Inspection Reports & Accreditations

BSB, the only international school in Barcelona rated as "outstanding" by BSO

The British School of Barcelona (BSB) meets all standards for British Schools Overseas.

The British School of Barcelona (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. Relationships are excellent. Students’ behaviour is exemplary, and they really enjoy being at school. As a result, they quickly become confident and articulate learners, and fluent speakers of the English language.

BSO Inspection 2021

BSO Inspection October 2021

The British School of Barcelona (BSB) has been rated as an Outstanding School in every Category. This is the highest recognition that an international school can receive and is the conclusion reached following our recent British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspection.

BSO is the gold standard for British international education worldwide and represents a benchmark for the best international schools. It is a voluntary inspection scheme whereby the most prestigious British Schools in the world are inspected against a common set of standards that are aligned to independent schools in the United Kingdom. 

The accreditation report released by Penta International, an independent inspectorate body accredited by the English Department for Education (DfE), grades our school as one of the best British schools in the world.

This accreditation clearly demonstrates our level of excellence in key areas such as:

  • the quality of the education we provide
  • the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our pupils
  • the welfare, health, and safety of our students
  • the suitability of staff and proprietors
  • the quality of the premises and facilities
  • the quality of leadership and management of schools

Details of the BSO inspection framework can be found following this link: British Schools Overseas Inspection Scheme. The scheme helps to inform parents about how the standards in these schools measure up against the standards that apply to independent schools in England.

Accreditations & Partnerships

British Schools Overseas Inspected

The British School of Barcelona is an international school successfully inspected against the United Kingdom DfE standards for British Schools Overseas (BSO).

In the latest report, BSB was rated as an Outstanding School in every Category.

The BSO scheme is an initiative of the United Kingdom’s Department for Education (DfE). It is a voluntary inspection scheme for overseas schools that aims to help them make sure they provide their pupils with the skills and qualifications they need to enter or re-enter the British education system.

The scheme helps to inform parents about how the standards in these schools measure up against the standards that apply to independent schools in England.

View the BSO website.

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National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS)

The British School of Barcelona is also formally accredited by NABSS, which is the standard requirement for British schools in Spain.

BSB is a founder member of the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS). It was founded in 1978 and since then, NABSS members are fully licensed by the Ministry of Education of Spain, and recognised by the British Council centers and official inspectors. NABSS is also affiliated to the British Consulate in Spain.

View NABSS website.

HMC

HMC

The British School of Barcelona has been accepted as a member of HMC, a kite mark of global quality, innovation and excellence in education.

HMC (the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) is a professional Association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools. As an HMC school, The British School of Barcelona is committed to the benefits of a holistic educational experience: academic excellence coupled with a strong emphasis on pastoral care and exceptional co-curricular opportunities.

View HMC website.

Cobis

Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels is Accredited Member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

Representing over 500 member organisations, COBIS is a responsive organisation, open to current and future opportunities. The association has developed markedly since its foundation, changing to meet the needs and aspirations of its growing global school membership base.

Being a COBIS school means that the BSB School operates within specific guidelines of ethical practice and good governance, which reflect the high standards and ethos expected of a first-class British-style educational system.

View COBIS website.

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International Baccalaureate

The British School of Barcelona is an IB World School, that is, an authorised school for offering International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes of international education.

IB programmes develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) enjoys a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions.

View IBO website.

BISA

Barcelona International Schools Association (BISA)

The British School of Barcelona is a founder member of the Barcelona International Schools Association (BISA).

It is a professional organization that strives to improve the quality of education in its member schools through several venues. It promotes the sharing of resources, professional development, and communication and interchange; the organization also attempts to create international understanding in Barcelona and beyond.

BISA serves as a liaison between its member schools, local governments, and pertinent local and international education organizations.

View BISA website.

Cambridge International Examinations

The British School of Barcelona is an authorised centre for the University of Cambridge (CIE) exams.

Cambridge qualifications open doors for Cambridge learners and are an international passport to progression and success. They are recognised by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic ability.

View CIE website

Pearson Edexcel London Examinations

The British School of Barcelona is an authorised centre for EDEXCEL qualifications. Edexcel is the brand name for world-class academic and general qualifications from Pearson, including GCSEs and A Levels.

Designed to advance learners’ skills while developing knowledge, Edexcel’s qualifications help learners either progress to higher education or go directly into employment. They are grounded in the quality and traditions of the British education system made relevant for today’s United Kingdom and international learners.

View Edexcel website.

Asociación de Colegios Privados Independientes – Círculo de Calidad Educativa

The British School of Barcelona is a member of CICAE, an association of private schools whose mission is to promote and develop the free and independent education in order to improve the quality of teaching.

View CICAE website.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Spain

The British School of Barcelona is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, the only independent British-Spanish business organisation in Spain, with strong institutional relations, in particular with the British Embassy and British commercial services (UK Trade and Investment) and Spanish abroad (ICEX).

View BCCS website.

Rockschool International Music Exam Board

The British School of Barcelona is a member of Rockschool, the world’s leading pop and rock music exams provider.

The British School of Barcelona is the second Rockschool exams centre in Barcelona and the third in Catalonia.

View Rockschool website.

UNICEF

The British School of Barcelona and UNICEF signed a collaboration agreement in 2013 which recognises our educational centre as a Escola Amiga d’UNICEF (UNICEF ally).

Through this agreement our International School commits to incorporating in its programme the promotion and protection of children’s rights and to celebrate the international Day for Children every year in November.

Our English School will participate actively in those fundraising campaigns and awareness programmes designed by UNICEF to support their international cooperation projects. This will also include emergency actions organised by UNICEF around the world to help children in areas devastated by conflict or natural disasters.

View UNICEF website.

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