bryanston, in sunny Pretoria. Over time, that campus has grown and took its place as a full member of the British International Colleges and Schools group.


In the early days of the new millennium, the College was faced with a new challenge - IGCSE's usually only begin at age 14, such that the student would typically be 16 upon completion, ready to move into his or her A Level programme.


However, it transpired that parents wanted to send their children to us earlier and earlier, encouraging us to implement what we called the "Junior High phase" which became a way for children coming into such a strong curriculum to adapt to the new style of learning being presented to them. These children write Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint exams at the end of their Junior High or Foundation phase, which confirms that they are truly ready to begin their IGCSE courses.


Preparatory School

As more and more people knew of us, and the local education became less appealing, we began to get requests - demands - to open a school catering to primary school children. After several months of planning and preparation, it was decided. British International Preparatory School would be a reality.


A few months later, our temporary premises were set up. Within hours of opening registrations, the Preparatory School was full. To accommodate the quality educators and families we were now serving, we had the finest prefabricated classrooms installed - equipped with air-conditioning, AppleTV, WiFi and the greatest Cambridge Preparatory teachers we could source from right around the world.


Our beautiful permanent Preparatory School campus is modelled after the very latest in international school design. Construction was completed at the end of 2018 and includes specialised facilities for Early Years (three to five year olds) and for Primary Start (six to seven year olds). Our Year Seven pupils begin their secondary studies.


In all years, our children write the Cambridge international progression tests to ensure they are ready for the next level. At the end of Year 6, our pupils write Cambridge Primary Checkpoint exams, in which they consistently prove themselves to be in the top third of children examined at their age worldwide.


Welcome to the British International Colleges and Schools where children and ambitious teenagers from all over the world  learn in a happy, friendly environment.





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