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

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading personal development programme for young people aged between 14 and 24 years. Regardless of the origin and economic or social background of the young person, the programme improves life and gives participants a chance to excel and be recognised internationally.

Supported by the British Royal Family and with HRH Prince Philip as Patron, the Global Award is now accessible to young people in Romania under the patronage of HRH Princess Margareta of Romania. The International Award has been running at the British School of Bucharest since 2010. It is more commonly referred to as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and is now run in over 100 countries and recognised in many more.

This award brings together new knowledge, fun and nature so that every young person can share in memorable experiences and develop life skills to help them professionally and personally in the future. It is a personal development programme for young people aged 14 to 24 and is made up of four sections: Expedition, Physical Recreation, Skills and Service. In each level young people volunteer their time and set themselves a personal challenge. There are 3 levels to the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students start their Bronze in Year 10, Silver in Year 11 and Gold in Years 12 & 13.

Participation in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award teaches students at the British School of Bucharest to become independent learners. It builds their confidence, challenges them to think for themselves and encourages self-sufficiency. They work as individuals and as part of a team learning what role they play and how to evaluate and learn from their experiences. It is a valuable opportunity and a great enhancement to their everyday studies.

The award comprises three levels and four sections. Participants complete all four sections at each level to achieve their award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.

The three levels of the award:

  • Bronze: for those over 14 years (Year 10), 6 months minimum participation.
  • Silver: for those over 15 years (Year 11), 12 months minimum participation
  • Gold: for those over 16 years (Year 12-13), 18 months minimum participation

The five sections of the award:

Service - participants volunteer in their communities, make a positive contribution to society and demonstrate social responsibility.

Physical Recreation - participants improve their fitness and performance and enjoy healthy lifestyles for good mental and physical wellbeing.

Skills - participants develop their talents, broaden their abilities, increase their self‐confidence and improve their employability.

Adventurous Journey - participants discover a spirit of adventure and gain a deeper understanding of the environment and the great outdoors.

Residential Project (Gold only) - participants broaden their experience by staying in an unfamiliar environment with other young people, taking part in a worthwhile project and building new relationships.

International Award Bronze Expedition and Silver Expedition

Great time spent in the mountains by the Bronze and Silver Award students for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Congratulations to all of you!

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 Sports Leaders’ is undertaken by our Year 12 students, forming part of a wider enrichment programme. The students are required to lead 10 hours of Physical Education working with our Primary students.

In 2019, the programme will expand further with a new Level 3 Sports Leaders Award. This programme will require an extended commitment of 30 hours’ leadership with the bonus of being worth UCAS points on its successful completion. Students will be required to keep logbooks throughout the course, where they record and reflect on leadership experience. The sessions allow students to develop skills including communication, behaviour management, health and fitness, allocating roles and responsibilities and learning how to plan and structure sporting sessions.

More information can be found on the Sports Leaders UK website Link to:

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