BSQ is Ecuador's only truly British international school, where the English National Curriculum is taught with strong links to local language and culture. We are proud of our joint British-Ecuadorian roots and have a very strong reputation in the local and international community. Our curriculum is student-centred, so that each individual can reach their full potential.
Our students prepare for the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (iGCSE) in Years 10 and 11, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Years 12 and 13 and achieve results above the world averages. Many of our graduates go to the world's top universities.
British School Quito is a foundation, with the sole purpose of providing education. We are an IB World School, accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. We are licensed and accredited by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education. The school is located in the beautiful Cumbaya valley to the East of Quito, close to the Ruta Viva motorway and 20 minutes from the airport. The Early Years, Primary and Secondary sections are all on one campus, which has rich local flora and fauna – hummingbirds are daily visitors to most areas. The school has a technology lab, science laboratories, art and music facilities, a cafeteria, playgrounds, a sports field. We have a central library with an auditorium area for assemblies and productions.
The British School Quito is a learning community where students, staff and families work together to provide the foundations for academic excellence and personal growth.
We live and learn together with respect and care for each other.
We live and learn with a happy and welcoming attitude to everyone.
We live and learn with an active and determined approach to our ambition.Emma Newman - Principal
Our guiding principles
BSQ will be a leading centre of excellence providing the foundations for lifelong learning and success within a global context.
We are a dynamic learning community that provides a personalised and holistic education for both Ecuadorian and International students, that is both British focused and internationally minded, delivered by inspirational, intercultural learning leaders.
We live and learn together with respect and care for each other.
We live and learn with a happy and welcoming attitude to everyone.
We live and learn with an active and determined approach to our ambition.
Our Teaching and Support Staff
She has spent 25 years working in and leading British
schools and has also taught in Singapore, travelled
extensively across Asia and Europe and visited North
America and Australia.
As a result of her experiences in education and beyond, she
remains firmly of the belief that a school with consistently
clear values, excellent teaching and a broad range of
opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom
will be a school where students flourish.
Here at BSQ, the school values underpin everything that
they do and it is to those that she directs staff, students,
parents and visitors to understand what drives their
purpose and their decision-making.
Head of Secondary
Jim is the Head of Secondary and IBDP Coordinator. His teaching experience includes two years in West Yorkshire, three at Bishop Mackenzie International School in Lilongwe, Malawi, two at the English School of Kyrenia in North Cyprus, and six, now, at BSQ. He is an IB examiner. He has an MA in International Education from University of Bath and a PGCE English from Leeds Trinity.
Secondary Teacher - Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator
Ruth has experience as a Teacher of Science, Physics Specialism, WRPITT Trainee, Graduate Teacher Programme and Cover Supervisor at The Kings School at Pontefract. She was also the Assistant Student Voice Officer at the Education Improvement Service, Northumberland County Council.
Ruth has a QTS in Science from the Wakefield Partnership for Initial Teacher Training; she undertook a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course in Chemistry and Physics at Bradford College and holds a Degree in Clinical Sciences from the University of Bradford.
Barney studied Primary Education for 3 years at Manchester Metropolitan University, specializing in Science and Modern Foreign Languages, and graduated with a 2:1 and a teaching grade of “Good” from Ofsted. Barney has been working in schools since 2012, and has been placed in 5 different schools in Northern Ireland and the North West of England, mainly around the Cheshire area. Mr. Dobbin also attended The Rainey Endowed Grammar school, and has a Level 3 diploma in Creative Media Studies.
Before coming to Ecuador, he worked at Elk’s Camp Moore for Special Children in New Jersey, USA, working with children and young adults aged 7-21 specializing mainly in autism, Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy. Barney hopes to return to work at this camp in the summer months as a volunteer, and has a passion for working with children who have special educational needs.
Outside of education, Barney has been playing drums and percussion instruments since 2007 and has been a part of a number of different bands and musical projects across Northern Ireland. Mr. Dobbin has also taught drumming and percussion lessons to children aged 8-12.
Secondary Teacher - Maths
She studied Maths, English Literature and Psychology at A level. Claire graduated with a degree in Maths from Bristol University in 2008. She worked and saved and then travelled Asia, Australia, New Zealand for 6 months. She worked in hospitality and school administration before applying for the PGCE programme. Ms. Ngwenya gained the PGCE qualification in Secondary Mathematics Teaching in 2013. Since then she worked at a grammar (selective) school in Surrey, UK. and taught Maths from year 7 to year 13.
She enjoys reading and learning languages. She has learnt French in the past and is keen to learn Spanish now that she is in Ecuador. To keep fit she enjoys yoga and hot yoga. She likes the peace of mind that this brings. She can also play the piano and the ukulele.
