The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels

Ages Taught

3 – 16 years old

Year Groups Taught

Nursery to Year 11

Curriculum Taught

English National Curriculum, additional Enrichment Programme, International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Spanish Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (ESO)

School Capacity

1100 students

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Carrer Ginesta, 2-10

08860 Castelldefels
Barcelona, Spain

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The British School currently operate different bus routes serving most areas where students live and travel to school on a regular basis, such as:
  • Barcelona
  • Hospitalet de Llobregat
  • El Prat de Llobregat
  • Sant Boi
  • Viladecans
  • Gavà
  • Gavà Mar
  • Castelldefels
  • Sitges
  • Sant Pere de Ribes
  • Vilanova i la Geltrú
  • Cubelles
  • Cunit
  • Segur de Calafell
Please click here to learn more about the bus routes available and the booking terms and conditions.

The BSB Castelldefels is divided into three distinct areas for Early Years, Primary and Secondary. Each part of the school has its own entrance and its own distinct and age-appropriate learning and play and social spaces.

In Early Years this includes classrooms with direct access to outside play spaces where the Continuous Provision framework can be further developed.

In Primary, learning takes place in well-equipped classrooms and support and specialist rooms. The Primary school also has a well-shaded play area with enhanced playground facilities.

In Secondary, there are faculty areas with dedicated rooms for all subjects, including IT; nine modern science laboratories; a purpose-built art block; a large, purpose-built music department with a main teaching room and five practise rooms, and a large two-storey Library and research centre.

There are also some shared facilities across The British School, including:

  • A 376-seat theatre
  • Purpose-built dining rooms
  • A medical room
  • A new study garden
  • Sports areas: an indoor gymnasium, three outdoor multi-sports courts and a multi-game artificial turf pitch

Please click here to view our facilities.

The British School of Barcelona aims to provide a highly effective teaching and learning experience designed to develop responsible, well informed, confident, polite, happy and caring individuals.

The BSB School enriched curriculum provides an all-round education which successfully prepares pupils for life beyond school.

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Led by the Principal of the BSB, the Senior Business Manager, and the Headteachers of Primary and Secondary, the campus of Castelldefels employs over 200 staff. This includes 166 fully-qualified teachers, specialist subject and language teachers, heads of subjects and directors of learning, as well as specialist extra curricular teachers, assistants and exam invigilators.

The international british school also employs 42 support staff in the areas of administration, IT, maintenance and services, as well as 3 temporary staff (teaching and non-teaching).

Senior Leadership Team

The Barcelona British School Senior Team is committed to supporting students, parents and staff throughout all the stages of school life by leading and managing all aspects of the school’s work

Mr Jonathan Locke


Jonathan Locke is the Principal of The British School of Barcelona since September 2018. He was the former Head of Leventhorpe School, in Sawbridgeworth, England, and having completed 20 years as a member of three senior leadership teams, the last ten as Headteacher, he has significant experience in leading school communities through change and innovation.

Jonathan has a proven record of success at Leventhorpe, which was judged to be an Outstanding school by Ofsted and became a National Teaching School. He has been accredited as a National Leader of Education (NLE). Jonathan is committed to the principle of educating the whole person through equality of opportunity and the meeting of individual needs, and believes that students work best when they feel valued and that an effective school recognises individuals’ strengths and talents.

Prior to his current headship, Jonathan has had a hugely successful career in senior leadership positions at Sir John Lawes School and Richard Hale School in the UK. He has also worked as a Mathematics teacher and as ICT Coordinator. He holds a Statistics and Management degree from the University of Wales, and a postgraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. He has travelled the world as a rugby player representing England at various levels and Saracens 1st XV.  In recent years Jonathan has coached a local junior team, something he wishes to continue here at BSB.

Jon’s leadership style is focused on encouraging staff and pupils to innovate and work collaboratively, making learning far more powerful. He is highly empathic and positive, full of contagious energy, which is fundamental for the future development of The British School of Barcelona as a learning community.

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Mrs Emma Overton

Head of Early Years & Primary

Emma Overton was appointed Head of Early Years and Primary at BSB School Castelldefels effective from 1st September 2017.  She was Head Teacher at a Primary School in the North East of England for 7 years, after 12 years of teaching across the primary age range and leading on a variety of subject areas. She holds a BA in Education (General Primary) from the University of Northumbria, is NPQH qualified (National Professional Qualification in Headship) with an additional Primary Executive Headship Qualification gained from the National College for Teaching & Leadership.

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Mr James Petrie

Head of Secondary and Pre-University

Mr Petrie has been Head of Secondary and Pre-University at The British School of Barcelona since July 2017. Previously he was the Deputy Head Academic in the Secondary School. Prior to this James was Senior Teacher and Head of English at Hereford Cathedral School. He is also an extremely keen historian and has regularly chaired events at the Chalke Valley History Festival in the UK.

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