The British School in Tokyo (BST)
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About The British School in Tokyo (BST)

The British School in Tokyo (BST) is a truly international co-educational school with over 900 students aged between 3 and 18, located right in the centre of one of the most exciting cities in the world. Our recent Inspection Report, in which we received the highest grade, Excellent, in all 8 categories at every age level, has resulted in us becoming well known internationally for our high academic standards, for the care we take with each individual student of any ability and for the happy, multicultural environment that we provide for learning and play.

The BST community is supportive and friendly and is committed to the pursuit of excellence. We have a long-established reputation for success that is based on collaboration and high standards.

The British School in Tokyo has also developed an outstanding reputation for high-quality holistic education over many years. Established in 1989 in central Tokyo with a small initial cohort, the school now comprises over 65 different nationalities, 1,150 students and 200 staff located on two very well resourced campuses.

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4 Reviews of The British School in Tokyo (BST)

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Overall 3.83
Facilities 2.00
Academics 3.00
Teachers 4.00
Sports 5.00
Music & Arts 3.00
Science & Tech 3.00

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Jo Stobbs, 25/03/2021 @ 21:40:25
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Music & Arts

A small school in a big city. The lack of competition makes the lack of depth seem acceptable. Some wonderful elements, such as the wonderful librarian, the spring fair, some hard working teachers, but the small footprint, lack of facilities and imagination let it down

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Jonathan Teller, a year ago

Excellent school. My children attended a couple of years ago and compared to their new education I'm aware of just how great this school is in the international community.

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Graham Gisby, a year ago

A lovely little school built on a neighbourhood block to house Primary and Pre-school. It is the only British school in Tokyo and indeed all Japan. They run the full national curriculum end with A-levels at Pre-university level. They are very popular and have an intricate, but very successful, progress testing, which then enables them to target students for a host of helpful reasons.

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Suvendu Das, 2 years ago

The British School in Tokyo was set up as a charitable trust in 1988 by a group of parents who wished their children to have a British style education in Tokyo. The School was opened in 1989 on a site in Shibuya, central Tokyo, located next to, and leased from, a well-respected Japanese private school, Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen. In the early years of the School, the children were from ages 5 to 10 and the majority were British, in contrast to the situation today where the school provides education from age 3 to 18 and has over 50 nationalities, of whom over a third are neither British nor Japanese. During the early 1990s the School’s success led to increased demand and by 1993 there were over 200 children from ages 3 to 10. The building at that time could no longer accommodate the growing demand for places and therefore a modern building with improved facilities, the current BST Shibuya site, was opened in Shibuya on 14 May 1998 to provide a bright and stimulating environment for over 300 children aged 3 to 11. In 2000, the School opened a small second site in Shibuya to accommodate a number of older students, up to age 13. The School continued to grow and in particular to attract substantial numbers of non-British children, especially from other European countries and from Australia. It was clear by the mid-2000s that new facilities would be required to meet the demand for places. In 2006, the Trustees therefore entered into an agreement with Showa Women’s University, which has a large, leafy campus with excellent facilities at Sangenjaya, 10 minutes west of Shibuya, and opened a second school in newly renovated accommodation on their campus. Both schools continued to grow, with parents being attracted by the growing reputation for academic excellence, care for individual student needs and a happy, international environment in which to learn and play. Over the next 4 years the School moved the upper Primary Years to the Showa campus at Sangenjaya, in order to allow expansion to 4 classes in each year for the younger years at Shibuya, and opened new years at the top of the school in order to take children up to age 16. In 2010 the decision was taken to expand the school to age 18 and in 2012 the first students graduated directly to university. In late 2011, the Trustees commissioned an inspection from the Independent Schools Inspectorate and 5 inspectors spent over a week at the school.  The resulting Inspection Report gave the School an Excellent rating, the highest possible, in all 8 categories examined across all age groups at the School. It is unusual for a school to be rated Excellent in every category and the School now has an excellent reputation internationally. The School bounced back quickly from the Economic Shock of 2008 and the Earthquake and Fukushima crisis of 2011, the reduction in student numbers of around 5% on each occasion being more than fully recovered in the following year. The School now has over 1000 students, 380 from ages 3 to 7 at Shibuya and 620 from ages 8 to 18 on the Showa campus at Sangenjaya, and is still growing.

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