The British School In Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

The British School in Tokyo (BST) is a truly international co-educational school with over 1000 students aged between 3 and 18, located right in the centre of one of the most exciting cities in the world. 

Ages taught:

3 — 18

School size:

500 boys, 500 girls

School type:



  • Day
  • Flexi Boarding
  • Weekly Boarding
  • Full Boarding


  • English National Curriculum


Lowly Norgate

Job title:

The Communications Team

Accreditations and memberships:

  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS)
  • Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS)
School Website

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Situated at the very heart of this dynamic, stimulating city, the BST community is warm and friendly and offers the highest standards of pastoral care. Having developed its reputation for high quality holistic education over more than a quarter of a century, today’s school has more than 1000 students aged 3-18, representing over 65 different nationalities. This is an inclusive school, but academic standards are high. The English National Curriculum provides the basis for smooth progression and easy transition between the Primary and Secondary sectors, and examination results have been outstanding in recent years. Good schools are built on the efforts of good people, and I believe that our teachers and students are among the very best. Brian Christian – Principal

The British School in Tokyo Introductory School Video

Senior management

Brian Christian - Principal
Brian Platts - Head of Secondary
Kirsten O'Connor - Head of Primary

School description

The British School in Tokyo is an excellent School, offering an outstanding British education with wonderful facilities in central Tokyo. With a particular focus on the importance of providing an innovative and challenging all-round education our committed and highly professional staff offer outstanding teaching of a broad and contextually enriched curriculum, individualised to meet the needs of all students. Together, with the wealth of extra-curricular activities, we strive to develop potential from within, encouraging each student to grow in confidence, flourish academically and develop a life-long love of learning.

Our students are happy, engaged and appropriately ambitious. We help them to become independent learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to face the next steps in their lives. This is underpinned by our BRITISH attributes which allow all of our students to become confident, productive and caring members of the local, national and global community.

We provide a framework which enables teachers and students to be creative and challenged, and parents to be curious yet assured, in a safe, focused and enjoyable environment, whereby everyone is provided with opportunities to grow and learn.

To get a real flavour of the very special experience BST offers each student academically and pastorally, please do come and visit us.


COBIS Conference- March 2017

Term dates

  • 2016/2017
  • 29/08/16 - 16/12/16
  • 10/01/17 - 07/04/17
  • 25/04/17 - 30/06/17

Academic information

Curriculum followed:

  • English National Curriculum

Examinations board:

AQA, Edexcel/Pearson, CIE, UKESS

University destinations:

Our aim is to prepare students for further study in universities around the world. Our students have gone on to study at leading universities in the UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Korea and other countries.

Sports and extra-curricular activities


School Sports include: Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Futsal, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Swimming, Volleyball. Many other sports are catered for through our extensive Clubs programme.
At BST Sport is an integral part of each individual’s development; from Nursery, where students begin with fundamental skill development, to the 6th Form who represent BST at local, national and international level.

Extra-curricular activities:

App Building, Art, Badminton, Climbing, Coding, Craft, Dance, Debating, Drama, Duke of Edinburgh, Football, History, Japanese, Lego, Movie Making, Music, Running, Swimming, Yoga and many more.
Our curriculum is complemented by a vast array of clubs catering for interests in sport, art, music, languages and other creative areas such as cooking, app writing and photography; something to inspire every child.


Admission process:

Families are invited to attend BST for a personal tour from our leadership team and senior students. Interested parents will be guided through the application process by our dedicated Admissions Team from registration to confirmation of a place. For more information please visit our website

Admission and language criteria:

BST is not academically selective, but the curriculum is delivered in English and we expect all students to be able to demonstrate reasonable age-appropriate fluency in both speaking and writing. At least one parent/guardian must also be able to communicate effectively in English.



Lowly Norgate

Job title:

The Communications Team

School news & events

Further information

BST Outdoors.
In keeping with our philosophy that education should extend well beyond the four walls of the classroom, BST Outdoors is an ambitious school-wide programme offering opportunities for students to develop some of the important skills and attributes that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. It includes participation in a broad range of adventurous expeditions and challenges, the International Award (known as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the UK) and regular service-orientated activities.
All students from Year 1 to Year 13 take part in the BST Outdoors residential programme which generates much enthusiasm and excitement throughout the school. For some students these trips provide a first taste of life away from home and they certainly encourage the development of independence and resilience in a safe environment. We have found that such shared experiences are often the starting point for lasting friendships.




1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku



Post/Zip Code:



+81 3 5467 4322

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