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Welcome to the SKOLA Schools and Colleges prospectus. International Community School, Newland College and Alexanders College, all in and around London, offer students a variety of ways to access university. Learn how to learn with SKOLA, and realise your potential.

International Community School London, Primary

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The Secondary School is located close to Hyde Park and between Edgware Road and Paddington Stations, and offers the IB Middle Years and Diploma programmes.

Newland College Nr London (Residential) Newland College is an academic college for boarding students and offers IB Preparation programmes leading to A Levels and the IB Diploma.

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Alexanders College Bawdsey, Suffolk (Residential) Formerly Alexanders International School, Alexanders College is an independent international college for boarding students and offers A Level, GCSE and Preparation programmes.

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The Learning Cycle

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International Community School, London

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Newland College, Nr London (Residential)

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Alexanders College, Suffolk (Residential)

Learning We want students to realise that their academic potential has no limits. By offering both the International Baccalaureate and the UK National Curriculum, as well as a range of other curricular and learning strategies, we have developed an understanding of learning that we believe is second to none. Our aim is that students leaving SKOLA will be more open-minded, flexible, tolerant and generous and ready to face the challenges that life has to offer. Teaching is influenced by modern, evidence-based research, with the aim of everyone participating fully in each learning opportunity. We use rapid formative assessment to make learning visible to students. This helps students become assessment-capable, that is, they understand the aims of the learning as structured by explicit success criteria. This, combined with inquiries and projects that add personalised meaning to the learning, lead to the students being engaged with their studies. Finally, smart study skills and exam techniques allow students to achieve their potential.

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Learning is embraced as an individual journey and an emphasis on the whole person and our students are supported by a high ratio of skilled and caring professional adults.


The Learning Cycle Engage Lessons are relevant, interesting and fun. Prior knowledge is built upon. Success Criteria are clear.

Practice Students know where they are, what the next step is and how to get there. They practice collaboratively in small groups.

Feedback Mini-whiteboards get every student answering every question and allows for rapid feedback from teachers.

Inquire Students conduct personal inquiries that embed the skills and concepts learnt.

Memorise Students use visual memorisation techniques to help with recall in tests.

Test Students are tested every term to check class progress and develop exam skills.

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International Community School The International Community School is one of a small number of IB World Schools based in the United Kingdom. It offers the full range of International Baccalaureate programmes (Primary Years,Middle Years and Diploma) for students aged 3 - 18 years. There are currently 250 students studying at ICS across the Primary campus located on the edge of Regent’s Park and the Secondary campus near Hyde Park. The School community is truly diverse with over 45 different nationalities represented and this adds to the richness of our students’ experience at the school. Mission Statement: ICS aims for educational excellence by developing independent, inquiring and collaborative learners within a safe, enjoyable and stimulating environment. We believe in celebrating our diversity and in supporting our students to become happy and successful world citizens.

“He is more confident now, and is making friends from all over the world”. Page 6 International Community School Introduction

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Primary The Primary School is located in central London, on the edge of Regent’s Park. The Primary School follows the IB Primary Years Programme and has approximately 120 children. Consequently class sizes are small with a maximum of 18 children per class. The School Day runs from 8.45 – 3.25 pm with an early 2.10pm finish on Fridays. We have a strong focus upon the personalisation of learning, meaning that we get to know our students quickly and understand their strengths and weaknesses so we can ensure they make progress at the appropriate pace. From Year 3 upwards all children have the use of a netbook for the duration of their time at the School and all textbooks are provided by the School. The use of ICT is integrated into the curriculum and the students have access to iPads and Kindles, and desktops for desktop publishing and film editing. ICS also places a strong emphasis on the “Outdoor Classroom” with frequent trips within London, visits to our Outdoor Education Centre in Bawdsey, Suffolk and our overseas Travel and Learn programme. We want students to have varied and real life experiences that help to reinforce learning goals. In the last year our students have travelled to Botswana, Switzerland, Ghana, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Brazil, Spain, Iceland and South Africa.

