- International Community School (UK)
Infobox UK school
name = International Community School
size = 200px
established = 1979
type = Independent
head_label = Head of School
head = Philip Hurd
r_head_label = Deputy Head of School
r_head = Rose Threlfall
founder = Niels Toettcher and Ann Alexander
city = London
country = UK
students = 250
gender = Coeducational
lower_age = 3
upper_age = 18
website = http://www.ics.uk.net
website_name = ICS School Web-site
The International Community School (ICS) is a small co-educational independent school located in central
London, providing for over 250 students aged 3 to 18.
Founders Niels Toettcher and Ann Alexander established the International Community School in 1979. The School was set up to teach children English within a full curriculum International School. Since then the School has continued to focus on English language and internationalism and now provides for children and faculty from 65 countries. In September 2006, the Primary School became an
International Baccalaureate Organization‘Primary Years Candidate School’. In January 2007 the Secondary School became a 'Middle Years Candidate School'. In September 2007, the Secondary School launched an International 'A' Level Programme for university/college bound students and is currently preparing to move its programme of study towards adoption of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organisation(IBO). [ [http://www.privateschools.co.uk/international-community-school_1667.html Independent Schools Web Directory] accessed 6 December 2007]
The curriculum is based on the English (
Cambridge International Examinations, IGCSE's) and international curricula (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, PYP and the Middle Years Programme , MYP).
Early Learning Centre
The early learning centre is located adjacent to
Regent’s Parkin central London. The Centre provides English language emphasis for children from the age of three to five. Children are introduced to sport, swimming, art, music and basic computer skills in preparation for entry to the Primary School.
The Primary (Elementary) School is located near the Early Learning Centre adjacent to
Regent’s Parkin central London. The School programme is based on the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (PYP) whilst keeping certain elements of the English National Curriculum, such as the literacy hour and numeracy hour. In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science the children study Information Technology, Humanities, Drama, Music, Foreign Languages and Art. Other programmes of study include sports, lunchtime exercise and after school clubs as well as drama productions and annual concerts. For students in year 4 and above, trips to the countryside campus at Bawdseyon the Suffolkcoast are provided. Here students focus on field studies and team working.
The secondary school is based in
Paddington, central London, close to the primary school. The school uses the English and International curricula with 15/16 year olds studying core IGCSE’s. The school has a pastoral care/welfare focus with classes kept to a maximum of 16 students. There is an established programme of educational, cultural and environmental visits tied in with the curriculum to destinations overseas and within the UK.The curriculum for students in Years 7 – 11 is based upon the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme, and incorporates English curriculum IGCSEs in order to provide the external assessment at 16 that is customary in the UK. Courses are in English Language, Mathematics, Science and Computing with optional courses available in French, Spanish, Art & Design, Drama, Music, Humanities (History and Geography) and English Literature. Further subjects are available on request.
English Language Courses
The Foundation Course Department provides intensive English support for students aged 3–18. A range of EFL examinations are offered. Short courses for all ages throughout the year are available, in addition to courses that prepare students for full curriculum education. An English language school operates throughout the summer months.
pecial Educational Needs
A Special Educational Needs department supports students in all areas of the school and works closely with language support staff. In the secondary school the Student Support program also includes a life-skills programme.
Field Studies and Outdoor Education
The school owns a field studies and outdoor education centre at
Bawdseyon the SuffolkCoast where students spend at least a week a year engaged in an outdoor education programme centred on environmental literacy.
* [http://www.ics.uk.net/ International Community School Website]
* [http://www.skola.co.uk/ SKOLA Website]
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