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A warm welcome from our Head of School

“It is my great pleasure to welcome you to IPS Cascais, a family orientated school that celebrates children’s achievements and develops a love of learning.

At IPS Cascais we are keen for all of our children to be the very best that they can be. Our children are happy children, who enjoy coming to school and being part of our IPS Cascais family. We strive to ensure that our children experience success in a nurturing and inclusive environment, to help the children to understand that they make a positive difference to the world in which we all live, and to have high hopes and ambitions for themselves and for other people.

When I first visited IPS Cascais, I was fortunate enough to be able to speak to many of the pupils at the school. They spoke passionately about their school experiences, the learning that takes place and the opportunities for growth they are given both inside and outside the classroom. The words ‘family’ and ‘fun’ were used many times by them, and it are these words that are our greatest asset.

The staff at IPS Cascais really do care about each child and do everything they can to ensure each child succeeds. The work that they do is invaluable and impacts the children's lives forever. They are dedicated, experienced, talented and passionate, and it is a great pleasure to work alongside them.

IPS Cascais truly is an amazing and unique school that fosters positive relationships between the parents, teachers and pupils.  A truly successful education can only be achieved if we get this right. We welcome visitors into school and I extend an open invitation to all to come into school and see for yourselves our school at work."


Chris Starling, 
Executive Director

About IPS Cascais

IPS Cascais British International School is located north of Cascais, close to Lisbon. Founded in 1982, our school has grown from 5 to 350 pupils representing 40+ nationalities.

We are known as a friendly, well-established British school offering the English National Curriculum. Exciting developments in 2022 saw the plans for the Secondary School come to fruition and an initial intake of Year 7 children at our current premises.  Years 8-13 will launch on a rolling basis from 2023 on a new purpose-built site. We will continue to offer the English National Curriculum culminating in IGCSEs in Year 11 and then the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) in Years 12 and 13.

100% of parents agree their child is happy at school’

IPS Cascais Parent Survey 2022

Why choose IPS Cascais?

Over 40 years
of educational excellence

A warm, family environment and united international community

100% of parents agree
their child is happy at school

Qualified and experienced international teachers, and strong parent-teacher links

Dedicated facilities for Primary,
with Secondary underway

Individual attention given to all children

IPS Cascais at a glance | Facts and figures

C. 350 children

Our numbers vary from class to class throughout the year when families move into or away from the area. 

Nine year groups

Two per year group from Nursery to Year 6 inclusive with a couple of extra classrooms to accommodate exceptionally busy year groups. 

Average of 20 children per class 

Some have a few more, some a few less. Our class maximum is 22.  

1:8 staff-pupil ratio

Includes teaching assistants in all classes from Nursery to Year 2; shared assistants in the junior school and additional support teachers.

Between 35 and 40 nationalities

British is the predominant nationality, with 
Portuguese nationals a close second. English is the common language used by children.

Extracurricular activities

From energetic to cerebral; we offer lots of fun activities daily. Something for everyone.

Door-to-door bus service

We pick up and drop off children from Lisbon to Malveira da Serra. If you live in Cascais or Estoril we also offer a drop-off service after the extracurricular activities at 5 pm.


Healthy meals prepared on-site

All lunches are prepared in our school kitchen and eaten in the dining room. Healthy and balanced, lunch is an enjoyable time with friends.


Activities for parents

Why not stay and get to know some of the other parents? Enjoy a coffee and a chat, or stay for keep fit or tennis lessons midweek.

Parent-Teacher Association

A strong link between school and home creates a healthy working relationship between parents and the school. We support charities and fund educational experiences and activities for the children.