A summary of the history and activities of the school
The IRIS Persian School is located in London Borough of Brent. The school which is a complementary school established in 1997 and operates on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from September to June. Children aged 5 to 18 from first and second-generation Persian families are placed in classrooms based on their proficiency in Persian. It has approximately 350 children on its roll annually. There are two curriculums as follows:
- The first one is Iranian National curriculum which is the same as curriculum implemented in the schools in Iran. The textbooks are imported from Iran, and the school teaches all subjects such as Math, Science, Persian Language and Literature, Islamic Studies and so on. The school provides formal certificates at the end of the school year, which are recognised for school leavers in Iran.
- The second one is Persian Language syllabus. We follow the Iranian International curriculum and all our books are carefully selected to deliver the language in clear stages. The aim of the course is focusing on the four language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking through work on oral fluency, written expression, and reading comprehension. Starting from learning Persian alphabet, gradually the language of instruction becomes mostly Persian and most course discussions will be in Persian. We use a range of literature, visual aids and language games in order to educate children in a stimulating and exciting atmosphere. The language is presented together with the cultural context in which it is used so you can appreciate such things as appropriateness and linguistic etiquette when interacting with native speakers.
Our mission is to create and promote firm foundations in a warm caring Iranian environment, in which each child can achieve their full potential in Faith and Education, and blossom into individuals who are proud of their Persian identity and who are an asset for our society. We are committed to prepare students to live in a multilingual and multicultural world and, as a foundation, to developing their fluency in Persian Language
Our school is built on the five fundamental values of honesty, kindness, friendship, Loyalty and respect and we believe these values guide children’s choices and behaviour when learning the Persian language and culture.
A language is a part of a culture and a culture is a part of a language and they are part of communities’ shared cultural heritage, and “Cultural Heritage is often defined as ‘what we value’, or ‘what we wish to pass on to future generations.