The British School of Barcelona accredited as one of the best British schools in the world

The British School of Barcelona has been rated as Outstanding in every category by the inspection run by the English Department for Education (DfE) of the British Government

BSB is one of the only five schools in Spain that are currently recognised as outstanding by BSO and the only school in Catalunya to have gained this prestigious accreditation

The inspectors highlight the quality of education, the strong sense of community among staff, students and families, and the global educational standards of the school

The top-quality education provided and the outstanding academic achievements allow students to attend the best universities in Spain and around the world

"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

Excellent, broad, balanced and highly personalised curriculum

A child-centered school where everyone feels happy and safe

An inclusive school that actively promotes global perspectives

Access to best universities in Spain and around the world

A clearly established vision and strategic direction

The British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspection is a voluntary scheme for the inspection of British schools overseas, whereby schools are inspected against a common set of standards that are aligned to British independent schools in the UK.

By achieving UK inspection-based accreditation, participating schools are able to demonstrate that they provide a British education that has similar characteristics to an education in an independent school in the UK.

Penta International is an independent inspectorate body accredited by the English Department for Education (DfE).

Over a 3-day period, a team of six international inspectors observed over 100 lessons from Early Years to Pre-University across all of our four campuses BSB City, BSB Castelldefels, BSB Sitges and BSB Nexus. Discussions were held with the senior staff, the leadership teams, a range of teachers, parents and groups of students. School documentation and policies were analysed, and data reviewed.

Being rated as an “Outstanding School in every Category” is the highest recognition that an international educational centre can receive and grades BSB as one of the best British schools in the world.

This achievement places BSB as one of the only five schools in Spain that are currently recognised as outstanding by BSO, and the only school in Catalunya to have gained this prestigious accreditation. 

The report highlights the quality of education provided, the strong sense of community among staff, students and families, and the global educational standards of the school.

With over 60 years providing a top-class British International Education, BSB has developed exceptionally in recent years, both in terms of education and expansion of its facilities. Penta’s report states that the significant progress BSB has made in school improvement over the last few years is the result of a clearly established vision, which informs the strategic direction of the school, under outstanding leadership and management.

The report highlights that BSB delivers an excellent, broad, balanced and highly personalised curriculum that encourage independent and creative learning. This allows students across all year groups to make consistently very good progress and achieve well above UK national averages. The report also indicates that students throughout the school display high levels of English.

Inspectors reported that students feel happy and safe, and are very proud of their school. Wellbeing of students is recognised as a clear focus of the school and relationships between students and teachers are found to be excellent.

The report also points out that BSB is an inclusive school that actively promotes values such as mutual respect and tolerance helping students develop global perspectives.

As a result of the quality education provided and the outstanding academic achievements, each year nearly all students at BSB progress onto higher education; 95% are successful in gaining places in their first choice university.

This is the result of excellent university admission guidance allowing them to attend the best universities in Spain and around the world.

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