The British School is on the move, in every way. We open the doors to the pupils in our new building for the start of the Summer Term on Wednesday 21 April. Our new building is specifically redesigned for us, to a high level of specification. All our three schools can be together under one roof. It also means that we will have possibly the finest facilities of any school in the city.
The countdown has begun. We are now in full preparation for this exciting new chapter in the story of our school. And, we will use the move as an opportunity to continue to improve – the move is our catalyst. For The British School the new setting will herald a reaffirmation of our commitment to continued improvement and progress at every level.
We will lose nothing of the family feel, of which we are so proud. Indeed, with all three schools together, but with careful preservation of the individual character of each school, there is even more scope for community activities of all kinds.
In February 2017 we were delighted and extremely excited to have purchased a magnificent site from the Rijks Vastgoed Bedrijf as our new school location. The new site is a 19th century monument within a residential neighbourhood.
The British School has embarked on a major redevelopment programme, to turn this historic building into a fantastic modern British international school with a capacity of just over 14,000m².
The new school building will be located at Havenstraat 6, in Amsterdam Oud-Zuid. Perfectly positioned between Central Amsterdam and Amstelveen on the border of the financial district. It is in the heart of where most expatriate families in the Metropolitan Area of Amsterdam live and work. The building has great access to the entire city, including the South, Central and Western parts of Amsterdam and Amstelveen. It is also close to Schiphol Airport. Using the several bicycle lanes, the school is also easily and safely accessible by bicycle from every direction.
A lot of thought has gone into how to access the new school building, both for cars and bicycles. The new building will feature a ‘Kiss and Ride’ drop off point along the Havenstraat, allowing parents of older children to easily bring their children to the school gates by car. The site will also have parking for bicycles. The site is a one-minute walk away from Haarlemmermeer station and is close to a number of bus and tram stops, allowing easy public transport access to the school.
We are very excited to have the opportunity to turn this former prison monument with its wealth of history, into a place to educate our future generations of over 40 nationalities. Our appreciation of the historic importance is reflected in our close relationship with the Monuments Department of the Municipality of Amsterdam, and our choice of architects, whose experience includes the renovation of the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank Huis. We will preserve the historic façade of the building as viewed from the Amstelveenseweg roundabout, restoring the classic view from the main road.
Key features of the new building
In our designs we have created innovative and contemporary spaces which are both beautiful and highly functional. The designs reflect our focus on innovation, sustainability and pupil centred learning. The new building will make learning inspiring for everyone.
The new building will have the capacity to house up to 1,200 pupils, although the architectural design will allow us to keep our all-important ‘small school’ feel.
A school must provide many functions in one building and our new building will allow us to fulfil this objective. There will be wide hallways and galleries so children and staff can move easily and safely around the school. There will be a variety of different types of study spaces, from classrooms, to libraries and shared areas where older children can engage in individual study or group work. We want all our pupils to have access to the type of environment that suits their learning requirements, as well as the social zones they enjoy. The pupils will have state of the art teaching and learning facilities, which includes a 9m high sports hall and an amazing theatre where they will be able to perform for their peers and parents.
Varied outdoor spaces
The new building will give The British School more outdoor space than ever before. There will be separate outdoor spaces for each of the three schools, ensuring safe, age-appropriate play areas for all of our children.
Use of natural light
The skylight at the centre of the building will allow daylight to enter the heart of the school. We want our new school to be beautiful as well as functional – a requirement which is fulfilled by the natural light that shines throughout. The long corridors will provide extensive sight-lines to the exterior, allowing even more light into the building.
Please visit our image library that will give you a glimpse of what is in store for our pupils and their families.