About the British School Manila

Introduction

The British School Manila: A One of a Kind School

Established in 1976, we are the oldest and only non-profit international school in Manila offering a British education for students from Nursery (age 3) up to Year 13 (age 18). Each year we welcome more than 900 students, of more than 40 nationalities.

Comprising the Primary School and the Senior School, our campus is open, airy and family friendly, encouraging students to interact with other year groups, supporting close engagement with our UK and Commonwealth trained teaching staff, and nurturing home and school partnerships.

Our community spirit is vibrant and you can see it come alive even during weekends when we host a multitude of events and activities for our students. This vibrance is especially evident when our community comes together to support our community service initiatives and fundraising events for our partner charities.

Internationally Outstanding Results

BSM students have a history of high academic achievement, compared to most UK schools and international schools in the Philippines and Asia. Generally all of our students are entered for IGCSEs, GCSEs and the International Baccalaureate (full Diploma or Certificates).

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Location

Our school is located in pedestrian friendly Bonifacio Global City, a modern financial district, with outstanding access to family friendly restaurants, shops and other facilities. High Street is the hub and is frequently used for international festivals, showcasing music, art and culture.

With the ease and comfort that BGC’s area provides, most of our teaching staff live within walking distance of our school and our students enjoy the privilege of a special exit and walking pass which supports their sense of independence.

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History

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First Student
Official opening of the school in the old Union Church with 36 students.
Longest-serving member of the Board of Governors
Mr. Brendan Egan M.B.E. served on the Board of Governors from 1976 to 2017.
New Home
The British School Manila moves to Merville, Paranaque. Student population grows to 107 Students.
First FOBISSEA
The British School Manila hosts the first FOBISSEA (Federation of British International Schools in South East Asia) Sports and Cultural Event.
BSM Expands
The British School Manila expands to offer Key Stage 3 of Senior School.
Princess Royal Visit
Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, visits The British School Manila.
BSM Fort Bonifacio ground breaking ceremony
The British School Manila Fort Bonifacio ground breaking ceremony.
BSM Fort Bonifacio Grand Opening
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, officially opens The British School Manila at Bonifacio Global City. Student population over 400. Beginning of full Senior School. Introduction of Nursery Class.
Inauguration of Bonifacio Global City campus of The British School Manila
Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with Chairman of The Board of Governors. John Hawkins inaugurates the new Bonifacio Global City campus of The British School Manila.
IB Programme and Opening of Cluster D (Dinagyang)
The British School Manila is authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Opening of Cluster D (Dinagyang). Head of School Helen Kinsey-Wightman is accompanied by Chairman of the Board of Governors Peter Lawrence.
Duke of York's second visit
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York's second visit to The British School Manila for the GCSE awards ceremony.
First IB Cohort
First IB Cohort.
Opening of Cluster E (El Nido)
Chairman of the Board of Governors Simon Bewlay is accompanied by His Excellency Ambassador Peter Beckingham and wife Jill during the ground breaking ceremony.
Accredited by the Council of International School (CIS)
The British School Manila becomes the first in the Philippines to be accredited by the Council of International School (CIS). Student population over 768 students with over 46 different nationalities. The British School Manila celebrates its 30th anniversary at the Ambassador's residence.
Opening of Cluster F (Fiesta)
Opening of Cluster F (Fiesta). Chairman of the Board of Governors Simon Bewlay is accompanied by His Excellency Ambassador Stephen Lillie.
The British School Manila Chairman awarded the M.B.E.
The British School Manila Chairman awarded the M.B.E. in Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to education in the Philippines.
Opening of the new Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
Opening of the new Learning Resource Centre (LRC). Chairman of the Board of Governors Simon Bewlay is accompanied by His Excellency Ambassador Asif Anwar Ahmad.
Royal Highness Visit
Students, staff and parents were thrilled to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Anne who graciously unveiled a plaque commemorating new sports facilities and spent time meeting charities supported by the British School Manila on 19 March 2015.
40th year anniversary
A year where we started with a classic ‘British Street Party’ with over 2,500 attendees and continued the year with a variety of activities relating to both our rich history and our future goals.
Ground breaking for the new Visual and Performing Arts Building
His Excellency Ambassador Asif Anwar Ahmad graced the ground breaking event of the Visual and Performing Arts Building (VPA) along with COO Maita Borromeo, Council of Trustee Chairman Nigel Boud, Buildings and Maintenance Governor Alan Hearn, students, representative from Office of the Mayor of Taguig, Vice Chairman of the Council of Trustees Mat Kimberley and Head of School Simon Mann. - Ask how it was done.
Inauguration of the new Visual and Performing Arts Building
On June 5th the British School Manila reached a new milestone when the Creative Arts Centre was officially opened. The building was designed to offer the students a wider sense of the visual and performing arts subjects. With its glass exterier together with a large airy atrium and non-standard angles it sits as a foundation for creativity.

