The British School in Tokyo was officially opened in 1989 by the incumbent British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, with just 63 girls and boys on roll. The School was established to meet the needs of parents who wished their children to receive a British-style primary education in Tokyo. A number of nationalities were represented in the School community, with the majority being British. During the early 1990s the School’s success led to an increased demand and by 1993 the premises had expanded and places were available from Nursery to Year 6. There were then 200 pupils on roll and the School’s curriculum began to follow the newly introduced National Curriculum of England and Wales.
The School’s reputation was spreading both nationally and internationally and the existing site could no longer accommodate the growing demand for places. A modern building with improved facilities was opened on 14 May, 1998 to provide a bright and stimulating environment for over 350 children aged three to nine.
In August 2006 BST became two schools. Our original site, 'BST Shibuya', now accommodates around 350 Nursery to Year 3 pupils in facilities that have been entirely refurbished. 'BST Showa', on the Campus of the Showa Women's University in Setagaya ku, now offers provision from Year 4 to 13 for around 330 students in a superb environment with excellent sports and other specialist facilities. In September 2007 we started to provide Key Stage 4, including G.C.S.E. courses and enhancements such as academic tutoring and the International Duke of Edinburgh Award and from September 2010 we have begun to provide education up to Key Stage 5, with a growing and vibrant 6th form. Today, we are a school of nearly 900 students, enjoying an excellent reputation and providing a stimulating and challenging education within a positive, welcoming ethos.
Extra to the curriculum, our School offers diversity and opportunity. More than half our pupils receive additional instrumental musical tuition and we provide many different sporting activities outside of school hours throughout the year, regularly competing with other international schools in the Kanto area. The PTA also provides a range of charitable and social events that regularly bring the School together in a manner that gives a strong sense of community. Our BST Outdoor programme gives an opportunity for all our students to escape the classroom and experience the great outdoors of one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with experiences closely linked to other aspects of their learning; and there is so much more to the School.