||NAME: The British School in Tokyo
LOCATION: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
TYPE OF INSTITUTION: International School
(Ages 3 to 13)
The British School in Tokyo
School in Tokyo is the only British international school in Japan. It
is an independent co-educational two-site day school with over 500 students,
offering a high quality English National Curriculum education.
Being a British School, the majority of pupils are from the UK, but pupils from
all nationalities are welcome, provided that each child, relative to age, is
fluent in English. There are on average over 30 nationalities represented within
the School community.
We aim to offer the best of British education within our international setting.
In the School's well-disciplined, caring environment, all children receive the
appropriate balance of challenge and support to reach their full potential.
Given our context, set in one of the most exciting and vibrant international
cityscapes in the world, it is true to say that our pupils are the beneficiaries
of a truly memorable educational experience.
British School in Tokyo was officially opened in 1989 with just 63 girls and
boys on roll. The School was established to meet the needs of parents who wished
their children to receive a British-style primary education in Tokyo.
During the early 1990s the School's success led to an increased demand and by
1993 the premises had expanded and places were available from Nursery to Year 6.
There were then 200 pupils on roll and the School's curriculum began to follow
the newly introduced National Curriculum of England and Wales. A modern building
with improved facilities was opened on 14 May, 1998 to provide a bright and
stimulating environment for over 350 children aged three to nine.
In August 2006 BST became two schools. Our original site became 'BST Shibuya',
accommodating 350 Nursery to Year 4 pupils. 'BST Showa' was opened on the Campus
of the Showa Women's University in Setagaya ku, offering provision from Year 5
to 9 for 150 students in an superb facility with improved sports and other
specialist facilities. As of September 2007 we will be offering a Year 10 and a
commitment to Key Stage 4 & G.C.S.E. We will add a Year 11 in September 2008.
Goals of The British School in Tokyo
provide an excellent, broad and balanced education, following and
complementing the English National Curriculum, for the children of the British
community in Japan whilst actively welcoming children of all nationalities.
- To recruit and retain teachers with sound
experience who are well qualified to fulfil the School's Mission and to teach
the English National Curriculum.
- To ensure that all children are provided with
the resources and opportunity to learn and develop to the best of their
ability so that.
- All children achieve the expected standards
or higher in accordance with the English National Curriculum
- More than half the children reach one level
higher than would be expected of their age cohort in schools in the UK.
- All children at BST progress through the
levels of Key Stages One and Two more quickly than is prescribed in the
English National Curriculum.
- BST exceeds the levels of academic
attainment achieved by pupils attending schools belonging to the Independent
Association of Preparatory Schools.
- To promote the simple rules of good behaviour,
mutual respect and tolerance for others.
- To observe the governance standards that
apply to schools in the United Kingdom, making allowances and adjustments as
necessary to complement the School's operations in Japan.
- To provide safe, well-maintained, stimulating
and enjoyable facilities that allow the School to realise its goals and its
- To provide a comprehensive range of
extra-curricular activities to assist with the learning, development and
fulfilment of pupils.
- To enrich the curriculum with the provision
of opportunities to study the culture, history and language of Japan.
- To operate the School on a sound financial
and legal basis.
to the curriculum, our School offers diversity and opportunity. More than half
our pupils receive additional instrumental musical tuition, the BST Lions is our
student sport club, run by staff and parents, providing many different sporting
activities outside of school hours throughout the year. The PTA also provides a
range of charitable and social events that regularly bring the School together
in a manner that gives a strong sense of community. Our BST Outdoor programme
gives an opportunity for all our students to escape the classroom and experience
the great outdoors, with experiences closely linked to other aspects of their