Welcome and Introduction
Korea is a country in transition and like everywhere else in the world is becoming increasingly globalised with the demand for an international outlook and high quality education growing fast. We offer the British National Curriculum, which is widely recognised and combined with an inquiry-based approach creates an international best practice learning environment that develops international mindedness amongst its young learners and builds on our expertise in combining the best of the East and the West.
British Education Korea was established in 2010 and has two International Pre-Prep Institutions (18 months to 7 years old) in Bundang and Dongtan, both well-planned and desirable areas of Seoul. The first Pre-Prep opened in Bundang in 2010 followed by the opening of a second a year later at Dongtan in 2011.
The British Prep, first opened in Hannam-dong in 2013, and moved to its current location in Gangnam in 2017. Now well established the Prep prepares children for senior school with most students going on to attend leading international schools in Korea, the Asia-Pacific region and some to leading independent Prep boarding and Senior Schools in the UK.
The British Lodge, in Namsan, close to the Grand Hyatt Hotel, is a small facility designed exclusively with younger learners in mind. Many students go on to our Gangnam campus, The British Prep, and to Korea’s other leading international schools.
Message from our Director
There is no doubt that this 21st century has encouraged a change in educational thinking which embraces the mass of research demonstrating clearly that children need something very different from their education in preparation for the fast paced global world we live in today.
Increasingly we at British Education Korea are responding to those needs with more natural, flexible and creative learning spaces, nurturing skills rather than knowledge and inspiring students to inquire and adapt their learning to new situations. With this new dawn comes the need for students to develop exemplary communication skills and high levels of confidence to adapt and embrace an ever-evolving world.
We are very proud of the way in which each of our sites provide their own unique style of holistic inquiry-based education. High quality teachers are key to this process and we are proud of the staff we recruit and our high levels of retention. We invest considerable time and energy in celebrating every child’s academic talents and achievements as well as constantly expanding their learning experiences to ensure excellent progress in the arts, sport, music and above all, critical thinking.
Just as we invite our current parents in to share their children’s learning and engage and interact with each unique learning community, I am inviting you to begin that journey by exploring our web site, designed to help you capture the essence of British Education Korea. Welcome to the wonderful world of international learning.
Director, British Education Korea
Vision and Values
The British Secondary [Gangnam Upper House]
Pathways to success!
I would like to welcome you to The British Secondary, BEK Gangnam Upper House. Our doors will open in August 2019 to offer Seoul a unique educational experience based around the British IGCSE and A Level programs with a dynamic and varied enrichment curriculum. Our mission is to prepare our students to thrive in our ever changing world- through academic rigor, 1 to 1 support and a plethora of opportunities for experiencing Culture and The Arts.
The IGCSE and A Level programs are the Gold Standard of Secondary education, they are recognized Worldwide and secure places to the finest Universities in the World. During four years of study, our students will generalize for two years of IGCSE before increasing their focus for the two years of A Level.
The British Secondary will offer 8 IGCSE subjects providing an excellent educational foundation, taught by subject specialists with passion and expertise. They take two years to complete, in Y10 and Y11. We have chosen a strong mix of subjects to allow our students to explore many pathways and encourage inquisitive young minds to reach their potential.
A Levels comprise of AS in Y12 and A2 in Y13, which combine to become a full A Level award. Students usually take three, or occasionally four A Levels and The British Secondary will offer a range of subjects to offer a pathway to any desired University and subsequent career.
We know that no two children are alike and at The British Secondary, our families will be given ample, individual support to ensure they fully understand every aspect of our program and can make the strongest possible applications to University. We provide University and career guidance from Y10 onwards to explore potential pathways into the world of work.
Our faculty is made up of experienced graduates from excellent Universities, qualified and trained to teach the intricacies of IGCSE and A Level to the highest standard. We are all excited to provide the 1 to 1 support that makes The British Secondary completely unique in Seoul.
The best way to experience what makes us unique is to visit us on one of our Open Days which are held throughout the year or on an individual visit. We look forward to welcoming you.
Mr Christopher Wilkinson-Dale
Head of IGCSE and A Level at The British Secondary
The British Prep (Gangnam House)
The British Prep, Gangnam is the flagship campus for the BEK group of schools. This campus enrols students from Reception (age 5) through to Year 9 (age 14). The campus is dynamic, fast paced and fuelled by energetic enquiring young minds. All Prep students enthusiastically engage in a vast array or curriculum based subjects, enrichment activities, performances and sports. Our programme includes an outstanding Music Academy, fencing, a Character Education Programme and integrated technologies across all subjects.
