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One student said, 'It teaches you how to work and gives you explanations', and another said, 'You are graded on how you work things out, not on the result only, and teachers mark on your critical thinking'.  Clearly the message on reflective teaching and learning has got through. The IB diploma programme is housed in a building some 10 minutes' walk from the rest of the school, and so it feels like a sixth form college with fingerprint entry registration and a spacious, bright common room overlooking the small courtyard garden...

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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, who has been principal of ISL Surrey primary school since 2015, and was also co-principal of the London campus. Started working in a law firm in the City, which may have been the inevitable job choice for a Cambridge graduate in history, but he left law and went to the Institute of Education, London, trained as a secondary school teacher and taught at several state London schools before he and his wife moved to teach in international schools in Spain, Argentina, Hong Kong, Portugal and Brunei. Two children.


A rolling admissions policy to match the needs of relocating families. Initial contact through admissions team who work hard to ensure that visits and questions and contact generally runs smoothly and easily, since 'parents are already stressed enough'. Interviews by Skype if...

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