Who we are
The staff at GES Secondary are a group of educators and professionals who believe that in order to best prepare children for their future, we need to look at not just what they learn, but how they learn it.
“For children to acquire the attributes, skills, flexibility and open-minded approach that will be needed in global citizens of the future, a new type of secondary education is needed. The expansion of Geneva English School to an all-through school, providing continuity of education from 3-18, will provide an exciting and compelling new choice for children and parents in this part of Switzerland. Our small-school ethos and family atmosphere, in which children are known as individuals, will now be made available to secondary students in an exciting, interconnected learning environment. Our brand of education will be truly distinctive. We will break down the barriers between different areas of the curriculum, encouraging our students to think laterally, creatively and critically. Our teaching and learning will be active, engaging and flexible, able to respond to the needs of individuals. Our students will be self-motivated learners. They will understand the relevance and meaning of what they study, and relish being part of an open-minded, outward-looking community of enquiry. In short, Geneva needs a new secondary school that looks to the future and equips young people for a rapidly changing world in which creativity, confidence, adaptability and teamwork will be vital attributes for success and fulfillment.”
“Educators must always have the goal of best preparing students for their future. When looking at whether or not we are doing this successfully, we have to constantly look at what future we are preparing our students for. The world has changed dramatically in the past 100 years, and traditional models of education have failed to keep up. A system of students sat behind desks, copying down what the teacher says, or answering questions from a textbook is designed to produce compliant, com putative, workers that we don’t need in the 21st century. We need people who can solve unusual problems, who can communicate clearly and confidently, people who are resilient and people who can lead or work as part of a team. We need schools that reflect this, and it is why this focus is at the heart of GES Secondary. We’re immensely proud of how the GES Secondary students are developing so far, their attitude and approach has been fantastic, and we’re seeing the positive effect it’s having in their academic assessments.”
“At GES Secondary, we embody, live and model the values and ideas that we teach. In this way, they become real and authentic for our students, and consequently they have a deeper impact on them. Our team of educators work very closely together. Every day, our students see us discussing, collaborating and working as an effective team. Often in big schools, teachers work in their own little vacuum without any exchange of ideas because the school is too big or because of the physicality of the building with departments in different ends of the school. Or, teacher collaboration only happens in the staff room, hidden from the students. We want this to be visible, for our students to see how important it is. Our school has been designed with the values of collaboration and teamwork at its centre. We don’t have a hidden staffroom. We don’t have distinctive and separate physical departments in the school. We can all teach in any room. This encourages movement and fluidity of ideas among our educators. It also enables students to see their learning less in terms of separate subjects, but more in terms of the common thread of key skills that unites all the curriculum. Our Grand Cafe is a multi-functional space for communication and exchange of ideas between students, teachers and parents. We are eager to avoid the usual outdated hierarchy of schools, the ‘us and them’ of students and teacher. We want to empower our students and to create a real community.”