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IB and British
Ages 3 to 18

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CurriculumsIB and British
Leaving qualificationsIGCSE and IB Diploma
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Yearly fees: Not public
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Quick summary of key school information

Leaving qualifications IGCSE and IB Diploma
Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 18 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2024/2025.

Address: 2 Allée de l'Herbaudière 31770 Colomiers - France

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Approximately 24% of students at the school are British, 31% Spanish and 16% French.

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

IST offers English language support in both the Primary and Secondary School.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish, German

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard or screen. All primary children have access to iPads and laptops and all secondary students are provided with a school laptop to support their studies.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE, IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

In the (I)GCSE examinations the A* to C (grade 9-4) pass rate was 94% with 62% rate for A* to A.
100% of the IB Diploma students were successful with an average score of 35 points.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Varies according to age

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Usually 100%

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

Student Support provision includes:
• Learning Support (LS)
• English as Additional Language (EAL)

Learning Support is for students who have specific learning differences. A person with a learning difference may be described as having specific challenges processing certain forms of information or undertaking certain tasks which impacts their ability to fully access the curriculum. Support for English as Additional Language learners includes those students for whom the fact English is not their first language represents a barrier to their learning and their integration in the community.
Support provision is provided for students under the direction of the Student Support Coordinators in Primary and Secondary. They manage and run their Student Support teams to best meet the needs of the school through the best allocation of the resources available. Student Support works collaboratively with Homeroom Teachers, Subject Teachers, Tutors and Grade Coordinators to provide as inclusive an experience as possible for all students.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

All teaching aims to provide a challenging learning environment and together with enrichment or extension work will enable gifted or talented children to reach their full potential.

Student access to education psychologist

There is a Well-being Counsellor at IST.
Well-being at IST acknowledges that life offers diverse experiences that can influence our responses and reactions to daily life, and whilst many of these experiences are very positive for us, some are more difficult and can sometimes have a negative effect on us and how we perceive ourselves or others. Our aims are to ensure students have a positive mindset to help them as they grow up and are well supported when faced with difficulty. To this end we also aim to provide them with a range of personal ‘tools’ they can use to help them help both themselves and each other. Well-being is also concerned with the well-being of staff at IST.
Well-being services come under the remit of the Well-being Counsellor who reports to the appropriate member of SLG, depending on the age of the student or whether it concerns a member of staff. The Well-being Counsellor works collaboratively with all colleagues, in particular with the Grade Coordinators and the Primary and Secondary Student Support Coordinators.
Well-being services at IST aim to be nimble, responsive and co-creative. The Well-being Counsellor monitors mental health trends at the school by gathering data and then implementing evidence-based strategies to address the greatest risk factors and enhance protective factors within the community. This is done by initiating dialogue, sharing information, offering forums to discuss and address well-being and mental health trends, and interventions with classes or whole Grades.

There is access to an external educational psychologist.

Entry evaluation for students

The school asks for previous school reports and a school recommendation form but there are no entry exams or similar.

Waiting list

There are waiting lists for some classes.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time

16:00 (Primary) and 16:15 (Secondary)
The school day ends at 12:00 on Wednesdays

Supervised care before/after school

There is provision for before and after school care for Primary students

School bus service available


School provided lunches

The student canteen provides delicious well-balanced meals in a pleasant environment at reasonable cost. School meals are subsidised and prepared in the kitchens on site by a French chef and dedicated canteen staff.

All students, from Kindergarten to Grade 10 inclusive, remaining on site at lunchtime must eat in the canteen. Grade 11 and 12 students may choose to eat in the canteen, leave the building at lunch time to eat elsewhere or eat in their common room.

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


Uniform required

There is a School Uniform in the Primary School.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Primary School activities include choir, orchestra, recorder, changemakers, STEAM
Secondary School activities include clubs for creative writing, chess, music, science, art, mathematics, STEAM and drama.
Whole school clubs include baseball & softball, girlguiding, martial arts, dance, Spanish and German.

Instrumental music tuition is available for students from Grade 2 to Grade 12. A wide range of instruments including guitar, violin, piano, vocal, trumpet, drums, saxophone and flute are available and students are encouraged to join the Eurocampus orchestra and other ensembles once they reach a level of competence.

Sports activities included

To encourage the widest possible participation, we teach individual activities as well as a range of team sports such as badminton, dance, athletics, football, rugby and basketball. We also give students the opportunity to experience outdoor and adventure activities in the hope that everybody will find at least one form of exercise that they enjoy and will continue.
We emphasise the importance of safety in sport and ensure that the correct equipment is used in an appropriate environment.
Lessons are taught in French to facilitate integration into local clubs and teams.

Facilities at the school

Primary & Secondary libraries, an information literacy centre, science laboratories, dedicated areas for art, music, drama and design & technology, assembly halls and an auditorium offer the possibility for learning in a spacious and stimulating environment.

Outdoor recreational areas allow children the space to play and extend their learning.

A canteen and kitchens enable a nutritious hot lunch programme to be prepared on site.

Sports facilities at the school

Sports facilities include a large gymnasium, all-weather football pitch, running track and long jump.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The International School of Toulouse is a private international day school in France for children from 3 to 18 years old.

The International School of Toulouse was awarded full accredited status by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) in June 2011 and re-accredited in March 2016 and June 2021.

The International School of Toulouse has been an IB World School since January 2000.

Teaching approach of the school

The curriculum in the Primary School is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). This is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12 years.
The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.
The PYP offers an education that “aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect”.

The Secondary curriculum is designed to provide students with an education that will prepare them to transition successfully to their next stage of education anywhere in the world.
Our middle school students in Grades 6-8 follow a wide range of courses that are specifically designed to meet the needs of our international student community.

Students in Grades 9-10 follow a two-year programme leading to the award of the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the Pearson-Edexcel GCSE.
This programme provides a broad curriculum that is designed to encourage high academic standards and prepare students for the IB Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12. There are final examinations at the end of Grade 10 and the external qualifications are recognised by schools, colleges and universities around the world.
All students follow courses in English Language, Literature (English, Spanish or German), French, Mathematics and Science.
In addition, students elect to follow four options from the following choice of subjects: History, Geography, Business Studies, Art & Design, Design Technology, Triple Science, Drama, Computer Science, Music, Spanish, German.

Students in Grades 11-12 follow the two-year IB Diploma Programme.

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of students. The programme, has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities and employers.
The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay.
Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

IB results at IST are consistently above the world average.
“The International Baccalaureate® (IB), and the Diploma Programme (DP) in particular, enjoys a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions. For students, success in the IB often results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships, and other admissions related benefits at many universities.”

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