The British School (Escola Britânica da Madeira) was founded in Funchal in September 1980 by Mrs Susan Farrow with the aim of providing a bilingual education to students from the local Portuguese-speaking community and the children of English residents of Madeira.

The School followed the British National Curriculum (Scottish version) in conjunction with part of the official Portuguese programme. It was officially recognised by the Regional Education Authority in Madeira (SRE) and the British Consulate. Students leaving the British School were able to transfer into any Portuguese school with a Certificate of Equivalence issued by the Regional Education Authority and to any English-speaking school around the world.

Many former students have gone on to study at the best universities in the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle and London in the UK, Princeton in the USA and, in Portugal, Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra.

The school is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) whose other members include the Swiss International School (Basel, Switzerland), St Clare’s, Oxford (Oxford, UK), Washington International School (Washington, USA) and Moscow Economic School (Moscow, Russia). It was also a member of the Council of Heads of English-Speaking School in Portugal (CHESS). In addition, close links were maintained with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

In 2013 the school changed its name to MADEIRA Multilingual School and Mrs Júlia Ladeira Santos took over as Head Teacher. MMS is a private international school offering full-time education for students from 9 months to 15 years of age of any nationality, including Portuguese, where emphasis is given to the acquisition of both English and Portuguese