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As with many international schools, there is a refreshing naivety among the students. As one teacher put it, they are ‘not very street’. No big egos – far from it, students we met were attentive and inquisitive (which the IB encourages from its pupils). The school makes every effort to ensure that their transition from overseas is as smooth as possible, and their transition programme has won awards. The transitions programme supports families and students when friends leave, as well as supporting newbies, and also boasts a good family mentoring…

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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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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

International Baccalaureate: middle years - middle Years is a programme for ages 11-16.

International Baccalaureate: primary years - primary years is a programme for ages 3-12.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since September 2018, Richard Parker. Initially employed in 2015 to head up both ISL Surrey Primary School and the ISL London campus. Due to financial constraints, the Surrey school no longer exists. Studied history at Cambridge, then worked as a criminal lawyer in the City until he had a change of heart. ‘I was witnessing expelled students and what happens to them post expulsion. This was the start of the problem - many of them then became involved in criminal gangs.’ Feeling powerless to change things within the law, he hoped teaching could make the difference. Was further inspired by a research project he carried out in Nicaragua, where he witnessed a 16-year-old boy running three literacy projects across three villages and saw the difference it made. Following teacher training at IoE, he taught...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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