About Us

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.

Michael Wickham

Head of Secondary

Rich Cook

Head of Primary

Our Philosophy

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 teach children values and to be good and responsible citizens.

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

Our Aims

An inclusive school which welcomes and values all of its students and their families, we aim to create a family/community 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, whatever their native tongue is.

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.
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