International Community School, London
4 York Terrace East,
London, NW1 4PT, UK
Tel: (+44) 20 7935 1206
Fax: (+44) 20 7935 7915
GCE, IGCSE exams.
275 students, 2-18 yrs.
Established in 1979, ICS is a small friendly, central London international
school for students aged 2½ to 18 years. Children and faculty from
65 countries (including the UK) form a dynamic learning community.
In September 2006, pending authorisation, the International Baccalaureate
Diploma will be launched for university-bound students. An international
early learning centre takes children from the age of two-and-a-half
to five and has a strong language emphasis. In the primary school
(ages 5- 11) all children learn following the pattern set by the
English and international curricula, in small classes with a maximum
of 18 students in London's Regent's Park. 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 towards IGCSEs (the Cambridge set of examinations).
From September 2006 (pending authorization), 17/18 year olds will
be prepared for the IB Diploma, an international qualification recognized
by universities worldwide as well as in the UK. The school has a
strong pastoral care/welfare reputation and classes are 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 in the UK and overseas. Throughout ICS there is a specialist
English for Education department, which provides intensive English
for students aged 2½ - 18 at all levels. 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. A thriving English language school operates
throughout the summer months. A strong 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 program. A door-to-door
bus service brings most students to school and on both sites our
canteens provide healthy meals. The school owns a field studies
and outdoor education centre on the Suffolk Coast and students spend
at least a week a year engaged in the outdoor education programme
centred on environmental literacy. There is a yacht club and students
are given the opportunity to learn to sail. The school year begins
with a pre-school outdoor education experience at Bawdsey, to which
all students are invited.