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The British School, Punta Arenas (estd. 1904)

The first English-language school in Punta Arenas was St. James' College, founded in 1904. A day school was opened on the Anglican church premises, under the direction of Rev. John Williams. Both British and Chilean children were admitted, for a modest fee. The school was run on English educational principles, and by 1931 was preparing senior pupils for the English university admission exams. Recurring budget difficulties twice compelled the school to close its doors, and it ceased operation in 1941.
With assistance from the British Council, the "British School of Punta Arenas" was founded in 1942, opening the following year in a building adjacent to the church. The new school was non-denominational; British and Chilean pupils of both sexes were admitted; but English remained the sole language of instruction.
Over time, the British School has grown substantially, both in size and standing. In contrast to earlier years, nowadays there are few pupils of British descent; Spanish is the main language used; and the curriculum is designed to satisfy Chilean government requirements. The school is located at Waldo Seguel 454 (close to the Plaza and city centre, and on the same block as St. James' Church).
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Further reading: Streams in the Wasteland, Elizabeth Dooley, Punta Arenas, 1993
Last updated: 1-X-2013