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The British School, Rio de Janeiro

The British School, Rio de Janeiro

Rua Real Grandeza 99, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22281-030, Brazil

+55 21 2539 2717



The British School, Rio de Janeiro
School type Co-educational Day
Founded 1924
Status Private
Directors Paul Wiseman, Fernanda Reis & Isadora Guise
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 2-18 years
Number of pupils 2,300
Number of boys 1,100
Number of girls 1,200
Day fees per annum R95,000 approx per annum
Average Class Size 12-24
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7.3
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Guy Smith & André Filho
Associations IB, CIS

Founded in 1924, we are a non-profit, independent and coeducational day school offering a complete and coherent curriculum for students of all nationalities from ages 2-18. Our school aims to give students a broad, balanced and relevant educational experience. The educational philosophy and practice are primarily British in nature with international and Brazilian elements incorporated. Programmes of study are: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and International.

Primary Curriculum (IPC) for 2 to 11 year olds; Key Stage 3 (Middle Years) of the UK National Curriculum for 11 to 14 year olds; Cambridge IGCSE for 14 to 16 year olds; and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma for 16 to 18 year olds. Over 80% of our students are Brazilian and the remainder are from over 30 different countries, with British and other European students being the biggest proportion.

English is the main language of instruction with Portuguese, French and Spanish also being taught. We are an IB World School accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). The director is a member of the Latin American Heads Conference (LAHC). There are 2200 students located on three sites. The Zona Sul Unit is split into two Sites: Botafogo Site (primary school) and Urca Site (secondary school). The Barra Unit caters for students from age 2 (Pre- Nursery) to age 18.

Classes are small and school environment is pleasant, well-resourced and stimulating, with a strong focus on health, safety and security. Performing arts, sports, Model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and work experience provide a wide range of co-curricular opportunities. There are numerous local day visits, national or international residential trips for most year groups. Our teachers are well-qualified (some 30% being recruited from overseas) and supported by a robust and effective programme of continuing professional development.

Our school provides a caring and friendly, yet demanding, learning environment and makes every effort to ensure that each individual has the opportunity to develop their particular abilities and talents to the full. Emphasis on academic achievement is also balanced by our concern to meet our students' physical, emotional and social needs. We place a high value on good social behaviour and ethical standards, with respect for the individual and the environment.

We want our students to be happy in school and we hope that their school experience will be fondly and warmly remembered for life. We believe that this can be achieved through high expectations; clear guidelines and limits; constant encouragement; and addressing individual needs.

Extracurricular Activities

Football, capoeira, volleyball, basketball, ballet, artistic gymnastics, judo, choir, music (instruments and singing), cooking, drama and arts are available.


Air-conditioned classrooms, interactive whiteboards, computers, laptops, tablets, science and computer & technology & robotics labs, libraries, gymnasiums and open spaces for sports and games, playgrounds with a variety of toys, Music suites, auditoriums for Drama classes, presentations and art exhibitions, sickbays (first-aid - nurses), and dining halls.