Learning at IFE

Learning at IFE’s schools is very much based on a personalised approach to learning:

  • Small class sizes, allowing very high levels of individual teacher time. At Bishopstrow, there is a maximum of 8 students per class for English and 12 students for other academic subjects, whilst at Padworth, average class size is 8-10 students.
  • Personalised learning plans for each student, detailing progress  and areas for improvement in English, academic subjects and other areas of school life.
  • Weekly testing is a feature of assessment and target setting at both colleges, with a focus on each student’s individual talents and strengths.
  • A commitment to realising academic potential and finding the right career pathways for the individual.
  • A diverse international community – the student community at both colleges is made up of up to 30 nationalities.
  • At Padworth, subject combinations are flexible, with students offered advice on optimal study plans at the point of admission.


“A college that produces students who are independent, strong and passionate about their learning.  The boarding provision supports the step-by-step support to independent living.”

Padworth Principal
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