UK Secretary of State for Education Gillian Keegan paid a visit to the new Primary School Campus of The British School in Tokyo (BST) at Azabudai Hills (approval in process), and opened its sports pitch on the 5th floor of the building known as the Sky Pitch, together with Her Excellency British Ambassador to Japan Julia Longbottom.
The Education Secretary Ms Keegan painted the left eye of a white daruma doll while the British Ambassador Ms Longbottom did with a red one, a traditional Japanese way to make a wish for prosperity and outstanding education, and cut the red ribbon, to mark the opening of the Sky Pitch at BST’s new Primary School Campus at Azabudai Hills.
As the only international school located in the new prestigious development of Azabudai Hills, BST is an honoured partner in the Mori Building Corporation’s regeneration of Toranomon Azabudai - the biggest residential, commercial and educational project in central Tokyo for more than a generation.
From 28 August 2023, the new campus will welcome students aged 3 to 11 years old from the international community in Japan. This will be the first time in BST’s distinguished history, to unite Primary children from BST’s current Showa and Shibuya campuses.
Designed by world-famous architects Thomas Heatherwick Studios, the new campus includes 7 floors above the ground (including a roof garden) and one subterranean floor, featuring an indoor swimming pool, two libraries, an art studio, a Digital Technology Studio for Science/Technology/Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning, a sports hall and two sports pitches.
Neighbouring Tokyo Tower, BST’s new Primary School Campus is located in the very heart of Tokyo, with easy access to numerous residential buildings, offices, restaurants, shopping malls and hotels. It is also only a short distance from BST’s Secondary School site located at Showa Women’s University, which is part of a rapidly expanding educational hub in Sangenjaya.
Secretary of State for Education Gillian Keegan, said,
“A British school designed by British architects, in the heart of Japan, partnering with one of the most important Japanese companies, shows how well and widely British education has been accepted in Japan, and the close links that we celebrate between our countries.”
Based on the English National Curriculum, The British School in Tokyo provides a well-designed broad and balanced curriculum for students aged 3 to 18. The School’s experienced educators are highly trained professionals who seek to ensure all students are supported to fulfil their potential both in and beyond the classroom. BST’s 100+ extracurricular clubs and extensive facilities at these central Tokyo campuses enhance the students' experience and help to ensure each student thrives and develops their own unique talents.
Mr Paul Tough, Principal of The British School in Tokyo, said:
“We are honoured to welcome the Secretary of State and Her Excellency the Ambassador to BST's new Primary school campus at Azabudai Hills. Today's visit marks another significant milestone in BST's proud history at the heart of Tokyo and its preeminent status as Japan's leading British international school. “