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Chartwell International School of Belgrade
Chartwell International School is an international school, whose curriculum is based on the British National Curriculum.
The school is accredited as an international school and an examination center by Cambridge and by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia.
Chartwell is more than an academic institution. Its philosophy encompasses the student’s whole personality, and emphasizes balanced development.
Our aim is to provide a caring environment tailored to the academic and personal needs of each child.
Our three buildings, Nursery-Foundation, Primary and Secondary school are located in the beautiful, quiet, residential area of Belgrade, the overwhelming view of which can be enjoyed from its spacious bright classrooms, with Its park like gardens, encompassing not only, quiet shady areas where the hot spring and summer days can be enjoyed, but also sports fields for football, basketball, volleyball, tennis and a swimming pool.
Chartwell teachers come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences but what they all have in common is a love of teaching, an empathy with their students and a commitment to their education. All are well qualified for the role that they play.
The essential task of a school is to teach the child to learn, to seek independently and find the knowledge and skills that it needs in all of life’s situations. To do this, it must develop a love of learning in the child, an enthusiasm for enquiry that spills over from school into all aspects of the child’s life. Encouragement and motivation are keywords in Chartwell’s teaching philosophy.
Class sizes are small enough for teachers to tailor the curriculum to the needs of each child. All children are different, and all need just the right challenges to make every day an experience of growth and development. This individual attention is an essential part of Chartwell’s approach.
At the same time, the student’s ownership of the learning process is assisted by a thematic approach, project work that involves research into several subjects and sets objectives to be attained. Students can achieve concrete results of which they can be proud.
Realizing that education encompasses much more than the academic program a lot of emphasis is placed on extracurricular activities which are offered on daily basis and range from sports to fencing, dance, drama, languages. Chartwell students are involved in the life of the community as well by attending workshops, visiting exhibitions, theaters as well as taking part in humanitarian activities.
As an all encompassing education includes the social element and the need for children to become more independent which is sometimes neglected or overseen, Chartwell organizes residential trips during the school year giving its students this opportunity as well. There is one residential trip in the primary and two in the secondary school, one of which is a ski trip.
We are determined to justify the trust placed in us, improving the quality of our services every year. What proves our success in these efforts is the fact that we started the new school year with the biggest number of students ever.
Accreditation is an assurance that a school or degree program meets the high-quality standards of the accrediting body in terms of faculty, curriculum, administration, financial well-being and student services.
Chartwell is a member of COBIS, a membership association of British international schools outside the United Kingdom which have adequate standards of quality while implementing the British National Curriculum.
Chartwell is an accredited University of Cambridge centre for international examinations, the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications. Cambridge programmes and qualifications are progressive and flexible, helping schools develop successful students.
Chartwell International School is one of the rare international schools with the status of International School in Serbia. This is due to the fact that Chartwell International School is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education,Science and Technology of Serbia, meaning that it is recognized at the highest level of competent authorities. The accreditation is of utmost importance as certain countries, like Italy, recognize only international schools if they are accredited by the Ministry of Education of the host country. Also the accreditation enables students, of Serbian or other nationality, to enter the Serbian education system at any stage.
Chartwell International School has been successfully operating in Belgrade for 15 years now. Chartwell International School was the first school in Belgrade to offer the British National Curriculum. It is accredited as an international school and examination centre by the University of Cambridge, but it is also recognized as a school by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.
Since 2001 when it opened Chartwell International School has grown from a Foundation and Primary with about 16 students and 9 staff to a school for children from age 2 to 18 – at the moment numbering over 200 students of 36 nationalities and 60 staff.
Currently the international and multicultural environment of the school is reflected in some 40 different nationalities in the student body. Most of our students speak at least two languages, but some are multi-lingual. The majority of the local students have lived abroad where they were educated in an international environment and upon return to Serbia they chose Chartwell as a school where they could continue to grow in a multi-cultural environment.
In the fifteen years that Chartwell International School has existed, many students have passed through. They have gone on to pursue successful careers in many walks of life and in all continents of the world, shaped by their education and experiences at the School. Architects, artists, designers, musicians, medical practitioners, successful business men and women, financiers, academics, scientists, writers, the odd politician, are just some of the careers pursued by our students of the School when they meet the challenges in a rapidly globalizing and competitive world.
The foundation of learning at Chartwell International School is based on:
Quality - in all curriculum areas and every aspect of school life.
Merit - in view of our students’ commitment to their studies and as a value for building a better society.
Individual talents - helping our students to recognise and advance their natural talents.
Respect - Spreading the culture and every day practice of respect of others and the environment.
The School offers a wide-ranging curriculum at every level. The curriculum is based on the British educational system an aims to instill a love of learning. All teaching from Nursery to university seeks to develop knowledge, understanding and skills so that pupils are fully prepared for the next academic stage
The achievement of students on the IGCSE, AS and A level examinations is a very good indicator of the quality of education provided here at Chartwell International School.
Unlike many other schools in the region, we are non-selective. It is therefore even more praiseworthy that consistently over the years our students achieved the world average or above, which is again fantastic.
With these excellent results, our students have secured places at some of the world’s top universities, with the majority of our graduates gaining entry into their top choice university.
Chartwell International School is accredited as an international school and examination centre by the University of Cambridge, but it is also recognized as a school by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. The School's curriculum provides experience in linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, physical and aesthetic education.
The range of subjects offered at our school prepare our students for university and beyond, but school is about a lot more than getting students to pass exams. Chartwell International School is a secure and caring community, where staff, creating a vibrant, diverse, student-centred programme of learning, supported by superior facilities and resources, are dedicated to bringing out the very best in those for whom they are responsible, whatever their background or ability.
Admission is dependent on:
- The submitting of school reports from the previous school.
- The production of a passport or birth certificate confirming the date of birth.
- An interview with the Head teacher and/or Principal.
- The production of any significant medical documents if applicable
- Registrations are accepted at any time provided there are places available.
- Places will only be offered to children who will benefit from the educational programs of the school.
- Assessment procedures ascertain students’ respective starting points so that future progress can be accurately monitored and tracked.
- The English Curriculum begins a year or two before most other countries. We are happy to discuss entering children a year below the year stated for the following reasons:
- - To allow a smoother transition back to their home country.
- - To enable children to attempt a less challenging curriculum that is commensurate with prior school experiences and provide for a greater chance of success. This may be particularly relevant where the current ability to actively communicate using the English language denies a child access to the majority of the school curriculum.
- Staff will be consulted as to the suitability of each applicant. Their advice will be listened to and, wherever possible, acted upon.
- If the school in terms of the Management and the Staff feel that the child would not benefit from attending the school, the parents will be so advised and assistance will be given to try and help the parents find an alternative.
- The school exercises a policy of selection, which is not dependent on family background, religion or nationality.
The Chartwell International School is situated in pleasant grounds in the peaceful Belgrade suburb of Dedinje, close to many embassies and residential areas. It lies some 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Since April 2010 the school has three different buildings.
The Foundation is at Teodora Drajzera 38.