About BSB

An international learning community in the heart of Europe.

Melanie Warnes 2022

A message from Principal Melanie Warnes

Welcome to the British School of Brussels: a harmonious and inspiring learning community which I am delighted to serve as Principal.

From the moment you step foot on our beautiful campus, I guarantee you’ll feel the BSB difference.

But it isn’t just our leafy grounds or our world-class facilities that make our school an exceptional place to learn and grow. What really sets us apart are the relationships we build, the culture of kinship we foster and the pursuit of quality in everything that we do.

And whether your child is with us all the way through or only for a short period of time, we can promise you this: they will thrive and succeed here.

So, what exactly does the BSB difference look like?

We take a unified, holistic approach. We’re truly one school community, with everyone learning together – students, staff and families, but also in partnership with alumni and businesses, universities, and social enterprises – to inspire success. We aim to develop the whole person, and so we balance academic support with pastoral care and classroom-based learning with enrichment opportunities to really broaden our students’ aspirations and horizons.

We see each and every child as unique. Inclusive and international in our approach, we develop curious, confident, caring and courageous learners. Yes, academic achievement is important at BSB: we’re genuinely excited by scholarly endeavour, and our results are outstanding by any measure. But students’ outcomes and top world rankings are really a happy by-product of our unique culture built on care, curiosity and collaboration. Families, both local and international, choose us because they recognise this progressive, all-encompassing approach; they see it in action every day.

We’ve created an enabling and deeply caring environment. Every decision we take – from structuring our unique curriculum to investing in world-class facilities – is made with the potential benefit to our students in mind. We’re innovative and open-minded, and we’re always striving to do better.

The results are clear to everyone who visits BSB: happy, confident students who achieve excellent outcomes and who work to bring about positive change in the world. And not just as young people, but throughout their whole lives.

I hope this gives you a taste of why I love being the Principal here!

Do have a look around our website – you could begin by orienting yourself with our 3D campus tour, or perhaps by finding out more about the Early Childhood Centre, Primary or Secondary School depending on the age of your child or children. However, the best way to really understand what makes BSB so special is to come and see it for yourself.

Melanie Warnes

Why we’re different

Our curriculum is unique, offering the widest choice

BSB is the only school in Belgium to offer three pre-university routes from age 16: A Levels, IB Diploma and BTEC. Our Primary curriculum offers a bespoke, skills-based, inquiry-driven approach adapted from the UK national curriculum to meet the needs of our diverse student population.

Our academic results are amongst the highest of any international school in Europe and well above the worldwide average

99%+ pass rate in A Level and BTEC in 2023, with an average IB score of 35, compared to the world IB average of 30. Independently ranked as one of the best schools in the world.

We are the only international school in Belgium to have its own swimming pool

Our facilities are superb, providing the best indoor sports’ facilities in Europe, including a 25m swimming pool. Our state-of-the-art new Sports Centre opened in Autumn 2016.

Graduating students continuously gain impressive university places worldwide

Every year, superb results across the range of ability translate into impressive university places worldwide on a huge variety of competitive courses for our graduating students.

We were the first international school in Belgium to offer truly bilingual classes

We offer a French-English bilingual programme (not immersion), which is available to students aged four to 14 years.

Our school fees represent the best value amongst international schools in Belgium

We have the lowest fees overall, including application fees, compared to schools of a similar size.

What parents say


The Azim family, Swedish/Pakistani

“My children and I have loved every minute of being in Brussels, largely due to the welcome and support we found at BSB! Amazing staff and teachers. My children were so well looked after from day one. I was also very happy with the teaching methodology and what my children were learning.”

— The Azim family, Swedish/Pakistani


The Ziegler family, Dutch and Indian

“[Our child] was encouraged throughout and found a new area to excel in (film). He has also been able to make some very close friends in a relativey short period of time, undoubtedly, the social fabric of BSB has contributed to this. As far as I am concerned, BSB was the best choice I could have made for him.”

— The Ziegler family, Dutch and Indian


The Strobel How family, British and German

“The respectful environment at BSB has deeply impressed me. It’s been a privilege to be part of this community.”

