British School of Amsterdam
Anthonie van Dijckstraat 1, 1077 ME, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel: (+31) 20 679 7840
Fax: (+31) 20 675 8396
International, IB, US curricula.
500 students, 2-13 yrs.
The British School of Amsterdam is a non-selective independent co-educational
day school and offers a British-style education to children of all
nationalities between the ages of 2 and 13. The school was founded
in 1978 by members of the British community in Amsterdam. It is a
non-profit making association managed by a board of Governors elected
by members of the Association. The teaching programme is based on
the English National Curriculum and also makes full use of the national
and cultural heritage of the Netherlands. Music and drama, art and
craftwork and physical education form an important part of the curriculum
in addition to the more formal academic subjects. Dutch is taught
to children from four years old, French to children from eight years
old, Latin to children from ten and Spanish to children from eleven
years old. English as an additional language is available to children
who need extra tuition. A wide range of extra-curricular activities
and lessons in several musical instruments are available. Visits to
places of interest in and around Amsterdam are a regular occurrence.
The staff are fully-qualified members of the teaching profession and
with a wide variety of skills and interests, ensuring that each child's
potential in all areas is fully developed.
The school is located on three purpose-built sites situated in
the residential suburbs of Amsterdam. The Nursery and Infant school
provide facilities for children aged 2- 7. This site has five nursery
classrooms, 13 additional classrooms, a language room, a music room,
an information technology suite, two libraries and a gymnasium.
The Junior school 175 meters away comprises of ten classrooms, a
state-of-the-art ICT suite, two libraries, a gymnasium and a music
practice room. The Middle school provides specialist facilities
for children from 11-13. The facilities include a science lab, music
suite, ICT lab, art and design lab, music technology lab and a modem
foreign languages room. Children in the Junior school also have
access to these facilities.
The school begins in September and ends in mid-July. There are
three terms with short breaks at half-term and longer breaks at
Christmas and Easter. The school day begins at 08.45 and finishes
at 15:30 for the primary school and at 16.00 for pupils in the middle