Student Support

Ensuring the welfare of our pupils in an efficient and caring manner is among FIS' priorities

Our Student Services (Vie Scolaire) and Health Services, present on all our 4 campuses, work closely with our teaching teams and the University Guidance department. As they get to interact with the students on a daily basis, their action efficiently contributes towards the students' success, safety and well-being.

Putting our students in the best conditions to succeed

A dedicated team

At FIS, the Student Services team (Vie Scolaire) works with both our Primary and Secondary students, meeting them in the morning as they reach school, monitoring their daily attendance and punctuality and following up on all matters of discipline. They are a precious intermediary between teachers, students and parents and have a close relationship with families. In the international Stream, a comprehensive pastoral care programme is managed by two Directors of Learning.

Additionally, the students develop strong bonds with their form tutors, who offer their guidance and advice throughout their entire Secondary school life.

Educational and academic support

Moreover, if and when necessary, the team coordinates various support or remediation actions in conjunction with the teaching teams, in order to overcome specific, personal difficulties and help each and every student reach their full potential. This Individual Needs Program is organized around two approaches:

  • Academic and methodological support provided by an Educational Assistant, in collaboration with the teacher concerned;
  • Peer tutoring, which comes as an opportunity for lower and upper Secondary students to get involved in a positive way to help out their fellow students.

Civic Education / Health Education

Specific programmes and workshops are organized throughout the school year by the Student Services and Health Services in order to raise awareness on various topics among our Secondary students.  This is done through Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) for the International Stream, or Comité d'éducation à la santé et à la citoyenneté (CESC) for the French Stream students.

Discussed topics are numerous and varied, ranging from public health issues (nutrition, smoking, drugs, sleep, etc.) to more school-related topics, such as bullying, university guidance, learning how to be an organized student, etc.

Ensure collective and personal fulfilment

Health and well-being

Our Health Assistants are an attentive presence to try and detect potential signs of disquiet or malaise and help the students overcome them, while respecting the confidentiality they are bound to. 

With an educational (prevention and Health education) and medical (first aid) role, FIS' Health Assistants play an important part in supporting the students and maintaining a caring environment for them.

Conflict Resolution

In order to deal as efficiently as possible with potential cases of bullying, a dedicated Anti-Bullying cell has been set up at school.

Our approach is centered around the Method of Shared Concern, also known as Pikas Method, for which the staff has received a special training.

 

Special-needs students

The French Stream closely supervises its students who require special attention, whether for medical or educational reasons:

- students who suffer from a chronic disease;

- students with dyslexia, dysorthographia, dysphasia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia;

- intellectually precocious ("gifted") students;

- disabled students;

- students facing great learning or adaptation difficulties.  

Depending on the student's situation, a Projet d'Accueil Individualisé (PAI) or Plan d'Accompagnement Personnalisé (PAP) can be set up, leading to potential adjustments for the student.

In order to maximise comfort, our students may meet with specialized psychologists, speech therapist, occupational therapist, etc. in our premises on certain days and at certain times. Some specialists may also intervene during class on a temporary or regular basis, collaboratively with the teacher.

At FIS International Stream Primary, we aspire to meet the needs of all its students. There is a limited number of places available for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) whose individual requirements can be met in a mainstream setting, through the provision of a differentiated curriculum. The number of places is determined by the level of student need within the SEN programme at the time.

All prospective students are assessed to ensure they meet the curriculum requirements. We accept a wide range of abilities in younger years, with admission becoming more selective the higher up the school an application is made. 

Parents of students receiving SEN support are required to work closely with the teaching team who may decide that your child needs the support of outside experts who work with the School, including speech therapists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists. 

Students with a SEN will have an individual education plan (IEP), which will be reviewed with parents each term. 

The school also supports students whose academic ability significantly exceeds that of their peers. Our curriculum provides challenge and choice. 

For added convenience,  our students may meet with specialised psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, etc. on our premises on certain days and times. Some specialists may also intervene during school hours on an ad hoc or regular basis, collaboratively with the teacher.

We accept a wide range of abilities in the Secondary section of the International school.  All prospective students are assessed to ensure they meet the curriculum requirements, taking into account previous school reports, a recommendation letter from the most recent school and from speaking with a Senior Leader during a short face-to-face or online interview.  Once a child has joined the school, a baseline assessment (CAT4) during the first year will help to determine any support that the school can give each child in their learning.

Parents of students currently receiving SEN support are required to work closely with the pastoral Deputy Heads, who may advise that your child needs the support of outside experts who work with the School, including speech therapists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists. Teachers will receive copies of advice given in any reports on how best to support your child in the classroom, and Senior Leaders will review progress from time to time to ensure that each child is receiving the recommended support.

The school is able to apply to examination boards for extra time and other support (where applicable) for public examinations for years 10/11 in IGCSE Cambridge International Assessments examinations and for years 12/13 in the International Baccalaureate examinations. 

FIS also supports students whose academic ability significantly exceeds that of their peers, as identified by the CAT4 baseline assessment or internal assessments that form the grades achieved in formal school reports. Our curriculum provides challenge and choice, be it in the IMYC, IGCSE or IB Diploma.

For added convenience, our students may meet with a student counsellor on our premises on certain days and times during the week to provide welfare and emotional support. Appointments can be made by students and parents, and these meetings are confidential.

In summary for the 2 streams

Parents whose child has specific/special needs are encouraged to consult directly with the FIS Admissions team before applying to the school, to discuss the needs of their child and understand what reasonable accommodation can be provided by the School with regards to the application process, admission and overall schooling of their child at FIS.