Our Community

About us

The International Academy of Greenwich is a fast growing community of parents and educators from a diverse and rich background. As the school grows so does its community. We are passionate that IAG is not just represented as solely a body of teachers but that the community reflects the parents, community educators, the students, change partners and all those that play a role in making IAG a place where An Education for Global Citizenship can be realised.

Our ‘Manifesto’ for Change

No one can deny that our world has changed significantly. Our post industrial society, our culture of instant-knowledge, and a world in perpetual flux requires so much more from today’s learners, their teachers and from present systems of formal education. An education must respond to this change and orientate itself towards educating today’s adolescents with a capacity to actively engage with this world positively.

Complex ‘soft’ skills such as creativity, collaboration and persistence, to name but a few, are crucial skills, qualities and attributes of the individual capable of successfully navigating our complex world. Curriculum models, schools and approaches to education must be designed to facilitate the development of these skills, attributes and capacities all of which are vital in this the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The International Academy of Greenwich was founded by a group of committed parents and educationalists with a common vision for an education fit for the complexities of todays world. The founders, most of whom live in Greenwich or Lewisham, believe that a secondary school with a focus on languages, an international curriculum and a philosophy that promotes the tenets of Global Citizenship is essential, especially within the richly diverse area of Greenwich, Blackheath and Lee.

The approach, first voiced by the founders, and being developed by the whole IAG community, seeks to enable all students to master not only individual subjects but also the literacies, competencies and qualities of the lifelong-lifewide and ‘future-ready learner’.

Big Education Trust

IAG is proud to be part of Big Education. We have a shared vision for Education and belive in the importance of taking action which is 'Deliberately different'.

Big Education is about a big ambition. To bring together the energy and spirit of our schools, teachers and communities to deliver a bigger and bolder vision of what education can be about.


Big Education believe deeply that we need to educate the whole child – head, heart and hand. And if we do that with innovation and rigour, then young people will be equipped to make a difference to the world.

Big Education believes:

  • In making a difference to the entire system not just our own schools

  • In prizing distinctiveness and centres of excellence over uniformity

  • In challenging not accepting the way education is done - in becoming the first place to go for rigorous innovation and new thinking

  • Good exam results and a good Ofsted grade are a minimum necessity not goals of education

  • The divide between progressives and traditionalists gets in the way of true innovation that has an impact: dogma of any kind is unhelpful

  • Education is an intellectual as well as practical undertaking and needs a rich blend of both

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International Academy of Greenwich is a candidate school* for the Middle Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that International Academy of Greenwich believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org

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