The international schools market continues to expand rapidly, and Britain remains the flagship for education influences within the international market. In this context, established schools have increased responsibilities over the way they conduct business, market ourselves to families and produce long-term value.

Adopting sustainable practices and standards has relevant implications in the way international British schools make decisions on key strategic, financial, facilities and innovation issues. During two days, 32 delegates from the 18 British international schools in attendance shared their experiences on the chosen theme of “Sustainability in Schools”. This encompassing and aspirational idea created an excellent opportunity to network, share knowledge and find creative solutions to our common problems. To advance this conference, St Julian’s School prepared a mix of uniting discussions, involving our own staff and guest speakers. We have aimed to keep a balance between strategic approach and the inevitable implementation and tactical challenges we face every day. We would like to express our gratitude to our guest speakers, who have given their time to help make this event a success: Ambassador Kirsty Hayes (HM Ambassador to Portugal), Paul Cabrelli (Consilium Education) , Milton de Sousa (Nova School of Business and Economics), Nuno Dias (Capgemini) and Liliana Soares (S+A GreenLab). A special note of appreciation to Headmaster Craig Monaghan, who facilitated a session on the challenges of recruiting in the international market. Those at the Conference (delegates, exhibitors and guests) also enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by dinner to get to know colleagues coming from 4 different continents. St. Julian’s would also like to thank COBIS for their cooperation and also take the opportunity to congratulate Ana Nunes and the St. Julian’s Events team for their competency in making sure that every little detail was dealt accordingly for this occasion.