Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Maximum||30 students / class|
All the details about this school in their own words
|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
West Island School is a community of multilingual learners who have various nationalities and cultural backgrounds. We have more than 40 first languages/mother tongues in the school and this contributes a diversity and dynamism to our international school
|Max. number of students per class||
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
English As An Additional Language Program
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
Mandarin, French, Spanish
|Use of technology in the classroom||
All classrooms are fitted with the latest interactive and digital facilities, served by a wireless network throughout.
The school runs a comprehensive one to one laptop programme
|Entry evaluation for students||
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
For first language English students it is not an intelligence test in any way but an assessment to make sure that we can put students in appropriate years, classes and groups and that we can provide any support or enhancement that is necessary for your child to have the best possible education. The same applies to second language speakers of English who also need to demonstrate sufficient fluency in English.
|External examinations or assessments available||
IB Diploma, IGCSE, SAT
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
The school’s Individual Needs (IN) faculty supports students with a range of needs.
|Learning support offered||
Mainstream students who require additional assistance may be given support tailored to their individual needs in lessons or provided with discrete sessions in a range of disciplines. . In addition the school has a Learning Centre providing for 24 students with learning difficulties who receive ongoing support and may be taught separately from the mainstream for core subjects.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
The school has a programme of approaches for students with strong ability through links to gifted education as well as a mentoring programme designed to develop students further who have a particular strength within subject domains or disciplines. Courses have also been developed in the school curriculum to extend these students further. Opportunities to work with other students of a similar ability are part of our programme for this group who are identified through a range of data. The school has developed a programme to aid students wishing to access Oxbridge, Ivy League and other institutions through providing guidance and support from Year 9 onwards to ensure aspirations are appropriate and supported alongside parental understanding and commitment.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
The school offers many clubs and activities.
|School provided lunches||
|Sports activities included||
Swimming, football, netball, hockey, badminton, athletics, gymnastics, water polo, volleyball, tag rugby, basketball
|Sports facilities at the school||
2 sports halls, indoor swimming pool
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
West Island School is one of 21 schools run by the English Schools Foundation (ESF). The ESF was founded by Ordinance in 1967 to provide a ‘modern liberal education’ through the medium of English.
|Teaching approach of the school||
West Island School offers a broad and balanced curriculum designed to enable students to access a range of disciplines but also to experience learning through transferable skills, a strong emphasis on experiential learning and through access to creativity, activity and service.
The school has a strong commitment to inclusion. This means a commitment to every student accessing the school and a commitment to personalisation of the curriculum and the classroom experience through differentiation and offering a range of activities within our CAS programme. It also means support and extension programmes which are designed to enable all students to succeed.
West Island School has embraced learning technology as a vital element of student learning. The school sees technology as a valuable learning tool and one which encourages collaborative learning and team work as well as aiding research skills and information literacy skills. Technology is used where appropriate and is seen as a powerful but not the sole tool to learn.