The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain


Since its very foundation in 1958, The British School of Barcelona has been a great independent school, characterised by the pursuit of academic excellence as well as the importance attached to the personal and social development of each and every pupil.

Through a challenging all-round education we aim to provide a journey of opportunity on which all pupils are motivated to succeed irrespective of their ability, needs or interests in order to give them the very best start in life.

The quality of teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do. This means making it possible for all children to realise their potential, including those with special needs as well as exceptionally able students who must be stretched and challenged.

The British School of Barcelona is ranked as one of the 20 best international schools in Spain. 90% of our students get to enter leading universities of their first choice, whether in Spain, the UK or other countries.

The school is divided into three distinct areas for Early Years, Primary and Secondary. Each part of the school has its own entrance and its own distinct and age-appropriate learning and play spaces.

There also some shared facilities across the school including a 376 seater Theatre, purpose-built dining rooms and outdoor sports grounds, including a multi-sport artificial turf pitch.

This campus occupies a prime site in Castelldefels, just a stone’s throw from several sports clubs, such as the Olympic Canal, Andrés Gimeno Tennis Club and Granvia Mar Sports Club, where many sport activities take place.

In September 2017, we will be opening a new ‘state of the art’ International Pre-University Centre next to our Castelldefels campus for post-(I)GCSE education. Students will be offered individually designed programmes based on A Levels or the International Baccalaureate.

“The consistency of good teaching over time is the reason why all students make outstanding progress.”

“Pupils learn outstandingly well at all stages of the school and make consistently high levels of progress.”

“(I)GCSE results at the end of Key Stage 4 are excellent.”

British Schools Overseas Inspection Report, March 2016


John Bell
John holds an MA from Cambridge University and has been an educationalist since 1983. He has been a Headteacher in three schools and also worked as an adviser and inspector. Alongside his role at The British School of Barcelona Castelldefels, John is also Executive Headteacher of The British School of Barcelona Sitges, also part of the Cognita Group. He has held educational leadership roles within Cognita, most recently Director of Education for Cognita Europe.

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At a Glance

Ages Taught
3-18 yrs
English National Curriculum, Spanish Curriculum
Type of School
Day School, International School
Main Language

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