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Senior School

BST senior students doing a presentation

The range of choices today for young people at sixteen can seem bewildering.

At BST students are prepared for further study in universities around the world and for their future life. The Senior School at BST provides an environment where students receive direction whilst being given opportunities for independence both through their studies and in their contributions to the school and the wider community.

BST currently follows the UK A Level system and have a broad range of subjects which can be studied. You can read about these in our Senior School Options Booklet below.

As well as academic success – you can read about our examination results – what happens outside the classroom is of great importance. BST provides a holistic education to produce well rounded young adults.

A full enrichment programme is offered and this provides an opportunity to develop personalities, leadership skills, community spirit and self-confidence. There are abundant opportunities to participate and compete in Music, Drama, Sport, Service and other activities.

The BST Outdoors programme is a unique feature of our educational provision and all students go on both a summer and winter trip to the Japanese Alps. Being involved in the life of BST, taking responsibility and maximising the opportunities for personal development is central to the life of a BST Senior School student. This is reflected in the mature attitude of our students, both academically and socially, and how they carry out their duties as prefects.

Starting from August 2024, BST will be offering BTEC Level 3 in Enterprise and Sport. These courses have been selected to complement our existing A-Level offerings, providing a robust and varied curriculum that caters to the diverse interests and career aspirations of our students.

We also aim to prepare students for later life and have support for university applications and careers including a Work Experience programme and various seminars and lectures on a vast range of topics.

Please come and visit us by booking a tour on which you will be able to meet some of our students. I’m sure you will be impressed with them and what the school has to offer.Please note the below.

The British School in Tokyo is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.
* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit

Secondary School Profile

BST senior students walking in the campus

(Open in PDF)

Senior School Options Booklet

BST senior students in class

 For Year 12-13 (Open in PDF)

BST students enjoying water activities
Uniquely BST

BST Outdoors

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BST students performing musical on stage
Uniquely BST

Music, Sports, Art & Drama

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BST students playing wind instruments
Uniquely BST

Clubs & Activities

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Showa Campus

Year 7 to Year 13