Accreditations and Associations

Accreditation and Associations

Bradbury School is committed to providing a high quality education with internationally recognised standards. Such goals are not easy to achieve; it requires a curriculum that brings together the best of educational pedagogy from around the world; it takes consistent monitoring to ensure continuous development and it requires a dedicated and qualified teaching staff. The following are some of the ways that Bradbury School strives to achieve its goals:

Council of International Schools

The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a membership community working collaboratively for the continuous improvement of international education. It is a global non-profit membership organisation that provides services to schools, higher education institutions and individuals focused on international education. The CIS has a stringent set of standards, each with a set of indicators, around the following areas of school life:

  • School Guiding Statements
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Governance and leadership
  • Faculty and Support Staff
  • Access to teaching and Learning
  • School Culture and Partnerships for Learning
  • Operational Systems

Bradbury School is an accredited CIS school. Our last review was in May 2013. The concluding statement from the Visiting Team can be found on our website.

International Baccalaureate

At Bradbury School, we use the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme as our curriculum framework. The PYP is an international, transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through other means of learning. The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare. “The PYP combines the best research and practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant and engaging educational framework for all children” (IB: The PYP Guide to Schools).

In line with our constructivist philosophy, the PYP is an inquiry based programme. This means that the children are learning, not simply from a text book, but by making meaningful connections with their learning.

Bradbury has been an IB World School since 2010. Our latest evaluation visit was May 2013, when we were again successfully authorised as an IB school.

Australian Council for Educational Research

At Bradbury, we use the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) to measure our Years 4, 5 &6 students’ progress in:

  • Reading
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Writing

The ISA assessment program is designed especially for students in international schools. It is based on the internationally endorsed reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy frameworks of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

The ISA provides us with:

  • An assessment with a broad cultural base
  • A combination of multiple-choice and open-ended questions and prompts
  • Student-level information about what individuals know and can do
  • Class- and school-level information that can inform instructional programs
  • Information about sub-groups’ performance (for example, gender, language group)
  • Relevant comparisons between like schools
  • International normative information

Our students sit the test in September of each year and the results are available to us in December.

The Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS)

Our school is a member of ACAMIS, the purpose of which is to:

  • to broaden the dimensions of education at all ACAMIS schools
  • to advance the professional growth of individuals within ACAMIS schools and like schools
  • to cooperate with other organizations and individuals pursuing the same objectives as ACAMIS
  • to support national and regional networking to link ACAMIS schools
  • to cooperate with other organizations and individuals pursuing the same objectives as ACAMIS
  • to offer a professional service for member schools

Each ACAMIS school is expected to adhere to the following general standards:

  1. The entire school shall demonstrate a commitment to an international program of high quality delivered in the English language, supported by ongoing improvement efforts.
  2. The school’s mission, program, and system of operation shall be in keeping with appropriate respect for diversity, and pluralism in international education. Member schools should be mindful of the need to respect host country regulations, languages, cultures and traditions.
  3. ACAMIS requires member schools to be committed to a formal process of independent external evaluation of educational provision, governance, management and infrastructural operation. Such processes must be regularly applied, and should inform and support school improvement.