ISS partners with Dukes Education
After just 4 years of existence, ISS Taguspark is already widely considered as one of the best International Schools in Portugal, and will now be able to elevate its academic performance and extra-curricular experiences to the highest levels with the support of Dukes Education Group.
As part of the Dukes Family, International Sharing School – Taguspark will be more structured, more resourceful and more capable. Academics, sports, creative arts, and an urban feel will continue being the core of ISS.
“We are certain that the Dukes Family is now more complete with ISS joining this group of prestigious international schools, and we look forward to working closely with Dukes’ Leadership to quickly achieve and surpass the goals we set”, says ISS CEO and board member Miguel Santos.
ISS board member Francisco Ladeira Santos adds: “We are really excited about this partnership with the Dukes Education Group, it really is a great fit for ISS, we share a lot of the same values, the respect for the family orientated style of the school.”
“We’re very excited about what the future holds in this partnership and all of the great things this will bring for our school community,” added.
“It will bring a lot of structure to our school, increase the range of experiences we have for the students and teachers as well, so we can strengthen and work on our academics and achieve those top results that we are working on and striving for,” explains Miguel Santos.
“We have an amazing group of educators and professionals, and most importantly really nice people that we’ve enjoyed working with over the past months”.
Dukes Education is a family of nurseries, schools, and colleges in the UK. Surrounding its schools, it also has a collection of complementary education offerings — day camps, summer schools, and university application consultancies.
This way, it creates a wrap-around experience for every family that joins it, not just in school time, but beyond the classroom as well.
It is highly selective about which schools and organisations join Dukes. Its family is small and close-knit. It carefully curates it to make sure there is harmony among its teams. This is why it places such an emphasis on values.
Being part of the Dukes family means schools can all come together to share experience and expertise, supporting each other to achieve the extraordinary. It brings people together who do different things in education, but aims for them to learn from each other. So it needs to know that they have their hearts and minds in the right place. With educators in this magic combination, it believes that ISS Tagusparque is a good fit for Dukes.
Dukes now has partnerships with two international schools in Lisbon – ULIS – United Lisbon International School founded by entrepreneurs Chitra and Roman Stern, and now ISS – International Sharing School.
ISS has been providing international education in Portugal since 1980 when the Madeira British School was founded at the British Country Club in Funchal. Between 1990 and 2004 the school expanded to meet high demand, providing the British Curriculum (Scottish version in connection with part of the official Portuguese programme. It was officially recognised by the Secretaria Regional de Educação of Madeira (SRE), the British Consulate and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
In 2006 the British School of Madeira moved to its current facilities and in 2013 the school started to implement an international education approach based on the Baccalaureate Curriculum (BC).
Sharing Foundation started to implement its mission and acquired the British School and changed the name to Madeira Multilingual School. During the academic year, Madeira Multilingual School began the authorisation process to become an IB World School.
In 2017, after three years as a candidate school, it was the second school in Portugal to achieve accreditation to offer two IB programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP). Today it is called ISS Madeira.
In the year 2018/2019, the school began a transformation process and started using the new name – International Sharing School. This name was officially implemented in the year 2018/2019.
In 2018 the Sharing Foundation acquired a new building to expand its educational vision. With this new acquisition, Sharing Foundation started its mission by offering the IB programmes to International families who live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area by investing in a site and premises in Tagus Park – a business and technology park near Oeiras.
In 2019 SS Oeiras Campus started its first year as an International School in Lisbon, offering all 3 IB Programmes. IN 2020, After two years of candidacy, it finally received the status of becoming an IB World School. During the IB verification meeting, the team recognised its hard work and authorised our Taguspark Campus to offer the Diploma Programme to the local and international community between the ages of 16 and 18.
Since 2021, Oeiras Campus is a fully authorised IB Continuum School and offers three programmes of IB; (PYP) Primary Years Programme, (MYP) Middle Years Programme and (DP) Diploma Programme. It opened a new building fully dedicated to MYP and DP.
In June, 2022, the school was nominated as one of the 10 Must-Watch International Schools in Europe by the International Advisory Board of the K-12 Digest Magazine, composed of several specialists in the education sector around the world. It currently has over 700 pupils.