CURRICULUM AND EXAMS:
UK, International, IB
Exams: IGCSE, IB
Age Range: 4-18
Total Enrolment: 350
165 boys, 185 girls
Day only: € 5690-€ 8380
Other Fees: Entry Fee: € 250; Application fee: € 50; Capital
Dev. Surcharge: 5%
Learning Support Programme
British School, founded in July 1894, is believed to be the oldest
British school in mainland Europe. It provides a high quality, British
style, English medium, international education for boys and girls,
age four to eighteen, of currently 19 nationalities.
OBS is a non-profit institution owned by a Council of Members (parents
and former parents) which elects a Board of Governors. The Head of
School is assisted by the Bursar and Heads of the Primary and Senior
Sections. The majority of the teaching staff are native English speakers,
mostly British with British qualifications but other nationalities
(American, Irish, Portuguese, Australian and Dutch) are represented.
The curriculum in Primary (ages 4-11) and Senior Sections (ages 11-18)
is based upon the English National Curriculum but adapted to local
In Forms 10-13, students work towards the International General Certificate
of Secondary Education and the International Baccalaureate. Students
can thus move with relative ease to or from other British or English-medium
international schools and to universities throughout the world. Current
applications for further education are mostly being made to Europe
and the USA.
The standard of English achieved amongst non-native English students
is very high. Non-Portuguese students achieve considerable fluency
in Portuguese - this being the second language of the school. French
is also taught and there are opportunities for other languages through
The school is small, with class sizes in Primary averaging 16, and
15 in the Secondary Section.
OBS is on a pleasant campus in the residential area of Foz at the
mouth of the River Douro. Consistent with its small size, facilities
are relatively modest. A five-year development plan is in progress.
The school follows the British pattern of academic year commencing
in early September and ending in late June/early July. The main holidays
are at Christmas, Easter and in the summer, with mid-term holidays
and a number of local national holidays. The optimum time for entry
is at the start of the academic year, but the school tries to accommodate
newcomers at other times. A prospectus and other information is available
from the Head's PA/Registrar.