The British School in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Positions available at The British School in Tokyo


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The British School in Tokyo

At a glance

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Type: Mainstream School

Phase: All-through with sixth form

Funding status: Independent

Gender: Mixed

Age range: 3-18 years

Working at The British School in Tokyo

The British School in Tokyo, located on two sites at the heart of this vibrant, exciting city, is a happy thriving school that has built a reputation for excellence and high standards since 1989. Run as a not-for-profit trust, BST is the only school in Japan offering A Levels and the National Curriculum of England. All instruction is in English and we currently have over 1,000 British and international students aged 3 to 18.

We follow the UK academic year from September to July and our recruitment for teacher positions follows this cycle. All BST teachers, with a few subject-specific exceptions, are expected to have qualified in the UK, or to have taught in the UK or at another British International School within the past five years. As an accredited COBIS member school, compliant with BSO standards and inspected every three years, we welcome applications from Newly Qualified Teachers who are now able to achieve full Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) during their first year with us.

For Teachers interested in working at the British School in Tokyo please see here for additional information about Living in Tokyo and working at BST.

Please also read our Recruitment FAQ before applying.


Dance Assembly 2018 - The British School in Tokyo Staff


Welcome to The British School in Tokyo

Situated at the very heart of this dynamic, stimulating city, the BST community is warm and friendly and offers the highest standards of pastoral care. Having developed its reputation for high quality holistic education over more than a quarter of a century, today’s school has more than 1000 students aged 3-18, representing over 65 different nationalities.

This is an inclusive school, but academic standards are high. The English National Curriculum provides the basis for smooth progression and easy transition between the Primary and Secondary sectors, and examination results have been outstanding in recent years. Our experienced teachers, largely recruited from the UK, are consummate professionals who are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that all students are offered the opportunity to fulfil their potential both in and beyond the classroom. The result is that, whether they are returning to continue their education in their home country, moving on to another international school or seeking places at top universities around the world, BST students are invariably well-equipped to take the next step in their education.

We are justifiably proud of our academic performance but, with our definitive BRITISH attributes underpinning all that we do, education here means so much more than the pursuit of top grades. Sport and the arts, community service and adventurous activity are all central to the balanced programme we offer at BST, and we are acutely aware of our obligation to prepare young people to make their way in the world as confident, caring and responsible citizens.

Good schools are built on the efforts of good people, and I believe that our teachers and students are among the very best. Why not come and judge for yourselves? We would be delighted to meet you.


Teacher Testimonials

The relocation to BST was a smooth process from start to finish. The team at BST were very organised and guided me step by step which made the transition far easier. We were sent a folder which included all the relevant paperwork and some useful information about Japan. Once we arrived in Japan the first week with new staff was a great way to settle in and meet everyone. Justin and Mariko had thought of everything and I felt well supported.
Tamsin O'dell - Class Teacher in Primary School

The British School in Tokyo made the move to Japan stress free. They answered all of our queries and guided us through the process every step of the way. The school ensured that we were well informed throughout and really made us feel part of the community.
Thomas Taaffe - PE Teacher in Secondary School


Please note:

For Classroom Teacher positions we accept applications from candidates in Japan, the UK and overseas.

For Teaching Assistant and Business Group roles we are only able to consider applications from candidates who are in Japan and have a university degree (or have valid permission to work in Japan).

We receive a great many applications for a limited number of openings. While each applicant will receive a response confirming their application, we apologise in advance that we are not able to respond to each applicant individually after that and will only contact those candidates whose applications we wish to take further.

The British School in Tokyo is an equal opportunities employer.