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  • Authentically International

    "International" is more than a label here. It is at the very core of everything we do and how we do it.

    Students coming to school in the morning

  • Transferable Curriculum

    A curriculum handpicked for its international focus and global recognition, culminating in the IB Program.

    Students at the British International School of Washington

  • Inspiring Each Other

    Our students will embrace your child with open arms. Our students inspire each other to succeed.

    IPC Curriculum- Walk in the woods

  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire excellence.

    Teacher and student at the British International School Washington

  • Your New Community

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one you and your child will feel at home with us.

    excited students at the British International School of Washington

  • Every Day is Different

    Your child will experience something new every day. Find out what's happening and connect with each other.

    Build a plane launch

  • Ask Anything

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Mike Henderson

Head of Secondary

Head of Secondary

Coming from a family of teachers, there was a certain inevitability about me joining the profession. Although I graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Computer Science I trained to become a mathematics teacher. I began my career in 1995 at a large secondary school in Middlesbrough and spent the next twenty years working in state schools in North East England, taking on a post of greater responsibility each time I moved establishments.

In 2013 I achieved my childhood ambition and became the Headteacher of my own secondary school. I led and managed the school for three years before the opportunity arose to take my skills and experience to Washington, DC.

I am a family man and have been married to my wife Linsey for nearly twenty-five years now. I have two children, Annie (age 18) and William (age 16) and for the first time in my career I work at the same school as the one that they attend. I enjoy the opportunity to see more of my children during the working week now, but I am not sure that they enjoy having their Dad as Head of Secondary quite so much!

Outside of work I enjoy photography, listening to music and watching and playing a variety of sports. Washington DC has so far proven to be an ideal base for all of these interests and I am enjoying getting to grips with the nuances of American sport while still supporting my home-town football club from afar! I also enjoy travelling and have been lucky enough to visit (and photograph) some amazing sights in places as diverse as Cambodia and Kenya. At home I enjoy cooking, baking and reading and my ideal evening is one spent with my family enjoying some good food and watching a movie or two.

BISW is truly international. To work in an environment where the students come from more than sixty different countries yet manage to help and support so well is a joy to behold.