The Primary School includes children from 4 to 11 years of age. Children are accepted into Primary Kindergarten in the year in which they will be four and remain in this setting for three years.
Once students have successfully completed Grade 5, they transfer to the Secondary School. There is a transition programme between Primary and Secondary to facilitate this move.
The Primary School Library
Over the last few years the Primary School has significantly increased in numbers and expanded to two-forms of entry and is now housed in three buildings: EC2 which opened in March 2009 and marked the establishment of Eurocampus, EC4 which houses the Grade 4 and 5 classes and EC5 which houses the Primary Kindergarten classes. The School also shares the site and buildings with the Deutsche Schule Toulouse thus enhancing the international nature of the campus. The classrooms are bright and airy and contain an outstanding range of teaching resources providing a stimulating learning environment. All the classrooms have their own interactive whiteboard, internet and intranet access. Specialist teaching rooms provide additional space and resources for specialist subject teaching in Music, French and Sport. Two Primary Activity rooms provide space for art and technology activities. There is also a Library which provides a great range of books in many languages and an adjacent Media Centre which provides both books and computers for research.
Sport and French are taught by specialist teachers who are French first language speakers. The PE Department also has the benefit of a purpose built Sports Hall together with an all-weather pitch.
Within Primary we aim to develop students with the learning skills and positive personal outlook necessary to be able to accept the challenges of a fast-changing world. This means equipping students with a wide range of traditional academic skills as well as modern technological skills. Even more importantly, developing critical thinking skills, including the willingness to consider a range of options and select the most appropriate. In this way children learn to make informed choices. We encourage all children to take an active role in their own learning.
Our Student Support department provides support for a range of needs including English as an additional language, specific learning or behavioural or emotional needs and for students who are gifted or talented. Support for the range of needs is dependent on the availability of support staff. If a child is offered a place at IST with an identified need then parents may be required to provide the support of a 1:1 Teaching Assistant.
It is our aim at the International School of Toulouse to provide and promote a school environment that is safe and stimulating for the children in our care. The ethos of the school is positive and we have high expectations of behaviour. We are committed to fostering and promoting good behaviour for all students and eliminating all forms of discrimination, harassment and bullying. In order to ensure this, we have agreed procedures to create a calm, secure and happy working environment for all. Bullying is not tolerated at IST and the school has an Anti-Bullying Policy.
Children in the Primary School wear a school uniform.