The British School of Amsterdam was founded in 1978. We became the first school in the Netherlands to be recognised by the UK government as a British School Overseas and an accredited Member of the Council of British International Schools.

Our story

In 1978 three families, posted for two years to the Netherlands, created The British School of Amsterdam in one of their homes. The founding principle was that the pupils should not fall behind the British School system whilst overseas.

Over the next twenty years the school moved, sharing premises and slowly grew to a Kindergarten and Primary School of around 45 pupils. By 1999 there were sufficient numbers to warrant renting a second building to accommodate the growing demand for this education.

By the turn of the Millenium it was clear that a new building was needed, and for the first time a full Senior School was established. From this point, the school has catered for children from 3 to 18 years old.

In 2014 we became the first school in the Netherlands to be recognised by the UK Government as a British School Overseas. We are also an accredited member of the Council of British International Schools.

Today we have 950+ pupils, spread over four schools - Early Years, Infants, Juniors and Seniors. While this total may grow a little, owing to increasing demand for our kind of schooling, we will always adhere to the imperative of keeping the size of each school to one where the feeling of community and the recognition of each child can be readily maintained.

As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, it is with absolute pride and pleasure that we have had the opportunity to write a book about the history of the school that we called The First 40 Years. More information about this book can be found here

School principals

1983 – 2010 Mr Mike Roberts OBE (former deputy headmaster in Newcastle, England)
2010 – 2013 Mr John Light (former Rector at Edinburgh Academy, Scotland)
2013 – 2016 Mrs Jonnie Goyer (former Head at Farlington School, England)
2016 – Mr Paul Morgan (former Deputy Headmaster at St Paul’s, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Our new home opening 21 April 2021

For more information about our new school location please click here