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Our primary curriculum lays the foundations for your child’s future. Stimulating their imagination and curiosity – as well developing core literacy, numeracy, and social skills – our international primary school curriculum is packed with exciting experiences that foster a lifelong love of learning.
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Our international primary school curriculum

Our primary students follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which combines specialist subject teaching with a breadth of creative, sporting, and leadership opportunities that will nurture your child’s personal and academic development.

In our supportive learning environment, your child will:

About the IPC

The IPC is a thematic, creative programme, with clear personal, subject, and learning goals. A truly flexible curriculum, the IPC can be adapted to each student’s interests, strengths, and level of understanding.

The IPC Subject Goals assess a child’s knowledge, skills and understanding in specific areas, including maths, science, technology, history, geography, music, PHE, and art and society.

The eight IPC Personal Goals – enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect, and adaptability – are embedded into each unit of work.

The IPC Learning Goals raise our students’ awareness of national, international, and intercultural viewpoints. The IPC has over 130 different thematic units, designed to appeal to different interests and teach students about the world around them. Themed units also help them to see subjects as both independent and interdependent. This facilitates ‘big picture’ learning, where connections are made across different subjects and from multiple perspectives.

Modern languages

Our students study a language every day. As well as Dutch as a Foreign Language, we also offer Dutch as a Native Language. This programme is designed for our native Dutch speakers.


To make sure our students have the skills they need to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world, we run an integrated technology programme, guided by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. We also teach digital citizenship, which covers safe and appropriate ways to use the internet, social media, and wider technology. Our students can learn computer programming, too.

Physical and health education (PHE)

Our PHE programme includes games, gymnastics, athletics, and skill development. Our Year 2-6 students also enjoy swimming, and work towards their Dutch A, B and C diplomas. Our swimming programme has four main elements: stroke work, water safety, pool games and activities, and basic life-saving skills.


Our primary science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths (STEAM) programme is delivered in collaboration with MIT. Your child will ‘invent the future’ through practical challenges and hands-on problem solving, developing important transferable skills such as creativity, curiosity, resilience, and resourcefulness.


We accept applications throughout the school year and encourage you to get in touch with us to start your admissions journey. Enquire today for more information and to schedule a visit to our campus.

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