QIS is a caring community and we provide a range of professionally staffed services to support students in their learning, as well as to look out for their social, emotional and physical well-being. All staff from tutors to class teachers, administration leaders and specialist support staff all play an important role in this support network.

Pastoral Care

The pastoral care of all our students is the responsibility of the whole community.  At QIS the way we treat, talk to, interact with and teach our students will all contribute to the quality of our pastoral care.

QIS operates a year system and every student is placed in a tutor group.  The tutors are led by a Head of Progress for each year group.  The main focus for pastoral care, initially, will be the tutor as they will greet their students at the start of each day.  Tutors will report pastoral concerns to their Head of Progress who will have regular meetings with the Deputy Head of Secondary, Miss Lofkin.

You can contact Miss Lofkin should you require any additional information about our pastoral care services by email: lofkina@qis.org or telephone 4483 3456 ext 229.

Learning Support

We are dedicated to help students to access the curriculum on offer. We strive for each student to walk into a positive environment where they feel safe, secure and happy in their learning, so they can achieve their highest potential. At QIS, our staff take the time to really get to know their students and are keen to enable all learners to progress.

All students access a mainstream education where they can develop alongside their peers and be a full part of our community. In order for this to be achieved, we ensure that all students are assisted with strategies to facilitate their learning, in order for them to succeed independently. This takes place on an individual basis, depending on the need of the student. They can also be supported in class through small changes in the classroom, which can make a big difference to accessibility of the work at hand. Parents, teachers and students can bring their concerns to the department and if needed, external agencies can be contacted to aid with assessments. We work closely with the School Counsellor for a variety of behavioural issues, as often these can be resolved in our school setting.

If a student has an Assessment Report from an external agency, then they will meet with the department to create their own Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Pupil Passport. These are shared with the student’s teachers only and include specific targets that are tracked and changed when necessary. Having a BPS Registered Test User on the staff also means that at the Key Stage 4/5 exam stage pupils with additional needs can be tested and awarded access arrangements where necessary. Where a student is attending individual therapy such as Speech and Language Therapy (SLT), or Occupational Therapy (OT), then we appreciate termly progress reports must be submitted.

Our policy is that all students require a formal external assessment before they become part of the SEN (Special Educational Need) register.

How do we identify in school?
•   Teachers will flag a concern (behavioural or academic) with their Head of Department or Head of Progress after their Quality First Differentiation.
•   General strategies from whole school training are used.
•   Parents are called/a meeting will take place to discuss the concern.
•   If no progress is made, the SEN Department are notified and an observation takes place of the student in the classroom.
•  The outcome of the observation is discussed.
•  More specific strategies are tried.
•  A further external assessment may be requested by the SEN assistant.
•  An IEP is created based on recommendations from assessment report(s) and input from parents and teachers.
• Teachers’ differentiation will also include accessibility for children assessed as having Special Educational Needs.
• Teachers, SEN assistant and parents meet to review the student’s IEP each term.

This process is overseen by Steven Jones (Associate Head Teacher of Primary), Michael Merrick (Curriculum Deputy of Secondary) and Amy French (SEN Assistant).

Should you wish to contact the school regarding SEN please email: sen@qis.org

We would be very happy to hear from you and assist you if we can.

School Counselling

School counselling is offered at QIS by fully qualified staff members. They work with students of all ages and their families, from Foundation to Year 13. They provide valuable support, counselling and psychological assessment for students with specific needs. The services include counselling students, assessing students’ learning and behaviour, helping families make informed decisions about their child’s education, identifying impediments to students’ learning from a social and emotional perspective and liaising with external agencies regarding students’ wellbeing.

The counsellors at QIS are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

You can contact Gloria Gerard should you require any additional information about our school counselling services by email: gerardg@qis.org or telephone 4483 3456 ext 243.

Careers Development and Transition

Our fully qualified career development practitioners provide students at QIS a comprehensive career development program and services. The curriculum framework is applicable to an international school environment and global nature of our students. With the aim of equipping them with knowledge, skills and capabilities to become self-reliant career managers who are able to make the best possible educational, training and occupational choices. To manage their life, learning and work in rapidly changing labour markets.

The careers exploration program begins in Year 9 to assist students with their IGCSE subject option choices, and continues through to the transition of our Year 12 and 13 students. The support offered to our senior students during their transition from school to further education, training and employment is aimed at ensuring a smooth and seamless transition to lifelong learning and career planning.

Should you wish to contact our careers office, please email:   careers@qis.org or telephone 4483 3456 ext 243.

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Attendance Officer

Mrs Rima Harb is the link between home and school with regard to attendance. Mrs Harb is located in the Deputy Head Office on the ground floor of G Block. When a tutor records a student as absent Mrs Harb will ring the family to find out why the student has not attended school. Parents are, therefore, requested to inform the school when their child will not be attending school. This is a safeguarding issue.

If a parent wishes their child to leave school during the day, the parent should write a note to the tutor. The student should show the note to their tutor during registration and the tutor should sign and date the note. When the student is ready to leave they should show the note to Mrs Harb and sign out. Mrs Harb will then issue the student with a Gate Pass which informs School Security to allow the student to leave the premises.

If you have any queries about attendance or would like to inform the school about  a medical leave or any other absences please contact harbr@qis.org  or ext 414.