Our Story

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.

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.

Who we are

We are an accredited school providing an outstanding British education to the international community of Amsterdam. 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. We provide a proven preparation for entry to the finest universities in the UK, Europe and the USA.

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.

Our new home (since April 2021)

We are honoured to have had 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.

The building has been specifically redesigned for us and to a high level of specification. All our three schools are now together under one roof with the finest facilities of any school in the city.

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.

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.

The new building has the capacity to house up to 1,200 pupils, although the architectural design allows us to keep our all-important ‘small school’ feel while also reflecting our focus on innovation, sustainability and pupil centred learning.