Primary Teacher - Year 1A
She was born in Cali, Colombia and has been lucky enough to live in different countries growing up. She spent most of her life in England and studied psychology at the University of Liverpool followed by her PGCE at Nottingham Trent University and has 5 years of teaching experience to date. BSQ is her first international teaching post but it is not her first time at BSQ. As a child, she attended BSQ with the original cohort of 25 children in 1995 and she is so excited to be back. Katerina is really looking forward to travelling around Ecuador and South America with her husband, who is also a teacher at BSQ. In her spare time she reads, watches movies, travels and draws.
Secondary Teacher - History
John has taught History, Religious Studies and Global Politics for 8 years and he is loving teaching his subjects in different corners of the world. Mr. Ashfield trained as a teacher in England where he taught for three years after gaining his PGCE before deciding to try international teaching. Since then he has taught a year in the Middle East in Kuwait, three years in the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean before moving to Ecuador to take a job at BSQ. As a keen scuba diver he cannot wait to try diving in the Galapagos and in the Pacific in general.
Physical Education Teacher
He is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Physical Education. Soon after graduating, he worked for a summer as a lifeguard and swim instructor in Yokohama, Japan. Joshua continued his stay in Asia as an English teacher in South Korea for another 2 and a half years. He took a break from international life and returned the USA in 2013 to begin teaching Physical Education. In 2015, Joshua was invited to join the BSQ community. In addition to his role as secondary PE teacher, he also serves as the Enrichment Coordinator for secondary and coaches sports teams.
Primary Teacher - Year 6
Helen has gained her MA(hons) in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2006. Having had seven years in the business, both in the UK and in Ecuador, she started a family and dedicated her time to her children. Her life has taken a different path and she has now embarked on a teaching career. Helen has been working at the school since October as a Teaching Assistant, and is focusing on completing the PGCEi by the following year and progressing as a teacher at BSQ.
Primary Teacher - Y6
Oscar was born in Quito-Ecuador. He graduated from the Universidad Central del Ecuador with a Bachelor in Education, specialized in languages. In addition, he has several Cambridge University certifications. Oscar has five years’ experience in education. He is currently a primary teacher assistant for years 5 and 6. He enjoys reading but his biggest passion is football. Oscar plays as a goalkeeper, and he is currently helping with the BSQ girls' football team. In his spare time, he likes to listen to music and enjoys to outdoors time with his dogs.
Physical Education Teacher
Mr Ruiz has a full swimming teaching licence from the Ecuadorian and international swimming federation; he is passionate about his job and has establish good communication skills with BSQ students from all ages. Fernando is one of the longest serving staff members at BSQ, having joined the school in 1995.
Maggie Novoa has worked with books all her life, as a librarian, an editor for school books, translator, style editor, reader and writer of children's stories. She has a degree as librarian and a bachellor in Education, mention in Ecology. At BSQ she organizes and manages the Secondary Library since its very begining back in 2002.
Maggie considers that reading is a magical moment for people to interact with themselves and other people's thought represented in books, that is why she enjoys her job as a mediator between young students at BSQ and the experience of reading.
Marco Antonio López
Secondary Teacher - Spanish
Marco Antonio López Mora joined The British School Quito in April 2016. He has a degree in Education Sciences and Professor of Secondary Education, specialization in Letters and Spanish, by the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. Graduated from the licentiate cycle of the Faculty of Jurisprudence of the same Pontifical University. Family Counselor by the Institute of Education Sciences, University of Navarra, and with Certificate of Occupational Aptitude by the Institute of the Family, University of La Sabana.
He has worked as a teacher of Spanish and Literature in the schools Nocturno Católico Garcia Moreno, Colegio Nuestra Madre de la Merced, Colegio Borja 2 - Los Andes (Hermanos Maristas), and Colegio Intisana.
Currently, he is a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) examiner's team, as an examiner of Literature in Spanish and at a higher level.
Secondary Teacher - Spanish
Ana joined the staff of the British School Quito in 2010. She has a Master of Education and Degrees in Educational Research, Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Pedagogy
Ana teaches Spanish Language to K3 students, Spanish Language, and Literature to senior years in the International Baccalaureate Programme. She has worked in teaching for eight years, a profession that fulfills her life, as she considers that the interaction with young people is truly enriching and unique.
She is passionate about reading, because it allows a person to explore knowledge, dreams, and truths. Ana enjoys dancing because she believes you can express emotions through movement, and loves to travel because you can meet and learn from the perspective of different cultures.
