Do you have after school activities?
We offer two hours a week of enrichment activities for all students. These activities cover everything from sport, the arts, science and technology to a wide range of other interesting activities which are updated termly.
What sort of excursions and trips do you offer your students?
Getting out of school and ensuring learning is brought to life is a key part of our school. All students go on education excursions, whether investigating the flow of a river or learning about the cosmos in the planetarium. Students from Year Three upwards take part in residential programmes which help to build skills such as leadership, resilience and empathy as students work with local communities to learn about the world in places as far afield as Portugal, South-East Asia and Africa.
What is your Sports Programme like?
The Sports Programme at ISM combines competition and participation. We focus on the key aspects of skill, engagement, sportsmanship, leadership and fitness. In PE lessons, students develop individual skills whilst learning valuable lessons about working in a team.
The main sports that we compete in are football, basketball, athletics and swimming. We compete in tournaments both internationally and in Moscow. We have a consistent success record in these competitions and, last year, won tournaments in China and the Netherlands. Outside of PE lessons, there are numerous opportunities for pupils to get involved in sport. We enter a variety of MISAS competitions and students compete in inter-house sports competitions every week in school.
What is your Music programme like?
All children at ISM play musical instruments as an integral part of the curriculum.
In EYFS, children sing and explore a variety of instruments.
From Year Two to Year Nine, we provide whole-class instrumental tuition once a week, taught by a dedicated team of full-time specialist instrumental teachers.
Our youngest children start with the recorder, violin or classical guitar. The recorder groups then progress to band instruments as they move into Upper Primary when full wind bands and orchestras are formed.
All children also receive classroom-based music lessons where they sing, listen to a wide range of music and study music theory and history.
We offer Music at both GCSE and A Level and our academic results are excellent. All students who have taken GCSE music in the past 2 academic years have achieved at least an ‘A’ grade.
We also offer a comprehensive range of individual instrumental and singing lessons in both classical and popular music styles. We enter many students for internationally-recognised (ABRSM and Rock School) music examinations every year.
In addition to our curriculum-based ensembles, our school boasts a number of choirs, a jazz big band and an orchestra, as well as a number of rock bands.
Do you have Art programmes?
Students at ISM are taught Art from EYFS to Year 13, where it is a very popular examination option. Our A level students have gone onto study at prestigious institutions such as Goldsmiths College in London. Students partake in a varied curriculum, including visual arts, pottery and design, taught by specialist Art teachers.
There is an annual ‘Art Week’, during which our primary school students work on larger projects. In the secondary school, the year culminates in our Art exhibition where all examination work is displayed for parents, visitors and students to see.
Although Drama is taught through literacy and English throughout ISM, in the Secondary school students receive a specialist Drama lesson in our Drama studio. From Years 7 to 9, students follow a scheme of work encompassing various theatre techniques and styles including role play, improvisation, physical theatre, devised activities and script writing.
Drama is a popular option at GCSE level and we run the A Level Theatre studies course in the Sixth Form.
One of the highlights of the academic year is our musical theatre production which takes place in a local theatre. Previous shows have included ‘West Side Story’, ‘Oliver’, ‘School of Rock’ and ‘We Will Rock You’.