Relocating to London should be an exciting time for any family, but the ongoing success of that transition frequently depends on the support and welcome from the new community. We are proud to have an award winning Transitions Programme designed to ensure our new families settle into their new lives. The ISL Transition Team ensure the continuity and development of the programme.
All members of the ISL community, including the school administration, teachers, students and the Parent Teachers Association (PTA), play an integral role in the transitions process.
Important parts of the Transitions process include an Orientation Day, Family Meet and Greet, Buddy systems and regular workshops looking at living in London, identity and culture and moving on.
Award Winning Transitions Team
The 2018-19 academic year was especially significant for the Transitions Team, winning two awards from relocation industry experts; Relocate & ARP, for providing outstanding support to our community.
Here is what our current families said about their transition into ISL:
“What really made a difference were the first few weeks and the great sense of community surrounding ISL. Once the initial dust has settled you realise that most of the staff already know your child's name (and yours as their parent) whereas you vaguely remember their face. You walk around Chiswick and Ealing and you are greeted by parents who live in your neighbourhood and point you towards the direction of the best dentist or yoga studio. All this creates an atmosphere of safety and warmth that is really hard to attach words to. I think the quality of the ISL transition comes down to the strong school community, and a feeling of togetherness which is spontaneous, caring and informal. Sometimes you feel you made the right choice in life - for us, ISL feels like one of those rare occasions.” - Evangelos Raptis, G2 Parent
“Our son started in the ISL Diploma College. Moving so late during the high school years is a tricky moment. Now, six months further, we look back at a very smooth transition! When we applied to the school in Mid-May, our son was promptly invited to join three Taster Days in June. A great start: an early introduction to the school and his peers. This set our son up for a restful summer without the stress of thinking too much about his future life.” - Prem Koster, G 12 parent
ISL organises regular transition workshops for parents, led by school counsellor, Elizabeth Rawson-Jones. Participants get to meet other parents, share experiences of life on the move, learn what to expect at different stages of transition and strategies to help them adjust.
Transitions workshops takes place from 08.45-10.00 on the following Mondays:
The Way Forward: Entering Transition - Monday 14th October 2019
Living in London Doesn’t Have To Be Hard - Monday 13th January 2020
Third Culture Kids: Identity and Culture - Monday 16th March 2020
Moving on or Staying? How have we
changed? - Monday 1st June 2020