Geneva English School receives an ‘Excellent’ rating by ISI

Geneva English School becomes first international school in Switzerland to receive an ‘Excellent’ rating by Independent Schools Inspectorate

Geneva English School (GES) has become the only international school in Geneva and also in Switzerland to receive an ‘Excellent’ rating in its inspection report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The school, which has this year expanded into secondary, received ‘Excellent’ in all eight aspects.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) follows the UK Government’s high standards required for British Schools Overseas and the inspection was conducted in March this year (2017). In its findings, the report praises Geneva English School (GES) for its “engaging, relevant and cutting-edge education”, “motivational atmosphere” and “highly-committed staff”.

The report describes the school as fostering a genuine spirit of enquiry, and developing articulate, confident, thoughtful learners. But it also emphasises the school’s caring and nurturing atmosphere.

The report stated: “Throughout the school, teachers and teaching assistants have an exceptionally warm and positive rapport with the pupils, instilling in them a ‘can do’ attitude, which builds their resilience and perseverance. A common feature is teachers’ energy and enthusiasm.”

As an independent, British government-approved body, an inspection by ISI provides parents with the reassurance they need to ensure they are selecting the very best school for their child.

Clare Allen, a parent of two GES pupils, 10-year-old Alfie and 7-year-old Charlotte, who is also a teaching assistant at the school, agrees entirely with the report. “What makes GES special? It’s just everything!” she said. “That nurturing environment, the kids are treated as individuals, children and teachers are so happy, and walk into any classroom and you can see a great level of learning going on.” 

GES Headmaster, Tim Meunier added, “Everyone in the school is very proud to have been praised highly for our learning standards, environment and educational approach, which we believe are absolutely right for today’s young people. It is an exceptional validation for the school and one that is very encouraging as we expand into the secondary years.”

The full ISI inspection report is available on the school’s website.


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