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Student Health & Wellbeing

Pastoral care is of the highest importance at The International School of Moscow so as to ensure that our students feel safe, valued and have a strong sense of belonging. 

Although pastoral care has a simple and straightforward goal, it is particularly challenging in an international school with students from all over the world, from different cultures, with varying traditions, languages and experiences.


School Counsellors:

At the International School of Moscow, we have highly trained specialist paediatric psychologists based at all three campuses. Our school psychologists provide individual and small group counselling based on the student’s needs.  

We understand that students may, at times, experience friendship or relationship difficulties, bereavement, low-self-esteem or academic pressures. Our school psychologists are able to work with students to develop coping strategies, work through conflict and develop life skills.

At ISM, we strive to find an individual approach for each of our students to provide positive support and reinforcement. I believe that every problem can be viewed as a maths problem, which ultimately has a solution that can be discovered together by working with the individual. Polina Kozintseva, Psychologist, Professor of General Psychology, Member of the Sandplay Association

The team of psychologists are qualified to work with students from Pre-Nursery to Year 13, using specialised techniques such as play therapy, art therapy, sand therapy and storytelling. Students are able to drop in for one session for brief advice and support. Short-term and long-term intervention can also be arranged, based on the recommendation of the school psychologist.  They also work alongside our teachers, Student Support Services and Senior Management Team to ensure that our students receive confidential and professional services.

Head of Year and Form Tutors.

Our Secondary School staffing structure incorporates a dedicated Head of Year for each year group from Year 7 to 11. Each Head of Year coordinates with the Form Tutors in their year group to organise fun, interactive and challenging activities during the registration period at the start of every school day. This ensures each student receives an enriched curriculum which introduces the students to different cultures and traditions from around the world, encouraging collaboration and promoting tolerance. 

Students are given the opportunity to mediate, discuss and debate global affairs and share their experiences and aspirations. The Heads of Year, with the support of the Form Tutors, closely monitor behaviour, safeguarding and attendance issues, ensuring that any concerns are raised directly with parents. When necessary, they will also liaise closely with the Secondary Deputy Head - Pastoral. The Head of Year will also provide guidance and support to students who are transitioning from Year 6 to Year 7 and Year 11 to Year 12. 

ISM Krylatskoe Secondary with Teacher

The Heads of Year will meet and greet new students when they take their first tentative steps at ISM and support them during the first few weeks, liaising with teachers and parents, keeping you informed of their social and sometimes cultural assimilation. Our Heads of Year play a crucial role in ensuring that each student receives individual and personalised care at ISM.  


At The International School of Moscow, we approach bullying with transparency, ensuring that incidents are dealt with swiftly and effectively. We have worked diligently with the whole school community including students, teachers, support staff and parents to raise awareness of our anti-bullying policies. We implement cross-curricular approaches to tackling bullying and coach our students about different prevention and intervention strategies. Our anti-bullying campaigns and whole-school approach are embedded into the ISM school ethos. We instil compassion and care in every student who attends and graduates from The International School of Moscow. 

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Student Leadership

The Student Council plays an increasingly important role in ensuring student concerns, ideas and issues are heard and resolved. 

We also deploy Peer Mentors, when older and younger students are paired together, so that the younger students can benefit from the experience and knowledge of their older peers. The older students develop communication, leadership, empathy and moral reasoning skills.

Students’ Physical Health

In addition to pastoral care, we also ensure that our students’ physical health is properly cared for. We have an excellent on-site catering company that provides daily nutritious and healthy lunches. 

As well as PE lessons, the school day is structured so that students have enough free time to run around and play outside. Students are also encouraged to take part in physical activity during their enrichment lessons or after school clubs.

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