Globeducate has announced that it acquired International Preparatory School (IPS) in Lisbon in October.

IPS teaches 300 primary age children from 40 countries, delivers the National Curriculum of England, and is accredited by the Council of British International Schools.

It was founded in 1982 by Robert and Hilary Heger, parents of current owner Lars Heger and his wife Carolyn. It has modern, purpose-built facilities including a library, music room, gymnasium, information and communications technology suite, and classrooms with green roofs. The area for the nursery up to Year 4 children has a garden, a mini football pitch, pirate ship, adventure playground, and ‘roads’ for developing confidence on tricycles.

IPS general manager Lars Heger said: “In today´s global society where cultures mix and blend, it has never been more important to foster an understanding of others. Strong foundations and a sense of belonging allow children to have confidence to face the future. This is the essence of IPS and why we are so excited about our next chapter, as part of the Globeducate network.

“IPS is a caring and cohesive community where students, staff and parents share the same ethos of trust and respect for all, diversity is celebrated and newcomers are welcomed and supported, whatever their language and cultural background. There is an overall atmosphere of both honesty and spontaneity, respect and trust. The pastoral system at IPS is a real strength of the school.”

Globeducate has more than 50 schools in nine countries in Europe, North America and Asia, with 25,000 students. It has two other schools in Portugal.

Mike Farrer, chief executive of Globeducate Portugal and UK, and head of school of Nobel International School Algarve said: “Coming into IPS, there is an immediate sense of home and family, which complements our other schools in Almancil and Lagoa – where, in normal times, parents play a very active and valued role in the school community. I have been immensely impressed with the dedication of the teachers at IPS and the quality of education here.”

Date published: 7 December 2020

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