GES Primary

When we ask parents what makes GES special, they speak first of its strong community, its family feel and the sense of belonging that they and their children have for the school. Community is a core value at GES and undoubtedly one of its strongest features.

Geneva English School was founded by parents and has always had parents at the heart of its structure. New families are made to feel welcome and are encouraged to be involved in the life of the school. Parent class representatives help to bind the community together and our Planning Team organise events such as the Christmas and Summer Fairs that are hugely enjoyed by all, and exemplify the spirit of GES.

Daily drop-off and pick-up are times when the playground buzzes with parent and teacher conversations. In our special, small-school environment children are known and supported as individuals.

The GES community is diverse and international – and we look for ways to celebrate this diversity. Families and children come from a range of backgrounds and bring to our school a wonderfully rich mixture of cultures, languages and experiences. We encourage our children to be very accepting of each other and of differences in culture or character. They are particularly open and genuine in their approach and in their responses.

GES has a history of retaining pupils and families for longer than many other international schools. This greatly enhances the sense of continuity in our community.

About us


The location and environment of GES Primary is a strength and inspiration to everyone.

We are blessed with the most stunning site: an exceptional 4-hectare estate with a magnificent historic building, overlooking Lake Geneva. It is a wonderful and inspiring place for children to learn, play and grow.

When Mont Blanc is in full view, the atmosphere in the school seems to lift a notch still higher.

Many past pupils come back to big events and cannot wait to be back on site. It adds to our community identity.


Children eat lunch together over several sittings in our dining room. Parents can choose whether to provide a packed lunch for their children or take advantage of the hot lunch service provided by our partners, Novae Restauration.

During the week, varied, attractive and balanced menus are offered to the pupils. All meals typically include fibres (vegetables), carbohydrates (potatoes, pasta, whole wheat bread, rice) and proteins (meat, eggs, fish or tofu) in varying proportions. Meals are nut-free, prepared with a minimal amount of additional salt, and with a preference for seasonal products.

Swiss Food Pyramid

Geneva English School has received the Fourchette Verte Junior label. Fourchette Verte is a quality label awarded to restaurants that seek to offer dishes that provide a balanced, healthy diet.

Hot lunches registration form for Nursery

Hot lunches registration form for Reception to Year 7

Weekly Menu

29 May to 2 June 2017

Monday 29 May

Salade verte et concombres
Boulettes de boeuf au curry
Blé gourmand
Duo de haricots
Mousse au chocolat
Green salad and cucumber
Meatball curry
Selection of beans
Chocolate mousse

Tuesday 30 May

Salade panachée et cubes de tomates
Escalope de poulet aux herbes
Jardinière de légumes
Salade de fruits frais
Mixed salad with tomato cubes
Chicken escalope with herbs
Mashed potatoes
Mixed vegetables
Fresh fruit salad

Wednesday 31 May

Salade panachée et croûtons
Filet de plie aux légumes croquants
Pommes persillées
Feuilles d'épinards en branches
Tam Tam Vanille
Mixed salad an croutons
Plaice fillet with crunchy vegetables
Potatoes with parsley
Vanilla creamy dessert

Thursday 1 June

Carottes râpées
à la ciboulette
Omelette Niçoise
Riz créole
Eclair caramel
Grated carrots
With chives
Mediterranean omelette
Creole rice
Caramel eclair

Friday 2 June

Salade de mesclun et céleri
Cordon bleu de volaille
Coquillettes et fromage râpé
Brunoise de carottes
Compote aux fruits
Mesclun salad and celeriac
Chicken and cheese escalope
Pasta and grated cheese
Chopped carrots
Fruit compote

22 to 23 May 2017

Monday 22 May

Salade verte et radis râpés
Blanquette de poulet au citron
Semoule de couscous
Carottes sifflets
Ile gourmande
Salad with grated radish
Lemon chicken with white sauce
Sliced carrots
Ile gourmande

Tuesday 23 May

Salade panachée et chou rouge
Tortellini tricolores
3 fromages et sauce tomate
Fromage râpé
Salad with red cabbage
Tortellini pasta
Three cheese and tomato sauce
Grated cheese

Getting to school

Although many parents bring their children to school by car or public transport we also provide daily bus services, in the morning and the afternoon.

There is a public bus (TPG) stop directly outside the school gates ‘Genthod, La Pralay’. The ‘V’ bus travels between Versoix and Geneva Cornavin Station every half an hour.

Public bus (TPG) timetable

Click here for more information about GES bus services

What we wear

In keeping with the majority of schools in Switzerland, GES does not have a formal school uniform. We encourage children to dress suitably for the activities of a busy school day with sensible shoes and comfortable seasonal clothing.

For those families who favour an element of uniform we sell a coloured polo shirt with the school logo – the colour depends on the house to which your child is allocated. When we take children off-site on trips and visits we require all children to wear either their gym polo shirt or coloured house polo shirt and school sweatshirt.

After School Care

Our after school care facility, otherwise known as The LOL Club, aims to provide a secure, welcoming, personalised facility for children whose parents are unable to collect them at the end of the school day, or whose siblings are engaged in an activity.

After School Care is headed by Tanya Lain, assisted by Sandra Cameron, Nércia Silva and Rebecca Mackenzie.

The team help the children with their homework and offer interesting and varied activities every day, including theme-based painting, drawing, board and outdoor games, songs, stories, dancing, cooking and computing.

The service runs on school days from 15:30 to 17:30, except on Wednesdays when it runs all afternoon, from 12:30 until 17:30. Attendance is flexible and is charged 16 CHF per hour.

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