2014 BBA Winner Profile: The British School in Tokyo (Company of the Year)

Dec. 5, 2014


The seventh British Business Awards were held on 14th November, 2014 at the Hilton Tokyo. The British School in Tokyo was named Company of the Year.

The British School in Tokyo is celebrating 25th anniversary this year, and has grown considerably since its foundation. The school now educates almost 900 young people from the ages of three to 18 across two central campuses - in Shibuya and at its Showa Campus in Setagaya.

Originally set up to by British parents to offer the English National Curriculum to primary school children living in Tokyo, today it caters for students of more than 60 different nationalities.

After taking home the Global Jinzai award at last year's British Business Awards, the school is now celebrating being named Company of the Year.

The independent judging panel recognised the school for its strong growth last year, at a rate faster than any other independent school in Japan, and for its financial performance which has allowed it to develop a strong five-year strategy for future development.

BST's inclusive approach to staffing and its commitment to ensure a balance of male and female employees across management levels and departments was also recognised.

The school showed judges its commitment to CSR through its weekly community service programme and the opening of a village school in Cambodia funded by the efforts of staff, students and parents.

Writing on the BST website, Brian Christian said: "It is the nature of such events that there is a significant element of good fortune in any success that may be achieved, but there is no doubt that the accolade of Company of the Year is an indicator of the high regard that the British business community in Tokyo has for BST, and it offers a real boost to all those good people at the school who have worked so hard to build its reputation over the years."