IB Primary Years Programme All children aged 3 -11years old follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). The programme allows children to learn through the skills and knowledge of traditional subject areas such as Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, the Arts, Personal and Social Education and Information Communication Technology. These subjects are taught through Units of Inquiry that provide opportunities for students to apply skills and knowledge. Classes from Year 1 to Year 6 are actively involved in six units of inquiry per year, each one lasting around six weeks in length. Nursery and Reception experience four units of inquiry throughout the whole year.

IB Preparation Programme Our Preparation course for 10-11 year olds prepares students for entry into the full curriculum programme. Students study grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing, and develop academic and everyday English. They also study a range of other academic subjects such as Humanities, Science and Mathematics. Children younger than 10 years of age enter the mainstream classroom directly with support provided in class.

Student Support Programme Students with a wide range of Special Educational Needs are very well supported by a team of professionals with expertise in educational and child developmental psychology. An individualised plan is developed for each child at additional rates.

After-school Clubs Each day we also offer a range of after school clubs for the students such as, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Running Club, Rock Climbing, Languages, Cookery, Gardening, Drama/Dance, Book Club, Maths Club and Science Club.

Transport – Door to Door Minibus:

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Our transport service routes are based upon London postcodes. Our service will collect students from their addresses and drop them off at the end of the School days. See the map for the area covered by the bus service.

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Secondary The Secondary School is located close to Hyde Park, between Edgware Road and Paddington Stations. The School offers the IB Middle Years and IB Diploma programmes to students aged 11-18 years. The Secondary School has approximately 120 students and classes are limited to a maximum of 18 students per class .The School Day runs from 8.45 – 3.45pm with a later finish at 4.30pm for our Diploma students. We have a strong focus upon the personalisation of learning, meaning that we like to get to know our students quickly and understand their strengths and weaknesses to ensure that they make progress at the appropriate pace. Students are supported in bringing their own IT device with back up provided by school netbooks. The use of ICT is integrated into the curriculum and the students have access to iPads and Kindles, in addition to our brand new iMac music and film editing suite.

IB Diploma Programme For students aged 16-18 years, ICS offers the highly regarded IB Diploma programme. This internationally recognised programme comprises a standardised curriculum, moderated coursework and external examinations. IB Diploma courses are at least the equivalent of Advanced Placement courses in the USA and A-Levels in the UK. The IB Diploma programme is widely accepted by Universities across the World, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Princeton.

IB Middle Years Programme At our Secondary School campus, students aged 11 -16 years old follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). This is an academically challenging framework, with eight discrete subject areas (English, Modern Languages, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Arts, Technology, and Physical Education) that encourage students to embrace and understand connections between the subject content and the real world, while developing critical and reflective thinking skills. Also running through the programme are three central themes intercultural awareness, holistic learning and communication.

IB Preparation Programme Not all students will arrive at ICS being fluent in English. For these students we run the English Language Preparation Programmes – Middle Years Preparation (age 11-15 yrs) and Diploma Preparation (age 16 yrs+). The preparation programmes serve to enable students to improve their all-round English language skills through a specially designed and unique curriculum that combines English lessons with lessons in other core subjects. In all cases the focus is upon developing fluency in academic English, in order to progress in the IB Middle Years or IB Diploma courses.

Student Support Programme Students with Special Educational Needs are well supported by a team of professionals with expertise in educational and child developmental psychology. An international individual learning plan (IILP) is developed for each child at additional rates. At the Secondary School, we operate a co-teaching model where in each class students with Special Learning Needs are supported by a teacher with experience in Student Support and specific subject knowledge of the academic discipline of the class. Both the Primary and Secondary Schools offer a Life Skills programme that provides a more intensive support programme for students who are able to access only certain components of the regular curriculum.

