Opened in September 2018 and accommodating approximately 50 students, boarding at IS Milan provides a transformative international educational experience with a home from home atmosphere, enabling students aged 14 to 18 to reach their potential. Located in the Milan metropolitan area, this is not just a student residence, but a modern and stimulating learning environment.

  • Over 60 years’ education experience - the longest established international school in Milan

  • Largest international campus in Italy

  • Students from 50 nationalities 

  • State-of-the-art facilities, with indoor swimming pool and auditorium

  • Educational approach based on progressive thinking and strong academic standards (34 average grade IB diploma in 2019)

  • Dedicated houseparents; 24/7 supervision and security

  • Flexible boarding options to suit families (full and weekly boarding)

Just as we have moved to live-streamed online lessons, we are open for prospective parents via virtual meetings! If you are interested in finding out more about IS Milan, please complete the form and join us for a personal online admissions appointment to find out more about boarding. 


Your houseparents are in charge of your overall welfare throughout your time boarding with us at International School Milan. Their role involves checking that you are making good use of your time, and that you are generally well-behaved and happy. They will probably get to know you quite well during your time at our school and will inevitably be there if you get into trouble or hit a ‘rough patch’.

James and Tricia Gray are delighted to be Heads of Boarding at the International School of Milan.They have been teaching, in both UK and International schools, for over 20 years, and bring experience as Houseparents and actual parents to ISM.

James has a degree in Education and Social Policy from the University of Kent and he gained his PGCE in Secondary Maths the following year. He has recently been Head of Year in Prague, with a specialism in pastoral support and behaviour management. Out of the classroom, James has a love of all sports and can often be found cycling or supporting his beloved Liverpool FC. He also enjoys cooking and has an impressive knowledge of anything sport or film related- he is an invaluable quiz member!

Tricia's degree was in Human Movement Studies, which led to a successful first career coaching Elite gymnastics. Once qualified as a teacher with a PGCE, she specialised in SEN. She really enjoys helping students remove learning barriers so that they can fulfil their potential. She has been Head of Learning Support in the UK, Thailand and Prague, and is able to support any EAL or SEN students. When relaxing, Tricia enjoys all things creative, especially singing, dancing and musical theatre, and she loves going for a workout in the Gym.

They are joined in Milan by Jess, who is studying for the IB Diploma in Grade 12. Jess has inherited a love of both sport and the arts and can often be found singing whilst training for Rugby!


Their other two grown up children, Anieka and Tom, will often be visiting from their homes in London and Iceland, to sample Italian life and drink in the fabulous culture.

.James and Tricia will be building on the strong foundations already in place and aim to have a boarding house filled with warmth, trust, honesty and friendship, on which to nurture academic success.

They are really thrilled to be leading Boarding at ISM and look forward to welcoming you to the House very soon.



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