1. Which Board are you affiliated to?
The Nirmal Bhartia School is a Co-educational Senior Secondary School recognised by the Directorate of Education and affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education.
2. How many students are there in each class and what is the student-teacher ratio?
We are a three section school with 32 students in each class and the student-teacher ratio is 10:1.
3. How is the curriculum transacted at Nirmal Bhartia School?
The curriculum at NiBS translates our vision, mission and founding beliefs into practice. We recognise that each child learns differently and use differentiated instruction methods to teach to his/her strengths. Since we know that not all learning is had from books alone, collaborative learning methods are an integral part of our approach. We regularly encourage children to share, discuss and learn with and from each other. All lessons at NiBS attempt to make real world connections and every effort is made to use the world around as a learning laboratory. Visits to sites, monuments and parks in the city and conversations with atithi storytellers, nutritionists and artistes enable our students to truly learn from the diversity and richness of life itself.
At the Junior level, integrated projects relating to themes relevant in our daily lives are planned. In higher classes, the children begin to take on greater responsibility and work on individual research projects. The focus is on gradually helping them develop skills of self-directed learning and higher order thinking.
4. How are review and assessments done?
Assessments and reviews are continuous and comprehensive in nature and every attempt is made to ensure a stress free environment for the child.
The basic thrust of our approach is to provide detailed, timely and actionable feedback about the gaps in each child’s learning and to work together with parents to close those gaps in the best possible ways. As a school that values all-round development, we ensure that all aspects of a student’s learning are considered – academic, co-curricular and those relating to values, life-skills, self-awareness, peer interactions and a sound work ethic.
No formal examinations are conducted till Class V, however teachers diligently conduct end of unit assessments and ensure that each child’s progress is closely monitored on a continuous basis. The focus in these years is more on formative means of assessment and written worksheets are ably supplemented by projects, debates, experiments and quizzes.
Formal examinations are introduced at the Class VI level and a balance in consonance with CBSE requirements, is maintained between formative and summative methods.
5. Do the children go on trips and visits?
Field trips are planned frequently for students in order to support class room activities and provide a context and relevance to their learning. In addition to these trips, once a year, all children from class III onwards go on an out-station trip and learn the vital life-skills of being independent and responsible for their belongings and behaviour.
6. How does your school encourage student participation in co-curricular activities?
As a school that values both, the holistic, all round development of every child, and that each child’s unique individual talents are discovered and developed, the co-curricular (Visual and Performing Arts, Sports and PE, Hobby clubs and Information Technology) are an integral and core part of our learning programme.
At the Junior level our focus is on providing exposure to the entire breadth and range of the co-curricular. At the Middle and Senior levels we encourage children to specialise and excel in their chosen areas of art, sport or club.
Children are also given various opportunities to participate in several inter-class, inter-house and inter school activities.
7. What is the extent of parental involvement?
For us at NiBS, reaching out to work together and partner with parents is a foundational commitment.
We believe that unless we work together in a spirit of mutual trust and openness, we cannot hope to ‘know’ and understand our students fully. Thus, it is not just the usual Parent Teacher Meetings that mark the parental participation calendar at NiBS, rather it encompasses a wide variety of programmes, such as our comprensive parent orientation programme, curriculum walks, meetings with subject experts and also informal sharing meets and community events and initiatives, all intensively planned by our dedicated Family Resource Centre, Nirmal Chhaya. Parents are also often invited in to address children and share with them insights relating to a particular area of professional expertise, or simply to teach them a hobby or skill.
8. How do you ensure that teachers are in tune with the Nirmal Bhartia vision and teaching methodology?
Every teacher at NiBS is encouraged to be a life-long learner, and towards this end, our learning environment has been carefully planned to include best practices and mentoring not just for students, but for teachers as well. Every new teacher is taken through an intensive orientation programme and a regular and active schedule of professional development sessions, planning and reflection meets fills our annual calendar. Teachers are also encouraged to engage in action research, share best practices and offer each other peer-feedback.