Head's Welcome

Headmaster's Welcome

david-laird-british-international-school-lisbonWelcome to The British School of Lisbon (BSL).

As a school we are proud to be chartered by The Schools Trust, a UK registered international school trust, responsible for the development of international schools worldwide. The BSL school’s mission is to be “A World Leading School,” which means nothing less than having the highest of standards in everything we do.

We are unashamedly ambitious with the education we provide, ensuring our children thrive not just academically, but also personally and socially. Every child who attends our school is uniquely special to us. We endeavour to instil, not only a love for learning, but the values and experiences that will remain with them throughout their lives.

Traditional Values

The British School of Lisbon is dedicated to the best of traditional educational values. BSL offers a stimulating curriculum with a particular focus on numeracy and literacy from an early age. Our vibrant and enriched extracurricular programme also seeks to expose our children to quality tuition in music, drama, sports, and the arts.

To help pupils understand who they are becoming and what subjects they enjoy, we provide a safe environment and actively encourage them to challenge themselves. As a result, children play a more significant part in their development, they feel confident to participate, make mistakes, and have fun.

We know that children thrive on high expectations and challenges, whether in the classroom, on the sports field or in the arts. By setting the bar high, we expect our students to develop into top candidates for entry into any UK independent school, or a world-class university.

While high academic standards are important to us, we firmly believe a child’s happiness should come first. We place a particular focus on displaying enthusiasm for life, kindness to others and good manners.


The BSL community is of critical importance to us. We aim to provide every opportunity for parents to be welcomed, involved and participate in the life of the school and their children’s education.

I hope this headmaster’s welcome provides you with a sense of the type of international school we are and the values we represent. I look forward to you visiting the school, so you can see first-hand the quality of education we provide and the undeniable enthusiasm and passion for learning in our pupil’s.

Kind regards,

David Laird


We are always delighted to hear from prospective parents that are considering our international school for their children’s education. Please do not hesitate to call us on the phone number above or select from the options below.

You can ask us a question, arrange a school visit (instant confirmation), or make a formal application to join the school. Please click one of the buttons below to make contact with our admissions department. Note: As an international school we conduct admissions placement all year. Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 are for children in Nursery (3 years old) through to Year 4 (8-9 years old), in 2020-2021 we will also offer Year 5 (9-10 years old.), we will continue to add year groups each and every year until we achieve full secondary school.


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