International Awards

The British School of Bucharest Pupils Excel in International Awards

Our pupils enjoy many opportunities to represent the school in international competitions and awards, including:

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

International Award

At BSB we are proud to be accredited to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The Award is an exciting self-development programme available to all 14 to 24 year olds. Over seven million young people worldwide have taken up the Award challenge.

The Award equips young people for life and work

Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available to all 14 to 24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement Award. It equips all young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements consistently.

Since its launch 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non-formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any 14 to 24 year old who wants to take up the challenge. There are three levels to the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students start their Bronze in Year 10, Silver in Year 11 and Gold in Years 12 and 13.

The Award framework

The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.


The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time to and understand the benefits of this service to their community.


The Skills section of the Award encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.

Physical Recreation

The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness.

Adventurous Journey

The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants will plan, train for and undertake a journey with a defined purpose in an unfamiliar environment.

Residential Project

The Residential Project, completed only at Gold level, aims to broaden participants' horizons through involvement with others in a residential setting.

For more information concerning the Award please visit the official website or contact our Award coordinator at

Debating: The COBIS Debating Competition

Speaking up for BSB!

This year’s Winston Churchill Debating Competition brought together our Bucharest and Cluj International Schools as well as The English International College of Marbella and for the first time, St George’s School, Luxembourg. With a total of twelve teams competing, it proved a busy day for both debaters and judges with little time for pause! Our BSB team of eight students from Year 10 to 13, some experienced and others new to the event, had devoted many extra hours preparing their speeches to be ready for the day.

In the first prepared round the motion was whether the Internet has brought a “new dark age” and our Proposition team delivered their arguments with force against the French School, resulting in a draw. In the following impromptu round, it was the turn of four more BSB students to convince the judges of the benefits of ‘open borders between countries’ and they succeeded with a clear win over The Cambridge School. For the first time in my debating experience, one of the judges awarded a full 100% score, to our very own George.

Random drug testing was the motion for our team after lunch and again, BSB prevailed over Avenor College, with strong opposing arguments and a resounding reply speech from Laura. This took us to the Plate Final against the French School who had defeated EIC to gain their place. The motion for this last round was whether ‘cultural artefacts should be returned to their original country’ and proved a worthy Plate final. With an impassioned speech from Antonia and strong teamwork throughout, BSB emerged victorious with a 3:0 win. The judges deemed the reply speech from Kira the best they had heard all day.

As we know, hard work pays off but standing up to speak before others also takes great courage and determination. We are extremely proud of all our 2018 Winston Churchill debaters: Alexia, Ipek, Laura, Antonia, Ioana, Harriet, Kira and George and look forward to seeing them debate again at future competitions this academic year and beyond.

Sports Leaders Award

We have run the Sports Leaders Awards since September 2014 and been delighted with the work and involvement by so many British School of Bucharest pupils. Through sports leadership, students develop self-confidence, and organisational and leadership skills, both individually and in groups. We believe that our students possess the qualities to become excellent leaders, and these courses bring out such qualities.

The programme provides recognised qualifications that equip young people with the skills and motivation to create and run sporting activities in the community. The qualification is held in high regard by universities, colleges and employers. Effective September 2018, we opened the opportunity to include more year groups.


Year 5 and 6 students can take a big step towards developing their leadership skills by selecting the PlayMaker Award which is part of the BSB Universities programme. The PlayMaker Award is a great introduction to leadership for pupils aged nine and over. It is designed for use in a variety of education settings as a 6-hour course and focuses on developing learners’ leadership skills.

Year 10 + 11

‘Level 1 Sports Leaders’ is undertaken by our Year 10 + 11 students during Physical Education lessons. The course provides the opportunity for Secondary students to work closely with Primary School children and many of them have used newly acquired skills to assist in running co-curricular activities after school and other sporting events.

Year 12 (Level 2)

The Sports Leaders Award (SLA) is offered as an enrichment course to be studied in addition to the full-time Sixth Form programme.

It is a nationally recognised qualification awarded through Sports Leaders UK. This qualification provides an introduction for those people wishing to lead groups in sporting and recreational activities and gives those over 16 years of age, regardless of ability, the opportunity to train and provide voluntary assistance alongside qualified coaches or teachers. You will study for this qualification for one hour per week. All units must be completed and voluntary community placement of at least 10 hours must also be fulfilled.

The Sports Leader Award syllabus is divided into eight units which are as follows:

  • Organising and delivering a sports activity session

  • Establishing and maintaining a safe sporting activity

  • Sports and recreation in the UK

  • Fitness sessions

  • Running sporting events/competitions

  • Adapting sports activities

  • Select, plan and lead on a sporting activity

  • Demonstration of leadership skills in the community

This is a fun and practical qualification that offers an ideal way for you to develop leadership skills, personal confidence and gain some volunteering experience. The leadership skills gained through this course will be applicable for anyone looking at people management careers, not necessarily limited to the sporting field.

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