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As many families consider more flexible working patterns, they’re also looking for alternatives to a ‘traditional’ education for their children. James Matthews spoke to Mark O’Donoghue, CEO of Inspired Online Schools to find out more

It’s no surprise that, in the current climate, schooling is facing a paradigm shift from the traditional models that have been used for centuries. By teaching in an online environment, students can learn in a flexible and immersive way, anywhere from Barcelona to Brazil.

A world away from the swift and panicked transfer of their classrooms to a laptop screen that many students experienced with the onset of Covid-19, InterHigh is designed to be online. A UK curriculum is delivered through live lessons by expert teachers using virtual and interactive technologies, alongside a rounded school experience of clubs, assemblies and pastoral support. With over 16 years’ experience in online schooling, educating over 10,000 students, the school offers primary, secondary and sixth form education for ages seven to nineteen.

You can also cast aside worries of Zoom fatigue – in fact many Interhigh students use online schooling as a way to adapt their schooling around sports and ambitions outside of the classroom. 15-year-old table tennis prodigy Anna Hursey utilised the flexibility of InterHigh’s virtual lessons and 24/7 content to help her become the youngest ever athlete to compete in the Commonwealth Games at a senior level. And for those without Olympic ambitions, a typical day with InterHigh can also involve creating art in the sunshine, walking round the park with a podcast, or catching up with maths in between surfing lessons.

InterHigh works around family schedules to supply a quality, flexible education for students in the comfort of their own home. As part of the Inspired group of over 70 schools across five continents and with over 50,000 students, there’s also the opportunity to spend time on-campus at one of the education group’s premium international boarding schools. InterHigh students can socialise and collaborate in summer camps, exchange programmes, and virtual events such as the Model United Nations and Student Leadership initiatives with other students in the Inspired network of schools.

The school offers International GCSEs and A Levels while abiding by the UK Independent School standards, with lessons taught by fully qualified and experienced UK teachers. Combined with a proven educational model and innovative delivery, InterHigh uses exciting technology that brings lessons to life and increases engagement with learning, preparing students for international universities and beyond.


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