After-school Clubs Each day we also offer a range of after school clubs for the students such as, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Running Club, Rock Climbing, Languages, Drama/Dance, Book Club, Maths Club and Science Club. We run School teams in Football, Basketball and Volleyball.

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Outdoor Classroom ICS also places a strong emphasis on the “Outdoor Classroom” with frequent trips within London to Science, History and Art Galleries. We also visit one of our two other campuses at Chalfont and Bawdsey for a field study programme.

Travel and Learn We want students to have varied and real life experiences that help to reinforce learning goals, build confidence and motivation. In the last year our students have travelled to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Switzerland, Ghana, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Brazil, Spain, Iceland, France and China.

Residential Students aged 13-18 can stay in fully supervised 24/7 residential accommodation within 45mins of the school. Our house staff are all fully trained teachers with additional Special Education qualifications. Each student is carefully and individually mentored and supported in both their academic studies as well as their personal development. Busy working weeks are complemented by active weekends of sports, shopping and social activities.

Transport – Door to Door Minibus: Our transport service routes are based upon London postcodes. Our service will collect students of all ages from their addresses and drop them off at the end of the School days. We pick up within the area shown below.

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Find out more: www.icschool.co.uk

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Newland College Newland College is the latest addition to the SKOLA Group of Schools and Colleges and will offer academic study opportunities to both boys and girls from September 2014. We are inviting students from all over the world, as well as those living in the UK, to study the highly regarded International Baccalaureate programme in a full boarding environment. Newland College is a candidate school for the IB and is run by International Community School. Single study bedroom accommodation is offered in houses with residential staff ensuring 24 hour supervision. This beautiful residential campus is in the Chiltern Hills just outside London and only 30 minutes from Heathrow airport. Mission Statement: We want our students to enjoy the challenge of realising their potential with an evidence-based education that instils the habits of excellence built from purposeful practice. We value perspective-taking and encourage students to develop their personal interests alongside a rigorous grounding in the knowledge found within academic subjects.

“Our new college preparing students for the International Baccalaureate in a tranquil setting near London.� Page 14 Newland College

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Sports, Clubs, Excursions IB Diploma Programme (DP) The International Baccalaureate Diploma is the premier pre-university academic qualification according to University admissions officers around the world. IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Student may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5. One subject is chosen from each area to study at a higher or standard level. Each subject must be passed with an overall score of 24 points out of 45 for the award of the Diploma. In addition to this academic curriculum the students will take a course in the theory of knowledge, participate in a Community, Action and Service programme, write an extended essay, participate in a wide ranging sports programme, perform work experience (with certain choices) and have a range of international travel opportunities in our travel and learn programme. Students will be mentored by their own individual Tutor and small seminar groups will explore areas of common interest. Age: 16 Start: September 2016 Duration: 2 years Max Class Size: 14 students Entry Requirements: Upper Intermediate English + strong school report Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Second Language and Arts.

IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) The MYP is perfect preparation for the Diploma. Students learn the skills required to pass the Diploma, as well as the attributes of a successful learner with the IB Learner Profile. The IB Middle Years Programme consists of eight subject groups integrated through five interactive areas providing global contexts for learning. Students are required to study at least two languages (as part of their multilingual profile), humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. In their final year, students will also undertake an independent ‘personal project’ to demonstrate the development of their skills and understanding. In 2014 the school will start to offer a one year course based upon the last year of the MYP, MYP 5. This course will be structured in the same way as the MYP 5 with 8 subjects offered, strong inter -disciplinary links, a Community, Action and Service programme and each student engaged in a personal project. There will be an opportunity for students to take the highly respected International GCSE in each of these 8 academic subjects. Age: 12 to 14 Start: September 2014 Max Class Size: 14 students Entry Requirements: Intermediate English + strong school report Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Second Language, Arts, PE and Technology.

