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Guiding Principles

The British School

Guiding Principles

The British School, Rio de Janeiro is guided by its principles: our Core Values, the Vision and Mission, our definitions of Learning, International Mindedness and Learner Profile; and our Strategic Plan.

Core Values

Compassion, Integrity, Determination


  • Our Vision

    A caring community, striving for excellence, where every individual matters.

  • Our Mission

    To cultivate an innovative creative and inclusive community growing principled, confident and internationally-minded citizens, who value personal collaborative and intellectual challenge.

  • DEFINITION OF LEARNING

    Learning is a challenging life-long process, building upon existing knowledge, skills and understanding. Learning develops intellectual potential, emotional maturity, and social values.

  • INTERNATIONAL MINDEDNESS

    At The British School, we embrace our responsibilities as open-minded and empathetic global citizens who are proud of our own heritage whilst being respectful and appreciative of diverse cultures and beliefs.

The Learner Profile

The British School strives to develop lifelong learners who are internationally-minded, respect differences and care for each other and the world in which they live.

At The British School, learners strive to be:

  • Caring

    They are kind, compassionate, respectful and sensitive to the needs of others. They have a commitment to action and service so as to become responsible citizens.

  • Enquirers

    They develop natural curiosity, ask questions about the world in which they live, investigate and participate in active research.

  • Knowledgeable

    They are well-informed and explore beliefs, ideas and concepts so as to develop a deep understanding across a range of subjects. They seek information about local, national and global issues and make connections in their learning.

  • Thinkers

    They show initiative, apply thinking skills critically and creatively and make choices so as to arrive at considered judgements.

  • Communicators

    They listen attentively, express ideas and information clearly, confidently and creatively in more than one language.

  • Leaders

    They have a clear vision that is shared with others. They are motivated and motivators, helping others in order to achieve collective success. They are enthusiastic, self-disciplined and dedicated, demonstrating integrity and humility. They consider choices carefully so as to make wise decisions.

  • Resilient

    They are courageous, embrace challenges, persevere in the face of adversity and recognise effort as a route to success. They use feedback positively and find learning and inspiration in the success of others.

  • Creative

    They use their powers of imagination to generate original ideas that make a positive contribution to their own and others’ lives. They are expressive, offer alternative perspectives and take risks when attempting to solve problems in their learning.

  • Principled

    They are honest, fair and ethical and understand the rights and responsibilities of themselves and others. They know that actions have consequences and show courage when deciding upon the right thing to do.

  • Collaborative

    They work as part of a team, make an active contribution and build positive relationships by being adaptable, friendly and cooperative. They share and understand that the whole is greater than the sum of individual parts.

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan for The British School, Rio de Janeiro, is based on a “foundation” of the Core Values which describe the culture and philosophy of the school. Supporting the structure of the school, are the 7 Strategic Pillars which give structure and purpose to the school’s operations and hold up the “roof” of the organisation, namely our Vision and Mission. The Strategic Plan gives overview of the direction of the school and guide the school’s Development Plans.


  • GOVERNANCE & LEADERSHIP

    Strategic Direction, Continuous Improvement

  • TEACHING & LEARNING

    Inspired Teaching, Inspiring Learning

  • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Nurturing Growth, Developing Potential

  • HUMAN RESOURCES

    Developing People, Building Teams

  • PHYSICAL RESOURCES

    Creative Planning, Environments for Success

  • FINANCES & OPERATIONS

    Responsible Resourcing, Sustainable Provision

  • COMMUNITY

    Caring Communities, Enriching Partnerships