The British School, Caracas
|The British School, Caracas|
|Caracas, Miranda, Venezuela|
|Head of school||Mr. Plommer|
The British School, Caracas (TBSC) is a private school in Caracas, Venezuela that provides a British style education based upon the framework of the National Curriculum for England. The curriculum is enhanced and adapted to the varied needs of their international school community and the richness and diversity of Venezuelan culture and history.
Aims of TBSC
The British School Caracas aims to provide a high quality British-style education based upon the framework of the National Curriculum for England and adapted to meet the varied needs of the international school community, highlighting the richness and diversity of Venezuelan culture and history. The school seeks to educate the whole person, to foster respect, tolerance and understanding, and to develop the skills and aptitudes that will allow students to adapt and succeed in a world which is rapidly changing.
The school offers a secure, family environment where children are challenged to reach their full potential in academic, social, sporting and aesthetic fields. It emphasizes the development of the individual but also encourages students to see themselves as valued and productive members of the school and the community.
1950 The British School Caracas was opened at the Old Hacienda Farmhouse in Las Mercedes (now the Vera Cruz Supermarket) on 15 September with 37 pupils and four teachers. Eileen Hinks (later Eileen Mendt) was appointed Headmistress.
1954 TBSC was relocated and its main buildings with seven classrooms for 240 pupils (The Mendt, Pre-School and Amphitheatre Buildings today) inaugurated by the British and Canadian Ambassadors of the day.
1958 An apartment below the original offices at the main entrance was converted to make two classrooms for Pre-School. The Britannia House Shield was donated by B.O.A.C. (British Airways).
1962 A two story annexe with six classrooms was opened next to the Amphitheatre building to accommodate a Dutch section complete with Dutch teachers and a Dutch language programme. Today this building is still known as The Dutch Building.
1967 A severe earthquake shook Los Palos Grandes and Altamira but the school escaped with only minor damage.
1978 The British Community held a reception at the school to mark the visit of the Prince of Wales to Venezuela. This was a record year for enrolment (301 with a pupil teacher ratio of 30:1).
1981 Catherine Judge was appointed Headmistress.
1984 The Dutch section closed.
1987 Jane Askey was appointed as Headmistress.
1988 Was a record low for enrolment at the Altamira site (90 pupils).
1989 The first P.T.A. Spring Fayre was held.
1990 A covered area (‘The Hanger’) and playing surface was provided next to the Dutch building in lieu of an extended indoor hall. Alan Darby was appointed as Headmaster.
1991 Roger Anniss was appointed as Headmaster.
1994 Sheila Purdom was appointed as Headmistress.
1995 Science, ICT and two further classrooms were added to the Amphitheatre Building. The first Year Book was published.
1997 New buildings containing eight classrooms, a Science Lab, Staff Room and changing rooms were opened next to the cancha (The Fletcher Building) increasing the capacity of the school.
1999 Quintas Dami and Alicia were purchased to house a Library/Media Centre, administration offices and Key Stage 3.
2000 The 50th Anniversary of the school. The 40th anniversary and retirement of long serving teacher and Deputy Head, Janet Fletcher. Mark Gifford was appointed as Head of School.
2002 Appointment of Richard Free as Head of School.
2003 The British School Caracas awarded accreditation by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
2004 The Board reached a decision to remain essentially a Primary School (3+ to 12+) for the foreseeable future.
2006 Appointment of Brian Allen as Head of School.
2007 CIS Five Year Review.
2009 Amphitheatre roof built, Year 8 opens after an absence of six years. Board announce the intention of expanding to pre-university levels.
2010 The 60th anniversary of the school.
2011 Brian Allen stops being Head of the School. Enters a new Head called Neil McBurney.
2011 IGCSE and KS4 started. School achieved IB accreditation. CIS visit took place.
2012 Mr. Valentine left the institution due to security problems.
2013 Neil McBurney quits his job due to personal reasons.
Transversal 9 Este Av. Luis Roche Urbanización Altamira Caracas, VENEZUELA
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