Parents' & Carers' information


If your son attends Ian Mikardo, or if you’re thinking about sending him here, this page will give you lots of information you need. It covers everything from admission arrangements, to the details of the school day and how our students perform. You’ll find further information about how the school works, and the curriculum, on the Our School page. Paper copies of the information on this website are available to parents and carers free of charge.


Ofsted report

Ian Mikardo was inspected by Ofsted in June 2014 and gained a third consecutive Outstanding award.  

The inspector commented: "Students' progress in English and mathematics, from low starting points, has been outstanding .... because of high-quality teaching and the exceptional use of resources.... The consistently calm approach of all staff encourages students to completely change their attitudes..... Excellent personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school's success."

Click here for the report.


Admission arrangements

All our students have statements of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plans relating to Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. Students can join us in any year from year 7 to year 13 after a referral from a Special Educational Needs Panel. The school has capacity for 50 students and we accept students transferring to the school in Year 6.

The majority of our students live in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets but we accept referrals from the SEND panels of nearby boroughs. The school is currently over-subscribed and we have a waiting list for prospective students referred by SEN panels. 

Ian Mikardo is a maintained school funded by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which publishes its school admission arrangements and information about SEN. At Ian Mikardo, we invite prospective students and their families or carers to visit us. If they like what they find here, we invite them to engage with our assessment process which involves meeting a senior member of our Welfare team who will advise on whether the school can meet their needs. 

If you wish to inquire about a place at Ian Mikardo, would like more information about the referral and admissions process, or wish to refer a student, please contact



For details of our curriculum, see Our School.

For further information on the curriculum, contact:

Year groups:  Students are grouped according to individual need, their social and emotional development, and the dynamics of each group as a whole, rather than just chronological age.

Staff to student ratio: Students are supported by 35 members of staff.

Homework: The school does not routinely set homework for students because of the nature of their difficulties. If parents/carers, students or staff feel that homework is appropriate, we ensure that it is provided, assessed and supported.


The school day

8.30am  School opens to students
8.30-9.30 Breakfast served to students; and social curriculum
9.40-9.50 Tutorial time
9.50-10.25 Period 1
10.25-11 Period 2
11-11.30 Social curriculum
11.30-12.05pm Period 3
12.05-12.40 Period 4
12.40-1 Lunch is served
1pm-1.40 Indoor and outdoor activities and social curriculum
1.40-1.50 Tutorial
1.50-2.25 Period 5
2.25-3 Period 6
3pm End of the school day for students
Breakfast, lunch and day and residential school trips are free to all students.


The school year                                                 

Term dates 2018/19

School term:

3 September 2018 - 21 December 2018

Half term holiday:

22 October 2018 - 26 October 2018

School term:

7 January 2019 - 5 April 2019

Half term holiday:

18 February 2019 - 22 February 2019

School term:

23 April 2019 - 24 July 2019

Half term holiday:

27 May 2019 - 31 May 2019


3 September 2019, 23 April 2019


Our Journey: My Plan Days: 4 September 2018, 9 January 2019, 24 April 2019 (attended by parents/carers and students.)

Students are NOT required to attend on INSET days or Bank holidays that fall in term time, or EID al-Adha, as follows:  

Autumn term (INSET)     

3 September 2018

Spring term (INSET) 7 & 8 January 2019, 15 February 2019
May Bank holiday 6 May 2019
Spring bank holiday 27 May 2019
Summer term (INSET) 23 April 2019

The school will be closed for EID al-Adha and EID al-Fitr. The dates given for religious festivals below are approximate and will be confirmed in due course:                                                       

EID Al-Adha 11 August 2019 (school closed)
Start of Ramadan 5 May 2019
EID Al-Fitr 4 June 2019 (school closed)




The school reflects the diverse nature of Tower Hamlets and regularly holds celebration days relating to religion, culture, gender and sexuality.  See our Equality policy below.


Special Educational Needs

Ian Mikardo High School is a special school. All our students have a statement of Special Educational Needs for Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, and many have other complex needs. If at any point we feel that a statement needs to be updated, we involve Tower Hamlets’ Educational Psychologist. Should we feel that the school cannot meet the needs of a student, we arrange an urgent annual review, which involves the student's parents and other professionals involved with the student. We also revisit the statement. Once we have established the student's needs, we set up a plan to ensure that these can best be met. See our Special Educational Needs Report below.


Behaviour, Discipline and Anti-Bullying

  • We strive to be fair and impartial at all times
  • We model appropriate behaviour and respectful relationships
  • We do not use reward systems
  • We use a lot of praise
  • We do not have punishments
  • We use conflict resolution - we achieve discipline through talking
  • We exclude only in the interests of our students’ safety
  • We keep exclusions as short as possible and support students with academic and pastoral home visits
  • We strive to prevent bullying, address incidents immediately, and support both victim and perpetrator
  • We do not use physical restraint. On rare occasions when it is necessary, staff practice physical intervention by placing themselves between students.

Our Behaviour, Discipline and Anti-Bullying policy is below.


Academic Results

For information about the school’s KS4 results, see the Department for Education website. Exam results for summer 2014, 2015 and 2016 are below in an anonymous form.


School Performance Tabes

The Goverment's School and College Performance Tables can be accessed here.


Pupil Premium

In 2016-17 the school received £21,505 in Pupil Premium, which relates to students who are eligible for free school meals. This funding is used to offset support staff costs. (In 2014-15 and 2015-16 the Pupil Premium amounted to approximately £25,000 per year.)

Since April 2013, it has been used to employ a former student as a teaching assistant. He focuses on art and pastoral support offered through the social curriculum, and raises aspirations by providing students with a positive role model from the local community. His history ensures that he is an empathetic member of staff whose presence contributes to colleagues’ understanding of the complex difficulties experienced by students.


Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding

In 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, the school received £1000 additional funding each year to support Year 7 students in developing their literacy and numeracy skills. This funding is used to provide 1-1 tutorials for students who need additional support, and this enables them to make progress and engage in the wider curriculum.


School nurse

Our school nurse monitors students' height and weight and co-ordinates any medical care they need. Any parent who does not wish the school nurse to work with their child should let the school know.


School uniform

We don't have a school uniform because we want to encourage children to regard school as somewhere they want to be, and for some students a uniform could be a barrier that stopped them from engaging with education. We ask parents and carers to ensure that students wear clothes that are suitable for a learning environment.


Tell us what you think

Whether you've got a compliment or a complaint about the school, we'd like to hear from you. You can write to the Head Teacher (see Contact Us). For further information, see our Complaints policy below. Parents can also say what they think about the  school through Parent View.

At Ian Mikardo everyone has a voice. We encourage students and their families to tell us what they think, and we listen to them. Our Student Council meets termly and enables representatives from each year group to have their say on issues that affect them, such as internet access, and breakfast and lunch menus.


  1. Equality Information and Objectives
  2. Exam results 2014
  3. Medical Conditions policy
  4. IMHS Exam results 2015
  5. IMHS Exam results 2016
  6. Accessibility Policy May 2015
  7. Assessment Reporting and Recording Model November 2016
  8. Child_Protection_and Safeguarding Policy
  9. Admissions Policy and Procedure July 2016
  10. Behaviour_Discipline_and_Anti-Bullying_Policy
  11. Special Educational Needs Report
  12. Complaints Policy March 2016
  13. IMHS Exam Results 2017 pdf