British School Jakarta

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British International School Jakarta
British International School.jpg BISJTHATCHER.jpg
To Inspire, Challenge and Nurture for Excellence
South Tangerang, Indonesia
Type Private International Baccalaureate World school
Established 1973
Houses 4
Colour(s) Red, white, blue
Affiliation SEASAC, Federation of British International Schools in Asia

The British International School of Jakarta (BISJ) is an independent school in Pondok Aren, South Tangerang in Greater Jakarta, Indonesia.[1] The British International School of Jakarta is an international member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. It was established in Jakarta in 1973 under the auspices of the British Embassy. The main campus was relocated to Bintaro in 1994 to accommodate increasing numbers of students, and an early years centre was opened in Pondok Indah in 1999. The school offers classes for students from pre-school to year 13 based on a British curriculum, with the final two years covered by the International Baccalaureate diploma program.

The school was enforced to change its name from 'British International School' to 'British School Jakarta' in 2014 to correspond to the Indonesian government's regulations on prohibiting the use of the word 'international' in school names.[2]


Between 1993 and 1994, the school moved to its new purpose-designed campus in Bintaro southwest of the city centre of Jakarta.

A plate marking the visit of H.R.H. Prince Edward in 1994

It was designed by international consultants and was given an Indonesian influence.

From left to right, the visits of H.R.H. Princess Diana, H.R.H Prince Edward, and the Baroness Margaret Thatcher


The main campus is located in Perigi Lama,[citation needed] Bintaro Jaya Sektor 9. A pre-school campus in Pondok Indah has been closed and all equipment moved to the Bintaro campus.

The birds eye view of the whole campus


The colours of BISJ are red, white and blue. The logo consists of the letters BISJ in red and blue on a white background.

The pre-school uniform consists of a red shirt, dark blue shorts or skirt, short white socks. The primary school uniform for boys is a blue batik shirt and dark blue shorts, and for girls is a blue batik short-sleeved dress or culottes. For secondary school (years 7–11), the batik shirt is replaced with a light blue shirt for both boys and girls. Girls wear a skirt or shorts, boys wear shorts,or a white shirt for years 12–13.

The school competes in sports and other competitions such as SEASAC football, and in FOBISIA, the Federation of British International Schools South East Asia.

House names are Indonesian volcanoes:


Principal Simon Denni
Head of Secondary Rachael Hodgson
Head of Primary Shane Nathan
Deputy Head of Primary Louise Emmett IB Coordinator Ann Lautrette
Deputy Head of Secondary Rachel Edwards


Facilities are mostly air-conditioned and include cafeterias, tennis courts, gymnasiums, playing fields, swimming pools, science laboratories, computer laboratories, a design technology facility, libraries, and an indoor rock climbing gym. The British International School World Theatre (BISWT) and the Charles Dickens Library (CDL) consist of the Wallace Theatre, the Van Hien Room, and the Raffles Theatre in the BIS World Theatre and the library, meeting rooms, class rooms, computer rooms, the Buster café and school shop in the Charles Dickens Library. A majority of the community eat in the cafeteria, with the occasional student bringing their own lunch.

The main year group areas for primary students (KS2) consist of two main buildings for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6. There is a Modern Foreign Languages block, primarily used by secondary students, a science building and a technology building.

BISJ computing facilities include suites of networked PCs and Macs. WiFi connections are available in most parts of the school.


  1. ^ "Contact Us." British School Jakarta. Retrieved on 11 February 2015. "Bintaro Sektor 9, Jl. Raya Jombang-Ciledug, Pondok Aren, Tangerang 15227, JAKARTA • INDONESIA, 15227"
  2. ^ Paddock, Richard C. (5 December 2014). "I Is Not For International Under New School Rules in Indonesia". The Wall Street Journal. 

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