— The Strobel How family, British and German


The Van Trappen family, Belgian

“BSB has really good values: the spirit of being one family, one community where the interaction with different cultures and the respect for each other is important.”

— The Van Trappen family, Belgian


The Downing family, British

“[Our son] has enjoyed his time at BSB, he is leaving it a confident, well rounded and successful student. The teaching staff have encouraged him greatly, allowing him to develop excellent knowledge and understanding.”

— The Downing family, British


The Kiikeri family, Finnish

“BSB has very good teachers and good academic standards. Teachers are very committed to their work, they encourage and motivate all students to do their best. Instead of pointing out the problems, they search for solutions and concentrate on the strengths of the students. This positive atmosphere is very important for learning. Students also enjoy school and have fun.”

— The Kiikeri family, Finnish


The Miller family, British

“The school is a very positive environment not only for the children attending but also for their parents. It is supportive and encouraging and provides excellent choices in both academic and sporting options.”

— The Miller family, British


The Eickhoff family, Belgian

“My four daughters have loved their experience at BSB and it was a pleasure to see the beautiful development of the school both in terms of facilities as well as quality of education since 1992 (all four started in Kindergarden)!”

— The Eickhoff family, Belgian


Anonymous, British

“Both our children have enjoyed the theme-based learning approach that BSB takes to academic learning. Their musical and dramatic performances have also provided some memorable highlights.”

— Anonymous, British


The Bruyninckx family, Belgian and French

“The best school we have ever known! There is an individual understanding of each child according to his/her character, gifts and possibilities. In fact, this gives the impression that every child has a chance at BSB.”

— The Bruyninckx family, Belgian and French


The Sané family, French

“BSB challenged our son to go further, and also helped him to develop his global personality through the activities and the ‘community’ mindset. He arrived at BSB in Year 9 coming from a French system. The integration in a small classroom and the EAL support provided him with the confidence and the skills to integrate into the overall programme.”

— The Sané family, French


The Oikonomou family, Greek

“We appreciate the educational system of BSB, which is very well suited to help our child grow up in an international environment.”

— The Oikonomou family, Greek


The Ampolini family, USA

“We changed schools and joined BSB because we felt our son needed to be challenged more academically. The tour of the school gave us a wonderful impression (the facilities, the professionalism of the staff, the size, the Admissions staff). I just wish I had considered the British School when we came two years ago. As Americans we sometimes shy away from British schools because they are different from what we are traditionally used to but on the international scale BSB is very highly regarded.”

— The Ampolini family, USA


The Stockman family, USA

“The atmosphere and interaction with initial BSB personnel was very warm and friendly. Our communications with the Admissions team were both efficient and very helpful.”

— The Stockman family, USA


The Pillay family, Seychellois

“From day one we had excellent service and a very warm welcome from the devoted staff of BSB. The school’s location provides a conducive environment for learning. The academic aspects of the BSB are superb, and so are the sports facilities and recreational activities supported by the school. I would definitely recommend it to my colleague diplomats in need of an English-speaking school in Brussels.”

— The Pillay family, Seychellois


The Malhotra family, British

“When we first visited BSB, we found the staff were very welcoming and friendly and the facilities were amazing. We felt that this would be the best environment for our twins.”

— The Malhotra family, British


The Pandian family, Indian

“Teachers set high standards, and the level of pastoral care has been equally high. My daughter felt safe, valued and excited at BSB. I want to thank all her wonderful teachers for taking such good care of her physically, academically, socially and emotionally. Her two years at BSB passed like a dream. She came into BSB as a promising child, and here, she found her voice and learnt how to think for herself.”

— The Pandian family, Indian


The RajeshKannan family, Indian

“The past two years have been wonderful years at BSB for our children. With the state-of-art facilities and great teachers, the school has amazed us every day. The teachers motivate the children by encouraging self-confidence and embracing their positive qualities and capabilities. BSB concentrates on the overall growth of the child, to be confident and responsible. We wish that our children could have another chance to study in this great, positive environment. We will surely miss BSB”

— The RajeshKannan family, Indian

An atmosphere of learning

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