Accreditation and membership

St. Paul’s School is a member of a number of national, regional and international organisations that allow the high educational standards we have set to be maintained.

In 2012 we became the first South American School to be formally recognised by the UK government as a British School Overseas. In December 2015 we were inspected again, and achieved excellence in many areas of school life, thus renewing our BSO accreditation. In 2019, there was a new inspection and we achieved excellence by meeting all the Standards for BSO.  To find out more you can read the full 2019 inspection report.

As an HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) member school, a member of ISC (Independent Schools Council), and a member of IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools), we are allied with the leading British independent schools. As a former member of the council of the GSA (Girls’ Schools Association) and now an associate member, the Head retains links with UK girls’ independent schools too, which is also an important source of guidance and professional development.  All these organisations offer support, training and opportunities to network with other British schools and remain current with respect to the British standards and educational developments.

On an international scale, we are also a member of COBIS (Council of British International Schools) (the Head was an invited board member for 2015/16) and are an accredited Cambridge International Examinations centre. We are a member of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and an IB World School.

The school was a founder member of the LAHC (Latin American Heads’ Conference), which provides regional  support and sharing of good practice, for example through the LAHC review process, staff development courses and conferences.  In 2017, St. Paul’s hosted the LAHC conference here in São Paulo, 20 years since it hosted the first ever edition.