International Community School (UK)

International Community School (UK)

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head = Philip Hurd
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founder = Niels Toettcher and Ann Alexander
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The International Community School (ICS) is a small co-educational independent school located in central London, providing for over 250 students aged 3 to 18.


Founders Niels Toettcher and Ann Alexander established the International Community School in 1979. The School was set up to teach children English within a full curriculum International School. Since then the School has continued to focus on English language and internationalism and now provides for children and faculty from 65 countries. In September 2006, the Primary School became an International Baccalaureate OrganizationPrimary Years Candidate School’. In January 2007 the Secondary School became a 'Middle Years Candidate School'. In September 2007, the Secondary School launched an International 'A' Level Programme for university/college bound students and is currently preparing to move its programme of study towards adoption of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). [ [ Independent Schools Web Directory] accessed 6 December 2007]


The curriculum is based on the English (Cambridge International Examinations, IGCSE's) and international curricula (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, PYP and the Middle Years Programme , MYP).

Early Learning Centre

The early learning centre is located adjacent to Regent’s Park in central London. The Centre provides English language emphasis for children from the age of three to five. Children are introduced to sport, swimming, art, music and basic computer skills in preparation for entry to the Primary School.

Primary School

The Primary (Elementary) School is located near the Early Learning Centre adjacent to Regent’s Park in central London. The School programme is based on the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (PYP) whilst keeping certain elements of the English National Curriculum, such as the literacy hour and numeracy hour. In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science the children study Information Technology, Humanities, Drama, Music, Foreign Languages and Art. Other programmes of study include sports, lunchtime exercise and after school clubs as well as drama productions and annual concerts. For students in year 4 and above, trips to the countryside campus at Bawdsey on the Suffolk coast are provided. Here students focus on field studies and team working.

econdary School

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 core IGCSE’s. The school has a pastoral care/welfare focus with classes 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 overseas and within the UK.The curriculum for students in Years 7 – 11 is based upon the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme, and incorporates English curriculum IGCSEs in order to provide the external assessment at 16 that is customary in the UK. Courses are in English Language, Mathematics, Science and Computing with optional courses available in French, Spanish, Art & Design, Drama, Music, Humanities (History and Geography) and English Literature. Further subjects are available on request.

English Language Courses

The Foundation Course Department provides intensive English support for students aged 3–18. 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. An English language school operates throughout the summer months.

pecial Educational Needs

A 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 programme.

Field Studies and Outdoor Education

The school owns a field studies and outdoor education centre at Bawdsey on the Suffolk Coast where students spend at least a week a year engaged in an outdoor education programme centred on environmental literacy.


External links

* [ International Community School Website]
* [ SKOLA Website]

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