About the School
About the School
ISB is a fully inclusive 2-18 year co-educational day and boarding school. It comprises Early Years, Primary and Secondary Sections that work closely together in a distinctive, friendly family atmosphere. Fourteen hundred+ students, two hundred members of staff, forty-three different nationalities in one unique place; where each individual matters and educational standards and facilities are world-class.
Academic success is at the core of the school mission, not forgetting a strong emphasis on the self-development of students through involvement in a wide range of sport, music, art, drama and outdoor education.
ISB is proud to be a not-for-profit school, where all revenue goes back into making the school a place where students, not costs, are the primary driver of improvement. ISB is governed by a voluntary, elected Board of Directors and they are an important part of the school community. Their primary responsibilities are to make strategic decisions about resource investment and in ensuring that statutory legal obligations are met.
Any correspondence with Board Members or enquiries for further details or information should be routed through to Karen Tsen (email@example.com).
A Warm Welcome From The Principal
Message from Mrs Laura Thomas, Acting Executive Principal
Dear Parents & Guardians,
It is an absolute privilege to be appointed as Acting Executive Principal at International School Brunei. I would like to extend a warm welcome to you all this academic year
Having recently relocated from the UK with my husband and 5-year-old daughter, we are enjoying learning more about Brunei, its wonderful blend of cultures, and of course, the lovely people here at ISB. I am an experienced Principal of both Primary and Secondary education, and look forward to both the tests and triumphs of being at the helm of such an amazing school.
Over the past few weeks I have been getting to know the school and its community and it is clear that the ISB ethos is a simple one – ‘Everyone Excels’ everything we do is in pursuit of that one aim. Our foundations are strong, formed as they have been through a commitment to inclusive education, extremely high standards for all and not accepting that we can’t. Indeed, we strongly believe that we can, whatever the challenge is.
Ours is a considered approach to growth, with like-minded people who share the same values. Whilst we have proven systems for school improvement, we passionately believe the thing that makes us special is the people who work for us. We invest heavily in them, teaching and support staff alike, because they make the difference.
Along with the ISB team I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at ISB whilst strengthening our provision and raising student outcomes even further. We want every student to be proud of their school and themselves as they embark on their journey of self-discovery, culminating in high achievement and a desire to make their impression in the world of work and in life.
As Acting Executive Principal, I resolve to put the students at the centre of all that we do and my leadership, in unison with the senior/middle leaders, teachers and support staff will focus on the learning experience and opportunities presented to each and every student.
Following the most recent results, congratulations are due to all students who achieved their targets and my thanks go to the dedicated team of teachers, support staff and parents who supported and guided students to such accomplishment.
As we embark on another year of achievement may I thank parents for their support and wish our students every success.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or comments- or just to introduce yourself.
I am looking forward to meeting you.
With very best wishes,
Laura Thomas | BE.D(Hons), NPQH
Acting Executive Principal
CIS Accreditation Information
Council of International Schools
International School Brunei is currently accredited through the Council of International Schools (CIS) www.cois.org, having successfully achieved initial accreditation status in 2005. Successful CIS accreditation means that academic attainment and pastoral care frameworks have met detailed criteria which rate the school to the same, or higher, standard compared with over 700 other international schools around the world.
ISB is very proud to hold CIS accreditation; it serves to highlight and confirm the unique nature the school as a place in which 1400+ students, comprising 46 different nationalities and speaking 39 different languages are developing qualities such as open-mindedness and global thinking. The accreditation cycle takes place over 10 years.
The process of quality assurance is cyclical; ISB is in the process of ongoing CIS Accreditation Processes which culminate in February 2018 with another re-accreditation Team Visit from a group of teachers and education leaders appointed by CIS.
The Steering Committee
The CIS Steering Committee coordinates the administration of the Accreditation Process, which includes the administration of the parent, staff and student surveys, selection of the sub committees for the Self-Review and the writing of the main self-evaluation reports.
The Chair of the team can be contacted should you have any further queries regarding this process:
ISB has 202 members of staff from all around the world and, at the last count, 18 different nationalities were represented. The majority of the teaching faculty are from the United Kingdom and New Zealand. All of our teaching staff are highly qualified up to, and including, doctoral level. Our policies insist on well-trained specialists across the subject and age groupings.
We take applications from interested colleagues throughout the year but our main recruitment needs materialise in January to March of each year. Vacancies are advertised on our website and also on recruitment websites such as TES, CIS and IBO. We are always on the look-out for committed, enthusiastic, environmentally-minded colleagues, who have the young person as the main priority in all their teaching and decision making.
