ICS summer schools are British Council accredited

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and education. They have an accreditation unit for English Language schools called Accreditation UK. This department gives an assurance of quality to international students who are studying English language in the UK.

The British Council has accredited ICS's summer school for 30 years. The standards cover all aspects of a school. This includes management, resources & environment. It also reviews teaching & learning, welfare & student services, and the care of under 18s. The British Council highlights excellence as an area of strength.

In our last report, ICS received 30 areas of strength. This places ICS in the top 10% of English Language schools in the UK. The EL Gazette reviews all British Council reports. It has awarded ICS its Centre of Excellence mark.

There has been a good exchange of ideas between ICS and British Council over the years. The British Council relies on seeing how the best schools work. They then build the criteria to judge other schools. Our relationship with the Council will continue to develop.

ICS, under Alma Learning Group, will bring in new courses this summer. This includes two courses aimed for older teenagers.


Choose one of our British Council accredited courses this summer by booking here.


French, Spanish and Mandarin - ICS expands its language provision

The reasons for learning a new language are varied, but the importance of learning foreign languages is universal: it will always benefit you in one way or another. 

Language learning helps develop a respect for, and understanding of, other languages and cultures. The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to the concept of an international education that promotes multilingualism and intercultural understanding, both of which are central to the school’s mission.

Here at ICS languages matter to us.

We are very pleased to announce that from September 2017, there will be a choice of 3 languages for children aged 3 – 18.

In addition to Spanish and Mandarin we will offer French to children as a Second Language.

Furthermore, opportunities exist for speakers of all world languages to study their First Language.

If you need any further information, please feel free to contact us: admissions@ics.uk.net.

ICS named Top 10 Small Independent IB School in the UK

Today, we are very happy to announce that International Community School has been named one of the top IB schools in the UK by IB-schools.eu.

Each year, this website  ranks each of the country's IB schools based on the IB averages for that year. This year, we are among the top 10 small schools and have been presented with a trophy to mark our success.

This announcement arrives following a year where we saw one of our 2016 IB alumni awarded a place to study mathematics at University of Oxford.

Brenda Murray, ICS Secondary Principal said,

"This really is a trophy for our students who achieved excellent results and is a tribute to our outstanding staff who yet again have brought the very best out of our students."

Joanna Cooper, the IB Diploma Coordinator, said,

"With our school average score now well above the international average, our students are achieving their first choice university placements both in the UK and internationally. North American applicants are also the beneficiaries of advanced placement and valuable scholarships.”