Welcome to the Landmark International School, Cambridge website.
We have excellent teachers and a close and friendly community where children of a broad range of abilities are encouraged to find their own voices, to develop self-confidence, and to discover and hone their own academic talents and interests.
The school has been set up as a not-for-profit charity ensuring that it is stable and that all income is fed back into the school to be used to provide a better learning experience for our children.
Since the school is a charitable company for the purpose of educating children, shares in the school cannot be sold to private companies or individuals.
The trustees of the new charity that runs the school are responsible for the financial and legal governance of the school:
representing the interests of the community consisting of parents and students
setting the vision for the school’s overall direction and ethos
employing a headteacher who is enthusiastically aligned with our vision of the school
setting the boundaries for the budget, and submitting financial accounts
overseeing that funds have been spent in the best interests of the students
approving any bursaries championed by the head and registrar (within the charitable donations)
ensuring that charity law requirements are met
The trustees and the head collaborate to ensure that the academic and pastoral vision for the school is realised. The head leads the community of teachers and staff delivering the best education for our children, operating within the budgetary framework set by the charitable company.
Landmark does not select students based on entrance exams. A simple interview ensures that the student fits in with the ethos of the school, and that we can meet the needs of the student.
Mary Greer is the Registrar, responsible for national and international applications to the school. She has many years of experience in assisting local and international students and their families through the admissions process and in the process of relocation, including tier 4 visas.
The fees for the three terms of the 2017-18 academic year are as follows:
Infants (Reception, years 1 & 2): £3705 per term
Juniors (years 3-6): £3935 per term
Seniors (years 7-9): £4320 per term
Seniors (years 10-11): £4420 per term (incl. £100 exam fee)
There is a registration fee of £100, and a £495 deposit to be refunded after the child’s last term with us.
These fees cover standard subjects. Where teaching needs to be more tailored, then additional fees may need to be charged at cost, for example:
One-to-one and special needs coaching
Mother tongue lessons
GCSE subjects where fewer than five students take the subject
Additional costs will be charged for:
A brief history of the school
When a number of parents found themselves without a school for their children they started to look at what was on offer for their children in the Cambridgeshire area. There were, and are, lots of good schools in Cambridgeshire, but none of them offered the vision of a creative education with the level of pastoral care, inclusivity and breadth of experience that the group dreamed of for their children.
So, the idea of creating a school was born and the hard work began!
Having discussed the idea with a few potential key staff members, the group began looking at locations and venues for the new school. After a great deal of searching, the Old Rectory in Fulbourn was decided on; the building and location were both ideal. The decision to make the new school a charity was also initiated.
At the beginning of January, Mary Greer, an experienced Registrar, came on board as a founder and began work on the recruitment of pupils for the school. This was challenging, as at this point the group was not yet in possession of the building and had no Head, teachers or equipment. However, parents were loyal and trusting of the team they knew and began to enrol. Despite the sale not being complete, the current owners of the Rectory were extremely supportive of the cause and a number of Welcome Events were held in the building for prospective parents.
By the summer of 2016 nearly forty families had signed up and the founders were able to offer roles for teachers. Had they had a genie they could not have been more successful with attracting the teachers they had wished for! A superb team, with Paula Elliott as Head, was assembled and work on the school timetable (by the incredible Sue Hilton-Taylor), curriculum, lesson plans and employment of all the peripatetic staff began.
During this period planning permission to allow the Rectory to be used as a school was awarded and in June, the school had its first Ofsted inspection. The school passed with flying colours – following many hours of preparation of policies, researching safety standards and looking at risk assessments!
The school was then awarded its D of E number and was registered to open in September. The summer was an incredibly busy time. Over the months since the decision to open a school was made, Mary assembled a team of volunteers (staff, parents and pupils) to paint the inside of the building and, despite the heat wave, the entire building was painted by mid-August. More volunteers spent hours weeding and clearing the grounds and furniture was delivered. The place was beginning to look like a school! A computer network and suite was built and installed by two of the Trustees and bookcases and shelves were assembled. Wall displays were put in place and coat pegs put up – hot lunches ordered – we were ready to go!
On Tuesday 6th September the 40 new pupils, their parents and the staff assembled for a welcome breakfast and their first school day. The sense of community and achievement was truly heart-warming!