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British School of Brussels receives planning approval for new sporting facilities

The British School of Brussels has received planning permission by Tervuren commune for its new €25 million sports development project, including a new 25 metre indoor swimming pool. The school is in the process of tendering to enable it to select a preferred contractor from a choice of six. The renovation and extension of the school’s main building is the largest single infrastructure that the school has undertaken in its 44-year history. The building programme will see the campus expanded to create a learning environment fit for students of the 21st century.

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World class facilities

Visionary plans for the proposed new Sports Centre will include a state-of-the-art multi-purpose sports hall, dance studio, permanent gymnastics area, a well-equipped fitness suite, excellent spectator facilities and a cafeteria. This exciting development will have a significant impact on all aspects of school sport including the curriculum, extra-curricular provision and community use. “It will help us achieve our vision of making BSB a world class centre of sporting excellence,” said Sue Woodroofe, BSB Principal.

BSB’s architects have included in the plans a range of environmentally-friendly options for the new building and the work will start this summer on the demolition of the existing gym, with everything due to be completed by the spring/summer 2016. 

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The idea of a swimming pool is a long-held wish for BSB, and this result is the culmination of many years of exemplary team work from all members of the BSB community, coupled with the excellent budgetary control that enables it to happen.  “All of this allows the school to continue to grow in both reputation and resources, and now we look forward to having the best school indoor sports’ facilities in Europe,” continued Sue.

The project team has been planning ahead to minimise disruption, including temporary sports facilities on campus. The school will be ready to open its world class facilities in two years’ time – no doubt to much excitement!  Once it is completed, the building will set a new standard in educational facilities. The result is sure to inspire a new generation of outward-looking, fit and healthy young people.

About The British School of Brussels

The British School of Brussels (BSB), founded in 1969 in Brussels and established in 1970 in Tervuren, is an all-through international school for children aged one to 18 years. There are over 1,300 students on roll, representing approximately 70 nationalities. The School offers a British Curriculum up to age 16 years, (I)GCSE followed by the choice of GCE A Levels, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and BTEC Post-16. Extensive provision for learning support and English as an Additional Language (EAL) is available, as well as a wide range of extra-curricular activities. There is also a French-English bilingual programme across eight Year Groups (ages 4-13 years). School accreditations include the IB World School, COBIS (Council of British International Schools), IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) and the Principal is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC). BSB recently received an outstanding report from the Council of International Schools (CIS). For more information, please visit

The British School of Brussels, Press Contact: Mrs Kim Burgess, External Relations Director, Tel: +32(0)2 766 0478