Meet the Principal
Welcome, I am very pleased that you are taking a look at our website.
We are aware that as parents you have many options for child’s education available to you in Amsterdam. At The British School of Amsterdam we appreciate that families moving around the globe have a lot to contend with.
We are the only school in Amsterdam to offer the full English National Curriculum leading to the highly regarded GCSE and A Level qualifications. This curriculum and qualifications are acknowledged in all countries, including the USA. And as you would expect from a school offering this worldwide educational standard, we have the calibre of staff to match. Unlike many international schools, a large proportion of our staff have been teaching here for many years.
There is however much more to be said about our staff than their abilities in the classroom.
You want a school where the staff know your child like you know your child – not just their name but their hopes, their anxieties, their quirks and their enthusiasms.
Here, we are split by age into three schools. This is not simply to create a friendly atmosphere (although that for sure is what you will find here). It is because we know for certain that for children of all ages, before they can achieve, before they can perform, they must be recognised for who they are.
In recognising the individual child, we also recognise the family.
An excellent school is a blessing for the whole family because it forms a small microcosm of like-minded people and from this all sorts of collaborations and friendships develop. We work hard to create many opportunities for our families to meet, to get to know each other – Amsterdam works well that way.
Pupils can enter the school throughout the year. There are programmes to support children with learning needs and those gifted in a particular area.
Here, at The British School you can both live well and learn well. As you travel around the world, do not forget that, for your child or children, the steps taken at school age often define a whole life’s journey.
Who we are
The British School of Amsterdam is an accredited world class provider of the National Curriculum used in England to the international community in Amsterdam. We are the only school in the city to deliver this.
The British School of Amsterdam was created in 1978 when three families, posted for two years to the Netherlands decided to teach their children from one of their homes. The founding idea was that the pupils should not fall behind the British School system whilst overseas. Over time the School slowly grew to a Kindergarten, then a Primary School and by the turn of the Millennium, a full Senior School was established. From this point, the School has catered for children from 3 to 18 years old.
We have three school sections, each with their own distinctive character. The Early Years School is for children aged 3 to 6 years old, The Junior School for 6 to 11 year olds and The Senior School for 11 to 18 year olds. All schools have their own head and leadership structures.
What we aim to do
The love of learning
Academic achievement is at the heart of the school. Your child will find an atmosphere of purposeful curiosity, essential for developing the love of learning that will propel them forward in the world they will enter.
In tandem with an academic focus, our school makes every effort to encourage every child to develop in other important ways – life skills such as confidence, good manners, public speaking and conversational ability.
We also introduce our children, whatever their talents, to the joys and opportunities outside the classroom in the arts, sports, hobbies, teamwork and leadership activities.
We are enthusiastic about our role as a hub and meeting point for families from all over the world. The nurturing of a robust and mutually rewarding school community is central to the school.
We provide a proven preparation for entry to the finest universities in the UK, Europe and the USA.