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CurriculumBritish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 11
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 18 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €9,710
to: €13,505
Address: Rua da Lagoa 171, Bicesse, Alcabideche 2645-344 Portugal
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Number of students

300

Number of nationalities represented in the school

40

Most common nationality

British

Ratio of local students to international students

1:5

Max. number of students per class

20

Average number of students per class

18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes for EYFS & Infant classes

Native English speaking teachers

98% of teachers are Native English speakers

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes with specialist teachers

Additional language classes offered by the school

Portuguese for all pupils; Dutch for the Dutch speakers; Before and after-school Mandarin; After-school French

Use of technology in the classroom

Computers and Interactive boards in all classrooms. Curriculum includes coding and iPad use.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the age of the child but it is kept to the minimum. Reading everyday and a bit of Maths and Comprehension set on a Friday to be submitted during the following week.

Uniform required

From Year 1 up

Waiting list

Yes, in all classes

Entry evaluation for students

No

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no deadline but the sooner parents apply and children join the waiting list, the better

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

IPS is only a primary school and therefore all children move on to secondary schools

External examinations or assessments available

GL Assessments in Year 6 only

Results in these examinations

English
Total above average score 93%
IPS average Standard Age Score (SAS) 117
Total number of students scoring in the top 10 percentile rank 52%
Mathematics
Total above average score 90%
IPS average Standard Age Score (SAS) 113
Total number of students scoring in the top 10 percentile rank 45%

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Yes - door to door

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

Learning support offered

Students are given individual or small group support for a variety of issues from dyslexia, dyspraxia, hand writing, comprehension, English language. Major issues might require the help of external agencies for which there is an additional charge.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Yes

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

9:00am

School finish time

3:30pm

Supervised care before/after school

Yes but there is an additional charge

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

A large variety of extracurricular activities are offered on a daily basis for all children. Sports, film, drama, lego, Parkor etc to name a few. On average 30% of children enrolled at school stay for an activity.

School provided lunches

Yes

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Not really but there is always an vegetarian option.

Sports activities included

IPS employs a specialist PE teacher who teachers the curriculum. Additionally we have school teams that play football, basketball, athletics and cross country

Sports facilities at the school

Small gymnasium, Multipurpose areas for football, basketball and tennis

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, football, basketball, cross county and athletics

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Small, friendly, professional, very international and supportive PTA. Happy children are very easy to work with!

Teaching approach of the school

We believe in teaching the basics well and everything else is built upon these foundations. Small classes, additional teachers and Learning Support Assistants working together helps build a friendly environment where the individual needs of each child can be catered for. The National Curriculum of England allows teachers to be creative with their topic work and balances the more traditional subjects of mathematics and literacy. A healthy balance of IT within the programme addresses the changing demands of the curriculum.

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