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.

BSO Inspection Report (November 2017)
In November 2017, the School underwent its second BSO inspection. The report from this inspection is available by clicking above. From the report, the overall effectiveness and what the school does well is given below.

The British School of Amsterdam provides high quality education, much of which is outstanding. Pupils make good progress as they move through the school. GCSE results exceed UK national expectations. Personal development is of a high order. Pupils feel secure and valued within the friendly mutually trustful learning environment that prevails throughout the school. Pupils are well supported by excellent pastoral care and robust welfare, health and safety policies and procedures. The pupils, parents and staff are highly committed to the school and feel valued and appreciated. The curriculum is broad and balanced, enriched by a range of extra-curricular activities.

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage and Junior School are particular strengths of the school.
  • Highly effective intervention programmes support pupil progress.
  • Relationships between teachers and pupils and pupils and their peers are outstanding and ensure that they feel happy and secure in their learning.
  • The behaviour, attitudes and engagement of pupils in their learning is exemplary. They are a credit to the school.
  • The school nurtures responsible pupils and is highly successful in meeting their social and personal needs. They display a high level of self-awareness and self-confidence.
  • The provision for the health, welfare and safety of pupils is a strength.
  • The commitment of all staff, including administrative and ancillary staff, to the well-being of all pupils.
  • The governance role fulfilled by the Board is outstanding.
  • The Principal and heads of school provide outstanding leadership.
  • The sense of ownership, purpose and determination among school leaders to continue to move the school forward.

BSO Inspection Report (November 2017)

As a British School Overseas this means The British School of Amsterdam is an Accredited Member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).