As educators and parents (some of bilingual children) we believe that:
1. London’s economy requires more workers who are proficient in modern foreign languages. We believe that linguistic ability will increasingly be an asset to students in the 21st century, enabling mobility and offering greater employment opportunities. The Government recognises this.
2. An international education promoting language learning and understanding of different cultures would benefit children of all backgrounds and abilities in one of the great multicultural, multilingual cities of the world. We will apply to the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to become a candidate school, aiming to complete its demanding accreditation process in three years.
3. There are many bilingual children in the region of Greenwich and south-east London whose linguistic abilities are not being used or developed adequately at school. Offering them opportunities to develop their skills in both English and their home language should be seen as an entitlement. An international school with a strong focus on languages will also be able to teach languages to a high standard to monolingual English-speaking students, offering them the opportunity to achieve their full linguistic potential.
4. More secondary-age children who live in Greenwich should be educated in Greenwich, where possible. At present, according to Department for Education figures, 31.4% go to school outside the borough. We would like to contribute to reducing this percentage.
5. Greenwich needs more school places to cater for a growing population. According to Greenwich Council’s Greenwich Children and Young People’s Plan 2008-2011, year 7 capacity will need to increase from 86 forms to 97 forms of entry by 2017. Establishing our school will therefore not threaten existing schools in any way.
6. Every child should have the chance to succeed to their full potential whatever their starting point. Offering that chance is our commitment. The small size of our school will create a great environment in which to support, monitor and motivate students so that they achieve the best outcomes possible.
7. Top universities in the UK and abroad want students who have the ability to think and question, and not just pass exams. The International Baccalaureate, with its focus on critical thinking, problem solving and the interrelatedness of different subjects, issues and cultures, produces that.
To offer excellent education which will harness and build on the linguistic and cultural diversity in Greenwich and nearby Boroughs. We will offer:
- A truly broad and balanced curriculum
- High academic standards
- Strong linguistic and communication skills
- Access to top universities in the UK and abroad
- The passport to an international jobs market
- Active Citizenship skills
- Respect for other cultures
- Enhanced self-confidence
IAG will enable students to feel at ease in difference cultures, and equip them to live and work in the UK or abroad. It will impart the skills, outlook and confidence they need to succeed as citizens in a globalised world, while stressing the value of serving the local community. IAG will promote the value of cultural understanding and create students who enjoy thinking for themselves. They will excel at the English Baccalaureate and at whatever they choose to do afterwards. We want them to discover a passion for learning and for languages, and be part of a school community which will accompany them on this journey.
‘Become a Global Citizen’
A close, caring community which will welcome parents, set high expectations and support all students on their journey to adulthood.
- A small secondary school with only 875 students when full
- Starting with up-to 125 Year 7 students in 2016
- 5 classes x 25 students
- 5 hours of personal tutor time per week
- Pre-school breakfast time l Extended Day
- Parent and child interviews
- Student and parent evaluation, Academy Council, Parent Council
We value cultural understanding through tolerance, empathy, community and communication.