Prep classes are filled with students, young and old, who embrace the concept of globalisation and actively drive activities that focus on global issues. Class based enquiries see our students exploring Seoul and learning in a natural way from the built and natural environment. Yearly residential programmes see our students from Year 3 and up facing challenges in nature and allow our students the opportunity to reflect on their own personal journey. Up to Year 4, each class has two homeroom teachers to support pastoral care and learning.
Headteacher, The British Prep
The British Lodge (Namsan House)
As a school, we follow the British EYFS Statutory Framework to guide our curriculum. We believe in educating the whole child and utilises enquiry based and play-based learning and teaching strategies. Our way of educating your child encourages questioning, searching for answers, exploring, using their imagination, and feeds their curiosity. It provides them with a quality education, improves their self-confidence, and makes them independent learners, whilst completely immersed in an English speaking environment.
Ultimately, at British Lodge, we aim to give every child the best start to their education. The Early Years are crucial to a child’s first years at school, and through our qualified and dedicated staff, we ensure our children get off to a flying start. All classes have two homeroom teachers to support pastoral care and learning.
We are very proud of our school and we look forward to welcoming your child to our school each day.
Principal, The British Lodge, Namsan House
The British Pre Prep (Bundang House)
The British Pre-Prep, Bundang House, is a positive learning environment for all children to explore their talents and creativity as well as build greater confidence and independence, academically, socially, and physically. Through our dynamic curriculum, our institution provides our students with the space to learn about different cultures. British Pre-Prep’s faculty and teachers help our students become more comfortable learning from each other and respecting each other’s ideas.
BPP Bundang House’s experienced teachers and staff seek to provide a rich program based upon the different needs of our students, 18 months to 7 years of age, through core subjects as well as various special classes. Our curriculum is founded on inquiry-based learning, which emphasizes a student-centered education. Rather than teaching students through a regimented curriculum without flexibility, students are encouraged to explore the material, ask questions, and share ideas. Our professionally trained teachers are skilled at cultivating inquisitive and motivated students through inquiry-based learning. Through participation in small-group discussion activities and guided learning, students learn different techniques that allow them to build their critical thinking skills. Instead of memorizing facts and material, students learn by doing. This allows them to build their knowledge through exploration, experience, and discussion with others. Our passionate teachers look to create a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere for each child to find enjoyment in their learning and space to develop as a unique individual.
I do believe students can make a solid foundation for themselves not only academically but also socially through our curriculum. I am grateful to have witnessed the passion and sincerity our teachers demonstrate in the classroom. I’m proud of how BPP Bundang House will be the first step in each of our students’ educational journey towards a bright future. Our staff and teachers, including myself, are looking forward to having a wonderful journey with these wonderful students. We will continue to commit our time and energy every day toward creating a nurturing environment in which our students can thrive.
We look forward to putting your child first in everything we do at British Pre-Prep Bundang House. Thank you.
Principal, The British Pre Prep, Bundang House
The British Pre Prep (Dongtan House)
The British Pre-Prep, Dongtan House, features an integrated learning environment specially designed to stimulate the learning and development of young children from Nursery (age 4) through to Year 2 (age 7) based on The English National Curriculum, from the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) to the NCE (National Curriculum for England) for Years 1 and 2.The Environment is culturally diverse with a wonderful mix of Korean and expatriate families. The children are therefore immersed in an international environment ensuring that children pick up languages spontaneously through a range of meaningful and diverse learning experiences. They learn how to respect traditions from different countries and interact with teachers and friends from other nationalities.
The British Pre Prep, Dongtan House, provides an inquiry-based learning approach where children’s ideas, interests, and theories inform the design of curriculum experiences. We encourage young children to explore their environment and express themselves using multiple ways of learning which may include Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Reading, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design.
The children at Dongtan House are respected as competent thinkers and communicators who are offered many opportunities to engage with a wide range of materials and resources to extend and challenge their thinking.
We aim to support the holistic development of the learner as a whole person, that is their physical, emotional, social, intellectual, creative and language development. All classes have two homeroom teachers to support pastoral care and learning.
Our highly trained Dongtan staff provide a safe environment in which every child will enjoy their learning, become increasingly independent and most importantly develop the confidence to take responsibility for their own actions and decisions.
We look forward to working with you on your child’s educational journey.
Principal, The British Pre Prep, Dongtan House