Our unique Programme
These are the main reasons ESB is completely different from any other school in Budapest!
Practical teaching method
ESB's teaching method greatly differs from the one used in public schools based on Prussian, content-driven "whiteboard and chalk" style method. We want to develop not only the English spelling and vocabulary but communication and cognitive skills as well, primarily the critical and creative thinking. Our classrooms are vivid and teaching raises attention.
We are a unique school in Budapest: A mini British school, running an innovative programme for students who attend Hungarian or non English speaking schools. Our school allows children to gain all the benefits of their own national education system, but combines this with a British education. Our programme costs less than tenth of a full time British international school, so we are able to be affordable to a much wider part of the community.
Our students also explore children’s literature, especially drama and poetry. This Literature programme leads to performance events: a Christmas Show and a whole school Poetry Recital Competition.
Our classrooms are vibrant, teaching is highly engaging: activities range from mummifying a tomato, to making a digital party political manifesto and campaign broadcast, or creating a human museum of Celtic gods. We skype between our two school sites to allow inter-class projects.
Our children and their parents see our school as their English-speaking extended family. We are very pro-active users of social websites, posting weekly photographs of learning activities and our events. The community is also built through these events. We hold an annual Halloween Celebration, Christmas Show, Poetry Recital Competition, Interactive Storytelling Morning, Digital Family Quiz evening, World Book Day, Red Nose Comedy Week and Family Summer Fayre.
We offer a rich variety of summer camps, including an annual themed camp, a Young Business Entrepreneurs Camp and a 3D Art Camp, all hosted by English native speaker experts.
Native teachers-British Curriculum
Our English native speaker, trained classroom teachers, use a cross-curricular approach to learning founded on the best practice of the New National Curriculum for England. This means that grammar, spelling, phonics and vocabulary development are embedded into the teaching of non-fiction topics, chosen for their ability to engage students. In Foundation classes children learn to communicate on a range of practical topics. In Literacy classes children explore the sciences and humanities. They therefore develop the ability to use English for both general and academic purposes.
Alongside developing children’s English, we aim to foster communicative and cognitive skills, especially critical and creative thought, using iPad research, group and class projects, planning and giving presentations using digital technology and collaborative/competitive interactive whiteboard learning.
We have our own learning site, updated weekly to provide digital learning for students at home, including Pearson’s Active Learn and Rapid Plus. Although Rapid Plus was designed for struggling Key Stage 3 readers in the UK, we use it successfully with our teenage second language learners. We also use Pearson’s grammar and phonics resources regularly in class to great acclaim and effect.
Our parents are actively involved in the school, through our Parent-Teachers Association, which meets every term. We consult with our parents regularly about their children’s learning and we issue fully written reports bi-annually.
Registration is possible throughout the year, so do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a meeting, when we will introduce you to the school and our learning programme, as well as assess your child’s level of English and recommend the right class. Come and join us and experience a genuine community of English speakers and English learners in action.
At ESB we value the contribution our parents make to the school and to their children’s learning.
All ESB parents are automatically members of our Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).
Our PTA is modelled on PTAs in UK schools. It acts as a forum for parents to give feedback to the School Director on the Programme, for new ideas to be put forward on school development and for school events to be planned.
Meetings are held every half term and usually timed to precede a major school event.
The English School of Budapest Vision
ESB teaches English to children in a uniquely effective and innovative way. We will become recognised as Hungary’s centre of excellence for teaching and learning English for children and educators.
Teaching and Learning
The English School of Budapest is a community for effective teaching and learning. We believe in pupil-centred learning, which is rigorous, creative and structured.
At ESB we value honesty, courtesy, active participation in school life, enthusiasm to learn and cooperation with others.
We aim to maximise student participation at school and at home. We encourage families to see the school as their English-speaking community.
ESB provides to children in Hungary a British education focusing on English and literacy learning through cross curricular methodology and active student engagement.
The teachers at ESB are dedicated to supporting and inspiring the students and each other. Our whole team • Commits to excel • Builds a creative English world to engage children • Educates for both skills development and language knowledge
ESB recognises the importance of communication. We encourage and support effective communication between all members of the school community.
Management and Administration
Meet the team
We are grateful for the kind words from the parents of the hundreds of children who already attended ESB.
parent of Marci, Cili and Csabi
mother of Samu
mother of Kata