Vision and Mission

The British School Manila (BSM) provides an outstanding holistic international education for British children and English speaking children of other nationalities. We aim to develop students as positive global citizens who are equipped with skills, understanding and values to be able and willing to contribute to our world. We achieve this through collaboration between our families, the school and our students.

We aim for our students to flourish through:

  • Being happy, healthy and managing their own well-being
  • Being resilient in adversity
  • Application and effort
  • Meeting challenges by accepting that risk taking and making mistakes are positive parts of learning
  • Reflecting, self-assessing and driving their own learning
  • Being confident in expressing and being themselves
  • Being respectful, honest and kind, have integrity and take responsibility for their own actions
  • Making their world sustainable, peaceful and fair

To achieve this BSM will:

  • Be a learning community where all members have a desire to be life-long learners and strive for excellence
  • Foster a friendly family atmosphere that nurtures a community feeling
  • Meet the emotional, physical, creative and cognitive needs of all children
  • Use an adapted form of a British curriculum along with the IB Diploma programme and intercultural learning
  • Use technology to enhance learning
  • Provide authentic skill based learning opportunities
  • Provide a wide range of holistic opportunities that allow students to discover their interests

Accreditations

The British School Manila (BSM) received full accreditation with the Council of International Schools (CIS) in 2007. BSM selected CIS as its accreditation body because we view CIS as the strongest accreditation body available to international schools. Accreditation with CIS both endorses and ensures the quality of education provided by BSM while supporting our focus on school improvement.

BSM is a member of several prominent international and local education groups and organisations. We are an active member of FOBISSIA and are also affiliated to a number of organisations that enhance the opportunities that are provided for our students and for the development of the school.

Facilities

Creative Arts Centre

The British School Manila’s new Creative Arts Centre is a purposefully built facility which will be a hub of creativity. It has been designed to become a new gateway to our campus. Large multipurpose areas, and display spaces are central to the design. As with all our developments, ensuring the design provides maximum flexibility has always been a priority. This has been achieved through retractable and moveable seating, flexible stages and moveable walls. The new auditorium together with the open-air amphitheatre will ensure students have plenty of opportunities to rehearse and perform but also devise new work. In entrusting the architecture to Lor Calma and Partners, with Architect Ed Calma leading the team, we are certain that the design of the new Visual and Performing Arts Building will reflect the creative spirit that we want to foster among our students.

Leadership

The British School is operated by British Education Inc. We are governed by a 12 member board that comprise of four elected members and eight appointed positions. The BSM Board of Governors is overseen by a five member Council of Trustees which includes members of the British Embassy and the Australian Embassy.

As a non-profit school, all revenue from fees is used to invest in the education of our students and the maintenance and development of our school facilities and resources.

Day to day BSM operations are led by our Head of School, supported by our Chief Operating Officer, our Head of Primary School and Head of Senior School. The Leadership team is responsible for curriculum, teaching and learning, operations, staffing, budgets and facilities and works closely with the Board of Governors to ensure excellence in these areas.

Health & Safety

At BSM we promote a positive culture of Health and Safety. Students should be able to experience a wide range of activities, and our health and safety policy, student welfare policy and our child protection policy help ensure that this is the case.

BSM has a health, safety and security representative on our Board of Governors, and a health and safety team who focus on all activities on or outside the school premises. We have a dedicated Security Personnel and CCTV System that is operational 24/7. We also receive assistance from the Philippine National Police during drop-off and pick-up time of students.

Health provision – Our medical clinic is a well-equipped, two room facility. We have three (3) full time registered nurses who are present on site for all activities involving students both during and outside school hours on weekdays and weekends.

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