Welcome to our international line
Our school is a vibrant, warm and inspiring place for children to learn. Our highly skilled teachers are developing the children’s natural curiosity to explore the world around them, from a very young age. We do our best to engage children’s intrinsic desire to learn and we hope this will remain throughout their lives.
We believe children achieve their best when there is a strong partnership between home and school. Our core values to Learn, Respect and Succeed are central to both pastoral and academic learning.
We provide opportunities to experience life beyond the classroom and follow a holistic approach to our teaching and learning. As much as possible, learning is planned in a cross curricular way and the whole school focuses on a central topic.
We believe that learning is not only achieved at a desk in the classroom, so we include as many educational excursions, visiting speakers and activities as we can, to enrich the children’s learning.
In addition to this, there is an extensive extra curricular activities programme with a wide variety of sports and activities to enable all children to further develop their interests and friendship groups.
ISO is a school where your children can achieve academically and become confident, independent and globally aware.
We follow the National Curriculum for England. As relevant the curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of our international children studying in Romania. However, the main principles and values of the curriculum and British system are implemented. Throughout the primary years, children are encouraged to learn both practically and academically and all work is monitored to ensure that they are making expected progress, according to their personal ability.
We encourage the children to take pride in their achievements and adopt an independent and self-reliant approach to school. Particular attention is given to the social and emotional development of all children.
Our team of professional teachers and support staff have many years experience working with families in an international primary school. We are therefore confident in our ability to support families when moving to a new school or country. If you would like to know more, or take a tour of the school and meet the children and teachers please contact the school admissions team and we will be happy to show you around.
Our Year Groups
In this key stage are Years 1 & 2. The curriculum is structured with core and foundation subjects. The core subjects are:
The foundation subjects are:
- Art and Design
- Design Technology
- Modern Foreign Languages*
- Physical Education.
*Romanian is taught from Year 1 and continues through all Key Stages. Parents can choose if they wish their child to participate in the 1st or additional language lessons. Two lessons are offered per week.
Starting school is an important event in the life of any child and family. At ISO we aim to make your child’s first day of school a very positive experience and to make the transition to the new school environment as smooth as possible.
They spend a few hours in the classroom with their future colleagues and meet their future teacher. At the end of the summer holiday there is an additional transition activity so that the children can refresh their memory (and hopefully excitement) by visiting again.
They will be met by members of the Student Council – the Prefects – who will give them a tour of the school and introduce them to the staff, including their class teacher. The children and parents can spend this time with the class teacher getting to know the classroom and each other.
Parents can also take this opportunity to meet some of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) – Friends of ISO.
These parents (and all of the parents) are an excellent wealth of knowledge about the school and a great support!
From the first day, all parents are encouraged to leave their children with the teacher and not to bring them into the building. Whatever your child’s reaction to school, remember that the teachers will have seen it all before and they are familiar and prepared to handle the children who are worried on their first days of school.
Moreover, they will contact you if there are any problems and your child is distressed. All new children are assigned a “buddy” to help them to settle in. Buddies provide a friendly face, helping hand, and helping information which can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at ISO.
A typical ISO school day
Getting ready for lunch
Check out our primary curriculum
This includes the recognition that the children have different learning needs, including the need for extra support with English.
Many of our pupils already speak enough English to access our curriculum, but for those who cannot we provide support both within the classroom and in separate specialist classes as necessary.
Our staff are extremely experienced in welcoming children and parents from all around the world for whom English is not their mother tongue. We deal with children of all levels, from those who do not speak or understand a word, to those who simply need a little extra support with spelling or grammar.
An individual approach
We appreciate that moving to a new country can be a difficult time for parents and children alike, and that the challenge of learning a new language can cause extra concerns.
We are here to listen to those concerns and to help you and your child settle into school as quickly and smoothly as possible and this process starts from the very first time that you contact the admissions department.
We treat all children as individuals and work hard to understand the specific situation and needs.
What is the EAL programme used for?
Students who are new to learning English will begin by learning vocabulary needed to express their everyday needs and for normal school life. This will then be built upon as they progress and gain in knowledge and confidence.
The level of support given to EAL beginners will be more intense when they first join ISO and a wide range of resources will be used to support learning.
The children also need to be able to work in their classroom on the same lessons as their classmates. Of course this is not easy when you are at the early stages of understanding and using English. So the class teachers differentiate the lessons to enable all children to take part.
One of the most important ways you can help your child is by reading with them in English and their mother tongue. We will provide graded books and resources (in English) appropriate to your child’s level to support you with this, but please do not forget the importance of your child’s first language – they should continue to use their mother tongue as well as English.
At ISO we not only look after the academic progress and achievement of our children but also regarding emotional, physical health, mental health and wellbeing as a top priority.
As such, we have developed and established a network of support, advice and care that enables children to flourish emotionally and socially, which will in turn help them to thrive academically.
Our pastoral structure is such that no child will have to look too far before finding the support they need. At all times parents are part of that support framework by working in close partnership with the school via their child’s class teacher, Wellbeing Leader, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher or Director, who will make themselves available to talk in confidence about any concerns should they arise.
There is a fully trained school nurse available throughout the school day to assist should a child fall ill or have an accident and become physically injured or hurt.
Our school fees represent the best value amongst international schools in Romania. We have the lowest fees overall, including application fees, compared to other British style international schools in the country. There are no extras (‘campus’ or ‘development’ fees), and many of our extensive range of extracurricular activities are free of charge. ISO is a private, fee-paying school. School fees are revised annually by the Board. Fees may be payable in installments by arrangement with the Finance Department.
School Fees for the Academic Year 2022/2023
8:30 - 15:00
400 € registration fee
Book Fee (annual) - 100 €
First payment (20%) by 15.04.2022
*The price is calculated in EURO (6270 € / year)
15:00 - 17:00 - option of extra-curricular activities
Book a visit
At ISO we accept applications throughout the academic year, based on space availability. We welcome boys and girls of all races, religions and cultures. If you need more details or wish to pay us a visit, please let us know and we will come back to you as soon as possible.