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.
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.
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.
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.
Our after school care facility, also 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 after-school activity.
After School Care is headed by Tanya Lain, assisted by Sandra Cameron, and Megan White.
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 18:00, except on Wednesdays when it runs all afternoon, from 12:30 until 18:00.
Parents may either be charged CHF 18 for occasional attendance (please email email@example.com, and copy in the School Office, firstname.lastname@example.org) or order blocks of hours via the Parent Message Centre:
- 20 hours per term for CHF 220
- 50 hours per term for CHF 530
- 100 hours per term for CHF 1050
- Full time for the year for CHF 4400
The minimum daily attendance is one hour and will be counted after the first 15 minutes.
17:30-18:00 will be charged at CHF 8. All children must be collected by 18:00. There will be a charge of CHF 20 for pickup after 18:00.