IB Preparation Programme Students can join at 13+ for preparation to the Diploma and MYP courses with intensive English language tuition and appropriate study skills. This programme provides a motivating and rapid way to learn English within the context of an academic study programme. In addition to English speaking, reading, listening and writing students will be exposed to the vocabulary and language context of all the academic subjects as well as the study skills required. Age: 12 to 14 Start: September 2014, January, April 2015 Duration: 1, 2 or 3 terms Max Class Size: 14 students Entry Requirements: Pre-Intermediate English + strong school report

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In the afternoon after class and at weekends a wide range of sports are available including: Aerobics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cycling, Football, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball. Golf, Horse-Riding and Swimming are available at extra cost. In the evenings and weekends a range of sports and activity clubs are available including: Art, Chess, Cookery, Computers, Drama, Cinema, Music and Photography. Excursions and study visits are included in the fees. London is regularly accessed for sports fixtures, exhibitions, museums, theatres and shopping.

Residential Life There are four boarding houses at Newland College which are separated by age and gender. Rooms are singles, arranged in flats of 8 students sharing two private shower and toilet facilities. Each Boarding house is run by a resident Head of House who is a fully qualified teacher who helps students settle into their new environment. Each student is carefully and individually mentored and supported in both their academic studies as well as their personal development. Busy working weeks are complemented by active weekends of sports, shopping and social activities. Students are supervised at all times and work with the house staff to develop socially in the common rooms as well as academically at prep, (homework). Dining is seen as an important social meeting of all school members and our food is healthy and tasty. A weekly laundry service is provided. A college nurse is available through the week. Travel and medical insurance is included in the college fees. All students must have a guardian in the UK who knows the student or through a guardian agency independent of the school to ensure student welfare. Students can study in ICS London and reside in Newland College. Transport is provided.

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Timetable Time

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Excursions to London, Oxford or Cambridge

Sports or Clubs

Self Study

Find out more: www.newlandcollege.co.uk

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Alexanders College

Alexanders College

Alexanders College, formerly Alexanders International School, has 40 years of experience in children’s education and is situated on a beautiful 120 acre campus on the Suffolk coast. As an independent residential College, we welcome boys and girls, aged 12 to 17 years, from all over the world. Students of the appropriate age and English language level may go directly into the highly regarded British National Curriculum GCSE/IGCSE and A Level courses. For younger or lower English language level students our Academic Preparation programme is their first step. Learning is specifically designed to achieve the academic results required for university entrance and emphasis is placed on developing the full range of students’ abilities and interests. In this way, students develop confidence and understand the value of teamwork, respect and responsibility, qualities highly regarded in university life. Mission Statement: Alexanders College provides a secure, structured and caring environment within which each student may fulfil his or her potential as an individual. We offer an enriching and creative academic programme in a beautiful location. We value our students’ own cultures and the contribution each makes to life at the College.

“This college gave me a lot of self-confidence.” Page 20 Alexanders College

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Alexanders College A Level Programme A Levels (GCE Advanced Levels) are highly valued qualifications recognised by all UK universities and many overseas institutions. Students will normally choose to study 2 to 4 subjects from the following: Mathematics • Physics • Chemistry • Biology • Business Studies • Economics • Information Communication Technology (ICT) • Art. In addition, students will study for the IELTS examination. Age: 16 Start: September 2014 Duration: 2 years Entry Requirements: Upper Intermediate English + strong school report, entry tests in English and Mathematics and Skype interview.

GCSE /IGCSE Programme The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations are taken by children prior to entry into the Sixth Form (age 16+). Subjects offered include: English as a Second language • Mathematics • Art and Design or Global Perspectives • Business Studies • Combined Science • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) • Language (Mother Tongue) if available. Additional non examination subjects may be offered. Age: 14 Start: September 2014 Duration: 1 and 2 year courses available. Entry Requirements: Intermediate English + strong school report. Testing may be required.

