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School foundations

The school was founded in September 2008 by Jeremy P. Hibbins, whose vision was to provide an alternative system of education both to members of the expatriate community and to Slovenians seeking a quality international education for their children.

Having recruited a handful of fellow teachers who shared his vision, with the encouragement of both the Mayor of Ljubljana and the British Ambassador at the time, the school was opened with a total of 22 students in six classes.

Jeremy P. Hibbins
BA (Hons) Durham. PGCE, ALCM, LTCL, LGSM

Royal Visits

Shortly after it opened, the school was honoured by a visit from H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during their state visit to Slovenia in 2008. In 2012, the school had the privilege of welcoming a visit from the Earl and Countess of Wessex as well.

Queens Visit in 2008

In 2019, His Royal Highness, The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, visited Slovenia once again to promote the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People, referred to as MEPI here in Slovenia. Our students were ambassadors to the school during an official event held at the Grand Union Hotel, welcoming and ushering guest as they arrived, where Prince Edward gave a speech discussing the importance of non-formal education for young people and its relevance to the labour market, in light of future jobs. A group of our students also performed in Tivoli Park at another MEPI event that same day, which Prince Edward also attended.


Joining the Orbital Education family of schools

The British International School of Ljubljana joined the Orbital Education Group in 2015. Find out more about Orbital Education here.


Founder’s Day is celebrated each year on November 3rd in lasting memory of our founder, Jeremy P. Hibbins.