Sir James Henderson School
National Curriculum of England and Wales, IGCSE, IB, SAT exams;
3-18 yrs; inspected by ISI
a well established school, but as with most of the schools in Italy, has a large Italian constituency despite claims that there are 30% Italians, 30% British, I think it depends on definition since at least half of the pupils have Italian as their mother tongue. But even with the second language children, they do get very, very good results for both GCSE and A levels with a choice of 16 subjects for A level, which is pretty good for an international school (they have just introduced IB and are also recognised by Italian education authorities since the do teach Italian and Italian culture sufficiently to give them 'parita', or equivalence). That is not to say that they are only interested in academic achievement - the head used to be at St Christophers, Letchworth, well known for its liberal and child centred approach to teaching. The junior department in particular seems to be well coordinated and closely monitored so supports individual children well. The facilities are good and music and sport are both well represented though the school is looking for new premises that have better/closer sports facilities, because the school has grown enormously in the last few years - a healthy sign perhaps, but causing the school to feel a little stretched in terms of space, and again, most of the growth is in Italian families wanting a British educations. I have met teachers from the school who rate it, though don't know any parents I can speak to. The school had an inspection at the end of last year which highlighted as outstanding the music and the EAL support, though gave the school, in particular the lower school, a good report. June 30, 2008
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ONTARIO/bac curriculum, applying for MYIB
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