The school is situated on the Heiderhof hill, a quiet residential area of Bad Godesberg which overlooks the city of Bonn and the Rhine river. The buildings are situated in pleasant, rural surroundings, yet only five minutes by car from the town centre of Bad Godesberg and some 20 minutes from the centre of Bonn. The school is very close to the excellent public bus service with the regular buses stopping very near to the school. These buses connect with the U-Bahn (Underground) at the Stadthalle or Rheinallee and Bad Godesberg railway station.
Each age group has its own classroom (maximum number of pupils usually 22) and additionally we have:
- An excellent hall with acoustic ceiling for concerts and performances
- Individual rooms for English as an Additional Language (EAL) and foreign languages
- Rooms for Learning Development
- A fully-equipped computer room with additional computers in classrooms
- A multi-sensory whiteboard for each class
- A well equipped kitchen for food technology
- A well-stocked library with over 5,000 books and digital media
- Administrative offices
- A comfortable reception area with first aid facilities
- Smaller classrooms for group learning
- Hot lunch programme for those who wish to partake
- Lunch and catering facilites
- Air-conditioning in all classrooms
- Pre-school supervision from 08:00
- After school supervision until 17:00
Physical education (P.E.) takes place in a modern and fully-equipped sports hall situated three minutes’ walk from the school. This is shared with our neighbouring German primary school, with which we have various links. The youngest children in the school do their P.E. in our own school dedicated room.
We have a soft fall sports area, a large hard-surfaced playground as well as other shady areas under the trees. These provide splendid recreational facilities and can be used for outdoor sports. There are different climbing frames and other equipment, some of which has been donated by the VPs (volunteer parents).
The school also has access to a local sports ground and tennis courts five minutes’ walk away. Years 4 to 6 are taken by bus to the local swimming pool for lessons.
Our regularly updated library is a friendly place and is well-stocked with over 5,000 books, both fiction and non-fiction and a selection of audio CDs. It has junior and early learning areas although children often choose from both. Older children can access the computerised catalogue to check on book availability.
Each class has a weekly library session and we have a librarian who helps with book selection and reads stories to some of the younger classes. The librarian runs a weekly lunchtime Library Club where children can change books, read, talk about books or read the weekly children’s newspaper. There is also a weekly after-school parent/child session, where parents can become library members and borrow children’s books. A book company also exhibits twice a year.
IBIS is very well resourced to deliver ICT effectively. There is a computer suite which comprises 18 fully networked computers and linked printers all with Internet access. Every classroom has its own computers and I-pads. There are also computers in each specialist department, for example, EAL, Learning Support and Development and Modern Foreign Languages. Moreover, all classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards.