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A truly Ecuadorean-British school

The school was created under a bilateral agreement signed on 9 June 1995 by the Government of the Republic of Ecuador and Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom. This agreement established the British School with the Foreign Ministry of Ecuador, within the framework of a broader cultural agreement between the two countries.

The school is a registered foundation whose sole purpose is educational. We are a British curriculum school of international quality, preparing children and students up to university entrance. Our programmes of study are based on the National Curriculum of England, the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (iGCSE) in Years 10-11, and the International Baccalaureate (IBO) Diploma programmes in Years 12–13.

All our students graduate with a British School Diploma and the Ecuadorian Baccalaureate. These are two diplomas for exactly the same requirements and each student is awarded the same grades in both. In addition, we are accredited by the IBO to offer the IB Diploma and many of our students achieve this, giving them a total of three diplomas. Our BSQ Diploma programme of study is itself based on the philosophy of the IB Diploma.

All our programmes of study and assessment procedures are accredited and approved by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education, who are empowered to inspect us to make sure we are following them. In order to graduate in Ecuador, students must have a legal promotion certificate and transcript for each year of study from Years 7–13.

Ambassador's welcome

Photo Cathy Ward Ambassador

I am delighted to be in Ecuador and to be part of the British School Quito team as Honorary President of the Board of Directors.  

The best education in the world is in the UK, and certainly the presence of The British School in Ecuador carries with it the great responsibility of maintaining the highest standards as a leading educational institution in its field. The years ahead are filled with exciting challenges for the school, with more investment, demanding goals and a new vision of the institution. Maintaining British-style academic excellence, a great presence of British professors and a caring and affectionate atmosphere for students, I am confident that this new stage will bring great benefits to those who trust the experience of The British School Quito and will be more And more students who will not only graduate from this school, but at universities in the UK.  

I am also pleased to say that the school continues to offer the International Youth Award (IYA). This personal development programme for older students began in the UK in 1958 and today operates in more than 140 countries. The British School Quito is the only organization in Ecuador that offers this award and this should give us great pride.

 I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the principal to maintain and expand the successful development of this excellent school.

Katherine Ward LVO, British Ambassador in Ecuador

​Vision, Mission and our Core Beliefs​

Our Vision: BSQ will be a leading centre of individual excellence, within Latin America, providing the foundations for lifelong learning and success within a global context.

Our Mission: We are a dynamic learning community that provides a personalised and holistic education for both Ecuadorean and International students, that is both British focused and internationally minded, delivered by inspirational, intercultural learning leaders.

Core Beliefs: At BSQ, we are roles models of our values and are committed to being:

Principled. This means being…..

Honest, respectful, fair, concerned for others, values focused

Internationally Minded. This means being….

Fosterers of cultural understanding, global citizens, celebrators of cultural diversity, innovators, critical thinkers, inclusive

Lifelong Learners Committed to Excellence. This means….

Inquirers, risk takers, reflective, motivators, inspirers, achievers of personal excellence, engaged learners, creative thinkers 

Focused on Personal and Emotional Wellbeing. This means….

Balanced in our approach to life and learning, caring, creators of a positive difference in others´lives, actively involved in Community, Action and Service, self-confident, assertive, proactive, safe, understanding the positive impact happiness has on us and others

Team Players. This means being….

Active listeners, open-minded, creators of positive resolutions, supportive, collaborative, inclusive, open communicators

Builders of a Sustainable Future. This means being….

Careful users of resources, advocators for a safe world, committed to sustainability