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Friendship is big in the school's ethos. Even parents are catered for by a zippy PTA, which provides them with lots of getting-to-know-each other activities, including expeditions and multi-national cookery demonstrations. New parents are contacted by someone who speaks the same language and will give them all the help they need to ensure an easy move. The monthly...

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Founded in 1972, International School of London (ISL) is a co-educational school for students age 3-18. An International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, ISL London offers the Primary Years (PYP) and Middle Years Programmes (MYP) as well as the IB Diploma. The IB programmes combine intellectual rigour and high academic standards with a strong emphasis on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship.

ISL was one of the first schools in the UK to offer the IB diploma. Mother tongue language and literacy is an integral part of the curriculum and from Kindergarten through Grade 12 with students being offered between four to seven lessons per week depending on their grade level. Non-English speaking students are given support through Intensive English or English as an Additional Language (EAL) depending on student need.

Situated in Chiswick, West London, the School was purpose-built in the 1930s and has been refurbished with a library, science laboratories, kitchen, dining hall and multi-purpose auditorium.
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Sarah Pearson has been principal of the IB Diploma College since May 2016, whilst Andrew Mitchell is head of the Middle and Primary School. Sarah was previously head of sixth form and deputy head at Parkside Community College in Cambridge; she has also been curriculum coordinator and assistant head of maths at Hockerill Anglo European College, after a successful international career in Taipei, Brunei and Botswana. Her husband is also a teacher and they have two grown up 'third culture' sons at UK universities. Andrew Mitchell BSc (chemistry, Nottingham Trent University) PGCE (Warwick University) MA (Open University) has previously worked for the International Baccalaureate Organisation in The Hague coordinating the Africa, Europe and Middle East regions. He has worked as a science teacher and held management positions in Portugal, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and,...

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