Key Stage 3 Handbook

SFBS Parent Handbook

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Seoul Foreign British School!

Not only is Seoul Foreign School the oldest international school in Seoul, it also has the oldest established British curriculum school as part of its four divisions. Originally started in 1981 as a small one-class school, the British School became part of the proud heritage of Seoul Foreign School in 1992.

We are a school big enough to have great facilities and resources but small enough for our well trained teachers to know how your child learns.

For whatever length of time they are with us, we would hope that when your child leaves Seoul Foreign British School they would do so having enjoyed learning and that that enjoyment had encouraged them to become life-long learners; we hope they have learned to value others, however different; we hope that they feel ‘special’ from being educated in an international context and to feel a sense of having succeeded to the very best of their abilities.

We have great hopes for the fulfilment of this vision as we have an excellent faculty who are committed to making the children’s education a fulfilling and rewarding experience. But SFBS, like any school, cannot work by itself. We rely on the whole school community from you, the parents, to Governors and Board members.

Getting parents involved:

For parents, we have lots of opportunities to get immersed in the school – through the lively and involved PTA who spend a great deal of time and energy helping us to constantly improve the social development of your children, helping in class with reading or project work or accompanying the children and teachers on field trips. To get involved, all you have to do is talk with a teacher or the PTA!

We look forward to having your children in our school and we sincerely hope that they feel at ease here as they continue their learning adventure in Korea!


Dr Timothy Gray MBE
SFBS Headteacher


Dr. Timothy Gray's Biography

With his wife, Kate, and their two sons, Nathan and Kieran, Dr Timothy Gray has spent many enjoyable years working overseas and in the UK. They have worked in the UAE, Turkey, England (twice!) and are now back in Seoul for a second stint.

Dr Gray has a first class honours degree, a Master’s degree and has just completed his Doctoral degree. He was presented with an MBE in recognition for services to British education overseas from the Queen, who was visiting Seoul the last time they were here.

This will be Dr Gray’s sixth school working with either primary or middle school students and his fourth Head post. Since his return to Seoul, he has found the job often challenging but always satisfying as he works with his teaching team to maintain the unique nature of the 30-year old British School as an integral part of the 100 year old Seoul Foreign School organisation.

Outside school, Dr Gray is getting quite involved in photography (places rather than people!), loves dog-walking and exploring historical places and is now an armchair rugby player.

SEOUL FOREIGN SCHOOL
39 Yeonhui-ro 22-gil, Seodaemun-Gu
Seoul, Republic of Korea 03723
82-2-330-3100

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Welcome to Seoul Foreign School, a K-12 IB World School, founded in 1912. We are widely regarded as the leading international school in Seoul. We are a non-profit school where 100% of your tuition directly impacts student learning. Of the international schools in Seoul, we offer an unrivaled 100-year+ legacy of educational excellence, international diversity and commitment to educating the leaders of the future.

About SFS

Welcome to Seoul Foreign School, a Pre K-12 IB World School, founded in 1912. We are widely regarded as the leading international school in Seoul. We offer an unrivalled 100-year+ legacy of educational excellence, international diversity and commitment to educating the leaders of the future. We are a non-profit school where 100% of your tuition directly impacts student learning. 

Admissions

We welcome the opportunity to meet you and show you a firsthand look at our campus. Contact us by email or by telephone to make an appointment. We understand a visit is not always possible. The entire admissions team is ready to help you in any way we can. 

Academics

The Elementary and Middle Schools follow a US-style curriculum. The British division follows the National Curriculum of England. In the High School Gr. 9-10 students may choose to take the IGCSE Program and for Gr. 11-12 we offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. Namsan Int'l Kindergarten is a PYP candidate school.

Athletics

SFS athletes develop character, responsibility, dedication, commitment, teamwork, leadership, and experience applicable in all areas of life.  While our teams enjoy winning results in competitive conferences, we measure success well beyond the win-loss column.

Fine Arts

Seoul Foreign School enjoys a long history of rich curricular and co-curricular performing and visual arts programs.  Over 90% of our students are involved in the arts each year and are showcased in our visual arts displays and over 40 annual public performances put on by our music and drama departments.  

Student Life

At SFS we care about the development of each individual student academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. There are many choices for participation at SFS. We encourage students to not try to do them all, but to choose wisely. 

Alumni

With a history of over one hundred years, SFS has provided education for extraordinary Alumni. Today, more Alumni are becoming a part of our parent community. Having ‘Legacy’ students at SFS is a compelling testament to our tradition of excellence.

Giving

The Annual Fund provides additional resources to help continue the tradition of excellence at SFS. Your support provides many needs throughout the school, further enhancing our academic and extracurricular programs – setting us apart from other international schools in the world.

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