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CurriculumsIB and British
Language of instructionEnglish
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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 16 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: €12,675
to: €19,975
Address: Via Carlo Alberto Pisani Dossi, 16 - CAP 20134 - Milan - Italy
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

60% Italian, 40% International

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, in the Primary School

Native English speaking teachers

All teachers are native English speakers, or native speakers of the language they are teaching

Language support for students not fluent in English

We offer EAL (English as an Additional Language) classes for those students who need extra support

Additional language classes offered by the school

Italian, French, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

There are computer suites available to all students from Reception to Year 13. All classrooms in the Primary School have interactive clever-boards, and access to iPads. All students from Year 10 upwards must bring their own device (laptop or tablet) into school.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

This varies according to each year group

Uniform required

Yes, school polo shirt and jumper. Shirts in the sixth form.

Waiting list

Yes, in some year groups we are oversubscribed, but this varies year to year.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes we conduct interviews with the relevant Head of school section, and assessments for entry to the Senior School.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Entrance assessments for the Senior School are generally Maths and English papers, or an online cognitive ability test.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no deadline, we have a rolling admissions process due to the international nature of the school.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, on a case-by-case basis.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


External examinations or assessments available

IGCSEs and the IB Diploma.

Results in these examinations

In 2018, the IB Diploma average score was 35 points, with the top 20 students achieving an average of 40 points. 49% of all IGCSE exam results were A* or A grades. 92% of all results were A* to C.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No, the school is non-denominational.

School bus service available

Yes, provided by Eurocar.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

The SEN Department offers one-to-one or small-group support, advice and guidance to any pupil who may need additional help with learning to fulfil their academic potential.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Gifted students are given an enhanced programme where possible, with the opportunity to take external exams early where appropriate.

Student access to education psychologist

We have a school counsellor available to all students.

School start time

Lessons begin at 8.50

School finish time

The main curriculum finishes at 15.20

Supervised care before/after school

Students can arrive from 8.20 in the morning, and there are after-school clubs until 16.30 every day, some going until 17.30.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We have over 100 extracurricular clubs available to children at lunchtime, or after school.

School provided lunches

Yes, but children can also bring their own lunch if preferred.

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


Sports activities included

All children have two sports lessons every week until 16 years old. Athletics, gymnastics, dance, multi-skills, basketball, swimming, rugby, badminton, rounders, volleyball, football, table-tennis, softball, zumba amongst others.

Sports facilities at the school

All of the above - either offered on our site or at a local sports centre.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, several teams and competitions.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Identified as one of the top 10 British Schools in the world and the only school in Milan rated 'Excellent' by UK Government inspectors, the British School of Milan (BSM) is a co-educational day school, with an international constituency extending across the city of Milan and beyond. Established in 1969, the school offers an academically rigorous as well as a broad and balanced curriculum for students between the ages of 3 and 18.

We aim to inspire pupils and instil in them a love of learning and a clear set of values; to develop the life of the mind in ways that are exciting, challenging, ambitious, as well as fun.

A highly qualified and committed body of staff delivers lessons in small classes.

Students enjoy an exceptionally friendly atmosphere, ensuring that they feel safe and happy. A wide range of sporting activities is available, while standards of creativity in Music, Art and Drama are exceptional – for instance the choir was recently invited to perform in the Vatican in Rome.

Finally, because the BSM is a not-for-profit organisation, all the revenue is re-invested back into the school and does not go to shareholders or private equity.

Teaching approach of the school

The school aims to continue its excellent record of academic achievement, pastoral care and co-curricular opportunity. Academic excellence is achieved by bright, motivated students, inspired by highly qualified and dedicated teachers in well-resourced classrooms. Academic staff are almost all UK-trained, and the teaching style is progressive. A professional team of tutors and Key Stage Heads ensures that our pupils are happy and receive expert care and support, while the mutual respect shared by students and staff helps to generate an atmosphere of tremendous friendliness. Pupils participate in a wide variety of sports and the performing arts. Music and Art are particularly strong, and the quality of the choirs across the school is extraordinary.

Every pupil is encouraged to be creative, curious, critically aware, and to develop his or her passions and talents to the full. While distinctively modern and forward-looking, the school continues to value its alumni, who return for regular concerts, and whose presence is strongly felt in related social media.

The school’s international outlook promotes the principles of tolerance and open-mindedness. A tradition of service and local and international charity projects advances a core set of values across the student body. Ambitious but principled, confident and compassionate, our pupils are prepared for leadership in an ever more complex world.

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