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Our governance

A photo showing a BSO senior management team meeting.The registered name of the School is the British School of Osteopathy; also known as ‘The BSO’ and sometimes on this website simply as ‘The School’. The formal correspondence address is 275 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JE. Our company registration number is 146343.

Our constitutional document is our Memorandum and Articles of Association, which can be found here. Our Trustees (known at the School as the Board of Directors) can be found listed here. We are incredibly grateful for the strategic direction and oversight that they provide to the School.

Our annual report and accounts give an overview of the work of the School in the preceding year, together with its financial status. Reports dating back to 2005-06 are available here.

Mission Statement

The British School of Osteopathy’s mission is to:

“Continually provide the highest quality education and research for all and the very best care, for each patient, on every occasion".

Vision 2027

By 2027, the British School of Osteopathy will be an internationally recognised university for both education and research in osteopathy and associated health care subjects; a vibrant community of staff and students keen to explore and exploit new ideas and challenge existing views,  whose work will positively influence the quality of health care and shape future clinical practice locally, nationally and internationally.

Underpinning Core Values

Full realisation of our mission can only be achieved with the collaboration of everyone in the School. Individual attitudes and behaviour are key to the School’s success. We adhere to a set of values that guide what we do and provide a clear statement to those we work with of our standards and expectations.  

We value:

  • Our community of staff, students and patients take pride in the School’s achievements, commitment and contribution
  • A culture of critical enquiry, scholarship and research
  • A respect for the heritage and values of osteopathy
  • Ambition, innovation, creativity and enterprise
  • Equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion
  • A culture of openness and honesty
  • A culture of collaboration, teamwork and partnership
  • A desire for environmental sustainability
  • Academic excellence in all that we do

These values will guide how we make our decisions and how our staff, students and stakeholders work with each other.

Strategic Aims

Aim 1: Providing Quality Higher Education

The School is dedicated to upholding recognised benchmarks of quality in its teaching, learning, research and enterprise activity.

Our aims for 2015-2017 in line with providing quality higher education are as follows:

  • To develop specialist skills that enable all of our students to engage in rewarding careers.
  • To enhance the skills base, professionalism and qualifications of our staff.
  • To review the School’s portfolio of courses and to begin to develop new awards for the School.
  • To attract a wide range of students through our offering of high quality, demand-led courses.
  • To engage in research and scholarship to both inform the osteopathic profession and to further the delivery of evidence informed education.
  • To ensure that all benchmarks of quality are met through uniform and timely quality assurance and enhancement processes.
  • To foster a strong, independent Students’ Union.
  • Producing proud alumni with useful lifelong skills, thereby furthering the School’s reputation.

Aim 2: Providing Quality Healthcare

The School is committed to offering affordable, high quality evidence informed clinical health care in a variety of settings.

Our aims for 2015-2017 in line with providing quality healthcare are as follows:

  • To be a patient-centred institution providing high quality, compassionate healthcare with integrity.
  • To improve quality, safety and patient experience.
  • To provide osteopathic healthcare to a wider population and in particular to those who would have difficulty accessing it.
  • To evaluate our clinical provision and report these findings to the appropriate audience and to use them to drive improvements in our clinical services.
  • To provide osteopathic healthcare at reduced fees or free to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it.
  • To provide all students with the stipulated numbers of new patients and the opportunity to complete the required numbers of clinical hours in line with GOsC requirements. 

Aim 3: Fair Access to Osteopathic Education

The British School of Osteopathy is committed to offering affordable quality education on equitable principles to a diverse range of national, European Union and international students.

Our aims for 2015-2017 in line with enabling fair access to osteopathic education are as follows:

  • To commit to maximise student success, both in academic terms and in personal development.
  • To provide fair access to our courses and our research in order to encourage participation from all.
  • To market our courses with particular emphasis on the access and diversity priorities of the School.
  • To tailor our provision to the learning strengths and needs of students so that they are given every opportunity to attain their full potential.
  • To promote partnerships and networks with schools, colleges, partner institutions and employers.
  • To offer education at fair prices to students whether full-time or part-time, at home or abroad.

Aim 4: Commitment to Sustainability

The British School of Osteopathy is committed to sustainability, managing its financial assets and estates in the long term.

Our aims for 2015-2017 in line with our commitment to sustainability are as follows:

  • To generate surpluses and maintain robust cash flow supporting the School’s strategic objectives.
  • To increase fundraising, new business and clinic income to reduce reliance on student fee income.
  • To maintain and improve our assets, creating a long-term plan for management of our estates and improved environmental sustainability.
  • To establish and capitalise on partnerships that add value to the organisation.
  • To maintain and enhance our system of risk management, control and corporate governance.
  • To promote economy, effectiveness and efficiency in the use of all resources.