International Primary School

A Message from the Principal

All primary aged children thrive at ICS. They enjoy the personalized attention of a highly qualified faculty, small class sizes and a high teacher-to-student ratio.

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme ICS London offers, is a world-renowned curriculum that balances academic rigor with a holistic education. The inquiry-based approach encourages students to make connections across subject areas within real-world contexts and our academic results place ICS students far above global averages in core subjects.

Our strong social and emotional curriculum builds the essential characteristics of future leaders. Students explore ideas related to making friends, problem-solving and empathy. Our faculty care deeply about the students and by actively supporting their well-being, we ensure both social and academic success.

We encourage you to come and meet us and see our community of dedicated lifelong learners in action. I look forward to meeting you on a tour of our school.

Sally Thorogood
Principal, ICS London Primary School

Primary Education at ICS London – The Perfect Start

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Our Primary campus, a day school just a few minutes from the Secondary site, is home to Early Years students and those on the Primary Years Programme (PYP, ages 3-11).

Children may enrol at ICS London from the age of three, and at any point during the school year. We have the staff and facilities to meet the needs of students coming from overseas, as well as those already residing in London.


With two teachers per Early Years’ class providing ample care and attention, we make sure the challenge of starting a new school is a positive one for all our younger students.

Further information about the Early Years and PYP programmes can be found in the Academic Life section.

Inclusion, Respect and Community

Primary education at ICS London is founded upon five principles: achievement; inclusion; compassion; safety; and global engagement. We want to instil a lifelong love of learning that will help all our students become everything they can be!

As well as high achievers, we want our students to be happy, responsible citizens who strive to make the world a better place. To this end, ICS London also promotes what the Department for Education calls fundamental British values: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect and tolerance.

These principles and values inform our approach to primary education at every level, ensuring that we remain inclusive to students with differing education needs, that every student is equally valued, and that students recognise the importance of democracy and individual freedoms.

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Assessment and Achievement

Primary students are assessed regularly through teacher monitoring, observation, conferencing with children and the use of formal testing materials. As well as high academic performance, we want to see high levels of conceptual understanding, attitudes and behaviour in order to track the development of the child as a whole. Students are encouraged to set their own academic targets, to take some responsibility for their own learning, and perform self-assessments.

As well as updates throughout the school year, parents receive formal, written progress reports each December and June, followed by an in-depth report at the end of the Summer Term.

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