Caroline Drumm


It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our school.

Our students enjoy coming to school each day because they know they will be cared for and supported in their learning.  Each student is recognised and ‘known’ by their expert teachers, allowing them to develop the confidence required to embrace the challenges that will be skillfully and carefully placed before them.   

We are proud of our students because they value and always look to promote and practise kindness.  We are proud of our students because they strive for excellence and recognise that this can be exhibited in many different forms.  

Wellbeing is at the centre of everything we do and this is cultivated and grown through helping each child develop positive and mutually respectful relationships, both with their peers and their teachers.

Our academic results speak for themselves and are the product of an emphasis on continual self improvement.  Students are encouraged to explore, follow their curiosity and be creative in their thinking.  Our teachers are experts in being responsive to each child’s needs, providing very individual feedback to enable them to embrace the next step in their learning.   

Students are provided with extensive opportunities to flourish and find their ‘element’ through a broad, rich academic and co curricular programme, with a focus on leadership and community. 

Please enjoy finding out more about our school, through the different sections of the website.  Don’t take our word for it though.  Come and see and feel what makes TBS an exceptional school by meeting the exceptional people on our beautiful campus. 

Background of The School

We were established in Nepal in 1966 by a group of British and Commonwealth parents who wanted a British-style education for their children. The school received official recognition from His Majesty’s Government of Nepal on the 7th July 1967 and has subsequently been under the patronage of the British Embassy. In 1997, it was decided to extend the school to include Key Stage 3 students and we moved to our present site, here in Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur. In February 1998, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales officially opened our new school site.  In August 2004, we extended our school again to offer A Levels, with our first graduating cohort of students going to universities in 2006.   The British School Kathmandu now educates 585 students from ages 3-18 from over 40 different countries, from both local and expatriate families, who trust us to care for and educate their children.

TBS is a not-for-profit and a non-selective school, overseen by a Board of Governors that is elected from the parent body.  The school has a growing reputation for excellence.  In February 2013, the Governors  commissioned a  BSO inspection, which was repeated in February 2016; the summary was that “TBS Kathmandu is an excellent school:  it provides an outstanding quality of education and demonstrates an exceptional flexibility in meeting the learning and personal needs of its students”.  2016 also marked TBS’s 50th anniversary and our success has been recognised with numerous international awards. The school was awarded British International School Initiative of the Year at the 2016 Times Educational Supplement Independent School Awards for its student-led community project in Dhading. The strength of TBS community work was further recognised as the Community Initiative of the Year at the British International School Awards 2017 and the school was also recognised with further awards for Senior Leadership Team of the Year and British International School of the Year.  

The school is a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) as well as Quality Kathmandu Schools (QKS). 

Mission and Vision

Excellence and kindness at the top of the world

Our mission is to provide an outstanding education in an inclusive and international school where staff, students and parents work together in a safe, caring and respectful community.

Our vision is to help develop young people who strive for excellence and are kind, through an emphasis on:

Challenge: students are inspired to take risks and push the boundaries of their perceived capabilities to achieve personal excellence;

Creativity: students are encouraged to develop their imagination to allow for inventiveness and innovation;

Confidence: students are assured communicators, able to appropriately express their ideas, opinions and individuality with integrity;

Compassion: students are empathetic, considerate and kind, creating a warm, welcoming and collaborative environment;

Community: students have a positive impact on the local and global community as a result of a mature awareness of local and global issues and personal responsibility.

Premises and Facilities

Board of Governors

As a parent of two children and chair of the Board of Governors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to The British School Kathmandu!

What makes this school so remarkable is its community. We are diverse, engaged, enthusiastic, and committed. We are internationally oriented and locally rooted. We know each other on sight and by name, and we are proud to welcome new families to the amazing school we’ve built. This is truly a place of excellence and kindness. If you are wondering how the British School of Kathmandu might become the new educational home for your family, we invite you to come visit. Kathmandu is a wonderful place to live and work, and we are always eager to grow our community with new people, ideas, and perspectives.

Jennifer Kuhn Spencer

Chair of BoG

Senior Leadership & Management Team

Ms. Caroline Drumm

Ms. Pauline Gradden
Vice Principal

Mr. Christopher Draper
Head of Secondary

Ms. Sally Moulds
Head of Primary

Mr. Uday Shrestha
Business Manager