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BBS History

Planning began in the early 1990s for our school which would root British traditions in Germany’s capital city after the departure of the Allies. Using the building of the former Charlottenburg First School, a British military school in Charlottenburg, the Berlin British School opened its gates in September 1994 with 84 children of 23 nationalities as the first-ever British School in Berlin. Built around the corner of Berlin’s famous Olympic Stadium with the Commonwealth War Cemetery further down the road, the BBS and its location is steeped in Berlin history. 

Although initially only offering pre-school, nursery and primary education, we soon had to extend its educational scope by going into secondary education with the IGCSE, and shortly after, introduced the International Baccalaureate Diploma. This growing pupil population meant that we expanded further into the leafy location of Grunewald. In 1999, we opened our Kindergarten at Havelchaussee, a beautiful woodland site with purpose-built accommodation ideally suited for small children.

In September 2000, the vast campus in the middle of the Grunewalt forest at Am Postfenn welcomed our Secondary School students. In January 2010, with the help of funding from the Berlin Lotto foundation, we were able to build a new building to host a spacious library, further science labs and classrooms.

In 2019, BBS celebrated its 25th anniversary, and since the start of the academic year 2015/16, we have been authorised to operate as an Ersatzschule (bilingual school) in the state of Berlin.

Milestones at a Glance

1994

Foundation and start of school operation in September at our site in Dickensweg.
Number of students: 84
23 nationalities (Pre- and primary school).

1999

Opening of the Havelchaussee site for our Early Years department.

2000

Opening of our campus at Postfenn for our secondary school in September: Extension of school operation to secondary level, introduction of IGCSE.

2002

Introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).

2004

First IB graduates.

2010

Expansion of Secondary School with an additional new building.

2013

Early Years department becomes a bilingual Kita recognised by the state effective with the academic year 2013/14.

2014

20th anniversary and transition of BBS into the legal form of a gGmbH, with BBS e.V. being its shareholder. Opening of our new sports hall in October.

2015

Primary school becomes an authorised Ersatzschule (bilingual school).

2016

Secondary school becomes an authorised Ersatzschule (Integrierte Sekundarschule).

2018

Begining 1. Sepember the Kita becomes wholly privately financed.

2020

25th anniversary