British School Jakarta (BSJ) is an international school with British heritage, for children aged three to 18. The School was founded in 1974 with support from the British Embassy, and was originally intended to educate the children of British and Commonwealth nationals.
Today, about 1,400 children study at BSJ; 40% come from the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth, 30% are Indonesian, and around 40 nationalities comprise the rest of the School. There are over 130 members of academic staff and around 230 employees in other supporting roles.
BSJ employs more British-trained teachers than any other school in Indonesia. A British education is globally reputed to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, and teaching that enables students to exceed their highest goals. British schools also provide exceptional extra-curricular opportunities and prioritise the welfare of their students.
Established initially in the city centre, BSJ moved to a green, 18-hectare estate in Bintaro, south-west of the capital, in 1994. The campus was opened in part by their Royal Britannic Highnesses Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, and it includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool and theatre complex.
BSJ’s new sports centre and all-weather pitches, which opened in 2017, make the School one of the best-resourced for sport in South-East Asia. The new facilities include two floodlit football fields with the latest surface technology, three basketball courts that convert into six volleyball or 12 badminton spaces, a gym and weights room, a rock-climbing wall and a dance studio.
Age 3 to 5: Foundation Stage
Foundation Stage prepares young children for success later in life by promoting their early development. There are seven inter-connected aspects of the Foundation Stage curriculum.
Three prime areas ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and build their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development.
These areas are strengthened and applied through a concurrent focus on four specific areas: literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design.
Age 5 to 11: Years One to Six
In Years One to Six, BSJ teaches a blend of the National Curriculum in England and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The National Curriculum introduces children to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. With the IPC, their learning takes a global approach; helping them to connect to where they live, as well as looking at the perspective of other people in other countries.
Together, these curricula teach children core knowledge (facts and information), skills (practical and transferable abilities) and understanding (deeper awareness of concepts that develops over time).
Age 11 to 14: Years Seven to Nine
Students aged 11 to 14 follow a broad and balanced programme, based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales and adapted to an international context.
All students study the following subjects: English; Mathematics; Science; Design Technology; History; Geography; Modern Foreign Languages (a wide choice of European and Asian Languages); Art; Drama; Music; Information and Communication Technology; Physical Education; Personal, Social and Health Education; and Indonesian Studies.
These three years of study provide the foundation for the IGCSE programme that follows.
Age 14 to 16: Years Ten and 11
The curriculum in Years Ten and 11 is a two-year course of study culminating in external IGCSE examinations. These are set by the Cambridge International and London (EDEXCEL) examinations boards.
The core programme comprises Mathematics; English Literature; English Language; Sciences; Physical Education; and Personal, Social and Health Education. Students then select five options from Art; Business Studies; Drama; Food Technology; Design Technology; Economics; French; Geography; German; Global Perspectives; Graphics; History; Indonesian Language (native and non-native); Indonesian Studies; Information and Communications Technology; Japanese; Mandarin; Music; Resistant Materials; Spanish; and Textiles.
In 2016, the School’s rate of A*/A awards (the highest grades) remained on the upward trajectory of the previous three years, peaking at 56%, while 78% of students’ grades were A* to B. 10 students achieved 100% A/A* and 17 subjects achieved more than 60% A* grades.
Age 16 to 18: Years 12 and 13
Students in Years 12 and 13 study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, through an academically-challenging programme designed in Geneva, Switzerland.
The balanced and broad curriculum is made up of six subject groups (language and literature language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts). These are complemented by the ‘core’, which comprises theory of knowledge; creativity, activity, community service; and the independently-researched extended essay.
Through the IB, BSJ develops students who:
have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge;
flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically;
study at least two languages;
excel in traditional academic subjects;
explore the nature of knowledge.
In 2017, the School’s Year 13 leavers achieved an average score of 35 in their International Baccalaureate - nearly one point greater than the previous year. 80% of BSJ students exceeded the IB Organisation's most recently published world average (30 points). Two in the 80-strong cohort gained 43 points out of a possible 45, while 13 scored 40 points or higher.
Over 50% of BSJ’s students' entries were awarded a 6 or a 7 (the top grade at IB), with particular highlights in Business and Management, Economics, Geography, Environmental Systems and Societies, Computer Science, Higher Level Mathematics, Visual Art, Theatre and several Modern Foreign Languages. In another increase on last year, the average point score per subject was 5.5.
Leavers’ University Destinations
The IB Diploma is respected by leading universities across the globe, and BSJ students go on to attend universities all over the world.
The offers received by the 2017 cohort were the best on record, with highlights including an offer to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Oxford University and another for Computer Science at Stanford University. Several students applying to North America received significant scholarships alongside their place.
Notable Offering Institutions (UK)
University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of Exeter
University of Leeds
University of Oxford
SOAS, University of London
University College London (UCL)
The University of Warwick
Notable Offering Institutions (North America)
The University of
California College of the
UCLA (University of
University of California
University of California
LMU (Loyola Marymount
University of Michigan
OTIS College of Art &
Purdue College of
USC (University of Southern
School of the Art Institute
Notable Offering Institutions (Asia)
Yale-NUS (National University of Singapore)
HKU (Hong Kong University)
HKUST (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong)
Notable degree subjects popular with BSJ students this year include Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Computing and Computer Science; Economics, Business and Management; International Relations and Politics; Philosophy, Politics and Economics; Sport and Exercise Science; and Veterinary Medicine.