In return for your commitment and expertise, we offer a well-established (over 50 years old), positive and stable working environment, with advanced teaching and learning facilities. Colleagues are friendly, multi-cultural and keen to support. We have 1400+ fantastic students and helpful, supportive parents in a community which values education. Brunei itself offers a safe, family lifestyle, a good standard of living and travel opportunities across the wider Asia region.
Working in Brunei
Click the link for more information about Brunei Darussalam
The school occupies a new state-of-the -art campus in the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, and is sited 10 minutes’ drive from the international airport. ISB offers an adapted UK National Curriculum from Early Years to Year 8, followed by IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We enjoy healthy examination pass rates (trend average is 75% of all examinations taken graded A* – C and our IB Diploma results always exceed world averages).
Thirty-six different nationalities make up a committed and enthusiastic student body and the talented teaching faculty contains eighteen different nationalities, though mainly derived from UK and New Zealand. We are an inclusive and community-minded school eco school and our ‘family feel’ extends to all areas.
Brunei Darussalam itself is a modern oil-rich state nestled on the island of Borneo and beside the South China Sea. Brunei has a sub-tropical climate and a family-friendly lifestyle, a good standard of living and travel opportunities within Asia and Australasia.
Teachers and Middle Leaders – a range of Primary and Secondary vacancies do become available every year as staff members move on. If you are a qualified teacher, we would like to hear from you:
Please send us a full CV, listing three referees, one of whom must be your present Head of School (referees will not be approached without your prior consent). Along with the CV, please attach a cover letter, length not exceeding two sides of A4, explaining why you feel we would be a good fit. Send to:
Vacancies for August 2018/2019
Bandar Seri Begawan Campus
1) Early Years Coach – Click here for more details
Kuala Belait Campus
1) Head of Reception – Click here for more details
2) Primary Teacher – Click here for more details
Longlisted applicants will be contacted within 3 weeks of the stated closing date, with Skype interviews scheduled as soon as possible thereafter. At this contact point applicants will be asked to complete an application form specific to ISB for immigration purposes.
If you have not heard from us by this time, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. However, we do thank you in advance for the time and effort it takes to make such an application and we will hold your details on file for any suitable opportunities in the future. Should you prefer that we do not store your application, please let us know.
History and Development of ISB
The Development of ISB
School at Tapak Kuda from 1970 to 1986
ISB has a long and proud tradition of educating expatriates and locals alike, stemming from small beginnings over 50 years ago. Datin Glass, a senior government officer’s wife, started a tutorial group for her daughter and two friends in 1964 at her home in Jalan Perayaan. She taught them by means of a correspondence course sent out and marked by the South Australian Correspondence School.
The numbers grew quite rapidly and by 1970 the school moved to a site provided by the Government of Brunei Darussalam at 34 Tapak Kuda and was known locally as the Supervision School. By February 1971 there were 30 kindergarten pupils and 31 primary students. The enrollment continued to grow and by 1974 it had reached 160. In 1976, the school became the International School (B) Bhd, employing trained teachers and the then current principal, Mrs Bennett adopted an education based on the UK primary school principles.
Student drawing of School at Tapak Kuda
International School Brunei, 1980
ISB continued to thrive. It outgrew the Tapak Kuda premises and moved to the Government-leased premises at Jalan Dato Haji Ahmad, Berakas in 1985, through a combination of vigorous fund raising, debentures, bank loans and royal support.
ISB was officially opened by Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien on 9th March 1986, eight years after securing the lease. In 1993, ISB extended its curriculum to admit lower secondary students.
International School Brunei, 1996
In 2001, ISB achieved full post-16 status when it was authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to offer their prestigious Diploma programme. In 2006, ISB opened a small Primary branch in Kuala Belait.
International School Brunei, NOW…..
ISB, a not-for-profit school, has developed a strong eco-focus in its curriculum and extracurricular activities and this focus will continue into the future. In 2015, the school relocated to a new 22 acre site in Kg Sungai Hanching, with purpose-built buildings and facilities for a great learning and teaching experience for students and staff alike. The inclusion of a 180-bed Boarding Residence improved our international offering, allowing students from abroad to enjoy the ISB experience. The new build also incorporated the BCA Greenmark Award, one of the few buildings in Brunei to be assessed successfully for this.
The new campus allows us to build on our academic and extra-curricular activities whilst remaining true to our green philosophy. Plans are also in hand for a large recycling collection centre and examples of sustainable energy conservation methodology in ISB’s new CARE Centre.