School Life

International School of Madrid offers much more than excellent academic achievement

Pastoral Care

The whole child

At ISM we care about the whole child, not just his or her exam results and academic progress. We aim to create a nurturing and supportive setting. This is the pastoral care system.

Pastoral care at ISM care falls into the remit of a web of staff overseen by the Heads and deputies. Form tutors liaise with coordinators and other relevant staff to catch pupils who might otherwise have fallen through the net. In some cases older pupils might be mentors.  The Student Government in Primary and Student Council and Head Boy and Girl and their deputies in the Secondary section also take pride in looking after the younger pupils. Additionally the house system facilitates the integration and communication between older and younger pupils, who know who to go to get advice and help. Activities outside the classroom such as the Maths and Reading clubs and the school Musical are additional ways in which students develop their abilities and also feel supported. 

The whole child

At ISM we care about the whole child, not just his or her exam results and academic progress. We aim to create a nurturing and supportive setting. This is the pastoral care system. 

Pastoral care at ISM care falls into the remit of a web of staff overseen by the Heads and deputies. Form tutors liaise with coordinators and other relevant staff to catch pupils who might otherwise have fallen through the net. In some cases older pupils might be mentors.  The Student Government in Primary and Student Council and Head Boy and Girl and their deputies in the Secondary section also take pride in looking after the younger pupils. Additionally the house system facilitates the integration and communication between older and younger pupils, who know who to go to get advice and help. Activities outside the classroom such as the Maths and Reading clubs and the school Musical are additional ways in which students develop their abilities and also feel supported. 

ISM prides itself in being available to parents, who can phone or email the Heads or teachers directly. We are approachable, with an open door policy for the children under our care. Specialised counselling and support is also available if necessary within the school. When discussing future studies, the Head takes an interest in discussing options with the students, quite apart from the support given by the Head of Sixth Form and KS5 tutors, who help with the Personal Statement and UCAS application process. 

Above all we want our students to be happy, to want to come to school and appreciate what the teachers and leaders are doing for them, for their own benefit. Therefore our priority is to maintain this happy, stimulating, creative, nurturing and supportive setting, which generations of older students give testimony to. 

Excursions

All classes take several excursions per year

Trips are usually related to the work pupils are doing in class and include trips to museums, art galleries, theatres, parks, farms etc.

There are also residential Language, Geography and Biology trips organised over the year in Secondary, both in Spain or abroad.

Pupils in Years 7 to 9 go on an induction camp with their teachers and camp monitors in the hills near Madrid in September. This helps pupils to get to know each other, amongst other things.

An annual skiing trip is offered to pupils in Years 3 - 13 in February and a camping trip for KS2 pupils is arranged during the summer term.

The ISM Houses

Our four house are named after the saints of the British Isles. St George, St Andrew, St Patrick and St David

Fulfil their Potential

Help each student reach his or her full potential intellectually, academically, and emotionally

Core Values

Promoting our core values to the student throughout the time they are with us

Create a sense of Belonging

Each house secures a sense of belonging to the house members, by providing opportunities for student participation and for student leadership roles

Structure

By providing a structure conducive to enriching the lives of the house members, each student is supported with their social-emotional growth and supported with making responsible choices.

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