Outdoor adventure at WHIS


Wotton House International School is based in the heart of Gloucester and is part of the International Village Education group. Our mission is to actively help children develop the confidence, skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the modern world.

Our educational ethos is encapsulated in the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” - supporting your children to excel in the context of their local, national and global communities. This ethos incorporates three, related, ideas:


Education is not just the responsibility of the teacher but also of the wider community; children today grow up in an unregulated global village and need guidance more than ever to navigate it safely


Being ‘educated’ has many facets and angles, and that each child has many different gifts, not all of which are catered for by traditional in-a-box classroom learning

To achieve this vision, we integrate three key elements into the school:

  • a robust, inquiry-based, knowledge curriculum - we teach the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate with the option to sit International GCSEs in years 10 and 11

  • integrated technology for learning

  • outdoor education as an integral part of each child’s school experience, through our partner site The Wilderness Centre.


Our school must explicitly provide some networks of support, connections and contacts; it is not enough to send a child into the world with nothing but certificates under their arm

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Our aims, therefore, are to create children who have learned:

  • a sense of their place in their community and an understanding of their responsibilities within their world

  • a spirit of infectious enthusiasm for learning, throughout our in-school and outdoor learning activities

  • qualities including tolerance, resilience, grit, leadership, courage, patience, empathy and emotional intelligence

  • key cognitive skills of critical thinking, argumentation, logic, hypothesis testing, evidence evaluation and problem solving

  • a sound knowledge base and a sense of themselves as a scholar: a learner who is fascinated in learning for its own sake.

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