BSB recognised as one of the best private schools in the world in 2023

For the fourth consecutive year, The British School of Brussels (BSB) has earned a spot among the top 15 private schools in Europe and has been independently ranked in the prestigious Carfax Schools Index’s top 125 private schools globally for 2023.

The Schools Index, compiled by Carfax Education in collaboration with Spear’s, is the sole global ranking of the world’s leading private schools.

The inclusion in the Index follows on from the recent announcement that BSB is one of eight finalists vying for the prestigious 2023 Spear’s School of the Year Award and is a finalist in two categories in the Independent School of the Year Awards.

Melanie Warnes, Principal of BSB, expressed her delight and pride, stating, “We are thrilled to be internationally recognised. This acknowledgment not only highlights our excellent academic results but also our exceptional ethos. Our students excel, supported by superb professionals and extremely supportive parents. BSB deserves this recognition!”

In addition to academic achievements and university readiness, schools are evaluated based on their unique values, local and international reputation, and their ability to prepare students for life beyond academia.

Fiona McKenzie, Head of Education, Carfax Education, said: “Now in its fourth year, the Schools Index has rapidly become a valuable resource for parents looking for the very best education for their child, wherever they are in the world – as well as for the private schools sector.”

“This year’s guide has been comprehensively curated by international experts, with each school notably recognised for their own individual footprint in education, including academics, facilities, preparation for university entry, unique ethos and how they prepare students for life beyond academia,” she added. “Demand for excellent schools remains high and is still fiercely competitive, as parents strive to ensure their child receives the strongest foundations to set them up for a lifetime of success.”

Recognition of outstanding exam results

This recognition comes on the heels of BSB’s outstanding exam results in all Post-16 pathways.

In the sphere of A Levels, the students’ achievements add another chapter to BSB’s legacy of excellence in academic and creative domains. Impressively, over half of the total grades attained ranged between A* and B, with an outstanding 32% attaining the coveted A or A* grade. These exceptional results celebrate personal accomplishments and pave the way for future triumphs.

Equally striking are the feats of students enrolled in BSB’s BTEC courses. Their remarkable individual performances have resulted in an impressive 56.5% of all grades being awarded at the Distinction or Distinction* level, while a notable 85% have achieved Merit or higher grades.

BSB’s commitment to delivering top-tier academic outcomes is further validated through its standing as a premier IB performing school. The Class of 2023 continues to enhance BSB’s reputation by achieving exceptional IB results. Many students have surpassed the 40-point threshold, securing admissions to renowned global universities.