April 01, 2024

The British School in Tokyo set to mark 35 years since its founding


Paul Tough, principal

Two campuses deliver a broad and balanced education founded in the English National Curriculum to more than 1,100 students representing over 60 nationalities from ages 3 to 18

This year, we will celebrate the 35th birthday of The British School in Tokyo. In the past 35 years, BST has continually grown and flourished, with a commitment to excellence — delivering education founded in the English National Curriculum and embracing all that our international and Japanese setting provides.

BST currently provides world-class education to over 1,100 students representing over 60 nationalities in our two campuses within Tokyo, starting with Nursery classes for children age 3 through to Year 13 for those 18 years old. BST has developed a reputation as one of the best international schools in Japan, and its students transfer to leading universities worldwide.

At BST, we deliver a broad and balanced education, a characteristic of a British international school. Students have access to various subjects and different areas of the curriculum, with importance placed on music, creative arts and sports and on extracurricular activities.

Last year, we moved BST’s Primary School to the newly developed Azabudai Hills, a step away from the famous Tokyo Tower. The British company Heatherwick Studio designed our new campus, which spans eight levels covering an area of 15,000 square meters. The facility hosts an indoor swimming pool, a sports hall, a digital technology studio, an art design studio, two libraries, two music rooms, six music practice studios and spacious outdoor learning and recreational areas, with trees and other natural elements integrated throughout.

Internally, on each floor, every year group has a large outdoor area (Early Years children even have a slide there) and an indoor shared area, referred to as “teaching plazas,” which has enabled the school’s educational philosophy to be articulated clearly with the creation of innovative, flexible and stimulating learning environments for students.

Our Secondary School is located at Showa Women’s University (SWU) in Sangenjaya, two stops from Shibuya. This enables our Secondary School students to benefit from university-level facilities and world-class performance venues.

The extensive facilities on both campuses allow BST to deliver that broad, balanced education and holistic approach we wish to develop. Students can learn in and outside of the classrooms. Opportunities for students to develop their interests and talents are plentiful. Music, sport, art and drama are significant areas of strength for the school.

Another core part of the school’s approach is the BST Outdoors program, which includes annual residential trips and ski weeks. Students of all ages from Year 1 to Year 13 take part in overnight residential trips. From river rafting to canyoning, mountain biking, hiking and camping, students can discover new interests and learn about themselves. These help students develop attributes associated with the BST Learner Profile, including resilience, confidence and collaboration.

We look to nurture each student’s unique potential and strive to help them create a strong sense of self, built around purpose and passion. For anyone interested in enrolling to our school, please feel free to check admissions information at bst.ac.jp/admissions

The British School in Tokyo

Primary School: 1-3-3 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Secondary School: 1-7-57 Taishido, Showa Women’s University, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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