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CurriculumsIB and British
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 20 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: €10,650
to: €14,800
This school has more than one campus in Barcelona:
Castelldefels Campus: Ages 3 to 16

Address: Carrer de la Ginesta, 26, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain

Sitges Campus: Ages 3 to 11

Address: Passeig Isaac Albéniz, s/n, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain

BSB Nexus Campus: Ages 16 to 18

Address: Carrer de la Ginesta, 2-10, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain

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Number of students

1,562 pupils

Number of nationalities represented in the school

56 nationalities

Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Max. number of students per class

Early Years: 20; Primary: 24; Secondary: 20; Pre-University/Sixth Form: 16

Average number of students per class

Early Years: 20; Primary: 24; Secondary: 20; Pre-University/Sixth Form: 16

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, EAL support (English as an Additional Language) up to Year 5 at BSB Sitges campus

Additional language classes offered by the school

Spanish, Catalan, French, German - and Russian as an after-school activity

Use of technology in the classroom

Yes (smartscreens, ipads, laptops)

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Half an hour

Uniform required

Yes up to Year 11

Waiting list


Entry evaluation for students

Yes, from Year 2 and above. Children applying for Nursery, Reception and Year 1 places are not required to have any prior knowledge of English

Brief description of entry evaluation required

From Year 2 to Year 6: Pupils applying for places in Year 2 and above must have an age-appropriate level of spoken and written English. They will be required to sit an English language assessment. They must also have an age-appropriate understanding of numeracy. Previous school reports will also be requested. A meeting between the Head of Primary and the pupil will be arranged.

Secondary,: Students applying for places in the Secondary department (Years 7-11) must have an age-appropriate level of spoken and written English. They will be required to sit an assessment of English language and Maths. An academic school reference and the most recent school reports must be submitted. A meeting between the Head of Secondary and the pupil will be arranged

Pre-University (Years 12-13) candidates will be required to provide evidence they have achieved 5 A*-C GCSE (or 9-4 or equivalent) in their previous studies. Candidates will also be required to present past school reports and an academic school reference outlining their commitment to study and student citizenship. Upon presenting this documentation, candidates will sit an assessment of English language and Maths designed to assess if they have the level that will allow them to participate in the Pre-University curriculum. Beyond this, candidates may be asked to sit exams specific to the subject areas they wish to study, depending on each candidate’s individual application. Upon meeting the above requirements, places will be offered depending on availability within the subjects candidates wish to study. In the event that candidates do not meet the above requirements, an application can be made to the International Access Programme. The International Access Programme requires an intermediate level of English and is designed as an introduction to the British education system, through supporting students to improve GCSE marks and/or improve their English language skills. After completing this one year course, students will have the academic and English language skills required to participate successfully in the Pre-University curriculum.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We do not have a deadline. As an international school we enrol all year round as long as there is availability of places in the required year group

Students can join after academic year begins


Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

98% of our graduates attend a university or college

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE, A Levels and IBDP

Results in these examinations

91% of the students achieved 5 A*-C grades in their GCSE examinations
76% of the students achieved A*-C grades across all subjects in their A Level examinations

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?


School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


School start time

8.55 am

School finish time

4pm at BSB Sitges campus; 4.20pm (3.40pm on Fridays) at BSB Castelldefels campus and BSB Nexus

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, from 8am in the morning and to 6pm in the afternoon

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

After-school activities are offered on a termly basis and they may vary from year to year. They are tailored to different age groups and scheduled accordingly.
As a general rule, after-school activities will run from 4.30pm to 6pm.
The programme varies from campus to campus. It includes:
• Sports Clubs: such as Football, Basketball, Netball, Rugby, Taekwondo, Multi-Sports, Multi-Skills, Mugendo, Fencimg, Surf & Skate…
• Creative Clubs: such as Robotics, Arts & Craft, Ballet, Chess, Guitar, Drama, Dance…
• Academic Clubs: such as Aloha (Maths), Kitsune(Maths), Maths Puzzle, Homework Club, coding…
• Language Clubs: such as English, German, Spanish, French or Russian

School provided lunches

Yes, we have our own kitchen in the school. Lunch is included for students in Early Years and Primary (up to Year 6) and it is optional in Secondary and Pre-University

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, we cater for all dietary needs and allergies/intolerances

Sports activities included

PE curriculum, multisports, swimming and padel

Sports facilities at the school

BSB Castelldefels campus: an indoor gymnasium, three outdoor multi-sports courts and a multi-game artificial turf pitch
BSB Sitges campus: equipped play spaces and sports areas

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

House teams, interhouse competitions, BISA schools tournaments, Cognita schools tournaments

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

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. Through a challenging all-round education we aim to provide a journey of opportunity on which all pupils are motivated to succeed irrespective of their ability, needs or interests in order to give them the very best start in life.

Teaching approach of the school

Our Aims
- To ensure every child, member of staff and parent feels supported, valued and appreciated.
- To provide a continuous educational experience for pupils between the ages of 3 and 18, at what ever stage they join.
- To encourage a “love of learning” to prepare pupils for the next stage of their educational journey.
- To celebrate diversity and internationalism and to ensure every child emerges as a confident multi-linguist.
- To provide a rich and varied curriculum to excite the interest and imagination of each of its pupils.
- To recruit, retain and foster inspiring and well-motivated teachers.

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