The British School in Tokyo has enjoyed an enviable reputation for the provision of high quality education since first opening its doors in the heart of the city in 1989. Almost without exception, we recruit our teachers from the best schools in the UK or from other highly rated British international schools around the world. Uniquely, because we know that finding the right people is crucial to our future (and to that of our students) we insist on seeing each one of them teach in their own schools before confirming any appointment. Only the best will do.
The recent acquisition of additional space and the completion of major refurbishment work on our Showa campus has extended our learning facilities and accommodated the introduction of a range of exciting new A Level study options, including Computer Science, Economics, Photography and Theatre Studies.
Following the achievements of last year’s graduates and their success in winning acceptance at some of the top universities around the world, the Class of 2017 were keen to emulate their predecessors and this year’s group has certainly set the bar high for those who will follow them. Remarkably, 45% of all entries were graded A*/A, and over 70% were awarded a B grade or better.
These results are well above the UK national average, where just 26% of entries attained the top two grades. It is no surprise then to see so many of our students being offered places on extremely competitive degree courses at prestigious UK Russell Group universities, including Cambridge, Edinburgh, Imperial and UCL. In keeping with our international outlook, BST students will also be taking up places at universities as far afield as Canada, the Netherlands and the USA and, closer to home, at Keio University here in Japan.
“Young people today see themselves as global citizens”
The success of our oldest students in recent years has led to a dramatic increase in applications from ambitious young men and women of all nationalities who are keen to give themselves the best chance of going on to study at the university of their choice. Young people today see themselves as global citizens and they recognise that UK A levels offer an academic passport that can take them almost anywhere. Most universities worldwide are very familiar with Britain’s public examination system and are more than happy to accept students with A levels or their equivalent.
Of course, there is much more to life at BST than preparation for examinations. While parents are impressed by the academic rigour and structured progression of our particular brand of British education, students here learn so much more than how to achieve top grades. Sport, music and drama are woven into the fabric of school life from the very start, and both community service and adventurous activity are real strengths.
We firmly believe that real education should extend well beyond the four walls of the classroom and we recognise that in today’s world so-called “soft skills” are every bit as important as paper qualifications. BST students are encouraged to explore and to take risks, to express their opinions and to listen to the ideas of others, to discover the joy of exceeding even their own expectations of themselves. From their early years in our Nursery and Reception classes, our children are given countless opportunities to develop the independence and resilience that will enable them to take the next step in their education – wherever it might take them – with confidence and a smile.
To find out more about joining The British School in Tokyo, please contact our experienced admissions team via [email protected]