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The British School Yangon: An exceptional learning experience

A high-quality education is not just a pursuit of good grades but a journey that excites, inspires and nurtures children to become tomorrow’s global citizens. From skilled and motivated teachers, a well-designed curriculum and stellar facilities to parent and community engagement and an inclusive environment, finding the right balance for your child to thrive can be challenging. The British School Yangon manages to have all of the above and more.

“We are supremely ambitious for our students,” says Alison Fox, Principal. “We hold high expectations and challenge our learners to surpass what they ever believed possible. At the same time, we support, guide and nurture each child to ensure that their learning experience is uniquely personalised, giving them every opportunity to thrive and develop into confident, curious global citizens who will go on to make a difference in our world.”

Joining the Nord Anglia Education family of schools in 2017, The British School Yangon is home to students aged 2 to 18 years old. The campus is superb, purpose-built and strategically located close to the airport and the Pun Hlaing residential and golf estate. It’s the ideal space for young minds to pursue a “beyond the classroom” approach to education that enriches their mind, body and soul. Their perspectives are also broadened through Nord Anglia’s international expeditions and experiences, which take place at Nord Anglia expedition centres in Tanzania and the Swiss Alps.

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The British School Yangon provides an exceptional education that results in stellar scores and great opportunities. Source: The British School Yangon

The result of The British School Yangon’s exemplary education is apparent when considering their older students’ results. For all the years that they have run the IGCSEs, more than 50% of students achieved the highest grades of A*-A with an average of over 80% awarded A*-B and 95% awarded A*-C – 22% above the UK average. The first A Level graduating class was just last year, and 70% were awarded A*-A (more than double the UK average), and 91% were awarded A*-B. All students were accepted into their first-choice universities. One even received a full scholarship to study economics at UCL. An impressive 42% of A-level graduates achieved three or more A Levels at grade A or above, which led to recognition by the exam board with a Pearson Excellence Award.

While grades are important, The British School Yangon values a holistic approach to education. In Myanmar, the school is the only Duke of Edinburgh/International Award Centre — just one example of a wide range of activities that promote valuable life skills and experiences.

These include engagements with local and global leaders to contribute to positive change, whether it’s online or halfway across the world, such as at workshops and speaking opportunities at the High-level Political Forum at United Nations in New York. “The trips organised by BSY to Thailand and Cambodia have helped the students to grow, and we are looking forward to more inspirational trips next school year,” says Susie, parent of two students.

A unique and bespoke collaboration with MIT lets students tackle real-world challenges across the subjects of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) as well as those facing our society.  Whereas the Social Impact Programme with UNICEF lets students from Nord Anglia’s 81 schools worldwide apply for grants from a US$500,000 fund to launch and enhance their local social outreach projects. In March, over US$130,000 was awarded to 11 new student-led social impact projects.

“Using Social Impact Grants to apply, pitch, and implement their plans for change, our students have opportunities to develop their agency and confidence to not only make a change, but also develop leadership skills as they respond to and tackle real and important challenges,” says Dr. Leslie Williams, Senior Programme Lead for Social Impact and Giving at Nord Anglia. “These grants are a great way to use Nord Anglia’s global reach to enact change and encourage students to think global while acting locally.”

At The British School Yangon, there are plenty of sensory-based, horizon-broadening projects, challenges and activities. Source: The British School Yangon

Nord Anglia’s Global Campus provides even more horizon-broadening projects, challenges and activities. The learning platform connecting the 70,000+ students across the Nord Anglia family lets students collaborate and learn with peers from different backgrounds. This gives students the confidence and know-how to take on the world.

At the helm of The British School Yangon are the dedicated educators who bring the holistic experience to life. “BSY has some outstanding, dedicated, and fabulous teachers,” says Susie. “The teachers are caring and want the students to do well. The British School Yangon has a wonderful counsellor available to all students. She’s been a great help throughout the school year. Teachers are also observant and pick up signs before they even become red flags.”

Resilience and well-being are key themes at The British School Yangon. A healthy lifestyle is encouraged through competitive and friendly inter-house sports competitions in state-of-the-art facilities. This is vital to help students develop a sense of fairness, courage, confidence, and an understanding of what it means to win or lose. As the only FOBISIA member in Myanmar, an organisation that aims to promote a British-style education system in Asia, the school often runs collaborative and friendly yearly competitions, including sporting and musical festivals.

Though young, the school has certainly earned its reputation for excellence. “It’s the gateway to your child’s future,” says Susie. “It would be difficult to find the same calibre of teachers anywhere else in Yangon. The British School Yangon is a proper international school throughout and teaches our children to behave like global citizens. That is so important for the future of our children’s generation.”

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