Top 10 Best British Schools in Barcelona Spain

Top 10 Best British Schools in Barcelona Spain

There are about 15 British schools in Barcelona and the surrounding areas. Most of these can be found near the centre of Barcelona but many can be found in the surrounding areas such as Castelldefels and Sitges, about 20 and 30 minutes south respectively (see below for a map of locations). 

About British Schools 

The National Curriculum of England is one of the most trusted education systems in the world. To be officially recognised by the UK Department for Education, British schools need to be inspected by one of the approved inspectorates. In addition, schools may be linked with bodies such as COBISNABSS or BSME (full list here) who help schools ensure standards are in line with UK government requirements. You should be able to download or request a copy of the latest inspection report for any school you wish to apply to.

Most British schools will work towards International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams which are overseen by organisations such as Cambridge International or Pearson (Edexcel).

Post IGSCE (typically, 16 to 18 years old), A Level exams prepare students for university and beyond. Depending on the school, students will select 3 or 4 subjects to focus in on. Many schools will also offer International Baccalaureate alongside English qualifications which can help open more opportunities for universities around the world.

The English language is at the heart of the curriculum, ensuring students are able to communicate fluently in the world's most widely spoken language.

Where British Schools in Barcelona are located:

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You can see a a live map and the full directory of British schools in Barcelona or the top 10 below.

Best British Schools Barcelona - Rankings

Note: our rankings are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Barcelona school should be in the top 10, get reviewing - we want to hear from real people with real experiences at schools so parents, teachers and pupils get the real story when they choose their next school. You can find your school in the Barcelona British schools directory, or search by name here.

If you prefer, you can filter by age, curriculum and language on the Barcelona school list.

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The Olive Tree School logo The Olive Tree School 

5.0 from 20 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 16

Max Class Size

20

Description

The Olive Tree School The Olive Tree School provides dynamic, personalised education for 3-16 year olds. We founded The Olive Tree in a cosy ground floor of a house in Sitges to provide a school that was warm, caring and with high academic expectations. Now, many years later, we have spacious premises with beautiful grassy gardens, a science lab, two ICT suites, an airy art studio, two large, full libraries, two outdoor classrooms, two thriving vegetable plots and an indoor and an outdoor theatre.

However, we have remained true to our original values. Those centre on high expectations for all children leading to academic excellence. We guide every pupil on their path to developing a spirit of independence, optimism and innovation. We inspire our pupils with an excitement for the world of ideas! Our dedicated team of teachers are British-government trained, and employ a variety of teaching styles in the classroom. We create an environment where children experiment with new concepts, and follow their curiosity. Discovery and a free exchange of ideas are essential to us.

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ISCAT International School of Catalunya logo ISCAT International School of Catalunya 

5.0 from 19 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Max Class Size

20

Description

The International School of Catalunya (ISCAT) is a coeducational British Day School located in La Garriga, Barcelona. Through our personalised and authentic learning programmes, we provide students aged 3-18, from Nursery to Year 13, with a formal British education. We follow the British National Curriculum, the portal to study across the UK, USA, Spain and the rest of the world.

Learning to learn, learning to be, learning to think. At the International School of Catalunya (ISCAT), the personal growth of each student is at the heart of our educational programme. Our students prepare for the future through academic challenge and stimulation.

We fully believe that when the delicate balance between academic endeavor and emotional wellbeing is achieved, our students are most open to the entire learning experience. At ISCAT, we nurture the spirit of each and every one so that, armed with self-knowledge, a belief in themselves, and a solid academic record, they face the world fully prepared to shoulder responsibilities and give of their best.

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SIL School 

5.0 from 7 reviews

Curriculum

English,Spanish

Primary Language

English

Ages

1 to 18

Description

Sil School / Colegio Sil offers an experimental, active and global teaching from 4 months of age, accompanying our students in their personal growth, playing, experimenting and sharing experiences that will establish the foundations of their own learning process. The trilingual project of Colegio SIL focuses on English, Catalan and Spanish to provide students with a solid linguistic competence in all three languages, expanding to a second foreign language in secondary school.

SIL School guarantees quality education to students, based on an educational system that focuses on the daily academic progress of the student.

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Oak House School 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English, IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Oak House School Barcelona is a private, co-educational school, situated in Sarrià, in the north of Barcelona. The school is a Non-Profit Foundation with a Board of Governors. The Board is comprised of seven parents, elected through the Parents’ Association. The Oak House School teaching staff is composed of 106 educators (teachers and teaching assistants) and has a low turnover rate (2% per year in the previous two years). The average tenure is 11 years and in the last three years the staff has been increased by 13% due to the International Baccalaureate offer and more coverage of educational needs.

A considerable part of the whole-school budget is allocated to continual professional development. At Oak House information gleaned from an individual training course is cascaded to colleagues so that everyone benefits from the course. A key objective at Oak House School is to support and develop effective teaching and learning and help staff to improve their practice through self-reflection based on evidence, and high quality training and professional development opportunities.

