School type Coeducational Day
Head of school Melanie Warnes
Co-ed Age Range 1-18
Number of pupils 1,350
Day fees per annum € 25,650 - € 32,800
Curriculum A Levels, UK, IBDP, IBCP, IGCSE, GCSE
Language of Instruction English, French (bilingual programme ages 4-14)
Average Class Size 16-25
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Recent tweets from @bsb_brussels/
Tweets by @bsb_brussels/ The school was founded in 1969 and officially opened in 1970. It has a beautiful site of ten hectares, surrounded by woodlands and lakes near the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, and is 20 minutes drive from central Brussels. The school is a coeducational non-selective day school for students aged 1-18, with over 1350 currently on roll. There is an Early Childhood Centre for children aged 1-3. Currently 36% of the students are British and there are 70 other nationalities represented in the school.
A British-based curriculum is offered within an international context with courses leading to GCSE and IGCSE examinations at 16 years old and GCE A levels, as well as Vocational Courses (BTEC in Business, Hospitality, Sport and Applied Science). The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is offered (bilingual French & Dutch options also) in addition to A levels. French is compulsory from the age of 4. To compliment the existing English-medium teaching, the school has established a Bilingual French/English programme for ages 4-14 years.
As an international school operating in the heart of one of the world's most multilingual countries, the school offers Dutch from age 7-11 (mother tongue and beginners) as well as the choices of German and Spanish from age 11 as an additional language. There is an English Language Immersion programme for non-native English speakers and an Additional Educational Needs Department.
The school has excellent facilities including a state-of-the-art design & technology workshop, Food & Nutrition workshops, networked IT suites, 1:1 iPads in Primary School and laptops for students in selected year groups in Secondary School, dance and drama studios as well as nine science laboratories, four art studios and comprehensive modern languages and humanities suites plus a self-service cafeteria. In September 2016 BSB opens its brand new Jacques Rogge Sports Centre with new Sports Hall, Gym, Fitness and Dance Studios and BSB will be the only international school in Belgium to have its own 25 metre indoor swimming pool.
The arts play a major role in the life of the school; music, drama and dance thrive and a wide range of performances are held regularly in the 240-seat theatre. The music department has a music technology suite, full-scale recording studio and a rehearsal studio.
A wide range of sports is offered, including rugby, football, hockey, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, athletics and basketball and the school participates successfully in GISGA as well as ISST. Similarly there is a wide range of extra-curricular activities in sport, music and drama with frequent opportunities for overseas travel and school journeys.
Advice on higher and further education and on a choice of career is available to all students. Throughout the year multinational careers counsellors run events and host guest speakers to guide students in making their post-graduate plans.
In 2015 98% of graduating students went to their first or second choice university. 100% of graduating students passed their IB Diploma or BTEC exams and 99% passed their A Levels. Our academic results are amongst the highest in Belgium and well above the worldwide average. Over 80% of IB Diploma students achieved points of 30 or more. Almost 42% achieved 36 points or higher. At A Level, 35% of the grades were at A*-A and 86% of the grades were A*-C. This is all the more remarkable given BSB is a non-selective school, taking students from all abilities and all national education systems.
From Harvard to Cambridge from medicine to architecture, our students head for top universities worldwide. There is a long list of famous BSB alumni including authors, TV series producers, actresses and Olympic medallists.