British International School, Jakarta

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British International School, Jakarta
Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia Indonesia
Type International Baccalaureate school
Motto Achieving excellence is just the beginning
Established 1973
Houses Agung (yellow), Merapi (red), Krakatau (blue), Bromo (green)
Colour(s) Red, white, blue

The British International School (BIS) is an independent school in Jakarta, Indonesia. The British International School 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 main campus is located in Perigi Lama, Bintaro Jaya Sektor 9. A pre-school campus in Pondok Indah has been closed and all equipment moved to the Bintaro campus.


The colors of BIS are red, white and blue. The logo consists of the letters BIS 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 FOBISSEA, the Federation Of British International Schools South East Asia.

House names are Indonesian volcanoes:

  • Merapi - red
  • Bromo - green
  • Agung - yellow
  • Krakatoa - blue


Principal Simon Dennis
Head of Secondary Racheal Hodgson
Head of Primary Shane Nathan
Deputy Head of Primary Louise Emmett
Business Director Mark Jones
IB Coordinator Ian Davies
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 BISWT and the library, meeting rooms, class rooms, computer rooms, the Buster cafe 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.

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


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