Byron College – The British International School
About Byron College
Byron College is the British International School in Athens, accredited by the BSO (British Schools Overseas) and formally registered with the Department for Education in the United Kingdom with DfE reference no 6337. It is a leading school in Athens founded on the British tradition of academic excellence whilst embracing a global perspective. The school has been providing an enriched British National Curriculum to its pupils aged between 3-18 years olds since its establishment in1986. Byron is an is egalitarian and inclusive school which consistently pursues academic excellence whilst maintaining the highest standards of self-discipline, community participation and ethos. It has always been truly international, with a community of pupils from over 45 different nations.At Byron College pupils are happy, self- confident learners. They develop critical thinking skills, are encouraged to become independent learners, to time manage and to develop self-confidence, grit and determination; all skills essential for their future success. They also learn to be active citizens who can show empathy, respect and tolerance and can offer to the school, local and international community. The strong pupil leadership structure throughout the school enhances a sense of responsibility and accountability to the school community.
Byron College is consistent in its efforts to discover the talents inherent in every child, to inspire creativity and to encourage individuality.The highly qualified staff are dedicated to building confidence in pupils by celebrating their many accomplishments and helping them to maximise their potential. Byron pupils, past and present, are a living testimony to its successes; individuals who benefit their community, society and the world of tomorrow. Byron College is a vibrant element of the community; its pupils act as ambassadors upholding and promoting its altruistic philosophy and environmental commitment, while maintaining and buiding bridges between many diverse cultures.
Byron College has a whole school policy which forms part of the school’s unique character where children across age groups mix safely together and are often involved in joint activities. In this way older pupils can develop a sense of responsibility towards the younger pupils alongside their obligation to be community leaders and positive, healthy role models. The school House system also reinforces this philosophy. During their time at Byron College pupils from Nursery to Year 9 the British national curriculum enhanced by the addition of Drama and Music as well as Philosophy for Children ( Years 3-5 ) and debate ( year 6 ). In year 10 pupils begin their two year IGCSE courses followed by the two year Sixth Form AS and A level course of study leading to their entrance into world leading universities. These qualifications are awarded by the following examination bodies:
In addition, Byron pupils can also enter for the exams conducted by ECDL (European Computer License) and by the Greek Ministry, Ellinomathia.
Byron College prides itself on the achievements of its pupils. 100% of pupils enter the universities of their choice worldwide including in the U.K. and other European countries, U.S.A., Canada and Australia.The A level qualification is considered the “gold standard” at these universities as well from McGill University, MIT UCL etc. Russell Group Universities
Exam success rates and university placement records are good indicators of the achievement of academic success by aiming for excellence, but the school also uses other measures. Academic excellence also means:
Byron College also ensures the excellent quality of educational provision by applying the following:
Other educational opportunities of Byron College include:
Byron College is the British International School in Athens, accredited by the BSO (British Schools Overseas) and formally registered with the Department for Education in the United Kingdom with DfE reference no 6337 and a member of COBIS ( Council of British International Schools). It is a leading school in Athens founded on the British tradition of academic excellence whilst embracing a global perspective.
Byron College provides a calm and effective educational community nurturing students to become critical thinking, empathetic and active global citizens equipped with the academic prowess and personal characteristics for future success.
Following an enriched British National Curriculum, which includes Music, Philosophy for Children, Debate and Greek, academic excellence is pursued in tandem with an emphasis on wellbeing and responsibility in a truly global context. Students hail from over fifty nations and learn together in a climate of collaboration and respect. They develop self -confidence, grit and leadership skills through the opportunities offered within the school context, as well as through the plethora of enrichment activities.
The strong student leadership structure throughout the school, which encourages student led initiatives, enhances a sense of responsibility and accountability not only to the school but to the wider national and international community. At Byron College students are challenged to do their best and be their best selves; it is a happy school where every member of our diverse community feels valued. In the words of a current student “We are not a small school, but a large family”.
All our activities fall into three main categories. The following are indicative, as we are enriching our programme with new activities for pupils and parents.
Creative & Academic: Architecture & Engineering Club, Variety of Crafts with Recycled Materials, Art Club, Ceramics and Puppetry, Variety of Art, Crafts & Design Club, Master Chef, Homework Club, Foreign Languages, Piano & Keyboard, Guitar, Drumming, Dance Club, singing Club, Drama Club.
Sporting & Recreational: Basketball Mixed - Years 3-6, Football Boys - Years 7-9, Volleyball Mixed - Years 7-13, Cycle of Sports – Years 3-6 Handball / Volleyball / Football / Field Hockey, Basketball Mixed Years 7-9, Martial Arts, Mini Tennis – Reception - YR2, Football Mixed - Years 3-6, Basketball Boys – Years 10-13, Basketball Mixed - Years 3-6, Football Boys - Years 10-13, Yoga for Children & Adults, Afternoon Pupil minding.
Lunchtime Clubs: Debating Club, MUN - Model United Nations, Choir.
Byron College offers a plethora of enrichment activities which include the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Model United Nations conferences, Harvard Model Congress Europe, Yale Model Government and the Byron Archaeology Society. All year groups have regular school trips into the local community including visits to museums, archaeological sites and exhibitions.Our annual World Philosophy Day event, recognised by UNESCO, sees all students from Year 5 upwards hold philosophical discussions at the numerous ancient sites of Attika. Residential trips abroad include Geography trips to Iceland, Physics to CERN and NASA, Arts and Drama to London, History to Poland. Model United Nations conferences take place in Greece and abroad, including our annual participation at Oxford University and Harvard Model Congress Europe in Madrid. We participate in Maths and Physics Olympiads and Erasmus projects and sports tournaments between other British International and American schools in Athens.
Within the school day, we regularly invite guest speakers to the school and hold our own series of Byron Talks. Daily after school enrichment activities include Sports, Music, STEAM and Creative Writing.