The International Preparatory School (IPS) is a fully authorised International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Programme. IPS is a private English medium pre-primary and primary school situated on spacious grounds in Labourdonnais Village, a rural sugar growing area in the north of Mauritius. At IPS teaching and learning takes place within a constructivist context (using the IBPYP) where students build new knowledge upon previous knowledge to fulfil our vision of inspiring our learners to thrive in a world of change.
IPS was founded in 1989 to serve the educational needs of children aged 3-11, living in the north of the island who require a broad-based international primary school education through the medium of English. Since its foundation, IPS has emerged as one of the leading independent primary schools in Mauritius. The school is constantly examining its educational programme and striving to meet its Vision and Mission statements. IPS places a high value on a distinct, well-researched, collaborative and progressive approach to high quality education. The curriculum has, over the years, been guided by the National Curriculum of the UK and by other international and inquiry-based programmes currently used in a number of other international primary schools across the world. In April 2018 we officially became an IB PYP World School. The school has also been at pains to ensure that the programme remains sensitive to the needs of children from very different linguistic and cultural backgrounds and to the varied learning needs of children at different developmental stages. Also, IPS places a high value on the need for our students to know about and to understand the very varied cultures, languages and customs of Mauritius and also hopes that all students will leave the school with an understanding of the history of their island home. IPS has been accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) since 2007 and works hard to maintain and, where possible, exceed the exacting professional standards set by CIS for all aspects of school life. This accreditation recognizes and validates our educational standards and helps us ensure that we also meet the international standards for comparable schools. In addition, IPS uses the Australian Centre for Educational Research’s (ACER) international school benchmark assessments (ISA) to help us measure student progress and to ensure that we measure up to the standards common in the 500+ other international schools worldwide that use these benchmark assessments. In August 2022, IPS merged with Northfields International School.
As an internationally minded school, we are inspired by the diversity of our community and the world at large. We empower ourselves with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become true global citizens. By appreciating ourselves and one another we work towards creating and sustaining a harmonious future.