Q. Are there spaces available in my child’s year?

There are waiting lists for some year groups but this changes all the time throughout the school year. For up to date information on the availability of places, please contact our Admissions Officer by email admissions@bst.ac.jp

Please note that a space cannot be confirmed until all registration papers have been processed.

Q. Are there any conditions of entry?

BST operates an enrolment policy which is academically non-selective. However all subjects are taught in English and therefore proficiency in English relevant to age is required.

More information on pre-registration eligibility can be found here.

Q. What time does school start and finish?

Registration is taken at 8.50am in all Primary year Groups. Secondary School begins at 8.30am.

Year Group Dismissal
Nursery 2.45pm
Reception 3.00pm
Year 1 3.15pm
Year 2 3.20pm
Year 3 3.25pm
Year 4-6 3.30pm
Year 7-13 3.45pm


Q. How do I apply for a place for my child?

Application forms can be downloaded on the Admissions page here.

Q. How long does the application process take?

Once registration forms have been submitted, your child’s school will be contacted for a written report and if everything is satisfactory and there are places available a place will be offered. This process can take between 2-4 weeks.

Q. Is there a deadline for applications?

Given the nature of the international community and the sudden change in location which can occur, BST welcomes applications all year round and students arriving from overseas can start at any time during the academic year.

Q. How does the School determine which year group my child will be placed in?

Our school year groups are determined by age and out of year placement is not considered by the School.

Use this table to determine which age group your child is eligible for.

Q. Do you have learning support teachers and facilities for children with special needs?

In the Primary School, all Additional Learning Needs are managed by our Inclusion Manager. Most learning needs are catered for within the classroom by the class teacher and teaching assistant in partnership with parents. This sometimes involves an Individual Education Plan (IEP) focusing on key development targets which are shared with parents. The school communicates with parents if the need for speech or occupation therapy is considered necessary; parents are put in touch with relevant specialist who carry out assessments and agree a support schedule with school. Parents meet the fees for these services.

For children who present very specific learning needs, parents financially subsidise a Learning Support Teaching Assistant who works alongside the child in class on specific targets for an agreed percentage of the week. This support is reviewed termly.

In the Secondary School, learning support needs are coordinated by the Head of Learning Support and assisted by two full-time Learning Support staff. Needs are assessed on an individual basis both for English as an Additional Language and for specific learning difficulties. Support is given through in-class help as well as extra targeted sessions for individuals and small groups. For GCSE and A level exams, support can sometimes include an application for extra exam time.

Q. What are the class sizes at BST?

The normal number of students per class in Nursery and Reception is 15-18 and for all other years the normal class size is 18-22, although from Year 9 upwards most class sizes are much smaller than this. In the Sixth Form some classes can be very small depending on the number of students selecting particular subject options.

Q. What is the staff to student ratio?

All Primary classes have one Class Teacher and one Teaching Assistant (TA). Our TAs participate in regular training offered by internal and external staff and some become Higher Level teaching assistants.

There are no teaching assistants in Secondary.

Q. What languages are taught at BST?

Japanese is taught from Nursery

French is taught from Y3

In the Secondary School French, Japanese and Spanish is offered to GCSE level and Chinese is offered as an ECA.

Q. What nationalities are represented in the student population?

BST currently has over 1100 students with over 65 nationalities. Around a third of BST students are neither British nor Japanese and the school offers a vibrant international experience to all students.

Q. Is there a school uniform?

Yes, all students must wear the School uniform, details of which you can find here.

Q. Do you operate a school bus?

A bus service exists between the Shibuya and Showa site for all Primary Showa pupils. Buses leave each morning from outside the Shibuya campus at 8.20am and at 8.25am. They return each afternoon, leaving BST Showa at 3.40pm and 3.45pm, to arrive at BST Shibuya at 4:00pm (traffic permitting).

Seats on the bus need to be booked and paid for a term in advance. For further details and payment arrangements, please contact bstar@bst.ac.jp

BST does not operate a bus service to any other locations within the Tokyo area. However, the public transport system is excellent and BST Shibuya is only a short walk from Shibuya station (one of the largest transport hubs in Tokyo). A number of bus routes stop directly outside BST Showa which is also just a short walk away from Sangenjaya Station.

Q. What after school activities do you provide?

There is an extensive range of activities on offer throughout the school. Click here for Primary and here for Secondary.