In February 2016 the Poznań British International School underwent a full inspection carried out by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI). ISI is an approved Inspectorate for the inspection of British International Schools.

The inspection judges the extent to which the PBIS complies with the British Government’s Standards for British School Overseas in the eight areas below. Each of these eight areas is graded on the following scale: Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory.

The PBIS 2016 results were as follows:


Pupils’ achievements, learning, attitudes and skills Good
The contribution of the curriculum Good
The contribution of teaching Good
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development Excellent
Welfare, health and safety Good
Governance Good
Leadership and Management Good
Links with Parents, Carers and Guardians Satisfactory


Inspection report

PBIS successfully passed the inspection by the ISI.

We were successfully inspected in February 2016 by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), a body approved by the UK Government. This independent quality assurance informs our future planning and is a part of our continuous cycle of school improvement. Here are some extracts from the report:


“The school is successful in meeting its aims, particularly its mission to provide a high quality, British-style education. The quality of the pupils’ achievements and their learning, attitudes and skills is good.”

Pupils’ Achievements, Learning, Attitudes and Skills – Good

“The quality of the pupils’ achievements and their learning, attitudes and skills is good. Pupils are well educated in line with the school’s aims of providing opportunities for them all to learn and achieve both within the international curriculum and, for Polish pupils, the local educational framework.”

“Children in the Nursery can match letter sounds with pictures and sort objects starting with the same letter into groups. In Reception, children skilfully controlled a mouse when using a painting computer program and can remember a sequence of instructions to mix colours. Reception children confidently count to twenty and above and concentrated intently when challenged to add the numbers from throwing three dice. They are extending their knowledge of single letter sounds and can use these to read simple words.”

“All pupils with EAL make exceptional progress in spoken and written English, as well as in listening, reading and writing. Pupils with SEND aso make good progress and in discussions spoke positively about their experience in school. They are well supported by the staff and their peers, who are sympathetic and helpful.

The Contribution of Teaching – Good

“The contribution of teaching is good. The quality of teaching overall makes a significant contribution to the school’s mission statement to provide a high quality, British-style education.”

“In the Early Years, small classes and the thoughtfully structured learning environment, enriched by specialist teaching, support and carefully planned learning programmes of each child. Individual pathways through both Polish and English curricula are conscientiusly mapped and used to plan appropriate next steps for learning, informed by teachers’ through knowledge of the developmental needs of young children.”

“Throughout the school, teaching is generally well planned, learning intentions are clearly identified and tasks are set which enable these to be achieved. Teachers display thorough subject knowledge and employ a range of different teaching methods.”

“Teachers have a clear understanding of the needs of those pupils identified with SEND or EAL. These pupils make particularly good progress through teaching that progresses at a steady pace, with strong reinforcement of any new concepts. In science, for example, pupils learn new scientific vocabulary and are then encouraged to use this in debate around each topic.”


The Quality of Pupils’ Personal Development – Excellent

‘The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is excellent. The school successfully meets its aims to promote the qualities of self-respect and tolerance, as well as environmental and social awareness.

“Pupils’ spiritual awareness is excellent.”

“Pupils display a strong moral sense. From the yougest age, children recognise the need to have class rules and display kind and helpful behaviour toward each other. Older pupils understand that learning to be self-motivated and independent can promote sound preparation for future careers.”

“The pupils’ cultural awareness is very well developed. Pupils explore their own culture and that of others through PSHE and other elements of the curriculum.”


The Contribution of Arrangements for Welfare, Health and Safety – Good

“The contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety is good. Staff provide effective support and guidance for pupils of all ages in accordance with the school’s aims.”

“The school has effective procedures to promote good behaviour and to guard against harassment and bullying. Anti-bullying guidance is prominently displayed around the school and in discussions pupils referred to the coverage of this in their PSHE lessons.”

“Strong moral guidance and the building of resilience to the challenges of life are incorporated into the PSHE and citizenship curriculum and are also covered in other subjects and assemblies.”

“Pupils are encouraged to take regular exercise and use the well-equipped outside spaces to play outside at playtimes. There is ample curriculum time for PE and the diverse programme encourages pupils to pursue sports such as gymnastics, skiing and swimming beyond the provision of the school.”

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