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A warm welcome from our Head of School

“Welcome to IPS Cascais. I am immensely proud to be the Head of School. It is a special place where we ensure that the well-being and education of our students are firmly at the heart of everything we do. It is a happy school where the enthusiasm is infectious as we strive daily to ensure high standards in an inclusive and stimulating environment.

IPS Cascais is a warm school. We are a community, with everyone working together to ensure that all students have a great education filled with passion, enjoyment, and commitment. We have great ambitions and high expectations for our students. Our staff work hand-in-hand with our parents to achieve their goals and make their days at our school memorable, stimulating, and deep.

These are exciting times for our school as we enhance our current provision and facilities and broaden our horizons. IPS Cascais is going from strength to strength, building on the consistent ethos and values established over many years. At our current site, we have approximately 350 students. At the start of this academic year, we welcomed our first cohort of Secondary School students. We are proud to extend our rich and stimulating experience into Key Stage 3 through a skills-based curriculum, building on the excellent foundations established by our Primary teachers. From September 2023, our secondary students will move to our new Secondary site approximately 1.5km from our beautiful Primary School, enabling us to further enhance the experience and provide a whole school experience consistent with our aims and ethos.

On this website, you will find much information about life and education at our school. Nothing, however, replaces the feeling that you get when you walk through our doors. There is something special in the fabric of our school that we welcome you to experience. Please book a visit to come and see us and experience IPS Cascais for yourself.”

Neil Morris, 
Head of School

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.