'Oporto British School
Rua da Cerca 326/350, 4150-201, Porto, Portugal
Tel: (+351) 22 616 6660 Fax: (+351) 22 616 6668
National, IB, curricula.
350 students, 4-18 yrs.
Oporto British School, founded in July 1894, is believed to be
the oldest British school in mainland Europe. It provides a high
quality, British style, English medium, international education
for boys and girls, age four to eighteen, of currently 19 nationalities.
OBS is a non-profit institution owned by a Council of Members (parents
and former parents) which elects a Board of Governors. The Head
of School is assisted by the Bursar and Heads of the Primary and
Senior Sections. The majority of the teaching staff are native English
speakers, mostly British with British qualifications but other nationalities
(American, Irish, Portuguese, Australian and Dutch) are represented.
The curriculum in Primary (ages 4-11) and Senior Sections (ages
11-18) is based upon the English National Curriculum but adapted
to local needs.
In Forms 10-13, students work towards the International General
Certificate of Secondary Education and the International Baccalaureate.
Students can thus move with relative ease to or from other British
or English-medium international schools and to universities throughout
the world. Current applications for further education are mostly
being made to Europe and the USA.
The standard of English achieved amongst non-native English students
is very high. Non-Portuguese students achieve considerable fluency
in Portuguese - this being the second language of the school. French
is also taught and there are opportunities for other languages through
The school is small, with class sizes in Primary averaging 16,
and 15 in the Secondary Section.
OBS is on a pleasant campus in the residential area of Foz at the
mouth of the River Douro. Consistent with its small size, facilities
are relatively modest. A five-year development plan is in progress.
The school follows the British pattern of academic year commencing
in early September and ending in late June/early July. The main
holidays are at Christmas, Easter and in the summer, with mid-term
holidays and a number of local national holidays. The optimum time
for entry is at the start of the academic year, but the school tries
to accommodate newcomers at other times. A prospectus and other
information is available from the Head's PA/Registrar.