We encourage our teachers to be reflective practitioners and engage in research which promotes excellence in teaching and learning. We also support Bachillerato and IB teachers in collaborating with universities and business schools because these enrich our knowledge, offer us updated content for our students and a different approach to many topics.

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Highlands School Barcelona 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

1 to 18

Description

Highlands School Barcelona is a private, bilingual, catholic school with the mission of educating leaders of the future through academic excellence and integral formation, accompanied by personal guidance. Highlands was born with the idea of offering an innovation, vanguard, and distinctive catholic school, with a high level of English within the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. That idea became reality in 2000.

Highlands has managed to make a name in Catalan society offering a quality service, looking towards the future but without forgetting it origins. Nowadays, Highlands School Barcelona is going through a period of remodeling, moving towards to an international projection, helped by a privileged location close to Barcelona and with a unique project in the city.

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St. George Barcelona logo St. George Barcelona 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

St. George Barcelona St. George Barcelona is a private British school, located in the upper side of Barcelona city, with classes from two years of age. We have students from more than 45 different nationalities who from the first day, learn English with native teachers.

We believe in helping each child reach their own maximum potential and giving them the tools they will need to excel in their personal and professional lives. Students follow the full British National Curriculum, as they would if they were in the UK.

St George Barcelona follows all the fundamental principles of British education while taking advantage of the richness of the local environment and culture. This multicultural context is what makes their education different as they complete their studies with compulsory subjects such as Castilian Language and Catalan and Social Studies which are taught weekly in different courses. Thanks to their complete training in both systems, they can choose whether their university studies are going abroad or whether they prefer to stay in Spain.

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Kensington School 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Kensington School Barcelona is one of the oldest British curriculum schools in the whole of Spain, being founded in 1966, and the values and ethos have changed little in almost fifty years.

Kensington School follows a ‘pure’ British curriculum and is able to dedicate all of its curriculum time to subjects within the National Curriculum for England and Wales. We remain very much a family run school, with the founder´s sons – all of whom were educated at Kensington – now ensuring we continue to thrive as a happy, purposeful and dynamic community.

We are fully authorised and regularly visited by Her Majesty's Inspectorate. Indeed we were very honoured that our splendid purpose-built school building was officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II herself.

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The British College of Gavà logo The British College of Gavà 

4.9 from 14 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Max Class Size

25

Description

The British College of Gavà The British College of Gavà (BCG) started in September 2015 with children aged 3-12. The school grew rapidly over its first two years to the point where it expanded to incorporate all year groups from Nursery to Year 13 with children aged 3-18. Word of the good work of the school spread rapidly and gained the interest of local families who were looking for a new, unique and innovative education that previously wasn’t available.

The British College of Gavà is now a registered Edexcel examination centre and hosts GCSE and A Level examinations enabling leavers to progress to universities in the UK, Spain, the U.S., as well as other countries around the world. When we search for prospective teachers we have one word in mind. Can they ‘inspire’? Learning comes from within, and with our role at BCG as facilitators we aim to nurture motivated and determined students who have an intrinsic love for learning that drives them through the many challenges they face. Characterised by enthusiasm, professional ambition and a sense of responsibility, The British College of Gavà provides a stimulating alternative offering a high quality creative education with a distinctive style. In this sense, we are working towards achieving the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) status.

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The British School of Barcelona 

4.3 from 9 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

The British School of Barcelona (BSB) was founded in 1958, with campuses in Sitges and Castelldefels. The BSB School has always provided a great independent international education for our students. All are encouraged to become global citizens; self-confident enough to express and discuss their beliefs and opinions, whilst demonstrating a deep understanding and tolerance of different cultures. The British School of Barcelona follows the English National Curriculum and employ up-to-date, research based pedagogical approaches to ensure our students develop high level learning habits and skills.

The British School of Barcelona campus in Castelldefels offers modern and spacious premises which create an optimal setting for effective teaching and learning. The campus is within easy reach from the centre of Barcelona, and is just a 10-minute drive from the airport. The newly revamped BSB campus of The British School of Barcelona, in Sitges, offers modern, thoughtfully-designed, newly equipped facilities to provide the very best learning environment for Early Years and Primary aged children.

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John Talabot School 

4.2 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

English, Spanish

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

John Talabot is a partially subsidised, secular and multicultural school that offers a solid education in academic, cultural and in human values, based on the curriculum established by the Generalitat of Catalonia and with an exclusive project in the English language that is backed up by 40 years of experience.

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Other International Schools in Barcelona

There are 4 other international schools in Barcelona that didn't make it into our Top 10, either because they didn't have enough reviews or its review rating was too low. If your school is one of those and you think it should make the Top 10, make sure you add your review and tell your story via the school links below.

School Curriculum Rating
International Rural School English 5.0 / 5
English Academy Santa Claus English 3.9 / 5
European International School of Barcelona English, Spanish 3.4 / 5
St. Patrick's International School English 3.0 / 5

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