Who we are
ICSS began as a supplementary school open to children of all backgrounds and faiths and entirely run by unpaid volunteers. The schools were set in up in the London boroughs of Newham in 2004 and in Tower Hamlets in 2009. At ICSS we inspire our students to aim high by achieving their goals and helping others including their younger peers and within the local community.
We strongly believe that our students (from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds) need to be encouraged to integrate into British society, and our volunteers play an important part in this as role models.
What sets us apart is that we aim to be an integral part of the local community. In recent years we have evolved to not only provide free education and tutoring, but also mentoring to children of refugees and families of domestic violence. Today, we also provide support and encouragement to these families, as well as food donations and opportunities to visit places in London they may not normally have access to for financial reasons. To read about our work on food distribution, click here.
We want all children to benefit from the same opportunities as others without feeling ostracised, isolated, different or embarrassed and also to feel integrated within the community. As part of this, as an organisation, we are committed to helping all who come through our doors. Our ultimate aim and hope is that future generations who establish themselves in society will feel compelled to help and contribute in the same way they were helped, with dignity and anonymity.
We believe that community cohesion is imperative and are involved in local events based on our strong links with the Froud Centre and the Parish of St Michael’s.
Our volunteers are as diverse as the community around us – doctors, accountants, solicitors, and local businessmen being just some examples of the various backgrounds we hail from.
Do you think you have what it takes to inspire the future generations to come? No previous teaching experience is required and we provide support to help you get settled in. If you are interested, please go to our ‘Get Involved’ page.
We welcome donations of any size. If you would like to support us financially, please see our ‘Donate’ page.