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The Sir James Henderson British School of Milan is a not-for-profit organization. The School's mission is:

"To ensure that its diverse student body grows to its full potential as independent learners in a caring British and international community, uniting the best of British educational tradition with the values, practices and beliefs of the International Baccalaureate."

The School's Aims
In fulfilling this mission, the aims of the School are:

A value-rich learning environment
  • To promote the Lower School values statement across the whole school;
  • To develop in our children the attributes of the IB learner profile;
  • To foster a caring and safe learning environment that stimulates curiosity, freedom of expression, cooperation and fairness and respect for others;
  • To use technology to enhance the delivery, quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning;
  • To strive to improve the School’s learning environment, facilities and resources.

Teaching and learning
  • To develop each child’s ability to communicate effectively in the language of instruction, while continuing to respect the importance of the child’s home language;
  • To encourage children to develop the skills necessary for independent learning, successful problem solving and compassionate, critical thinking;
  • To provide learning experiences that are appropriate to a child’s age and stage of development;
  • To ensure effective teaching and learning by recruiting and developing skilled and committed teaching staff;
  • To enable progression to other educational systems including higher education in both the United Kingdom and other parts of the world;
  • To provide Italian Language education at a level and quality appropriate to student ability.

Act Local, Think Global
  • To encourage the development of the whole child through the provision of a wide range of creativity, action and service (CAS) opportunities;
  • To prepare our young people for the challenges of a rapidly changing world;
  • To celebrate cultural diversity;
  • To promote positive partnerships between staff, students, parents, governors and the wider community;
  • To promote positive reciprocal relationships with other schools, organizations and institutions in the UK, Italy, Europe and around the world.

  • The School is guided by a Board of Governors elected by the parents. The School’s management is responsible for determining the strategy and general direction of the School, while the Board’s role is to discuss, approve, oversee and monitor its implementation.
  • The School is a not-for-profit organisation which must be effectively managed and maintain a balanced financial position.
  • The school is run and managed by a Principal, nominated by the Board and assisted by teaching and non-teaching staff.

Values of SJHS Lower School

Attributes of the IB Learner Profile

  • Peace
  • Communications
  • Tolerance
  • Open-minded
  • Honesty
  • Principled
  • Happiness
  • Balanced
  • Respect
  • Caring
  • Love
  • Reflective
  • Unity
  • Thinkers
  • Freedom
  • Risk-Takers
  • Co-operation
  • Inquirers
  • Responsibilty
  • Knowledge

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