Mission & Values

Prepared with everything our students need to shape the future.

BSB has a proud well-established reputation for providing an all-through, world-class international education to children from the age of 3 to Pre-University. For more than 60 years we have been delivering caring, highly and future-facing education to children from more than 60 nationalities and cultures.

At BSB, it is our mission to equip our students with the knowledge, self-awareness, confidence, values and skills they need to succeed in life beyond BSB.

``Supportive, nurturing, friendly environment where the children can develop as independent, resilient, caring and forward-thinking individuals. It would be hard to find a more nurturing environment for our children to be educated in.``

– Year 9 Parent, Voice of Parent Survey 2022


The British School of Barcelona is a caring, learning community with high expectations.



We inspire all to be creative, curious thinkers within a culture of support and challenge.

We provide individual growth through high expectations; demonstrating commitment, resilience and respect for all.

We are global citizens, embracing difference, cared for and caring, and principled in our beliefs.

``BSB offers a top-quality British education that meets the needs of its students, engages them in their learning and provides a real sense of school community.``

– The British School of Barcelona, BSO Report 2021

Bringing values to life.

We bring these values to life by ensuring academic excellence; providing students with choice and a genuine say in their learning; explicitly teaching and developing wider learning skills and habits; and finally through our programme of care and support, which we feel is second to none.

Academic Excellence

We ensure our students leave BSB with great qualifications in order to access places at the best universities across the World. We have achieved this for many years and this is ingrained into the way we operate.

Student Choice

From the first days in Early Years to the end of their BSB careers, our students are given choices within lessons and/or for the subjects they wish to study in order to ensure they have a genuine stake in their learning. With this approach students are more engaged, motivated and have more fun with their learning.

Learning Habits

For the past 4 years, we have been focusing on Learning Habits or dispositions – i.e. the skills and habits our students will need to be successful in life after BSB. We don’t want our students just to get to university, we want them to be successful in all they do after BSB, so having these wider skills is essential. These skills are explicitly taught within and beyond our curriculum and help to develop character and a global perspective.

Care & Support

We aim to provide superb personal, social and academic support for every one of our students. This led to us achieving the International benchmark award of the Wellbeing Award for Schools. Our programme of personal, social and health education is delivered using the ‘philosophy for children’ approach. This provides a safe environment for students to explore and discuss issues and principles.

History of The British School of Barcelona

Founded over 60 years ago, BSB has flourished into an outstanding, high-performing school with more than 1700 students in three locations.

The school is founded as The Anglo-American School in Castelldefels.


The school is renamed as The British School of Barcelona and moves to the current location in Castelldefels.


The British School of Barcelona joins the international education group Cognita.


Our 50th Anniversary


BSB expands with the acquisition of the BSB Sitges campus for children in Early Years and Primary.


BSB opens BSB Nexus, a state-of-the-art Pre-University Campus in Castelldefels that offers a differentiated global pre-university experience to students aged 16-18.


BSB builds a new 9,000 m2 rugby and football pitch to further enhance the school’s sports facilities in Castelldefels.


BSB opens BSB City, its newest campus in the heart of Barcelona (Sarrià-Sant Gervasi) for students from Early Years to Pre-University.


BSB opens a top-notch BSB STEM Centre in Castelldefels.


BSB is accredited as an Outstanding School in every Category following the BSO inspection by Penta International. This confirms BSB as one of the best British schools in the world.



BSB achieves the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS) formally recognising our very high standards of provision for emotional wellbeing and mental health within our school community.


IB Diploma students get best-ever results with 100% pass rate and average score of 35, with 1 student scoring full marks and 6 students scoring 40+ points across all their subjects.


68 nationalities now represented within the student body.

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