The British School of Barcelona, Castelldefels
ABOUT The British School of Barcelona, Castelldefels
The British School of Barcelona (BSB) is one of the most important international schools in Spain, having been recognised year after year as one of the 30 best international schools in Spain by national newspaper El Mundo.
BSB is a caring learning community with high expectations. Founded over 60 years ago, BSB offers an all-round international approach to children’s learning and development.
It is formally recognised and accredited by the British government for teaching the English National Curriculum, and is an accredited IB World School offering International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). BSB also offers the validation of Spanish ESO and Bachillerato.
BSB currently has three campuses located in Sitges and Castelldefels, and each year its students, of over 50 nationalities, are offered places at some of the best Universities across the world such as the Russell Group, and other British, Spanish and international universities.
The British School of Barcelona has been a Cognita school since 2007.
The BSB Castelldefels campus
Our campus in Castelldefels offers education to children aged 3 to 16 years of age.
The campus is divided into three distinct areas for Early Years, Primary and Secondary with its own age-appropriate learning, play and social spaces. There also some shared facilities across the school including a 376-seat Theatre, purpose-built science, art, music, medical and dining rooms, a study garden and indoor/outdoor sports areas, including an artificial turf pitch.
In September 2019 the school expanded its sport facilities with a state-of-the-art 9,000 square metres rugby and football pitch, adjacent to BSB Castelldefels campus.
Castelldefels is an increasingly popular destination for expat families. Our campus lies within easy access to the centre of Barcelona, and is just a 10-minute drive from the airport.
Jonathan Locke has been the Executive Principal of The British School of Barcelona since September 2018. He was the former Head of Leventhorpe School, in Sawbridgeworth, England, and having completed 20 years as a member of three senior leadership teams, the last 10 as Headteacher, he has significant experience in leading school communities through change and innovation.
Jonathan has a proven record of success at Leventhorpe, which was judged to be an Outstanding school by Ofsted and became a National Teaching School. He has been accredited as a National Leader of Education (NLE). Jonathan is committed to the principle of educating the whole person through equality of opportunity and the meeting of individual needs, and believes that students work best when they feel valued and that an effective school recognises individuals’ strengths and talents.
Prior to his current headship, Jonathan has had a hugely successful career in senior leadership positions at Sir John Lawes School and Richard Hale School in the UK. He has also worked as a Mathematics teacher and as ICT Coordinator. He holds a Statistics and Management degree from the University of Wales, and a postgraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. He has travelled the world as a rugby player representing England at various levels and Saracens 1st XV. In recent years Jonathan has coached a local junior team, something he wishes to continue here at BSB.
Jon’s leadership style is focused on encouraging staff and students to innovate and work collaboratively, making learning far more powerful. He is highly empathic and positive, full of contagious energy, which is fundamental for the future development of The British School of Barcelona as a learning community.
At a Glance
- Ages Taught
- 3-16 yrs
- English National Curriculum, IGCSEs, Spanish Curriculum
- Type of School
- Day School, International School
- Main Language