- How many pupils are there in each class?
We have a maximum number of 20 students in any class.
- Which curriculum does the school follow?
King’s College, The British School of Latvia offers students a Quality British Education under the National Curriculum of England & Wales. Our curriculum is based on hands on learning and encourages pupils to learn from first-hand experiences. Our curriculum is also contextually aware and this means that wherever possible we link learning to people and places relevant to Latvia as well as the global perspective. For example when studying castles year 2 visit Turaidas castle and during art week the children visit the national gallery and look at Latvian art as well as other well known artists.
- What is the Vision of King’s College?
Our Vision is “to be at the forefront of British education internationally” and after more than 45 years in the education sector, King’s are now well-renowned experts in delivering a Quality British Education in an International Setting.
- What goals will the school be striving to accomplish?
Like its sister schools in King’s Group, King’s College, The British School of Latvia will strive for educational excellence both inside and outside of the classroom. We want to create well-rounded and dynamic learners who are well-prepared to enter today’s modern and ever-evolving society. At King’s College Latvia we have a passion for education and we are driven by the desire to create the best learning environment for the children. We care and we are concerned about your child as a whole person and the development and support for them emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Our schools are recognised internationally for supporting our pupils to access the best universities in the UK, Europe and America. Our vision is for King’s College Latvia to continue this pupil success and for one day our pupils from King’s College Latvia to complement the King’s College mix of Year 13 graduates whom enter the best universities across the globe, including the prestigious Russell Group, Oxbridge and Ivy League.
- What education programme does the school offer?
The school, like all other King’s College schools, educates children using the National Curriculum of England and Wales.
Everything we do embeds our Britishness. Our curriculum is not about simply learning English, it embeds learning in “The British Way” which encompasses the whole experience at school. Pupils are encouraged to achieve their academic best inside and outside of the classroom, they are encouraged to participate in an array of extra-curricular activities and they are encouraged to understand, appreciate and contribute to other British values such as “Honesty, Faith and Courage” – which in fact are the key words on our school crest. We want our pupils to contribute to charity, to help the local community and to inherently adopt Britishness and British Values as they grow up. Our goal through curriculum learning and associated activities is to help develop ethically minded young people.
- From and until what age do you accept children into the British School of Latvia? How many pupils is the school designed for in total?
King’s College, The British School of Latvia will eventually educate pupils from Nursery (Age 3) to Year 13 (Age 18). Once at full capacity, the school will offer a Quality British Education to approximately 580 pupils.
The school is growing organically meaning that each year our students move to the next year group and we add classes and teachers as well as facilities. Below is our current development timeline.
2018/2019- Pre nursery to Year 6 ( Ages 2.5- 11)
2019/2020- Pre nursery to Year 7 ( Ages 2.5- 12)
2020/ 2021 – pre nursery to Year 8 ( Ages 2.5 to 13)
It is possible that as we grow into the secondary years we may be in a position to open more than one new year group each year.
- What are the subjects that children will have to encounter and what after school activities will be available to them?
Pupils will be able to study a range of subjects under the British Curriculum. Core subjects include English, Maths and Science, but these are complemented with a comprehensive sports programme, The Arts, Computing, Humanities and The Social Sciences.
The school has an after school clubs program which includes sporting and creative activities such as football, tennis, judo, dance art and drama.
- What are some special benefits students have by studying in the British School of Latvia? Will there be anything that you cannot get in other schools in Latvia?
King’s College, The British School of Latvia are very different from other schools located in and around Latvia. We offer the first British Curriculum school in the country which means that pupils will study towards IGCSE (end of Year 11, age 15/16) and A Level examinations (end of Year 13, age 17/18). Both exams are independently marked exams by an external examination board.
A British education is well-known as providing the gold standard of education, so we are delighted that this has been recognised and the curriculum provision approved in Latvia.
Pupils and parents can also be assured of quality by the accreditation of the school. We are the only school in Latvia to have been inspected and accredited by the British government through the British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspection. We are transparent with our inspection report which is available on our website. King’s College Latvia was one of the youngest schools ever to pass the BSO standard of accreditation and we use our accreditation feedback as the basis for future developments in order to achieve excellence in every area.
- Are your teachers British?
Pupils in our school will learn from teachers who are all native English speakers and British trained.
- How does the curriculum help pupils achieve their academic best?
Our curriculum means that pupils’ learn through the cross-curricular methodology. This means that we plan lessons so that children apply their knowledge from more than one subject to a particular theme or topic. This helps children make connections in a very practical way, which allows them to solve problems, think creatively and convert knowledge into understanding. Creative thinking and innovation come from the ability to apply knowledge and learning from many sources to a problem and this is a key aspect of a British curriculum. If you would like to learn more about cross-curricular teaching and learning we have a video campaign that can better explain this, and also offer an insight into the other subjects that are taught at our schools using “The British Way”
- How do I go about applying for a place for my child?
The first step in the admissions process is to complete an online Enquiry Form.The procedures for admission vary slightly according to the age of the candidate (please see Entry Requirements).Infants are required to provide reports from the school of origin whilst Juniors and Seniors must take entrance examinations in Mathematics and English. School reports for the two years prior to entry are also taken into consideration.