As a ‘British School’, we have adopted the established and published English National Curriculum because we believe it gives us the rigour and global perspective suitable for our international students. This curriculum and the teaching philosophy behind it are what make our school ‘British’.


We believe that young children learn best when they enjoy what they are doing and are challenged. From the very first day at school they are learning to listen and to articulate. It is impressive to see how quickly young minds can capture, adapt, and start communicating with new people in a new environment.

Well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is key to a successful Early Years environment. Our classrooms are well equipped, with many colourful displays of children’s work.

Merits and Commendations are regularly awarded in recognition of students’ hard work, effort and determination.

The Early Years department focuses on three central areas:


We ensure that the children are given a range of different activities and projects that are designed to provide excellent opportunities for continual social and academic development.

Through a mixture of play, group activity and free exploration, young children learn about the world around them. As children grow physically and mentally they start to make important connections between different objects, people and various kinds of social interaction.

We take play very seriously.

We work hard to structure play in a way that encourages and nurtures the development of perception, reason and logical thinking at the same time as being great fun.

Learning from firsthand experience ensures all our pupils make progress towards the next levels of social, linguistic, and creative development.

Key Stages 1 & 2

As children get older we provide them with educational experiences that develop a positive approach to learning, and create a learning environment which is enhanced by making the child feel at home at school.

All intellectual development is based upon reasoning, creativity, and judgment along with a certain amount of memorisation. In our Primary section, our pupils are introduced to a comprehensive programme of lessons that encourage them to apply these fundamental skills.

Children learn faster and more effectively when skills and concepts are applied across a range of different subjects and when knowledge learned in one area can be applied to another.

Our four core subjects are:


We do this in a challenging intellectual and academic environment. Creativity in the sciences and humanities depend on a clearly structured process for learning about and exploring new ideas.

Inspirational and caring teachers make this an exciting and stimulating time for students  at Seoul Foreign School.

They learn the importance of individual study skills as well as teamwork.

Key Stage 3

The first change students will see is that each subject is taught by a specialist, so that each child has access to a wide range of educational expertise and teaching styles. New subjects are also introduced in Year 7 and Year 9 in order to best inform each student about their future choices.

Students at the SFBS benefit from regular, varied homework and clear, targeted feedback, and they are always encouraged to become independent learners and risk-takers.

After Year 9 the student is fully prepared to enter our new state-of-the-art High School to embrace all the IB Programme has to offer.

Language options for Key Stage 3 are:



Year 7


Year 7


Year 9


Year 9

Apart from enjoying a new and exciting academic programme, students entering Key Stage 3 will have many opportunities to embrace co-curricular challenges and to enhance their social and interpersonal skills. Moreover, students are encouraged to build upon their skills of teamwork, as well as take on leadership roles.

Here at SFBS we also place great importance on nurturing students’ social awareness and sense of personal and collective responsibility.

Students will enjoy a warm, inspiring, and challenging experience, which will contribute to their development as healthy, enquiring, capable and confident young adults.