Academic Preparation Programme Open to students with lower starting levels in English. The syllabus builds upon and expands the current language level. Core subjects include: English Language • Mathematics • Business Studies (subject to language level) • Combined Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) • Art and Design • Global Perspectives • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEe) • Physical Education Age: 12 to 16 Start: September, January or April Duration: 1, 2 or 3 terms Entry Requirements: Strong school report (all language levels accepted).

English for Education 2-6 week academic courses are available in Autumn and Spring terms.

English PLUS Multi Activities 2-6 week courses available from March to June.

English PLUS Summer Courses

Out of Class Life English boarding schools and colleges have a strong reputation for offering their students a rich and exciting life outside the classroom. At Alexanders College we provide a full and varied sports programme throughout the school year. Our excellent facilities include tennis courts, badminton court, squash court, basketball court, football pitch, training pitches and a multi-use grass sports field. We also have our own RYA accredited Sailing and Water Sports Centre. Students are encouraged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at both Bronze and Silver Level. Social Activities are an essential part of life at Alexanders College. Discos, barbecues, birthday parties, games and international evenings, theatre and cinema visits, concerts, bowling, roller skating and ice skating are all regularly arranged. Educational excursions are to London, Cambridge and Norwich and a supervised programme of optional recreational visits is offered. Weekly shopping trips to local towns are also arranged.

Residential There are four separate student residences on campus supervised by House Parents. Although academic classes are co-educational, boys and girls live separately. All bedrooms are comfortable and well equipped; students share with others of a similar age and, whenever possible, a different nationality so that English is the language of communication. Each House has a Common Room where students meet in their free time to watch television, play games, read or talk about their day with friends as well as a kitchen where they can prepare light refreshments and snacks. The College places emphasis on positive relationships, international understanding, and mutual respect.

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“It is a pleasure to work with such an efficient and friendly college”.

Alexanders College Find out more: www.alexanderscollege.co.uk

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Academic Objectives: Independent literary criticism. Precise and coherent oral and written expression. An ability to understand relationships between texts. An appreciation of authors, structure, technique and style. An ability to structure a logical, sustained and persuasive argument. An understanding and appreciation of other cultures. Communicate clearly and effectively in a wide range of situations. Understand and use accurately oral and written forms of the language that are commonly essential for effective communication in a range of styles and situations. Understand and use a wide range of vocabulary. Select a register and style that are appropriate to the situation. Express ideas with clarity and fluency. Structure arguments in a clear, coherent and convincing way. Understand and respond appropriately to complex written and spoken material. Assess some subtleties of the language in a wide range of forms, styles and registers. Show an awareness of, and sensitivity to the culture(s) of the target language. The gathering and sorting of historical evidence. The evaluation of historical evidence. Recognizing and understanding historical processes and their relationships to human experience, activity and motivation. Organizing and expressing historical ideas and information. Seek (and write with) detail and thought. See the “Bigger Picture�. Apply knowledge and understanding to unfamiliar situations. Seek out the ideas of others. Reorganises to synthesise new patterns. Read, interpret and solve a given problem using appropriate mathematical terminology. Organize and present information and date in tabular, graphical and/or diagrammatic forms. Know and use appropriate notation and terminology. Formulate a mathematical argument and communicate it clearly. Select and use appropriate mathematical strategies and techniques. Demonstrate an understanding of both the significance and the reasonableness of results. Recognize patterns and structures in a variety of situation, and make generalizations. Recognize and demonstrate an understanding of the practical applications of mathematics. Use appropriate technological devices as mathematical tools. Demonstrate an understanding of and the appropriate use of mathematical modelling.


Schools and Colleges SKOLA runs International Community School, Newland College and Alexanders College. Established in 1969 our programmes are geared towards university entrance whether through the International Baccalaureate or British National Curriculum pathways. Learn how to learn with SKOLA, and realise your potential.

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International Community School London Primary & Secondary

Newland College Nr London Residential

Alexanders College Suffolk Residential

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