The British School of Barcelona

Carrer Ginesta, 26 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona

+34 93 707 95 98

2-18 yrs
A Levels, English National Curriculum, IGCSEs, International Baccalaureate, Spanish Curriculum
Type of School
Day School, International School
Main Language


The British School of Barcelona is one of the most important international schools in Spain, having been recognised year after year as one of the 30 best international schools by national newspaper El Mundo in its annual 100 best schools in Spain rankings and as one of the best schools in Spain by Forbes Spain.

The school has four campuses, which are located in Barcelona, Castelldefels and Sitges.

With more than 65 years of history, the ethos of the school is the pursuit of academic excellence, whilst helping students realise their full potential, and develop learning habits and 21st century transferable skills to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. The school offers an international environment with qualified teaching staff and first-class facilities where students can flourish and thrive. BSB students obtain results significantly above national averages at GCSE, IB and A level, and every year we have students who achieve the highest marks in certain subjects across all schools in Spain or, in some cases, Europe. This gains them attend to a broad range of university destinations both in Spain and around the world, with most graduates accepting offers from Russell Group, and other British, Spanish and international universities of their first choice.

The school is formally recognised and accredited by the British government for teaching the English National Curriculum, and by the International Baccalaureate Organization to deliver the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). It is also authorised to validate the Spanish ESO and Bachillerato (Secondary and Sixth Form) by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Catalan department of Education.

There is an extensive programme of after-school activities and a five-week summer school in June-July.

The British School of Barcelona has been a Cognita School since 2007.

James Petrie

Acting Executive Principal

James was appointed Deputy Head of BSB Secondary in 2015 and Headteacher of Secondary and Pre-University in 2018.

Since 2023, he has acted as Acting Executive Principal. He has taught and led in UK state and Independent schools as well as working in the international sector. James has a degree in English and Related Literature from the University of York and a PGCE from Cambridge University.

James’ interests include History, Literature, Art and Sport.

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