We are a unique school in Budapest: A mini British school, running an innovative programme for students who attend Hungarian schools. Our school allows children to gain all the benefits their own national education system offers, 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 reach a much wider part of the community
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 and Wales. 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.
Our students also explore children’s literature, especially drama and performance poetry. This Literature programme leads to performance events: a Winter Show and a whole school Poetry Recital Competition.
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.
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.
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 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, Winter Show, Poetry Recital Competition, Interactive Storytelling Morning, Digital Family Quiz evening, World Book Day, Red Nose Comedy Week and Family Summer Fayre.
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 bi-annual full written reports.
Registration is possible throughout the year, so do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a meeting with me, when I 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.
Samu started attending ESB 6 months ago. He was a complete beginner at the time. Now he speaks in sentences and has a vocabulary of several hundred words. In six months he’s made incredible progress, while also having fun and making new friends.
Orsolya (mother of Samu)
“Our daughter was a little shy when joining ESB, having had very basic English – but she liked the classes from the first moment. After 5 months she is making steady progress and starts to be able to express herself. ESB seems to create good motivation for them and the various activities built around the themes covered keep the children’s interest.”
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