Guiding Statements


Vision and Mission

The British International School Istanbul provides a caring international environment, fostering cultural diversity. Individual students achieve their full academic potential, inspired to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens of the global community.

Definition of Internationalism/Interculturalism

We aim to develop understanding and mutual respect within our community, allowing us to explore the beliefs, circumstances and values of all members’ nationalities and cultures. We believe our internationalism provides better learning, acceptance and a holistic acknowledgement that wonder and greatness comes from the diversity of difference.

Definition of High Quality Learning

Students can articulate their learning journey, accurately reflect on their progress within an engaging enrichment programme, and successfully manage, synthesize and interpret new concepts at a high standard.


Guided by our Vision and Mission we are dedicated to:
  • Educate students in a stimulating environment to the highest possible academic standards.
  • Foster world citizens who, celebrating both their shared humanity and cultural diversity, will shape a more peaceful world.
  • Instil respect, tolerance, integrity and compassion and promote the confidence and independence to be responsible risk-takers.
  • Educate students to be adaptable, reflective and questioning throughout their lives.
  • Be aware of the social, physical and emotional needs of each individual student, and work with the home to provide a learning environment that is stable and caring.
  • Inspire creativity in each student in its broadest aspect and help to enlarge the human spirit both aesthetically and morally.
  • Educate students to be respectful of, and knowledgeable about, and be involved in their local and international communities.
  • Promote awareness and responsibility for the global environment.

We are committed to:
  • Provide excellent international educational programmes, from the modified English National Curriculum through to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
  • Challenge students to realise their potential.
  • Appreciate and celebrate cultural diversity.
  • Provide extra-curricular activities for the school community and the international community of Istanbul.
  • Promote open and effective communication within the community.
  • Encourage active involvement in the school, local and global communities.
  • Prepare students to be independent thinkers and lifelong learners.
  • Strive for continuous improvement.
  • Obtain accreditation from international organisations.