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The School:

The International School of Madrid is a leading private British school, conveniently located in the Charmartín neighbourhood in the centre of Madrid. Since 1971 we have offered an excellent, broad and balanced education to students from around the world. Now home to over 800 pupils aged between 1 and 18, the school follows the English National Curriculum and is known for its child-centred approach, happy atmosphere and high standards of academic achievement.

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Our Aims and Values:

The International School of Madrid is an inclusive school which welcomes and values all of its students and their families. We aim to create a family atmosphere where children feel safe and secure and in which there is fluid communication between home and school.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum which:

  • promotes the academic, spiritual, physical, cultural and moral development of students;
  • prepares children for adult life and encourages them to become good citizens – showing respect, loyalty and friendship towards others;
  • allows children to become fluent and proficient users of the English and Spanish languages.

Our goal is to provide a high quality education which:

  • promotes high standards of achievement and allows all children to develop to the best of their ability, both personally and academically;
  • generates high levels of student engagement and enthusiasm and allows students to become confident, secure and independent learners.


Our Philosophy:

We want to prepare students for the world of the 21st Century.

Our job is to educate. And whilst education obviously includes teaching, the former word has a much wider meaning. We attempt to continue and complement the education which children have already begun in their homes, by adding to this professional direction and instruction, attention to the learning process of children, and the transmission of learning skills and techniques so that the student develops the ability to learn independently. ISM encourages children in active rather than passive learning. No amount of book learning can make up for an equal period of first-hand experience.

Education also includes a spiritual and moral dimension. We want our children to become worthy citizens of whatever country they may live in when they grow up. We are educating them - children of different races, backgrounds and beliefs - to live together in peace and harmony, appreciating and understanding each other's cultures and points of view. Our theme is not 'I teach, you learn.' No! We prefer 'We are all here together to learn from each other'. And the basis of this philosophy is respect - for classmates and companions, mutual respect between adults and pupils, respect for property, for rules, etc. Without respect there cannot be discipline, nor can there be a happy learning environment. Thus there is an important emphasis on these values. At ISM the education of the whole person and education for life are the principal aims around which the curriculum revolves.

We endeavour to be a happy school. One big family where everybody knows each other and lasting friendships are formed. We encourage self-expression, individual ability and talent, not just academic but also in sports and the arts. We are proud of the adults that our students grow up to become.


Religious Education:

In line with our philosophy, Religion is an optional subject at ISM. For those who choose to take this subject, Christian morals and doctrine are taught, along with a broad overview of other major faiths. In Reception and Year 1 Christian stories are told but most of the emphasis is on correct behaviour, the reasons for the same and respect for others in one’s society and environment. From Year 2 up there is more attention to Catholic doctrine, especially in Year 4 when pupils are offered the chance to prepare for First Communion. In Secondary, pupils can be prepared for Confirmation. Pupils who do not attend Religion lessons have an additional lesson of personal, social, health and citizenship education as the alternative.



Founded by Anne Mazón in 1971 as the International Primary School, the school initially had just 38 students and was based in the El Viso neighbourhood in Madrid. It was Mrs Mazón’s philosophy and vision which helped shape and guide the school and which still underpins everything we believe in today.

Mrs Mazón, along with a small number of other pioneers of British education in Spain at the time, recognised that there was a need to create a body to help regulate the British schools. They wanted to ensure that the highest level of British education was taught to students and so, along with a handful of British Schools founded the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS) in 1978.

Due to rapid growth, the school moved to larger, custom built premises in Charmartín in 1986. Today this building houses the Primary department. In 1996, following demand from parents and the introduction of ESO in Spanish schools, IPS expanded into the Secondary sector and became known as the International School of Madrid. Mr Michael Wickham was employed as the Head of Secondary to oversee the development, beginning with 45 pupils in Years 7 to 10. The first Cambridge IGCSEs were taken in 1998 and the first A-levels in 1999.

The school continued to expand and so in 2000 a purpose built Secondary building was opened. Just a short walk from Primary, Secondary is now home to 350 students and contains science laboratories, a computer suite, library, art room, sports hall and large outdoor area, in addition to the 13 classrooms.

With the needs of our parents evolving, and the understanding that development begins at a young age, in 2016 we met the demand of parents looking for high quality early years education and created our new pre-school department in our new, specially designed Infant building, right next door to Primary.