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  • Authentically International

    "International" is more than a label here. It is at the very core of everything we do and how we do it.

    Students coming to school in the morning

  • Transferable Curriculum

    A curriculum handpicked for its international focus and global recognition, culminating in the IB Program.

    Students at the British International School of Washington

  • Inspiring Each Other

    Our students will embrace your child with open arms. Our students inspire each other to succeed.

    IPC Curriculum- Walk in the woods

  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire excellence.

    Teacher and student at the British International School Washington

  • Your New Community

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one you and your child will feel at home with us.

    excited students at the British International School of Washington

  • Every Day is Different

    Your child will experience something new every day. Find out what's happening and connect with each other.

    Build a plane launch

  • Ask Anything

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Patricia Etherington

Director of Learning Support (SENCO)

Patricia Etherington oversees the school's SEND policy and line manages the Learning Support team. Ms Etherington is responsible for assessing, planning and monitoring the progress of children with SEND, and she works with Head Teachers to determine the strategic development of the SEND provision.

I am passionate about education and the result of supporting young people to challenge themselves and achieve their potential. Before my SEND roles, most of my career was within the Performing Arts. Whilst I am fervent about the Arts, my interest in SEND has been ever-present. I believe inclusive practice promotes a culture of equal opportunity, high attainment, integration and respect for others. In addition to achieving the NASENCO award, I have completed qualifications in educational testing, and I am registered with the British Psychology Society. My previous schools include the top state school in the North of England, Ripon Grammar. I moved with my family to the USA in August 2020 and am part of the Diplomatic community. I enjoy fine dining, dance, and yoga in my spare time, and I am an avid singer.

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    High Impact Teaching

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