This school has come a long way in the last year! The new leadership has done wonderful things for the school, and the entire community is feeling the effect of this positive change.
I think the school is increasingly becoming a business concern rather than an institution focused on education and developing children, the BSA management appear not to care about parent concerns. On the school website you will find a statement concerned with continuing to offer a caring, friendly and international atmosphere , they either need to update their website or change the school management.
I am a parent of two children in the senior school. We have been at the school almost 5 years. In our experience the standard of education has been progressively improving throughout this period and we can see a distinct improvement in the delivery of homework and marking in the last year. It certainly appears that the new leadership will ultimately raise standards which all the pupils will benefit from. In response to some of comments in previous reviews I should state that the staff turn over this year is just 10 % which is the lowest the school has known. Staff are being challenged for sure but the great majority are responding positively. The school has a lot of great teachers and there are a tremendous number of positive extra curricular accitivities. It was a very good decision to have our kids attend the school
1 year ago I would not have recommended the British school to any new family ! However the past 6 months under the leadership of the new head shows that the school is definately heading in the right direction. I have 2 children in the upper school who are being challenged to work to their uppermost potential by a team of positive & professional staff. They are also learning alongside other kids who are happy to be there and are from well educated & supportive families. I am confident that the exam results will reflect the positive work going on inside the school. If you want your kids to be happy at school and be successful then I can highly recommend coming here.
I would also like to recommend the British School of Houston. I have three children at the school, all of whom are happy and actively learning. Due to the new leadership and the progress we have witnessed at the school this year we have decided to keep our eldest at the British School for GCSEs, despite having an offer from an excellent school in the UK. The management team has sought to promote learning and raise standards. They are professional and supportive to both students and parents. The school has come a long way in a short time. The new management team and staff are a cohesive group working together towards a positive educational experience for our children. The school seems settled and focussed. It is important to recognize that negative comments by a few often reflects an inability to see the bigger picture with regards to change. Consequently this blinkered approach can be unjustifiably counterproductive, highlighting a restricted uninformed view.
I would like to highly recommend The British School of Houston. I am in my 3rd year at the school with two children currently in Primary. They are both extremely happy and have teachers who are energetic, engaged and happy in their work. The standard of care and education they receive has met all our expectations and we are delighted to be staying in Houston so they can continue to attend the school. BSOH has been through some tough times in recent years but the new Head (appointed August 09) and his team are really moving us forward. To balance some other views posted - I have found the team very approachable and I know that their main priority is to take the school to the next level. The vast majority of parents are happy with the school and these negative comments are not representative.
We too have decided to move our child to another school before they start secondary. Essentially we have been very happy with Primary education through to year 5. Excellent progress has been made. However we want to to move our before secondary begins. Through GCSE and IB the school fails. This years year 5 staff have been excellent, special kudos to Miss Smith for being thrown in at the deep at the deep end halfway through the first term and still raising standards several sub levels.
The only reason BSOH, sorry, BSH is gett 4 stars is because of the quality of education that I have received at GCSE level, and for their teaching staff. Although I am still awaiting my results, I am at a far higher level than I would've been at had I stayed at my previous school. Teachers were absolutely amazing; motivated, dedicated and always ensuring that we were treated accordingly for age. However, the problems arise when senior leadership and facilities are mentioned. Facilities would be getting less than one if possible. The earlier comment that was posted in July was obviously made by a member of the BSA. New building was meant to be ready in Summer 2008, but planning permissions, and poor planning halted this. Once opened, this new $1 million building quickly fell apart and into disrepair. Senior leadership was almost always unapproachable and extremely unlikable.
We agree with the previous comments, the school facilities are far from what you would expect for a private school, however, improvements are being made. We don t believe the facilities should be a parents main concern, surely it should be the standard of education the child receives - this is not lacking at the BSH, in fact the majority of the staff are some of the most dedicated people we have come across. There have been clear improvements since our arrival 18 months ago. So keep it up BSH, you have the backing of many happy parents.
The lower school is good. The buildings are being improved and the teachers are very enthusiastic and cover the primary UK curriculum very thoroughly. When I compare their coverage of the essentials with a private and very expensive school my son was going to in London I am very pleased with what they've done. The SEN teacher is excellent. The upper school is small but as it's non-selective getting 96% A-C grades at O level is well above UK average - small class sizes are the key. IB they are still improving and it will take time. IB is harder than A levels folks!
The British School certainly has some issues with its buiding, but that shouldn t take away from the good work that goes on inside the building. Having worked in several schools in my teaching career I know all too well that a building does not make a good school, it is the qualilty and commitment of the staff. And BSOH has that. My own honest view is that the school will get better and better over thre next few years.
The school seems to be first and foremost a money making business, and an educational establishment interested in children s education and wellbeing a distant second. Given our time again we would not enroll our child in this school.
This school was really good, and there were some wonderful teachers there. The results were not bad, I got into Habs after this school. Some times the school failed to listen to the us, the pupils, and the school lunches were the worst there could be, but other than that the school was good. I really enjoyed my two years there, and the only other British Curriculum school is Auti, which is actually French. So i think this is the best British School in Houston.
Although the facilities cannot compete with other schools, we still learn alot and are not stressed our with homework or exams. The teachers are friendly, and so is the environment.
Excellent young and enthusiastic teaching staff with a fair sprinkling of more experienced staff who have taught in International schools. Buildings are improvng and visitors have to look beyond the building to the high level of teaching. Good range of afterschool clubs including free gutar and brass lessons.
as a pupil the facilities did not bother me and much as my parents although they were not of a good standard. The school though, had a welcomming atmosphere and the puils were friendly. I really enjoyed my three years at this school and would have liked to have stayed longer if it was a better. It was not worth the money we paid though.
The most expensive school in Houston. Reasonable but not excellent results. UK based curriculum. Comparable to UK comprehensive. Poor facilities and buildings. Building maintenance poor. Excellent teaching staff although high turnover. Run as a for profit business (which shows).
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