Cambridge International School

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JUNIOR SCHOOL Cherry Hinton Hall (CB1 8DW)
SENIOR SCHOOL The Temple, Abington (CB21 6AN)
01223 416938
3 - 16
Other Independent
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5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) inc. English and maths
GCSE grade C or better in
English and maths
Attainment 8 score
Results in 8 core subjects

Secondary Data 2016
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School Description

Cambridge International School provides an outstanding education for children from all nationalities. It has students from 23 countries, speaking many different languages and it celebrates the diversity of having students from around the globe. The unique Mother Tongue programme ensures students continue to study in their own language through small group tuition by native speakers. The English students at the school welcome the diversity and global understanding they gain from being part of the school’s wide community. From the nursery, right through to Year 11, the CIS educational philosophy promotes creative thinking, self-motivation, curiosity about the world and the courage to take risks and not to be daunted by failures. Instead, students are encouraged to use these as opportunities to learn and grow. Children at CIS are inspired to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses in order to learn how best to improve. It is believed that children are not defined solely by their academic abilities, but by their unique talents and personalities. At CIS an excellent academic education is combined with a philosophy of tolerance, acceptance of differences and a kindness to others, all of which are long-lasting skills that will accompany students throughout life. CIS is currently undergoing some exciting changes. At the start of term, the school welcomed its new Principal, Mrs Philippa Mills. She joins Cambridge International School from the Laude British School of Vila-real, a member of one of the largest school groups in Spain, where she was Principal. Mrs Mills is returning to her roots, as she was educated at Kings Ely and studied for her PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge. The Primary School for children aged 2 – 11 years old, at Cherry Hinton Park is currently undergoing a £3.5 million refurbishment. Once completed in early 2018 it will provide a light, modern and spacious environment for children to pursue their individual intellectual curiosities. This refurbishment will also allow CIS to extend its nursery provision to accept children from 2 years old for 50 weeks a year. When completed, the refurbishment will bring the Primary School facilities into the forefront of 21st century education, whilst sympathetically retaining the traditional and much-loved historic look to the iconic 19th century Hall. The Senior School is located in Abington, just off the A11 in the picturesque countryside close to Cambridge. The location of the senior school includes a 40-acre site which allows students access to quality sports and playing fields. The Senior School educates students from Year 7 up to and including Year 11 (ages 11 -16) and each class has up to 16.

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News & events from Cambridge International School

Last update: 20 November 2017

Our main Autumn open days were held in mid-October however every day is an open day at Cambridge International School, and families are warmly invited to book a private tour to see our school in action.

Find out more about the enriching experience we offer boys and girls and see how we challenge each individual to achieve their potential, in a happy and nurturing environment. 

You will be able to:

• Explore our teaching facilities

• Discover the wide range of subjects and exciting curriculum we offer

• Learn about our enriching extra-curricular activity and how we challenge, without overwhelming each individual pupil

• Meet our team – including the Principal and Heads of our Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form

• Find out about fees and bursaries

• Discuss your application with Admissions

To book your private tour:

email, call 01223 778290 or click on the link below. 

Tracey Headland in our Admissions team will be delighted to arrange your visit and to help with any questions you might have.

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The students, parents and staff at the Cambridge International School are celebrating an amazing suite of GCSE results.  The students at the non-selective school have achieved an amazing set of grades.

54% of grades A/A* and 88% of all grades  A*-C

The school has 23 nationalities represented in the student community, many of whom have English as a second language, which makes these results even more amazing.  The school takes a combination of International GCSE and GCSEs, so for this year all grades are still in the A* - E grades rather than the new 9-1 system that is being talked about in the press.

80% of students received five A* - C grades including maths and English

98% of Students received at least two Science grades of C or above

98% of Students received A* - C in Maths 

The Senior site of the Independent International School is based at Abington and takes students up to Year 11.  The leavers are now progressing onto different Sixth Forms in the local Cambridge Community, including Hills Road and The Stephen Perse Foundation. 

Mrs Pippa Mills, Principle, commented “I’m delighted and proud of what the students have achieved.  They are the culmination of a lot of hard work from both students and staff.  Congratulations to everyone.”

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Cambridge International School offers a diverse and enriching educational experience


Why CIS? 

  • International diversity – CIS welcomes students from around the world, currently 23 nationalities on role, from both full time and short-term placements

  • CIS celebrates students of all abilities and supports them to maximise their academic potential, both in and out of the classroom in a nurturing environment

  • CIS offers an excellent English as an Additional Language provision and provides bespoke tutoring in students’ own mother tongue

  • CIS has a great community spirit where students, staff and parents all come together to support one another and celebrate achievements

Mission Statement

CIS is a highly successful international school, which educates children from around the world.  Children thrive at CIS, through excellent learning, teaching and pastoral care.  We believe that students flourish and succeed as a result of our progressive and stimulating education.


The school values:

  • The diversity created by children and staff from the Cambridge area and around the globe leading to the international mindedness of the school community.

  • Providing pupils with a love of learning that will remain a focus and motivation throughout their lives.

  • The natural curiosity and creativity of children, offering them a nurturing and challenging environment in which they can learn and flourish.

  • Children who reach their academic potential through their own efforts and outstanding teaching.

  • Children developing a confidence in their own abilities and recognising the perspectives, talents, experiences and cultures of all people.

  • Children’s wellbeing and the development of happy, well-rounded children


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“Senior School Parent”
My son has benefited from the international ethos which is inclusive and accepting. The new leadership structure is strong too with a happy enthusiatic staff. He has developed an independence with his learning thanks to the nurture and care of the staff. I feel sure he will do well at his IGCSEs.
“Returning to Cambridge, a wonderful welcome home”
Back in 2010, we were so pleased to discover CIS when we returned from a 3 year work assignment in New York. Our son was naturally a year behind his British peers (the States operate approximately a year behind the British system at this age) and we needed a school that would accept him into Reception and not year 1, the year he was suppose to enter into. CIS were so welcoming and reassuring. The teachers worked closely with my son and he soon adapted to life back in the UK and now, in year 5, he is flourishing. He skipped year 2 and is now in the year group that he’s meant to be in and is doing brilliantly. His confidence is growing daily and his academic development is spot on. This wonderful School, with all its outstanding teachers, wrapped our son up and gently lead him through this exciting and changing time in his life. They nurtured him and looked after him and his progression and development is a credit to them. We are delighted with the school and all its done for our super little chap. He is bigger, bolder, brighter and just so happy. What more could we ask for! It’s important to say that CIS is as good for local children as it is for international children. It’s a great melting pot of cultures and it creates open minded children with a thirst for adventure and learning.
“Good pastoral care and Individually tailored teaching”
Delighted with the pastoral care and individually tailored teaching. My son was bullied at another school so came to CIS lacking in confidence. He is now thriving and enjoying school. He has completed his bronze D of E and has the chance to do the silver now which helps with university admission points.
“Perfect school for international families”
My three daughters go to CIS. My oldest one (now in year 4) started when she was in Year 1 and has been very happy ever since. My other two daughters have also enjoyed their time at CIS since nursery. CIS is the perfect school for international families.
“Strong Ethos”
This is an exceptional school with a strong ethos of accepting and celebrating different cultures and diversity, and promoting tolerance and acceptance of each individual.
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