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, School Principal
Our guiding principles
BSQ will be a leading centre of individual excellence, within Latin America, 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.
Our Core Beliefs
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 have 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.
Our school values underpin everything that we do and it is to those that she directs staff, students and parents to understand what drives our purpose and our decision-making.
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.
Head of Secondary
Originally from Bury St Edmunds in the east of England, Jim studied for his Bachelors in London and his PGCE in Leeds before taking up his first teaching job in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He moved to Ecuador and BSQ in 2006 and worked here as Head of English until 2009, since which time he has been teaching in Malawi and Cyprus, studying for a Master’s Degree in International Education. He currently serves as Head of Secondary, teaches English and directs the secondary school play.
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.
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!
Primary Teacher Year 2A - Key Stage 1 and Student Tracking Coordinator
Rosie has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Literature from Warwick University and a PGCE in Primary Education from UCL Institute of Education. She has worked in inner-London primary schools and for the last two years has taught Year 3. She loves inspiring children who have a range of emotional and learning needs. A strength of Rosie's teaching is engaging her pupils through philosophy; encouraging analytical and creative enquiry whilst developing respect for diversity and other ways of thinking. Rosie is particularly passionate about teaching art and has helped develop the subject across the primary age range. She has also enjoyed mentoring newly qualified teachers.
Rosie has been an avid traveller for as long as she can remember. Previously she has been known to jump on an orange truck and travel around the world, taking in places as diverse as Romania, Iran, Australia and India. Despite this, she had never set foot in South America so she is enjoying exploring a new place. In addition to this, Rosie enjoys painting and dreams of one day publishing her own children's picture book.
Primary Teacher Year 5 - Key Stage 2 and Curriculum Coordinator
Chris Soul holds an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication, a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and a PGCert in Primary Education. He has six years experience working in inner-London primary schools. Particular joys of Chris' teaching career have been helping to develop the planning and teaching of English, delivering the year 5 curriculum through Shakespeare and in doing so winning best film for an adaptation of 'Macbeth' with the Primary Shakespeare Company. He loves to support children with a range of needs through creative teaching, empowering them with the skills to think critically and confidently.
Prior to becoming a teacher, Chris coordinated a youth arts festival in the south of England, including running an art gallery and acting as chief editor of a local magazine. He considers himself a creative person, enjoying creative writing, painting and music-making. Having already had extensive travel experience, Chris is enjoying soaking up Ecuadorian culture and life.
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.
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.
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
Joshua has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University - Tallahassee, FL, and a Professional Educator’s Teaching License (NC) in Health/Physical Education K–12. With 7 years of experience, he has led on the development and implementation of the Physical Education curriculum for high school students, aligning this to national or state standards. He has improved student knowledge and the development of skills necessary for physical activity and sport. Mr Cannon has a strong interest in coaching wrestling, football, and other sports.
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.
Primary Teacher - Year 4
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.
Teacher Assistant - Years 5/6
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, he is currently helping with the BSQ girl’s football team. In his spare time, he likes to listen to music and enjoys to outdoors time with his dogs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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