The Junior School consists of three sections: Preparatory Forms (age 9-11), First and Second Forms (age 11-13) and the Junior EAL Forms (age 9-13). We have two Junior Houses: girls live in La Casa and boys live in La Baita. Prep (homework) is done in classrooms or in the dining room.
Our Junior School curriculum is designed to inspire excitement and curiosity, and leads seamlessly into the Senior School curriculum. We strike a balance between the core subjects of English, mathematics, and science, and a wide range of other subjects including French, Art, Music, Drama, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Physical Education (PE), and Computing.
We encourage our Junior School students to start developing their own interests and aptitudes early. A maximum staff-student ratio of 1:5 ensures they receive exceptional levels of attention and encouragement. Our aim is to give our Junior School learners a firm foundation on which to build and, most importantly, to give them a love of learning for its own sake.
In the Junior School, students take part in our expeditions programme five times a term. The tasks become increasingly more challenging, ensuring they are thoroughly prepared for more advanced expeditions by the time they reach the Senior School.
BSc (Hons) Geography, Queen's University
PGCE, Queens' University
Stuart Hamilton is Head of Junior School and Houseparent, with his wife Laura, of La Baita. He is a member of the School Council.
After graduating from Queen’s University with a degree in Geography, Mr Hamilton trained as a teacher, and has worked all over the world, including at Harrow International School, Bangkok.
A keen swimmer and badminton player, Mr Hamilton says one of the highlights of his year is the Aiglon Challenge, and the way it brings all ages and students and staff together to reach one goal.
“I truly believe in international education and that by giving young people the experience of other religions and nationalities we can educate global citizens.”