Principal's Message


A very warm welcome to the International Community School (ICS), Amman, Jordan.
 
My name is Matthew Savage, and I am delighted and honoured to be able to lead this wonderful school.
 
Firstly and, most importantly, ICS is the home of #themonalisaeffect, our unique brand of personalised learning which ensures that the entire learning experience is tailored to the strengths and needs of each individual student. Inclusivity is enshrined in all that we do, and we are proud to be able to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of ability and need, from the very most able Oxbridge or Ivy League aspirant to students with mild to moderate learning or physical needs or difficulties, and everyone in between.
 
ICS is a school with a big heart. Almost everyone who visits mentions the atmosphere of warmth and kindness, which is palpable among our students and staff. We are also a non-proprietary and non-profit organisation, so that all income is used to benefit our students and their education. We are very focused on ‘giving back’ to our host country, in the form of student community service and collecting money and other resources for the needy: indeed, our PSA (Parent Staff Association) gives 40% of all funds raised each year to local charities. In addition, we are the regional hub for Polio Points, a unique student reward programme which incentivises positive attitudes to learning and global citizenship through the promise of humanitarian aid.
 
ICS is without doubt the most international of all international schools in Jordan, and, indeed, the Middle East. Our ever-growing cohort of students (approaching 700 from K to Y13) is represented by children from over 65 different nations - a wonderful advantage in terms of our key aim of developing truly global citizens! This amazing mix of nationalities, cultures, religions and world views is brought together in an attractive purpose built campus, set in an area of natural beauty between downtown Amman and the city’s airport. ICS also places a great deal emphasis on the health, safety and well-being of the children in our care. To complement the work of our dedicated School Counsellor and Learning Mentor, we have a strong pastoral programme focused on developing independence, resilience and self-esteem, where we encourage students to view ‘failure’ as one of the necessary steps to success. We place a premium on providing a warm and caring emotional and physical environment where children feel safe, valued and respected, including a focus on ‘Student Voice’ which ensures that everyone feels a sense of belonging and empowerment.
 
Another strength of the school is our curriculum. As a ‘British style’ school, we follow the National Curriculum of England and Wales, which helps us to maintain very high standards of pedagogy and practice, and also supports effective learning and teaching across both Primary and Secondary. Children at ICS start school in our specialist early learning centre (FS1 and FS2) and then proceed through KS1 (Y1 and Y2) and KS2 (Y3 to Y6), moving on to take the GCSE exams in Y11 and A Levels at the end of Y13. Whilst benefiting from the rigour of the UK curriculum, we are also able to adapt our curriculum, and learning and teaching, to fit more closely our international context. This includes focusing parts of our programmes of study in history, geography and the arts, on areas that are more relevant to our location and our international cohort, and, in general, researching and hybridising best global pedagogy and practice.
 
In addition to the priority given to ‘Student Voice’, we are also committed to ‘Parent Voice’. The home-school relationship is crucial to ensuring that students receive the most effective education possible. Therefore we know it is essential to listen carefully to your ideas and opinions. We have a strong and vibrant PSA, and a comprehensive ‘Parents as Partners’ programme, which includes Parent Forums providing opportunities for the Principal and Heads of Primary and Secondary to consult you on important issues during the academic year. I am especially proud of the school’s Guiding Principles, which have been developed with the support of the entire ICS community - students, parents and staff. I firmly believe the seven ICS core values of Integrity, Happiness, Equity, Challenge, Compassion, Respect and Determination will more effectively prepare our children to be successful global citizens, help them attain their full academic potential and better guarantee their future social and economic well-being.
 
Finally, as with any of the very best international schools in the world, the best way to learn more about us is to visit, and we welcome all visitors with open arms. Should this not be possible, please feel free to contact me directly at principal@ics.edu.jo, and I would be happy to answer any questions or share more fully what constitutes the ICS experience. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact Ian Hopkins, the Head of Primary (primaryhead@ics.edu.jo), or Gary Webster, Acting Head of Secondary (secondaryhead@ics.edu.jo).
 
With best wishes 
 
Matthew Savage
Acting Principal