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About the British School of Bahrain (BSB)

The BSB was established in 1995 as a small school in Adliya with a family atmosphere where everyone helped each other and embraced international diversity. Now a truly international school with over 80 nationalities represented, the school has not lost its caring, happy ambience.

Prospective parents, Bahraini and expatriate, tour the school and after visiting a few of the classrooms, rapidly start to feel that BSB is where they want their children to be.

Busy, active, smiling faces abound, as teachers encourage each learner to be the best they can possibly be, and achieve the most they possibly can.

Rated Outstanding by the BQA

Spurred on by the ‘outstanding’ status in the last National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training (QQA) inspection and our belief at BSB that the children are the most important people in the school and that our teachers are our biggest asset. Bahrain is renowned in the region and around the world for its pluralism, friendliness and warm welcome to visitors as well as religious tolerance.

The National Curriculum of the United Kingdom

The British School of Bahrain follows the National Curriculum of the United Kingdom, with some adaptations to reflect the local historical, cultural and physical features of Bahrain. Families from countries in the Southern Hemisphere will find that the academic year at the British School is different to the system they have come from; we have much experience in smoothing the transition of children from one national system to ours.

A school’s curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that a school plans for its students. The two key aims for a school curriculum are to provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum that:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students.

  • Prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that our students develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to be confident, successful and independent individuals and members of society. We value academic excellence and we provide a learning environment in which all of our students can achieve their personal best, according to their abilities and talents.

Part of the Inspired family

The British School of Bahrain is a proud member of Inspired, a leading global premium schools group operating in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America educating over 38,000 students across a global network of more than 51 schools. Founded by Nadim M Nsouli, Inspired offers a fresh and contemporary approach to education by re-evaluating traditional teaching methods and curricula, and creating a more dynamic, relevant and powerful educational model. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

School Ethos

The BSB provides an excellent educational programme for children who fall within the mainstream spectrum. Within this spectrum, we recognise that every child has his or her own particular learning profile and range of talents and abilities and we endeavor to meet a wide range of individual learning needs in the delivery of our curriculum through a variety of differentiation strategies.

At the BSB we believe that everyone has the potential to learn, with the right support.

  • We learn in different ways, depending on abilities, learning styles, preferences and interests.

  • Learning is about understanding.

  • Developing understanding requires curiosity, risk taking, creativity, awareness and persistence.

  • Learning takes place through inquiry: questioning, exploring, experimenting and problem solving.

  • Learning takes place when we make connections between previous and new understanding.

  • Learning occurs by acquiring skills and knowledge, constructing meaning and transfer to other contexts.

  • Learning is active and social and best takes place through collaboration and interaction.

  • Learning takes place when we feel secure, valued and are able to take risks.

  • Learning needs to be challenging, meaningful, purposeful and engaging.

  • Learning includes meta-cognition and reflection, and requires learners to take ownership of their learning.

  • On-going assessment and reflection on learning are tools to inform learners where they are on the journey towards understanding.

  • When learners take recognise academic and personal challenges as opportunities for developing understanding, learning becomes personally engaging and joyful.

Learning is continuous, lifelong and ever-evolving.

BSB at a glance


1990 – 1991

Executive Head

Mr. Jeff Smith




Infants – Nursery
Reception – Year 1 – 2
Juniors – Year 3 – 6
Seniors – Year 7 – 13

Student Body

Total Enrollment: 2898
Infants: 902
Juniors: 973
Seniors: 1023
Countries Represented: 88 Nationalities
Families: 1826

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Average Class Size


Student/Teacher Ratio



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