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Philosophy and Objectives

Our Purpose

The International School of Toulouse was created to provide a high quality, international education in English for students from a variety of backgrounds thus helping to facilitate the global mobility of families.


IST Mission Statement

As an international school we aim to create a friendly, safe and supportive environment for our students whether benefiting from an IST education for one year or fifteen.

We recognise the importance of maintaining a quality staff at IST and are committed to providing ongoing opportunities for development and creativity allowing us all to make best use of our modern facilities and outstanding resources.

As a team we provide an inspiring, balanced and innovative curriculum ensuring that each student achieves to the maximum of their ability

As a community we celebrate and value our cultural diversity and we actively promote international mindedness.

Together we will enable our students to flourish as open-minded, confident and independent young people with a lifelong desire to learn and the will to have a positive impact on the world around them.


IST Learner Profile Attributes

As members of an IB World School we strive to be:

INQUIRERS: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

KNOWLEDGEABLE: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

THINKERS: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

COMMUNICATORS: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

PRINCIPLED: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

OPEN-MINDED: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

CARING: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

RISK-TAKERS: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

BALANCED: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

REFLECTIVE: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.



As members of the IST community we also strive to be:

CREATIVE: We are open to the opinions and ideas of others and are not afraid to put forward our own. We make inventive connections between diverse sources with a keen desire to understand, use and build on the ideas we encounter. When faced with unexpected or challenging problems we use our imagination, intuition and reason to question further and think deeper, pushing ourselves to reach new conclusions or solutions.

RESILIENT: We value perseverance and self-motivation. We are mindful and recognise the need for self-knowledge and self-awareness to help us face emotional, intellectual and physical challenges. We know that to succeed we may first have to overcome difficulty or even failure. This awareness is a positive source of motivation for us and we are eager to learn from our mistakes thereby improving our understanding, and furthering our skills and our knowledge.  





Our Practice

Students are encouraged to become responsible, self-confident individuals, independent, lifelong learners and to acquire and apply transferable skills. As international citizens, they are taught to be tolerant, co-operative and welcoming, to respect themselves and others, and to be sensitive to the values and culture of the local community. They are prepared for their next stage of learning and to take their place in a global society.

As valued partners in the educational process, parents are encouraged to participate formally and informally in the life of our school.

Staff are valued and regularly undertake professional development. We are creative, flexible and adaptable, ready to take on new roles and responsibilities.

We work as a team to develop and deliver, within a coherent whole-school framework, education programmes with international credibility. We work to adopt inter-disciplinary approaches to subject delivery, employ a range of methods and educational resources to help promote creativity, independence and flexibility in students. We deploy ICT appropriately to maximize student learning.

Staff aspire to motivate and inspire our students, and to be positive role models for them. We seek to develop relationships with the local community and with other schools nationally and internationally.

Students, parents and staff work together to contribute significantly to the success of the whole school.