The English Secondary Department (ESD) is similar to a traditional English grammar school as we have high expectations of our students. However, we are unique in that we form part of the German Swiss International School and so are able to provide our students with enhanced exposure to the German language and to the culture of German speaking countries.
We currently prepare our students for the UK I/GCSE and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Both sets of qualifications are well regarded by universities worldwide.
The teaching staff in the ESD are drawn from the English speaking world, predominantly coming from the UK and Australia. They are very experienced and committed and use a variety of styles, methods and technology to engage and stimulate the students. Throughout the department, lessons are interactive with students expected to participate actively in discussions, questioning the material and developing their critical thinking skills.
First and foremost we aim to ensure that the students are happy and confident in their school environment, through the pastoral care system. Each student is directly under the care of a core teacher, and further supported by Heads of Year, Trust Teachers and School Counsellors. With this system in place, we operate a policy of zero tolerance to bullying and are able to respond quickly and effectively to any problems and issues that arise.
Our students are, for the most part, highly motivated, keen to learn, and eager to make the most of their opportunities. They show characteristics typical of many international school students, as they are entertaining, friendly and ambitious. This makes for a wonderful atmosphere and, despite the high expectations and hard work required of both students and teachers, the ESD is a very happy environment and a real sense of fun permeates all aspects of school life.