Principal's Welcome

Our school and kindergarten provide an English-speaking education for children aged 4-16 living in Trondheim, central Norway.

The Australian founder gave the school the name ‘Birralee’ meaning a ‘safe place for children’ – we do our best to provide a stimulating and secure learning environment in which we value each child as an individual. The school and kindergarten are owned by a non-profit making foundation.


Our international curriculum is approved by the Norwegian Department of Education and Research. Our students participate in the Norway’s National tests and have the possibility to take IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams.

The school is approved as a Cambridge International School and is a member of the European Council of International Schools.


If you are thinking of coming to Trondheim and have children within our age range, contact us at admin@birralee.no. We would be pleased to hear from you and to welcome you to our safe place for children.

Yours sincerely,

Elin Hitchman

Our Vision

Our goal is to develop thoughtful and successful students in a safe and collaborative learning community who make positive contributions to their world.

Our Definition of Learning

Learning is engaging, holistic and inclusive. It ignites curiosity enabling students to make and consolidate neuronal connections. Students gain knowledge, develop skills and deepen their understanding through authentic learning which provides appropriate challenge to each individual.

Our Mission

Our mission at Birralee International School is to encourage the holistic development of each student. We do this through creating an inclusive community in which each child is challenged. Our staff strive to facilitate active learning and actively encourage communication skills, enthusiasm, and curiosity. We guide our students to become responsible and resilient, as compassionate global citizens and lifelong learners.

Our History

Throughout its 46 year old history, Birralee has gained a special place in Trondheim as a stable, good quality school, offering excellent education in English. Our journey started back in 1973 when Margot Tønseth... 

Birralee International School Trondheim 

+47 73 87 02 60

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