Teacher Assistant - Nursery A
Sara did her Primary and Secondary studies at the Colegio Americano de Quito. She then studied Clinical Psychology at the Catholic University of Quito. She has approximately 15 years of experience working with children, in school clubs, summer camps, private tutoring in academic support, private psychological support. She has been working for 8 years at the British School Quito. In addition she studied music for 8 years and used music for childrens’ therapy. She likes music, football and animals.
Primary Teacher - Spanish KS2
Ana believes the teaching profession is the most enriching as a human being, so she decided to choose this profession. She has a degree in EBG in Language and Communication, Ana graduated from the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana. For over twenty years she has had the satisfaction of working with students of all ages, so it has given her a great experience and knowledge. Likewise working with different teachers as an Assistant has given her the opportunity to learn and acquire more wisdom. She is passionate about art, good music and taking photos of nature.
Teacher Assistant - Year 3/4
She did her studies in Applied linguistics with mention in language teaching in Universidad Catolica de Quito. Moreover, she studied Spanish teaching for foreigners in which she has been working for almost ten years. She is an experienced children’s tutor. She is always up to date in regards of education.
Teacher Assistant - Nursery B
Gabriela Jaramillo was born in Quito. She completed her early studies in the German school in Quito, achieving the Sprach Diplom, which is a degree as a German speaker and writer. In addition, she graduated with a specialization in Social Sciences. Gabriela obtained a Bachelor in Education from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito with a minor in Philosophy. She has worked as a Primary Teacher assistant for the past six years.
María Isabel Espinosa
María Isabel was born in Ecuador and has double nationality British and Ecuadorean. She has worked at BSQ for 21 years. During this time she has served in different positions and has enjoyed sharing her skills with personnel and students of the British School Quito. She is Head of the EAL Department in primary and supports students that need support in English, Mathematics and Spanish.
She has a BA in Education and a BA in English with the UTPL. She started studying
Administrations in Milton Keynes, England and then graduated as a Bilingual Secretary but she always knew that she wanted to work with children and took the decision to join BSQ. During these years she has also represented Ecuador in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. She also maintains several courses in First Aid with the Red Cross and private institutions. She has a lovely family and three children. She likes to share time with them and help them with their projects. She is active and enjoys walking with her dogs, gardening, cooking and recycling at home and produces her own humus.
Teacher Assistant - Year 1B
She graduated from the Colegio Americano and then she studied 2 years in Early Years Education in the Instituto Latinoamericano. Then, she travelled to the United States to teach Spanish for a year. When she returned she worked for 3 years in private schools as an English teacher before she joined the BSQ. She has been part of our teaching team for five years. Gabriela enjoys working with children and likes to learn from the international teachers that join us.
Secondary Teacher - Personal Development and Behaviour for Learning Coordinator
Ms. Goodwin holds a first class BA (Hons.) in Geography with a particular focus in climate change and social and cultural geographies. She also has acquired a PGCE (Masters Level) from the Institute of Education (University College London). Bethany has three years experience of working in challenging state schools in London, as well as the top achieving grammar school in the UK. She has experience teaching both human and physical Geography across all year groups including A level. Bethany has travelled extensively across Europe and Asia and has really enjoyed the experience of moving to Ecuador and becoming part of the BSQ community. Ecuador is a fantastic place to be a Geography teacher what with being so close to the Amazon rainforest and surrounded by the Andes mountain range - what better place to teach Geography!
Secondary Teacher - Biology
Carolien has a deep-rooted interest in biology and the ability to convey and inspire others, particularly relating important issues to young people. The projects where she has been involved in has demonstrated her the vital importance of interacting with science and how it inherently influences all aspects of our daily lives. Her training and development at Ark Academy in London has allowed her to transfer her knowledge, wide ranging experiences and enthusiasm for nature into the classroom and install in students the same sense of wonder and appreciation for science. She has a PGCE in Secondary Education (Sciences) from Canterbury Christ Church University as well as a MSc in Zoo Conservation Biology and a BSc in Biological Sciences (Honours Zoology). She enjoys photography and scuba diving.
Primary Teacher - Reception A
Maria graduated from Dundee University with a BEd (Hons) Primary. She has worked in local authority schools in Scotland for 5 years and for the last 7 years in prestigious international schools in China, South Korea and Central America. Maria has a wealth of experience in teaching and learning having taught all stages from Nursery through to Year 6. In previous schools she had had roles of responsibility as Subject Coordinator and curriculum development. She prides herself in her excellent work ethic and her ability to engage and enthuse students through a supportive and creative approach to teaching and learning.
Gabriela was born in Quito. She is Doctor in Accounting and Auditing. Mrs. Aguilar works in the Financial Administrative Department as an Accountant General. Among her hobbies, she describes that she enjoys playing football, cycling, and sharing as much time as possible for her family.
