Illuminate et Optimus

British International

Preparatory School


2021 Enrollments are now being accepted. Please contact us to meet the Principal, and to see how friendly our school is, and how interesting and stimulating our children find our first-world curriculum.





British International Preparatory School encourages the pursuit of excellence in all endeavors.

We offer children an unparalleled opportunity to achieve their true personal potential in a warm, nurturing and expertly managed learning environment. We know this is absolutely essential to a child’s success and their exponential development during the key primary learning stages.

The tools to achieve excellence are provided by Cambridge, an institution synonymous with excellent education standards world-wide. The facilitation falls to our teachers, who have special personal qualities as well as vast experience. This ensures our preparatory pupils are guided toward the collective goal, with an unmatched degree of both commitment and competence.

Sound management of the school ensures the building blocks are firmly entrenched for learning to take place in a structured, exciting and supportive manner.

Values are key indicators of success in a very competitive world. We uphold the common values high on the agenda of all the different faith groups. Honesty, integrity, commitment, trust and respect are our core values.

Our approach to our work with children encourages authenticity, courage, excellence, and diversity.

We invite you and your child to share our journey!

Why BI Preparatory?


The British International Preparatory School (BI Preparatory) offers children in South Africa the very best of international primary education. There is a careful balance between traditional values and modern approaches to education.


We offer the pure Cambridge curriculum as it is meant to be taught, and do not dilute the curriculum by also running other curricula simultaneously. The Cambridge International Primary Curriculum has a proven reputation for providing an excellent foundation for secondary education, college, university, employment and life in the 21st Century.

As a truly international school, we have additional elements taken from Scottish, Canadian, and Australian schools. These include Club Activities (fun additional activities to develop strategic thinking, fine and gross motor development, creativity and social competence); Study and Prep (formalised assistance to ensure that no homework is required in Keystage 1 (year one and two) or Keystage 2 (year three and four)); and SQUIRT (Supervised Quiet Uninterrupted Individual Reading Time to promote reading and a love for books).

Student Body

We draw pupils from all over the world. This interesting mix of children from diverse cultural backgrounds enables the development of tolerant, respectful global young people. Our personal development programme ensures that we turn out successful, moral, well-adjusted and confident individuals, who will go on to become responsible citizens and effective contributors to society.

Integrated School Day

Our school day ensures that there is sufficient time for high quality teaching and learning of our curriculum as it is meant to be. The day commences at 08:30 and finishes at 15:45 (09:00 to 15:15 for Early Years). This includes two snack times, active education, music, art, drama, computer studies, club activities, reading, and the midday meal which ensures that energy for the afternoon session is at optimum levels.


The British International Preparatory school is fully accredited by the local education authority; Gauteng Department of Education (GDE). Our GDE registration number is JN700400675. It is a legal requirement to operate a school in South Africa to be registered with the local education authority.