British School of Lisbon to open in September
The Schools Trust has restored a historic landmark building in the centre of Lisbon for a British International school.
The school will be located in downtown Rua de São Paulo, 89 behind the city’s Mercardo da Ribeira (Second Home and Time Out Market) and walking distance from Cais do Sodré railway station, Baixa Chiado and Terreiro do Paço square.
The building is centrally located in what was once the Casa da Moeda (Coin Mint) and was built in the second half of the 18th century. It was modernised in 2010.
The school is currently renovating the interior and exterior courtyard to accommodate students who will take the best elements of the British Curriculum.
The BSL states it will offer an exceptional education from Nursery (3 years old) and Reception (4 years old) through to Primary Level (up to 8 years old).
Its facilities will include modern, bright classrooms equipped with the latest technology, library and creative areas, computer suite, sports area, extensive age appropriate play areas, dining hall, multi-purpose hall and auditorium.
At a recent presentation event, speeches were delivered by the founding Headmaster, David Laird, the British Ambassador, Chris Sainty, Filipe Lowndes Marques, Chair of the British Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Jessica Ordovas, a Trustee of The Schools Trust. All the speakers shared their enthusiasm for the development of an outstanding British School in central Lisbon.
David Laird, the headmaster of the school, which is due to open its doors on 12 September, said, “We’ll nail the basics and we’ll think big in the opportunities that we offer”.
The British School Lisbon (BSL) is part of The Schools Trust (TST), a UK registered, non-profit organisation whose principal function is the governance of member schools following the TST School Charter.