Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs:

We are a pioneering online school, we feel that what makes us special is our systems ease of use, adaptability and flexibility. iBOS is recognised by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Council of International School (CIS). All of our teachers are UK qualified and deliver lessons from our school site in Clapham, London. We are also a registered Pearsons Exam centre.

In these times, research shows that almost every school worldwide is implementing the use of IT and technology as part of their schemes of work where possible, and during the next few decades there will be many more students attending online schools worldwide.

Here at iBOS, we take online learning to heart and as our primary teaching method. We have mastered live and real-time video lesson integration in our teaching. Our IT infrastructure is more advanced and reliable than the majority of schools that try to achieve what we set out to do.

Our teaching staff use a wide range of tools to facilitate their teaching, such as interactive whiteboards, live presentation delivery, video cameras and recordings, and screen sharing. Using these tools, our teachers are able to teach lessons to students internationally via an online web-link system.

Online education represents an immensely exciting pathway to the future of learning, as young students enjoy working online and using the latest technology to enhance their learning from the comfort of their home.

Our school provides an effective form of learning, without any hindrances, allowing pupils to learn efficiently, as well as giving them time to do all the things they love. At iBOS, we have pioneered a new way of teaching through the medium of interactive online school learning.

All the lessons are live and interactive with all of our teachers being based in London and qualified in the UK. We do not outsource teaching to other countries like other providers. This is why we are recognised as a DfE and CIS school.

We are based in Clapham, London, United Kingdom, and teach via the internet lessons directly from our classrooms here at the iBOS school building. Our teachers have their own classroom and we have all the facilities of a traditional school.

iBOS is an online primary and secondary school for students aged from 5 to 19. Our younger students are taught the British National Curriculum and the older student’s study for international GCSEs and A-levels. We are not a tutoring service and we do not offer English as a Second language (ESL) or Higher education (Degree/Masters) courses.

Our students are typically between the ages of 5-18, where Key Stages 1 and 2 (Primary students) are aged between 4-11 years, Key Stage 3 (lower secondary) students are aged between 11-14 years, Key Stage 4 (international GCSE) students are aged between 14-16 years, and Key Stage 5/Sixth-Form (international A-Level) students are aged between 16-18 years.

We do however take on students slightly older who have had learning difficulties, as well as those who have gone through accelerated learning programmes. We do not enrol adults (aged 20 or higher).

You need to submit an admission form via: https://ibos.school/admissions-form/, and then arrange an interview appointment via: https://ibos.school/admission-interview-booking/.

After the interview you will be sent an email if you are offered a place detailing the next steps. Places are offered on a first come first served basis and the enrolment fee must be paid to guarantee a student’s place at the school.

As of August 2021, we only have a limited number of places left for new students, and the number of places available are reducing quickly.

If you wish to secure your place at our school, please ensure that you have filled in and submitted the admissions form found here:  https://ibos.school/admissions-form/.

You will have the opportunity to meet the Principal Dr Mohammadi or one of the Senior Leaders in the interview stage, where you can ask more questions and receive detailed information about iBOS.

Our school year starts 6th September 2021 for all year groups. We offer full support and catch-up lessons for students who enrol mid-term.

Our school goes online live from 7.15 am to 2.45 pm UK time from Monday to Friday. All lessons are 1 hour in length. The school day also includes Form tutor time/assemblies and Enrichment clubs.

Students have homework to complete between 90 and 120 minutes per day for Year 10 and between 120 and 240 minutes per day for Year 12.

No, there is no difference in your qualifications. At iBOS you will receive the same level of qualifications as any other school, all our exam courses follow the Pearson Edexcel specification which allows you to enter any university that helps you onto your chosen career path.

All students will get an end of year school report approved by DfE (Department for Education) and

Pearson (the awarding body). iGCSE and iA-level students will receive the same certificate as all students sitting the exam.

Our exam board is Pearson Edexcel.

All our A-level courses are fully accredited by Pearsons so you will receive certificates for all qualifications you achieve.

You can apply to any university in the world. This year we have sent students to Cambridge, Imperial College London and McGill University in Canada.

We accept international students to study at our school. However, we teach all of our courses in English, including the translations for our foreign language modules/subjects. Students don’t need to be fluent in English to apply. We find that typically students will pick it up within weeks. All of our teachers are proficient in English and are UK qualified teachers.

All course resources will be online and there are no additional fees to you for books or lesson materials.

Our fees section can be found here (https://ibos.school/school-fees/), where you can see the termly fees breakdown.

Our annual fees are currently already discounted at £7500 for Key Stage 1 and 2, £9000 for Key Stage 3 and 4 (iGCSE) and £9990 for Sixth Form (iA-level), and are the most competitive for an independent school.

If you need assistance on fees, please submit an admissions form and contact admissions@ibos.org.uk.

iBOS school fees are billed termly, at the start of each academic term; autumn, spring and summer, and includes a trial period.

Our fees are based on the costs associated with running a physical school in London. Other online schools have teachers working from their own homes and in our opinion do not offer the same educational environment that we do.

We are a new independent school and therefore are not currently ranked against other schools until 2022. However, we offer education provided by UK qualified teachers, and are regulated by the UK government and education system, using the latest technologies and best teaching tools available for our students that schools don't normally provide, especially in this difficult period of lock-downs resulting from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

No online school is currently accredited We are pioneering the accreditation process for online schools, in July 2021 we undertook a trial inspection by Ofsted (the UK school inspectorate) and were rated outstanding in all areas. Furthermore, we are the only online school recognised by COBIS (Council of British International Schools) and CIS Council of International Schools).

Our first cohort of students took their exams in summer 2021 and gained the following results:

International iA Level:

100% A* - A

iGCSE:

89% 7 – 9

100% 9 – 5

iGCSEs students at iBOS have a wide range of EBacc subjects to choose from. These include:

  • A choice of either Double or Triple Award Sciences, including Physics, Chemistry and Biology
  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Spanish
  • French

Currently students can choose to study either, both or no language. We are always looking to expand the range subjects we can offer students

We recommend an internet speed to 8mbps download and 4 mbps upload. You can check the speed of your internet connection using a website such as this (or similar in your country) - https://fast.com/en/gb/

Current vacancies for positions can be found here: https://ibos.school/work-with-us/

Please note that we require our teachers to work from our site in Clapham, London so we are unable to accept applicants who are not UK residents. All teachers must have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or an equivalent that is recognised by the DfE.

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