John Corlette founded our school with just six students in 1949. Born in London in 1911, he moved to Switzerland at 16 after a bout of ill health, attending Alpine College in Arveyes, just outside Villars, before following in his father’s footsteps and training as an architect.
Having discovered a flair for teaching, Mr Corlette read history at Exeter College, Oxford. He worked at Gordonstoun School, Scotland, and drew inspiration from its iconic founder, the German educator Kurt Hahn.
Mr Corlette believed true education transcended academic study alone and had to address the development of the whole person. His approach developed the mind, body and spirit through practices such as regular moments of quiet reflection – “meditations” – and outdoor expeditions, which remain central to daily life at Aiglon.
Our founder died in 1977. His legacy lives on both in the school he created and its worldwide network of alumni. From modest beginnings, Aiglon College has evolved over the last seven decades into a truly international community, remaining loyal to Mr Corlette’s educational vision to this day.