In 2014, The British School of Amsterdam became the first school in The Netherlands to be accredited by the UK Government as a British School Overseas (BSO). To obtain this voluntary accreditation schools must undertake a rigorous inspection process against a set of published standards. Revised standards come into force from September 2017 and can be found here. The standards are almost identical to the regulatory standards used for independent schools in England. The inspection has to happen every three years.
Inspectorates approved by the UK Government's Department for Education and monitored by Ofsted are available to inspect British schools overseas and produce inspection reports which are made available to parents and prospective parents. These reports inform parents and prospective parents about the quality of provision within the inspected school, and its compatibility with independent schools in England. An essential element of the inspection is considering the extent to which the British character of the school is evident in its ethos, curriculum, teaching, care for pupils and pupils’ achievements. An accredited school means that it provides a British education that has similar characteristics to an education in an independent school in England.
Earlier in November 2017, the School underwent its second BSO inspection. The report from this inspection is currently being finalised by the inspection team and will be published online very soon. The report that was carried out in May 2014 can be found by clicking here. The inspection was carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The next inspection is to take place in November 2017.
The areas looked at by the inspection team include:
- The quality of education provided by the school
- The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
- The welfare, health and safety of pupils
- The suitability of the staff
- The premises and accommodation
- The provision of information for parents
- The school's procedure for handling complaints
- Leadership and management of the school
The published report is also broken down into these areas.
As a British School Overseas this means The British School of Amsterdam is an Accredited Member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).