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Message from the Principal

Dear Members of The British Schools community,

would like to welcome you to The British Schools, Montevideo.  We are a School with a history that goes back to 1908, and we are proud of our past and present achievements.

The British Schools has a strong reputation, not only in South America, but further afield as well. We were one of the pioneer schools in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program, which is reflected in our registration number of 11. There are now over 5000 IB schools in the world, so one can see the value of the decision taken by the School in the 1970’s to get involved in international education.  In 2017 we were accredited for the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for our younger students.

There has been a lot written about education in the 21st century and while much of it is very readable, some of it can be a little alarming.  We live in times of great change, but then again, I can remember someone saying the same to me over 40 years ago!  It is always interesting to listen to people today saying that standards today are not what they were before, and I remember that being said to my friends and I while we were at school. Times always change, and not all change is bad.

The best schools have not changed what is at the heart of education. Students need to learn what will be useful for them, and not only how to take examinations and to learn information. They need to be prepared for life after school.  This includes being comfortable speaking in public; relating well with people from all walks of life; understanding the social responsibility we all have to each other as well as the planet; learning how to make sense of all the information that is available, especially in our so-called ‘post-truth’ world; being comfortable with new technologies and being responsible for their actions. 

We value our academic results, but we understand they are only part of what makes a good school. Alongside our values, we have a very strong sports programme, especially in rugby and hockey, although we now have competitive teams in other sports as well. Our musicals are deservedly recognised nationally, while we host our own Model United Nations (MUN) conference and attend international ones. There are opportunities for all students to participate in school events.

We must respect the past and uphold the proud history of the School. These solid foundations remain firmly embedded in the School’s Mission Statement, and are at the heart of everything we do. Our Mission Statement, alongside the IB Learner Profile, form our values. While respecting the past and acknowledging its role in shaping the present, we must also understand that times are different and even if what happened many years ago was good, it might not be possible or desirable today.

Many former students express their pride at having attended this School. I am sure the current students feel the same way. 

Best wishes,

Mark Rosevear