John-Mark HANRAHAN

Head of Foundation and Primary School

A very warm welcome to the EYFS and Primary section of The International School of Bearn.

Our school vision is to create an inspirational, innovative learning environment. Our diverse family is the heart of our international school community, where through teamwork and respect, we strive to become global citizens.

 

Shortly after joining the ISB in 2007, I remember calling a teacher friend back in the UK and trying to explain the magical school in which I had found myself. The school consisted of around 80 students at the time, and had the feeling of a close-knit family. A family that went on voyages of discovery together, that encouraged each other to succeed, and that seemed to genuinely thrive on the achievements of one another. The best way I could sum it up to people was that it was quite simply, a ‘dream school’: one that encompassed everything that any parent, teacher or child could ask for.

 

Amazingly, as the school has inevitably grown, it hasn’t lost its family feel, and we are now just a larger family, with the same values at its heart.  Our rich cultural diversity is embraced and celebrated by all and this enables us to nurture our students and develop within them the skills and tools needed to thrive both socially and academically in an international world.

 

ISB is a place which is very special to everyone who comes here – be it as a child, parent or a member of staff. We are all very proud of our school and of the children’s learning and achievements. We feel that we can offer your child a unique learning experience combining a broad experience of teaching following the English National Curriculum, which we have tailored not only for our unique demographic, but so that we can appreciate and take full advantage of the French culture that surrounds us.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to The International School of Bearn and I look forward to meeting you.

 

John-Mark HANRAHAN

Head of Foundation and Primary School