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The British School of Brussels (BSB)

The British School of Brussels (BSB)

Pater Dupierreuxlaan 1, 3080 Tervuren, Belgium

+32 (0)2 766 04 30



The British School of Brussels (BSB)
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1969
Status Private
Principal Melanie Warnes
Language of Instruction English, French (bilingual programme for ages 4-14 years)
Co-ed Age Range 1-18
Number of pupils 1,300
Day fees per annum €28,400 - €36,325
Average Class Size 16-25
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:9
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator James Willis

The British School of Brussels (BSB) was founded in 1969 and officially opened in 1970. It has a beautiful site of ten hectares, surrounded by woodlands and lakes near the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren (20 minutes drive from central Brussels). The School is a co-educational, non-selective day school for children aged 1 to 18 years, with over 1,350 currently on roll. There is an Early Childhood Centre for children aged 1-3 years. 30% of the students are British with approximately 70 other nationalities represented.

Students follow a British-based curriculum up to age 16 - (I)GCSE. This is adapted to our European context and international cohort and is followed by the choice of three internationally recognised pre-university examination courses from age 16-18: English GCE A level, The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (French/Dutch options) and BTEC Business, Hospitality, Sport and Applied Science.

French and Dutch are taught from an early age and there is a bilingual French/English programme for students aged 4-14 years. German or Spanish are additional available from age 11. There is an Additional Educational Needs (AEN) department and extensive support provided with English as an Additional Language (EAL). A specialist international careers team provides guidance and support to Post-16 students.

The school has excellent facilities including a state-of-the-art design and technology workshop, food technology rooms, networked IT suites, drama studios, nine science laboratories, four art studios and a Cafeteria. In 2016 BSB opened its new Sports Centre with a Swimming Pool, Sports Hall, international competition standard Gymnasium, Fitness Suite and Dance Studio. In 2020 the school renewed its outdoor sports pitches for football, rugby, tennis, running, long-jump and even has installed a climbing/bouldering wall. BSB is the only international school in Belgium to have its own 25m indoor swimming pool.

Arts, music and drama thrive and a wide range of performances are held regularly in the 240-seat theatre. The music department has a music technology suite, full-scale recording studio and a rehearsal studio.

Our academic results are amongst the highest of any international school in Europe and well above the worldwide average. In 2020 results at Post-16 for A level, BTEC and IB diploma were fabulous, translating into brilliant university places worldwide on a wide variety of competitive and exciting courses.

At A Level, BSB students achieved a 100% pass rate with an impressive 43% of grades at A*/A (27.6% national average 2020) and 98% achieving A*/C.

Our IB Diploma students again produced some outstanding results with an outstanding 38 point average (IB 2020 world average of 29.9 points). A remarkable 71% of students achieved 36 points or higher an 94% of students obtained 30+ points. 37% scored an impressive 40 points or higher in comparison with just 9% of students worldwide.

This year our results in the BTEC courses continue to be outstanding, with 56% of the grades achieved at Distinction level and our students once more gaining a 100% pass rate through this course.

BSB does not select students for ability. For many, English is not the native language. This makes successes even more tremendous. The programmes are led by a highly committed and well-qualified team of teachers and our academic, university and pastoral support is organised throughout the two years to help individual students to be the best they can.