The Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

Serving British International Schools of Global Quality


Representing over 500 member organisations, COBIS is a responsive organisation, open to current and future opportunities. The association has developed markedly since its foundation, changing to meet the needs and aspirations of its growing global school membership base.

COBIS exists to serve, support and represent its member schools – their leaders, governors, staff and students by:

COBIS hosts a range of conferences and professional development events, both 'face to face' and online, for teachers, middle leaders and support staff as well as an Annual Conference in London in May for Heads, Governors and members of school Senior Leadership Teams. In addition to accessing high quality training, COBIS events provide excellent opportunities for colleagues to develop professional networks and contacts.

A fundamental aim of COBIS is to support its 500 plus members and represent their interests in Britain and overseas, particularly with Government, education authorities and educational associations. COBIS is committed to advancing the interests of British schools overseas and the commercial organisations that export education resources, products and services.

COBIS was founded over 30 years ago and is governed by an elected Board consisting of Headteachers and Governors from member schools worldwide.

COBIS is led by CEO, Colin Bell and supported by the COBIS team based in London.