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ISJ November 2015: What is an ‘international school’? Part one


Ian Hill


I would like to put forward some thinking which may assist us to overcome the problem of defining an international school. The impetus to write this paper came from reading Tristan Bunnell’s (2014) latest book in which he discusses the evolution of the concept of international schooling and its association with international schools.

Existing definitions of ‘international school’ (IS)

In 1962 Bob Leach was seconded, as head of history at the International School of Geneva, to visit international schools in the eastern hemisphere where he travelled extensively for three months and make a report for the International Schools Association (ISA), founded in 1951 (Leach 1969). It was Leach who first proposed, in his report, an international baccalaureate and then contributed energetically to make it happen.