Academic Departments

Students thrive in Aiglon’s rich educational environment. We offer a rigorous, challenging education with plenty of scope to pursue areas of particular talent and interest, helped by small class sizes and expert subject teachers.

All of our academic departments are staffed by specialist teachers and support staff. We also have an excellent range of facilities, such as the Kalouti Observatory, the Tony Jashanmal Sports Centre, multimedia language laboratories, and a digital music recording facility.

Students take part in a wide and varied programme of non-academic activities including expedition, service, drama, music and sport, all of which form the core Aiglon curriculum.

Astronomy

Astronomy

Astronomy Teacher, Mr David Fairweather

Our Space Science department is run jointly by staff and students. We are in the unique position of having our own observatory in the middle of our campus – the Kalouti Observatory. We hold "star party" events, open to the public, at the observatory. Aiglon students spend time with visitors, telling them about the wonders of the night sky. We offer an additional GCSE course in Astronomy for motivated students. This two-year course takes place in CAS time and is very popular. It requires high levels of personal motivation and includes observational astronomy using the observatory.

Biology

Biology

Head of Department, Mr James Piggot

An Aiglon Biology lesson might cover anything from genetic engineering to conservation, to the effect smoking has on the body. Whatever the subject matter, lessons are designed to help our students develop their understanding of the natural world and our existence within it. We encourage learning through doing, with a large number of opportunities to carry out investigations and make use of ICT, as well as to complete practical work outside the classroom.

Chemistry

Chemistry

Head of Department, Mrs Frances Barré

Chemistry is not just a laboratory science: rather, we put Chemistry at the very centre of our understanding of how the world works. From exploring the periodic table and issues relating to pollution, acid rain and global warming to training in the safe handling of chemical substances and equipment, we aim to give our students a thorough understanding of the nature and study of chemistry, with a strong emphasis on hands-on learning.

Drama & Theatre

Drama & Theatre

Head of Department, Ms Melanie Bloor-Black

Drama is central to Aiglon's holistic approach and we aim to inspire and develop a passion for theatre. It is an intellectually and physically challenging subject involving serious academic study of the theatrical arts, the self, and the world in which we live. Aiglon’s drama teachers are professionally trained theatre practitioners, and industry professionals regularly visit and assist with school productions.

Economics, Business Management

Economics, Business Management

Head of Department, Mr David Coulson

Economics and Business Management are exciting, practical subjects at Aiglon, in which principles and theories are explained, investigated and brought to life through real-world application. The syllabus is strongly international and encourages students to develop their global perspective. We encourage independent learning, challenge students through rigorous research assignments, and inspire them to take an interest in the world beyond Aiglon.

English

English

Head of Department, Ms Claire Tierney

Studying the English language is a central part of the Aiglon ethos. English is the working language of the school and students are soon expected to become fluent enough to access an English curriculum. We want to instil a love of reading, writing, libraries, and language. Students have the incentive of potentially seeing their work appear in school publications and particularly good pieces are sent to literary magazines.

Environmental Systems & Societies

Environmental Systems & Societies

Teacher, Mrs Laura Hamilton

Environmental Systems & Societies gives students a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between the environment and society. The teaching approach is such that students are allowed to evaluate the scientific, ethical and sociopolitical aspects of issues. At Aiglon, we make full use of our natural alpine environment which provides a unique ecosystem to assist in learning.

Geography

Geography

Head of Department, Mr Rory Kilgour

In Geography, students gain an understanding of global citizenship and of the future sustainable management and development of our world’s human and natural resources. We take every opportunity to carry out practical fieldwork in a variety of environments, using the unique advantage of our alpine location as often as possible. Students in the IB Diploma also do glaciation studies and have the opportunity of walking on the Wildstrubel glacier, as well as abseiling into one of the crevasses.

