The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels is a school successfully inspected against the United Kingdom DfE standards for British Schools Overseas (BSO). 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 of how the standards in these schools measure up against the standards that apply to independent schools in Britain, insofar as this is compatible with the legal requirements of the host country.
The British School of Barcelona 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 recognized by the British Council centers and official inspectors. NABSS is also affiliated to the British Consulate in Spain.
The British School of Barcelona’s Executive Headteacher, Mr John Bell, 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.
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 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.
The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels 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.
The British School of Barcelona Sitges 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.
The British School of Barcelona, Castelldefels and Sitges campuses, 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.
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.
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.
The British School of Barcelona, Castelldefels and Sitges campuses, 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).