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Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum

We have been consistently delighted to traverse the Primary School classrooms and feel the buzz of learning and teaching throughout.

Teaching and Learning Gatehouse Inspection Report 2013

Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum

At DBIS we provide an education based on the English National Curriculum enhanced by our unique international context.

High expectations and the pursuit of excellence are fundamental to our approach to learning at DBIS. From the Early Years, to the Primary and into Secondary we are focused on developing independent learners who are curious about the world around them and have a desire to explore and enquire. Learners thrive when faced with a challenge and DBIS students are increasingly exposed to dynamic, active and engaging opportunities and experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

A range of extra support exists for all students to pursue their strengths and interests in addition to developing their curiosity, independence, confidence and resilience when meeting new challenges.

We encourage DBIS students to be confident communicators, to be creative, resourceful and inquisitive. DBIS learners collaborate, share ideas and opinions and work together in teams. DBIS learners work hard and are proud of their achievements.


Small class sizes allow teachers time to truly understand every child and develop strong home school links. Fundamentally, at DBIS, we prioritise personalised learning. We look at each student’s individual needs, track their progress and identify next steps for each of them. Through this we aim to ensure that all students make good progress and are supported in reaching their full potential.

At the heart of our broad and balanced curriculum are a number of areas that we feel are essential for students to experience throughout their learning journey. These include problem solving though mathematics and computing, proficiency in English, development of an additional language, creativity and performance in Music, Art and Drama, plus health and wellbeing through sport and physical education. 

Equally, as an international school in Hong Kong, we passionately believe that it is essential for our students to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, different nationalities and cultures. Internationalism permeates every subject at DBIS and underpins all discussions, actions and views enabling our school community to interact with and learn from our host country. Mandarin Chinese is taught in every year group throughout the school while French and Spanish are optional subjects at the Secondary level. Increasingly, the school is also using the world around us as a context for learning. Our students engage in various environmental issues that help them to become socially and internationally aware. Opportunities for enhanced student voice and student service is a developing feature of school life, thus enabling all students to take action and gain a deeper and more compassionate understanding of the world around them.

We have been consistently delighted to traverse the Primary School classrooms and feel the buzz of learning and teaching throughout.

Teaching and Learning Gatehouse Inspection Report 2013