International Education

International Preparatory School

(VAT PT 501 519 246), Rua da Lagoa 171, Bicesse, 2645-344 Alcabideche, Portugal
Tel: (+351) 214 570 149 / 914 997 440 / 962 568 024
Fax: (+351)
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Head Teacher - Robert Taylor
Deputy Head - Teresa de Almeida
General Manager - Lars Heger

Full time:   7 men, 28 women
Part time:   0 men, 1 women
Nationalities:  6   CURRICULUM AND EXAMS:

:   UK,

Age Range: 3-11
Total Enrolment: 256
Nationalities: 33
129 boys, 127 girls
Pre-School: 58
Infants: 73
Junior: 125
Senior: 0

Day only: € 7565-€ 10475
Other Fees: Enrolment (once) €1, 300; Registration (annual) € 600
Learning Support Programme
The International Preparatory School (IPS) is a co-educational day school offering British primary education to children from three years to eleven years. It has recently moved to a purpose built eco premise, fully equiped for two streams from Nursery to Year 6.
It is approved by the British Service Children's Education Authority (SCEA). The National Curriculum Keystage 1 and 2 tests are assessed and verified by the relevant authorities. The school is also a member of the Stichting 'Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland' (NOB) and the CITO test is administered.
IPS serves the needs of the international community from embassies to multinational companies. The students represent 30 nationalities, 60% of whom are native English speakers. Class size averages 17 students and all pre-school and infant classes have at least one assistant.
The full standard range of subjects is taught and much emphasis is given to the multicultural nature of the school when researching topics for geography and history. Computers are used throughout the curriculum and are all networked and have access to the Internet. Provision is made for EAL and special needs students. Portuguese is taught from Reception up; French is an additional subject in Years 6. A comprehensive library is used extensively.
The school is situated north of Estoril, with good access to Cascais and the A5 motorway to Lisbon. A car journey to Lisbon will typically be about 30 minutes. Door-to-door transportation is also available.
The school day is from 09: 00 until 15: 30. Hot lunches are available. The school year runs from September to July with Christmas, Easter and half-term breaks.
Admission depends on a reports from previous schools and an interview with parents.