The concept of the Czech British Primary School (Česko Britská Základní Škola, CBZS) was developed on the basis of an analysis of the current situation of the Czech and British educational systems and an analysis of experience from both systems. We took inspiration from the development of the educational system in Great Britain as well as the traditions of the educational system in our country. It is a primary school where selected subjects are taught in English.
At our school, we care about the high academic level of pupils, which is achieved through a properly selected and well-balanced curriculum. We strive to keep classes small to ensure an individual approach to pupils and their support in all curricular and extra-curricular areas. This approach helps us to be successful in developing the individual uniqueness of children and concurrently achieving their all-round development. We make efforts to bring children up to be composed, responsible and independently-thinking members of our society who are proud not only of their school, but also of the country where they live.
Our bilingual teachers are fully qualified for the creatively-oriented educational concept, especially in some parts of the programme, preferring an individual approach to students based on knowledge and understanding of pupils, their individual uniqueness and also their needs and educational objectives. In this challenging work, teachers are supported by experienced assistants who are also bilingual. The English language is taught daily under the EAL (English as an Additional Language) programme by English lecturers/teachers – native speakers.
At our school, we pay attention to pupils' good manners, trying to instil the importance of mutual consideration, truthfulness and friendship in them. Pupils at the school are under the continuous supervision of teachers and assistants, including during breaks. Through “circle time sessions”, we discuss topics with children that immediately concern them and that they may meet with in their life (e.g. loneliness, fears, misunderstandings, exclusion from a community, disease in a family, bullying, etc.), trying in this way to prevent negative phenomena that have been increasingly occurring at many schools nowadays.
Our intention is to provide opportunities for our students to become bilingual, i.e. to master not only their mother tongue, but also a foreign language at an proficient level and, after having completed the Primary School, to be fully ready to continue their studies at the Senior School at PBS or any other eight-year senior school in the Czech Republic. At the British Senior School, they may complete their studies with the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam at the age of 18, obtaining the “International Baccalaureate Diploma” which allows them entrance not only to local universities but also to universities around the world.
In this way, we would like to open a space for developing a new form of school that will fully equal other schools in the European Union, or even probably out-perform them in the future.
Our Definition of Learning
Learning is a long-term process lasting our whole lives. In the course of it we acquire, consolidate and classify all relations from various areas of our life. We learn best when we find sense and joy in it.
“At the Czech British Primary School we ensure quality education for children speaking fluent Czech, not only from Czech but also international communities. We try to promote school spirit and joy in teaching and learning, while concurrently supporting their academic, social and personal growth.”
The Czech British Primary School is a school:
• where we appreciate every individual, where we know and take care of each pupil
• where we prefer cooperation to competition and share any success together
• where problems are discussed without fear and openly, and where compassion and the ability to forgive exist
• where everybody has the same chances and where smart and inquiring opinions are developed
• where we keep in mind the welfare of our school community
This website provides an outline of the daily routine at the school, its unique features and results achieved. Should you be interested, please don't hesitate to contact us and arrange a visit. During your visit you will have a chance to look around the school, talk to teachers and students and come to your own conclusions based on what you see. We are looking forward to your visit.
The plan to develop and open a bilingual primary school originated in the 2004/2005 academic year. That year, a primary school with extended language education referred to as Alea Elementaria – ZŠ s rozšířenou výukou jazyků, spol. s r.o. came into existence.
In 2005/2006, Alea Elementaria started its activities in Prague – Kamýk by opening Classes 1 and 2 (Years 2 and 3), and the capacity of both classes was immediately filled up to 80%. With opening of Class 3 (Year 4) in September 2007, the maximum allowed capacity of the school was filled up. This proves the great interest of parents in our school, which is a sister school of the British International School and its successor, the Prague British School, and applies all modern educational and teaching methods while using the experience of the British educational system. English language lessons and an individual approach towards pupils forms an integral part of this. For many parents whose children attended or have been attending language and international schools, our school is a natural conclusion and the right type of primary school where children continue their education.
At the end of 2007, the title of the school was changed to Česko Britská Základní Škola, s.r.o.(CBZS).
Thanks to the above mentioned facts and the increasing interest in our school among parents in Prague 6, the need to open a branch in Prague 6 was also growing. In the 2008/2009 academic year, CBZS also opened a Class 1 (Year 2) in Prague 6 – Vlastina.
A further step in the development of CBZS was the opening of a Preparatory Class for pre-school children and children with postponed compulsory education. CBZS opened this bilingual Preparatory Class of the primary school or Czech Year 1, which corresponds to the British Year 1 as regards the curriculum, concurrently in both its branches (Prague 4 and 6) in the 2009/2010 academic year.
With every new academic year, CBZS opened the subsequent years up to Class 5 (Year 6). In the 2009/2010 academic year, the CBZS in Prague 4 was completed, i.e. all 5 Classes (Years 2 – 6) were opened there. At the branch in Prague 6, Class 5 (Year 6) will be opened in the 2012/2013 academic year.
In September 2010, CBZS increased the target capacity of the school to nearly 300 pupils. Thanks to this fact, pupils with Czech nationality who are concurrently pupils of the Primary School at PBS may satisfy their compulsory school attendance pursuant to Section 38 of the Education Act.