Being greeted each morning by the principal is a small act which speaks volumes. At the school gate parents can take the opportunity to discuss how things are going. IES students say goodbye to their mobile phones at the same time as their outdoor clothing. Devices are switched off and locked away so everyone can focus on learning in lessons, and real conversations and games with their friends during free time.
For our youngest students the day begins with fritids, which is open from the early morning.
Students line up quietly before being welcomed by their teacher; this simple routine helps everyone focus from the first minute.
Lessons are characterised by structured, teacher-led delivery. Students receive regular feedback and know what is expected of them thanks to clear learning objectives.
Scheduled time with their mentor lets each student discuss what is on their mind. Mentors also take regular contact with guardians, so all adults work together to promote learning and growth.
Students eat lunch by class, with staff, and enjoy a healthy and nutritious choice between meat, fish or vegetarian dishes.
During the break students can socialise with their friends, using play and sports equipment or enjoying activities in a student lounge.
After school, younger students may attend fritids or junior club, depending on their age.
We also have teacher-led academic surgeries open to all students. This is where students can complete their homework, get extra help, or ask for a challenge, so they learn at a pace which suits them.