History

History

Head of Department, Ms Lucy Widdows

History provides a basis for understanding their role as responsible citizens within a global community. Junior School students study colourful, exciting topics from knights and the Vikings to polar exploration. In the Senior School, we follow a varied and challenging curriculum of international history, with a particular focus on the 20th century. Students should enjoy argument and debate, and be willing to participate in classroom discussions.

Information and Computer Technology

Information and Computer Technology

Head of Department, Mr Darren Wise

Our students gain a comprehensive grounding in using and interacting with computers, software, and technology, covering everything from touch-typing and word processing, to data analysis, web design, and video editing. Students learn to write programs using industry standard software and acquire a skillset equivalent to the International Computer Driving License. We are a founding member of the University of Cambridge's Computers at School group and we have strong links to IBM in the UK, whose Master Inventor Andy Stanford-Clark supports our department.

Mathematics

Mathematics

Head of Department, Mr Tom Higgins

Our students are taught a foundation of core skills, including problem-solving, logical thinking, number, algebra, and use of computers. At all ages and academic levels, we try to challenge, motivate and encourage, while making mathematics enjoyable, relevant and fun to learn. We follow the British National Curriculum in the Junior School, supplemented with extension work and mathematical challenges. At IGCSE, most students are entered for the higher tier. Mathematics is a compulsory part of the IB Diploma programme and can be studied at three levels: Higher (HL), Standard (SL), or Studies Standard.

Modern Languages

Modern Languages

Head of Department, Mr Ian Carter

The majority of Aiglonians speak more than one language, and many speak three or four. Consequently, Aiglon is a great place to learn a new language or brush up on an old one. Our language learning facilities include a multimedia language laboratory, an additional computer suite, and dedicated classrooms with excellent audio-visual facilities. Languages taught include: French, German, Spanish, as well as a wide range of other languages at the IB Diploma level including Italian, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.

Music

Music

Head of Department, Mr Brian Martineau

We study a wide range of genres, taking in everything from classical music to club mixes, and from ragtime to reggae, and experiment with many instruments and musical forms. We encourage all students to take an active role in the musical life of the school, and offer private tuition in orchestral, jazz and rock instruments, drum kit and percussion, piano, singing, and music technology. Students who are used to solfège or American terminology may continue using that system.

Physics

Physics

Head of Department, Mr John Turner

In Physics lessons at Aiglon, we set out to inspire and sustain an interest in, and enjoyment of, Physics and its applications. We take a hands-on approach to teaching, encouraging students to develop practical skills, and a sense of enquiry and objectivity. We also examine the lives of well-known physicists and explore the history of their discoveries. Lessons take place in purpose-built laboratories, as well as making use of the wider surrounding environment wherever possible.

Physical Education

Physical Education

Head of Department, Mr Simon Hayden

Physical Education and sports are essential parts of Aiglon’s commitment to the balanced development of mind, body, and spirit. As a department, we are able to encourage students to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, and to develop positive attitudes to sport and physical activity. We encourage students to pursue at least one sport to a competitive level. In the Winter Term, students alpine ski twice a week, free ski on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and can also participate in cross-country skiing, join a collective snowboard class, and train and race with an alpine racing team.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) & Religious Studies

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) & Religious Studies

Head of Department, Mr Esmond Tweedie

Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a distinctive and important part of the IB Diploma programme, is compulsory for all students. Religious Studies gives students a better understanding of the beliefs and values of others, and a chance to develop empathy, respect and tolerance. Students are not expected to be religious; instead they are encouraged to examine the beliefs and ideas they might already have in a rigorous and supportive environment. 

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Head of Department, Mr Pete Willett

Our studio is stocked with an extensive range of media and materials and we maintain a comprehensive art library. Students have the chance to explore many 2D and 3D art forms, as well as to examine a range of world-renowned artists. Lessons are designed to foster creativity, visual literacy and problem-solving skills. We believe students have much to learn from each other, as well as from their teachers, and we encourage members of all Aiglon’s year groups to communicate and work together.

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