A Local School
We welcome people of all nations and backgrounds and strongly believe that a school thrives most by engaging with its local community to celebrate the rich historical, cultural and social resources to be found on our doorstep. We teach French and Arabic and participate in local festivals and events. Tunisia offers many opportunities to develop an understanding of place and history, both ancient and modern, with many archaeological sites and places to visit. We will always strive to be a school that builds bridges, fosters understanding and brings about positive change in the lives of people both within and beyond our own community.
Meriem Milad, Founder & General Manager Martin Nugent, Principal
An International School
The British Curriculum provides benefits for British expatriate families moving abroad.
It allows for an easy transition back into the UK system whilst preserving a culturally familiar approach to learning. Moreover, our teachers have Qualified Teacher Status (UK) and the school is inspected within the framework laid out by the British Government for British Schools Overseas. Parents can be confident that their children will achieve levels which meet internationally recognised standards. The British International School of Tunis embraces fundamental British values.
It is a window to the world from which our position, in a global community, can be fully understood and enjoyed.
Our aim is to create world citizens, confident wherever they go, always open to acquiring new knowledge as positive seekers of experience, ready to meet the challenges of the modern era.
A British School
BIST follows the curriculum of England and Wales with special attention being given to the diversity and heritage of our location. This approach offers a culturally fulfilling experience within Tunisia, whilst allowing pupils to adjust easily if transferring to other British schools, either in the UK or elsewhere.
The English language is the platform of delivery for the entire curriculum. Further language acquisition is encouraged with the help of multi-lingual teachers, Tunisian teaching assistants and specialist learning support teachers. Reading is taught early, using the synthetic phonics approach, a highly successful method by which pupils put sounds together to make words even before they see the shapes on a page.
The classroom is a child-centred environment, with children grouped by age and lessons differentiated and delivered according to each child's individual abilities and potential.
The teacher, teaching assistant, pupil and the families work together to support the child whilst providing all the challenges needed to ensure steady development. Our focus extends beyond the academic to include social skills, behavioural principles, a healthy outlook and creative expression, using a holistic approach.