Admin and Accountant Assistant
Tatiana was born in Quito. She studied at the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana where she obtained a degree in Commercial Engineer in Accounting and Auditing. She is married and has two sons. Mrs. Aguirre started working at the school in October 2016 as the Assistant Accountant and Administrative. Her main role is the purchase process of supplies, materials and contracting services required by the school.
She studied Accounting and Auditing at the Central University of Ecuador. Doris worked in an audit firm for 6 years. In addition, she taught accounting in a school for a year. Mrs. Arias works as treasurer at the school in the Financial Administrative Department. She likes to share her free time with her family and enjoys to go on bicycle rides, play basketball and walk through the different tourist places of the country.
Paul was born in Quito-Ecuador. He holds a high school degree in commerce and administration with a computer science specialty. Paul is a graphic design technologist in advertising and considers himself as a creative, cheerful, reliable, responsible and above all, a friendly person.
Principal PA/Marketing Coordinator/Public Relations
She works at the school as the Principal assistant, Marketing and Public relations coordinator. Sofía graduated from the Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Health and Physical Education. She is currently getting her PGCEi from the University of Nottingham. Sofia is also the Head coach of the BSQ Girls’ Football team. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading and painting.
Sandra has been working at BSQ since 2003. She is the school receptionist and she is happy to work with the school community. Mrs. Pazmiño is a Bilingual secretary and has a technology in Marketing and Sales. She speaks English, French and little Portuguese. She is also a jewelry designer.
Veronica is the Admissions Coordinator. She has held this position for five years and she has previously worked as the Admissions Assistant. Mrs. Peñaherrera obtained a technology in computer and informatics from the ESPE University. She has taken sales courses and loves to travel and to know different cultures.
Head of Primary
Daniela received Qualified Teacher Status in 2009, having graduated in Comparative American Studies at the University of Warwick before transferring to teaching through a PGCE with specialist status in Primary Languages. For the past 4 years, she worked for Ark Schools, a national academy chain in the UK. In her role as Inclusion Manager and Senior Leader, she was part of a team that led Ark Bentworth Primary Academy to a "Good" at Ofsted and contributed to its position in the top 2% of the most improved primary schools in London (2014-2015). She then went on to lead inclusion across 3 Ark Schools, in order to develop practice and improve standards. Her last role in London was as Vice Principal at Ark Swift Primary Academy, in which alongside the Principal, she led the school to a “Good” at Ofsted (June 2016) for the first time in twenty years.
From her experience of working in London and inner city Coventry, Daniela is strongly equipped to work in a multi-ethnic environment where students have a variety of learning styles, languages and needs. She will use this knowledge and experience to promote high standards across the school. She is an approachable, positive and a dynamic leader. Her Master’s in Education, National SENCo Award and National Senior Leadership Qualification have enabled her to further her knowledge and understanding of education and leadership.
In her role as Director of Primary, she spends a lot of her time working with families to support them as well as their children and believes success is driven by effective partnerships between teachers, pupils and parents. She believes in inclusion for every child and using her expertise in the area to make sure that all children have the tools they need to learn, develop and be a success.
Her name is Andrea Carrera. She studied Educational Psychology and she is finishing a master in Social-educational Family Therapy. She has worked in education for 7 years and had volunteered in natural disasters as a psychological supporter. She had participated in national research processes about vocational and professional orientation and adolescence. She has a vlog for family Counseling. Andrea loves being with her family, playing soccer, reading, writing and traveling.
She also loves technology and psychology. For her, being a psychologist is not just her profession, it’s her passion and it’s the way she serves God and the society putting my seed for making this world a better place to live for, feel for and exist for.
Dr. Fernanda Ávalos
Dr. Fernanda Avalos is the school doctor. She graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) and worked in the Metropolitan Hospital and Fernanda was the Director of a Health Center Imbabura.
Her role in the school is mainly preventive. She works closely with students and staff to respond to first care emergency situations that might occur during the day.
Orbital Education, which owns and manages British School Quito, is British owned and British based. The company was founded in 2006 by Kevin McNeany, who is recognised as a pioneer of British international education. Kevin had an impressive career as the founder of Nord Anglia Education in 1972, which is now seen as the foremost international schools groups in the world. He led the IPO of the company in 1997 and it is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
In 2005, Kevin started Orbital Education, which owns and operates 10 schools in Russia, Spain, Qatar, Hungary, Slovenia, Ecuador and China. Orbital Schools offer the English National Curriculum in all schools and the International Baccalaureate in some.
Orbital schools are supported by a head office team near Manchester that includes education professionals, finance, IT and marketing specialists. Their remit is to support the growth and development of Orbital schools