Our pastoral care within ISM places students at the heart of the school, with an emphasis on values, character, and a range of experiences to provide a well-balanced education. Our goal is to nurture happy, confident students.

It is important that all students know that they are valued as individuals and that their academic success goes hand in hand with their emotional and physical wellbeing. From Early Years through to Secondary School, our students have an integrated PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum in which they address topics such as peer pressure, mental health, bullying, relationship education, and internet safety and awareness.

Welcome note from Lindsay Mackenzie-Wright, our Deputy Director Wellbeing

Lindsay’s Welcome

Our values


We act with honesty and compassion even in the face of challenge.


We are all learners who embrace challenges and strive to develop and improve.


We nurture and care for the physical, emotional, and social wellbeing of ourselves and others.


We communicate and act with courtesy and politeness. We value what we have.


ISM remains fully committed to its Anti-Bullying programme that promotes a culture of kindness and care throughout our whole school community. The Anti-Bullying programme is embedded in our everyday interactions, and all staff at ISM are aware of the expectations we have of our students. Our students are also aware of the expectations we have of them.

Recently, we launched our Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme, which puts students at the forefront of making change. ISM continues to develop this programme and remains fully committed to making ISM a school where there is no tolerance of bullying in any form.

Safeguarding at ISM

ISM is aligned with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection that has set the standards for safeguarding in schools worldwide.

ISM expects all individuals and groups affiliated with the school community, including staff, service and activity partners, volunteers, associated agencies, interns, contractors, guests, parents and visitors, to act with integrity and to take responsibility for keeping students safe. In keeping with this expectation, applicants for positions at ISM must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers.

ISM strives to be a Child-Safe Organisation in which every adult is:

  • Aware of the dangers of child abuse
  • Committed to preventing harm to young people
  • Able to respond to and report any concerns regarding student safety and wellbeing
  • Committed to our ISM Mission, Values and Learning Principles

"The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children."

Nelson Mandela

The Board of Trustees of the International School of Monaco affirms its commitment to the wellbeing and safety of all members of the ISM community, in reflection of ISM’s core values of caring, integrity, learning, and respect.

They also affirm their full commitment to promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in the care of ISM and its extended educational and co-curricular programmes.

The Board of Trustees confirms its belief in the right of all children to be protected from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We invite you to read several of our policies listed below or refer to our ISM Policies page.


ISM Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Lindsay Mackenzie-Wright is ISM’s Safeguarding Lead, and she oversees all safeguarding matters across each part of the school. Lindsay Mackenzie-Wright is also the Deputy Director (Wellbeing) and has a breadth of experience in child protection as well as the mental health of children and adolescents. Lindsay can be contacted at childsafeguarding@ismonaco.com.

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Our PSHE Curriculum

Kindergarten-Class 3

Class 4-6

Class 7-13

Being Me in My World

Celebrating Difference

Dreams and Goals

Healthy Me


Changing Me

Kindergarten-Class 3

Our PSHE for Early Years integrates emotional literacy, self-regulation of behaviour, social skills, and spiritual development in a session-per-week programme and includes teaching resources such as songs and images.

Sessions are structured to include short input using a variety of learning approaches appropriate for young pre-schoolers, with a selection of activities that can be adapted throughout the week to support the learning.

PSHE for Early Years includes mapping to Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals and identifies the Characteristics of Effective Learning for every session.

Class 4-6

Primary PSHE is a comprehensive programme including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

It emphasises emotional literacy, building resilience, and nurturing mental and physical health.

The wellbeing programme also includes mindfulness, allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration, and focus.

Class 7-13

The wellbeing programme brings together PSHE, emotional literacy, social and employability skills, and relationships, sex and health education in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation.

The focus on mental health is evident throughout, and the content is student-driven and in line with the latest national guidance.

ISM House System

Following the lead of our sister school King's College School, Wimbledon, we believe that our students' learning experience can be effectively augmented and expanded through an engaging, relevant, and active House System. Named after leaders in the field of exploration, the Houses aim to instil a sense of teamwork and healthy competitiveness across a range of academic, sporting, artistic and service-based activities.


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