At GES our main language of teaching is English.
In Nursery, we run a bilingual immersion programme, which gradually transitions into French being taught in a more structured way in the younger year groups of the Primary. French is then integrated into the curriculum from the age of 4 upwards and all pupils have French lessons 4 times per week. As they progress through the school, pupils are grouped into beginner, intermediate and advanced learning groups which allows new pupils access to French anytime at the appropriate level.
Given the fortunate location in French-speaking Switzerland and our early teaching of French, many students will be ready for an early GCSE French at the end of Year 9 (rather than at the end of Year 11) and this is facilitated at GES.
In Years 5 and 6 at Primary, all pupils receive German and Spanish lessons (for part of the school year).
From the age of 11, at Secondary, all pupils study French and choose either German or Spanish as a second Modern Foreign Language until they have completed their GCSEs (aged 16).
In their final two years of school, pupils choose the subjects they wish to study for A Levels. Depending on their choices this may or may not include languages, but the opportunity to continue language learning will be encouraged via complementary courses for students to achieve language proficiency level to allow them to study at local or neighbouring countries’ universities.