We are a learning community, passionate about providing an International Education, which inspires and encourages learning and intercultural understanding.

We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents.

We promote service learning as a force for good in the world.



SIS is an International Baccalaureate day and boarding school with over 40 nationalities, offering the Primary Years Programme (3-11), the Middle Years Programme (12-16) and the Diploma (16-18), plus outstanding language and learning support.

Through our personalised approach to learning our students are encouraged to open their hearts and minds to the joy of learning, to discover their strengths, identify their passions and develop outstanding learning skills. As a result we are achieving excellent results, with an average score of 33 points at Diploma.

We nurture a thirst for knowledge. We enable students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding through exciting learning programmes, allowing them to explore their own learning preferences and nurture their individual talents. We create opportunities for students to discover their spiritual, mental, emotional, social and physical aspects.

We are an Apple-certified high-tech school which prepares students for effective participation in and success for the 21st century by integrating technology into learning and ensuring that all children have access to laptop and desktop computers.


We are a learning community, passionate about an International Education, which inspires and encourages learning and intercultural understanding. We facilitate self-discovery and development of unique interests, gifts and talents, whilst promoting service learning as a force for good in the world.

Educational Goals

To create extraordinary educational experiences for learners to connect with their purpose and passions. Learners embrace opportunities to be the best they can be and take personal responsibility for creating a more peaceful inclusive and sustainable world.


To be a world leader in International Education, which is academically rigorous, connecting learners to their passion and purpose. Through the creative use of technology and authentic service experiences, we promote education as a force for good in the world.


We care deeply about our students and support them through a comprehensive range of pastoral services. The Personal Advisor (secondary) or Class Teacher (primary) is the key point of contact for both parents and their children and ensures that children are supported, encouraged and nurtured throughout their schooling.

We encourage them to develop effective habits of personal vision, leadership, management and learning, with the self-motivation and desire to succeed. Our goal is for students to find their unique and authentic voice by discovering and developing what they are good at and what they are passionate about.

Students follow inter-disciplinary programmes that bring together the important academic subjects in a coherent and integrated manner. Through a rich curriculum, we aim to develop in students an enduring inter-cultural awareness, a spirit of inquiry and a sense of community service and global environmental responsibility.

The school follows a philosophy of child-focused, holistic learning. We believe in developing confident learners with an enduring love of learning and in the attainment of excellence. We aim to develop students with lively, inquiring minds with the ability to question, think rationally and analytically, to be creative and to have the motivation to achieve goals.

The SIS community consists of more than 40 different nationalities. In a world where borders are disappearing, the mix of nationalities and backgrounds offers a welcome breadth of cultural experiences to the school community. This enables students to develop an understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity that surrounds them and to have respect for the values of other cultures, races, religions and ways of life.

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 Internationalism at SIS means enabling and encouraging open mindedness, appreciation and respect for our culturally diverse community.


The school is proud of the academic achievements of its graduates who have entered top universities around the world. This reflects the strong academic and guidance programmes offered by SIS, enabling students to achieve their best.

The focus on producing happy children can be mistaken for not delivering the highest exam results, but in fact we find that the happier they are the better they perform.These children are the leaders of the future and are gaining fantastic exam results as well as the ability to apply what they’ve learnt on a practical level.


All students are taught to think about both “me” and “we” and a big part of our school’s identity is giving back to others. At the centre of the IB curriculum and at the heart of the school is the concept of helping people and becoming global citizens able to use education as a force for good.

As a result of this vision, in 2010 we set up an independent NGO called the Kindred Project which offers a range of real life opportunities for our students to make a difference and we are currently supporting projects in Ecuador, India, Morocco, Spain and Uganda.

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