25. April 2012 13:11
The International Community School is pleased to announce its recent accreditation by the National Autistic Society (NAS). The NAS Accreditation programme provides an autism-specific quality assurance programme for hundreds of organisations throughout the UK and across the world. By providing a unified standard of excellence and a systematic framework for continuous self-examination and development, the NAS aims to continuously improve the quality of service provision for people with autism and Asperger syndrome.
This is the latest of several accreditations that the International Community School currently holds. ICS is accredited to deliver the IB Primary Years Programme, IB Middle Years Programme, and IB Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate Programme. Additionally, we are accredited by the British Council which sets the standard for English Language teaching and learning.
ICS has long has a philosophy of educating the whole child and helping each student to meet their individual potential. We do not believe in a standardised “best” or in “fixing” children. As an international school of students and faculty from around the world, we know that our strength is in our diversity. Each student brings their unique perspective, interests, affinities, and strengths to the school. By focusing on this rather than deficit our students are able to develop and achieve.
Our view is that both socially-typical and socially-atypical students all gain from their interactions with each other. They learn to be more flexible thinkers and to have a greater understanding of communication and problem solving. We are very proud of our student population and all the efforts they make to engage with each other in peaceful and respectful ways. In our accreditation report the NAS gave special recognition to our students for how well they supported one another.
I would like to thank all of the ICS community for all your efforts that help ICS continue to be an international leader in inclusive education.
By Alan Andrew, Director of Student Support and Philip Hurd, Head of School