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The British School in Tokyo Emblem The British School in Tokyo
NAME:  The British School in Tokyo
LOCATION: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
TYPE OF INSTITUTION:  International School
(Ages 3 to 13)

The British School in Tokyo
The British 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.

The 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
  • To 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.
    1. All children achieve the expected standards or higher in accordance with the English National Curriculum
    2. More than half the children reach one level higher than would be expected of their age cohort in schools in the UK.
    3. All children at BST progress through the levels of Key Stages One and Two more quickly than is prescribed in the English National Curriculum.
    4. 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 Mission.
  • 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.

Extracurricular Activities

Extra 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 learning.
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The British School in Tokyo Official Website
The British School in Tokyo
1-21-18 Shibuya
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo  150-0002
Tel: 03-5467-4321
Fax: 03-5467-4322
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