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Introducing Daniel Crabtree, New Head of GES Sixth Form

Date Posted: Friday 21 May 2021

We are looking forward to the arrival of Daniel Crabtree as new Assistant Headteacher, leading both KS4 and KS5 (incl. our A Level provision) at GES. Learn more about Mr Crabtree’s experience and vision for our eldest students.

 

I am incredibly excited to be moving to Geneva to join GES, building on the successes of the Secondary school to establish the GES A Level provision, or Sixth Form as it is known in the UK.

My 17-year career in education has developed as a specialist in A Level qualifications and delivering student progression to selective universities, courses and professions. Working in outstanding Sixth Form Colleges and school Sixth Form settings in the UK, I understand the transformative potential of 16-18 education; at its best a catalyst for the academic and social development of young people, a springboard and stepping stone to university/undergraduate study after Secondary school.

My early career as a teacher of A Level Biology proved instrumental in preparing students to secure places to read Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science at prestigious universities. As Head of Sixth Form this expanded to deliver an enriched curriculum for students and bespoke guidance to enable progression to Oxbridge and the Russell Group and professions such as Law, Architecture, Engineering and Art. I’m acutely aware of the value of investment in the education and advice experienced by 16-18 year olds during their schooling, with decisions made, and opportunities offered, re-paid throughout their adult life.

 

The GES A Level experience is designed to provide our students with the academic success and personal confidence to excel and progress to universities in the UK, Europe, US and beyond to fulfil their potential and achieve their academic and professional ambitions.

My two children will attend GES Primary and will hopefully, in time, progress to benefit from an outstanding A Level experience at GES Sixth Form, a British curriculum that is academically challenging and personally fulfilling, benefiting from all the advantages of being located in an international city at the heart of Europe.

With the GES Sixth Form, we have built a vibrant and well-connected learning environment, where students benefit from the dynamic contrast between small-group personalised learning in their A Level classes complemented by the experience of working with larger groups of their peers across Sixth Form study EPQ, Duke of Edinburgh and language classes alongside social time in enrichment classes.

The student experience at GES differs slightly from some very large institutions, both locally in Switzerland as well as in France and the UK. We’re proud to be able to say that we can meet the needs, and explore the potential, of every one of our Sixth Form students because we know them.

The combination of small group teaching, established pastoral relationships and the calm and mature learning environment means each of our students is developed to become a young adult ready to thrive and achieve as they progress to be the next generation of educated, articulate and compassionate young adults in the world.