Purpose, Mission, Vision and Goals



To provide an outstanding British education in English to the international community of Tokyo.


To care for our students, and to educate them in accordance with clearly stated values; to bring out the best in every one of them; and to help them to take the next step in their lives with confidence, conviction and consideration for others.


The British School in Tokyo will be a leader in the provision of a first-class, values-driven international education, based on the best of the English National Curriculum. We will have a reputation for excellence, with an emphasis on outstanding teaching, academic achievement, service to others, teamwork and leadership.


To recruit, develop and retain inspiring teachers, backed by a highly motivated support team, who are all fully committed to driving the school forward as a global leader in the delivery of innovative, high quality international education.

To deliver a challenging and innovative British-based curriculum in a clear 3-18 continuum that fosters all the skills and attributes outlined in the BST Student Profile, and which equips our students for the next step in their education – and for life.

To maintain the highest academic standards, including the consistent achievement of excellent examination results, while continuing our commitment to an inclusive admissions policy.

To build an unrivalled reputation as an outstanding provider of holistic education, offering an exciting range of opportunities and experiences both in and beyond the classroom, with a particular focus on service and global citizenship.

To provide the facil ities and infrastructure required to support our evolving educational and co-curricular needs, and the anticipated growth of the school towards a total of approximately 1,200 students.

To maintain the highest standards of governance applicable to independent schools, including as a minimum those recommended by the UK Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS), and to operate the School in accordance with the regulatory requirements of the Japanese authorities.

To identify and assess on an annual basis the major risks facing the School and to ensure that mitigating action, including the preparation of contingency plans, has been taken where appropriate.

To maintain stable and secure finances, with sufficient reserves to withstand emergencies and economic uncertainties, and to continue to seek additional funding with which to make major improvements to the School.

To draw together and further strengthen the wider BST community by developing and maintaining effective lines of communication between the school and all of its constituents – past, present and prospective.

To enhance the good name of the school and raise its standing on a local, national and international level by playing an active role within British educational and business networks, and by positioning ourselves to take advantage of imminent opportunities for Japan, and for Tokyo in particular.