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  • Helping students find their place in the world

    We create a safe space for children to express and nurture their individuality.

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  • Our international and multi-cultural student family

    Our diverse community includes students from over 110 nationalities

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  • Our people

    Our learning community includes talented and experienced faculty and staff

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  • Personalised learning journeys

    We value each student’s individuality as well as their integration into society. Our programme of studies prepares our students for the demands of a global 21st century.

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  • Summer, autumn and winter camps for children 4 to 18 years old

    A range of activities for your child to discover, from summer to winter, ski trips to performing arts camps.

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  • A safe place to grow

    Our safe and welcoming campus is a home where your child can learn to be confident and independent

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  • Discover Collège du Léman

    Get in touch or visit us to discover what makes Collège du Léman an inspiring place to learn

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  • A place to call home

    Whether your child is joining us in Early Years or midway through their learning journey, we offer a nurturing environment that will make a huge difference to their future

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  • Contact us

    We would love to hear from you, so that we can discuss what your child needs to thrive.

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Primary School

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Welcome to our Primary School.  As part of the Nord Anglia Group we are ‘ambitious’ for every member of our community – so that everyone can find their place and their sense of purpose.

Everything that we do is based on a common understanding of our core RISE values. 

We believe that it is important that all members of the school community should feel safe and valued. Our Wellbeing program is at the heart of everything that we do.  This enables us to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for our lively population of day and boarding students.

We are a vibrant Bilingual International School with more than 110 nationalities. Our curriculum has been crafted over the years with the aim of developing well-rounded and responsible global citizens of the future.

The Nord Anglia family of schools supports us in developing international-mindedness through the Global Campus platform and through the ongoing collaborations with prestigious educational institutions around the world such as MIT, the Juilliard school and UNICEF.

Our highly experienced and dedicated team of educators are passionate about learning and we place a strong emphasis on continuous professional development.

We are all very proud of our school community, working together with parents, and we would very much welcome the opportunity to share our passion with you.


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We offer the possibility of studying 3 distinct programmes: Anglophone, Francophone or Bilingual.

All three programmes are academically ambitious and are based on the rigorous standards of the Cambridge International Primary Programme and/or the  programme de l’Education Nationale Française.  

These internationally respected programmes guarantee that our teaching standards are broadly aligned with those of the majority of recognised ‘national’ curricula.

International families can be confident that students are well-prepared to enter worldwide education systems, in the event of relocation.

Cambridge Primary English and Mathematics are taught in both the Anglophone and the Bilingual sections.

Cambridge Primary English as a Second Language provides an adapted and inclusive programme for those students who need additional support to be able to study in English.

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is studied in all sections – whether in English or French. The cross-curricular, thematic, innovative teaching structure of the IPC is designed to actively engage students – across all sections of the Primary school - as they continue their learning journey to become life-long learners and global citizens.

The Bilingual programme in Grades 1 – 5 offers the opportunity to study in both French and English.  Language skills are taught using the respective Anglophone and Francophone  programs (Cambridge Primary English and the Programme de l’Education Nationale)  It also offers students the possibility of studying Mathematics and the IPC Units of Enquiry in both French and English.

The Francophone programme is based on the Education Nationale Française and the IPC.  

It is possible for students to move between sections depending on the evolution of both language and study skills. 


CDL Primary Timetable

The school day:

The school day begins at 8.15 am as students come into school.  Parents driving to school can use the drop-off point or parking and take their children in. We also operate a bus service.

At lunchtime, you can choose for your child to take a healthy, balanced meal in the canteen or to bring in their own picnic lunch. 

After school, from 3.40pm, we offer more than 100 extracurricular activities for students to take part in.


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The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

The IPC is studied in all sections, whether in English or French. The cross-curricular, thematic, innovative teaching structure of the IPC is designed to actively engage primary students as they continue their learning journey to become life-long learners and global citizens.

The curriculum balances fun and innovative ways of learning with a structured programme that develops character, confidence and an international mindset.

Students learn the essential knowledge, skills and understanding of a broad range of subjects.

They engage with their studies so that they remain committed to learning throughout their school careers and lives.

They develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens and to respond to the changing contexts of their future lives.

They develop a sense of their own nationality and culture at the same time as they develop a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others.


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The Cambridge Primary Curriculum

The English programme promotes an enquiry-based approach, developing confidence, creativity and intellectual engagement. 

Learners develop English skills they can apply for a range of different purposes and audiences in everyday situations and in study. They will communicate confidently and effectively and develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment.

The curriculum framework covers knowledge, skills and understanding in:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening

The programme uses a broad range of activities that promote experience, reflection and improvement. Recommended fiction genres, poetry, play scripts and non-fiction text types provide authentic contexts for skills development.

The learning objective is an integrated approach to teaching and learning reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills. Grammar is embedded within reading and writing to promote a meaningful learning experience where learners both explore grammatical concepts through reading and apply them in their own writing.

The Mathematics programme explores explores five content areas:

  • Numbers

  • Geometry

  • Measure

  • Handling data

  • Problem-solving

The curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject. It provides a solid foundation upon which the later stages of education can be built.

Primary English as a Second Language:

Developed in conjunction with Cambridge Assessment English, the programme is based on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), used across the world to map learners’ progress in English. 

Learners will communicate confidently and effectively and develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts.

The Use of English strand provides learners with the linguistic features they need to be able to understand and use when engaging with the language receptively (Reading and Listening) and productively (Writing and Speaking). Learners will revisit and engage with language at deeper levels and in different contexts.


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Wellbeing is an essential part of the Collège du Léman Primary School experience.

We promote all aspects of wellbeing in order to prepare students to become confident, lifelong learners.

Our aim is that students feel safe and happy at school in an inclusive environment in which they feel valued, understood and where they have a voice.

Our structured wellbeing curriculum, also known as PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education), links with all other subject areas and is at the heart of the student educational experience.

Our culture allows children to play an active role in their own learning, providing them with opportunities which help them gain the knowledge, skills and understanding in order to stay safe and to develop healthy lifestyles, both physically and mentally.

Our highly experienced and inclusive Student Services team of dedicated Learning Support Teachers and Counselors provide support and guidance to our school community in all aspects of Staff and Student Wellbeing.

Additional wellbeing activities include:

  • Children’s assemblies on the theme of living together.
  • Our ‘Good to be Green’ Behaviour Policy based on positive discipline.
  • Circle Times bringing students together for joint activities. 
  • Our House system which brings together groups of students across languages and classes to widen their friendship groups.

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Our RISE values bring together our multi-national learning community to develop global citizenship.

Character is as important to your child's growth as academics. We provide support and guidance to our students as they grow, and set clear expectations for behaviour.

Our diverse school community and our teaching encourage them to respect all cultures, and to see the world as a beautiful place of opportunity.


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As part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools we offer our students an enriched curriculum:

Our music, dance and drama curricula have been developed in collaboration with the Juilliard school of performing arts, and are designed to prepare children for the world stage.  

Our cross-discipline STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) collaboration with MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) gives students the tools to invent the future.

Our collaboration with UNICEF gives students an understanding of the UN's 40 Global Goals, and how they can develop into the global citizens of the future.

Through the Nord Anglia Global Campus, students from around the world at our 68 sister schools come together to work on projects online.


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