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Wotton House International School is an IB World School. This means that we have been authorised by the IB to offer the Middle Years Programme (MYP) to our 11-16 year old pupils. At the moment there are 21 schools authorised for the MYP in the UK out of 1,700 worldwide. 


All these schools share a commitment to delivering a high quality challenging education that prepares our students to be active, global citizens, comfortable in different cultures and diverse societies.


Part of the International Village Education group, our educational ethos is encapsulated in the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”. This reflects our belief that education should be taken out of the classroom wherever possible and into the real world. It also reflects our commitment to a genuine working partnership with families - education is too important to be left to schools alone.


Our school has two campuses, one in the heart of Gloucester in an elegant eighteenth-century town house and another in the Forest of Dean where the inspirational Wilderness Centre is located at the top of Plump Hill with expansive views stretching from the Brecons to the Malverns and across the River Severn to the Cotswold Hills.


We offer a progressive but rigorous education to local and international students. Small class sizes, skilled teaching staff, strong technology and regular outdoor education make up the formula for success. We don't define success purely in terms of examination results as that is a thankless, humourless game with very little credibility left. Success in an IB World School is defined by the Learner Profile. This is our commitment to help develop each student's character attributes, such as becoming Principled, Open-minded, Caring Risk-takers and Inquirers. 


Nevertheless we have also taken the recent decision to offer the option of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) qualifications at Years 10 and 11. This is because we realise that parents want the reassurance of commonly-recognised qualifications, so their children are fully-equipped with all the tools they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. The IGCSE qualifications are internationally recognised, highly respected and will act as a gateway to further academic study in the UK and beyond.

  Interested? We'd love to hear from you. To find out more just contact us

ib Middle Years Programme
An international curriculum...

Our school follows the IB's Middle Years Programme (MYP) - a highly respected curriculum model which includes stringent requirements of curriculum planning, subject range and depth and a substantial commitment to holistic education.

We will offer your children a full and progressive curriculum including:

  • Maths

  • Sciences

  • English Language and Literature

  • Arts (music, drama and visual arts)

  • Languages  

  • Individuals and Societies (Humanities)

  • PE (outdoor activities, sports and fitness)

  • Personal Social Health and Economic

  • Design (DT)

  • Interdisciplinary studies

  • Independent Community and Personal Projects.

The MYP itself concludes, at age 16, with a set of optional formal e-assessment exams. Each of these is equivalent to a GCSE and are accredited by Ofqual as such. The MYP is recognised throughout the world by universities and provides a great platform to move on to either the IB Diploma Programme or other qualifications such as A-Level. More information can be found here: Middle Years Programme of the IBO.

...with integrated outdoor education and practical learning...

Once a week students will attend the Wilderness Centre, our outdoor education centre high up above the River Severn valley on the edge of the Forest of Dean, for a whole day of lessons in an outdoor setting.

Any topic which would benefit from an outdoor venue will be taught at the centre, but initially students focus on Art, PE, creative writing as part of English, Biology and physical Geography. These subjects lend themselves particularly well to the stunning setting at the centre and to the facilities available.

Wherever possible, we teach through the practical application of knowledge.

Between our two beautiful locations - in Gloucester and in the Forest - we can offer your children a science laboratory, a stage and sound system, an art room, sports facilities at the nearby university and a full host of outdoor activities from rope walks and archery to a mini farm, kitchen and flower gardens.

We fully recognise the benefits of learning in an outdoor setting, particularly for children who are using technology each day.

We believe it is critical for modern children to learn how to value themselves enough that they can choose to ignore the attention-seeking of electronics. Technology is a wonderful tool for learning, but the ability to put it down is just as important! 

Students doing outdoor climbing activity
... and targeted education technology.
Student using technology at Wotton House School

Where appropriate, learning resources at Wotton House International School are online and all courses make use of targeted educational technology to enhance learning.

This allows children to learn as fast as they want, or as slow as they need to. It also means our teachers can track children’s progress in real time without the need for an onerous testing regime.

This flexibility means that teachers (and parents) can access a student's work in real-time at any point in the learning process and can input into the formation of knowledge without any barriers. This does not mean that all the learning is conducted on computers, far from it. 

Technology is a means to an end and we will only use technology where it enhances learning. Where it is not suitable, we will not use it.

A good example of technology in action we have observed is children learning to draw the human eye. Children used laptops to access descriptive videos for drawing an eye in pencil or charcoal - they could follow, pause, rewind or fast-forward to help master the complexities.

They could also choose the style that suited their own expressive needs, freeing the teacher to concentrate on identifying those children who needed extra support, or to encourage extra ambition. The children felt less restricted, had a greater sense of achievement and felt better supported by the teacher. 

We believe educational technology is invaluable in modern teaching if used correctly and appropriately as part of a blended mix of traditional teaching, practical activity and student paced learning.

An international curriculum that promotes the joy of learning
Students in the garden.