The British School in Colombo is one of the leading British schools in the subcontinent, and has an enviable reputation for providing high quality education in a caring, nurturing environment. Sri Lanka is coming out of a period of conflict and the sense of optimism in the country is reflected in the school. We are excited about our future and this will be an exciting place to work and develop professionally in the coming years.
There will be challenge and rewards here for teachers at all stages of their careers. We realize that teachers will apply to BSC for a number of possible reasons. However, what is the case is that successful teachers here usually have a number of things in common. First and foremost, they are enthusiastic and flexible. Teachers need to be willing to rise to a challenge of adapting both culturally and socially to a new and very different environment. Of course, Colombo provides a wonderful base from which to explore and travel both Sri Lanka and the wonderful richness of south and east Asia. However, successful teachers also recognize that the school provides an outstanding opportunity for them to develop professionally through not only their own work but by helping others to develop professionally too.
Education is vitally important in Sri Lanka and therefore, teachers are held in high esteem. Within our community, it is vital to be enthusiastic about teaching and learning and to recognize that successful teaching is a collaborative activity. Colombo is a somewhat chaotic and busy city, with a hot and humid tropical climate. Nevertheless, it is a culturally and socially vibrant place, boasting a wide range of cuisine and it is a wonderful centre from which to explore the sub-continent and South East Asia.
Before applying to any international school it is important to think carefully about whether the environment is right for you: this is no different in Colombo. From having worked in a number of different international schools, I am certain that those who arrive in this wonderful city with their eyes open and a willingness to take full advantage of what Sri Lanka has to offer, will thoroughly enjoy their stay and, like many of my colleagues, will wish to remain in the area for much longer than an initial contract. If you are interested in working with us, please complete the BSC application form (available through the web link) and attach a Letter of Application which should outline your teaching experience and philosophy and explain why you would like to work at BSC.
I recommend that you take a little time to read the Information for Candidates and also the comments written by some of our staff. I am sure you will find that information extremely helpful in your consideration of our school.