Switzerland top boarding school in a beautiful location!
Agile College is both independent and non-profit boarding school which is located in the Swiss Alps in the village of Chesieres. It started its functioning in 1949 with just 6 students and founded by British man John Corlette, and presently the school includes 366 students from almost 52 countries. Education at Siglon College is based on modern approach and on guiding rules which were started with its foundation. These educational value make sure that students will be prepared for both grown up life and for university education.
This Aiglon Swiss boarding schools was founded in 1949 by John Corlette who used to be a students and later on a teacher at Gordounston. At first the school was only for boys but in 1968 it went co-educational. Despite the fact that main language used at school is English, there are French days organised because of the fact that the School is located in a French speaking part of Switzerland. Students are required to attend at least two overnight hiking expeditions in each term, which gives 6 expeditions per year, ski four times a week during winter time and also participate in such outdoor activities as: being, rock climbing and canoeing. The Good Schools Guide International referred to the School as the one of ‚strong educational, strong emotionally and tough physically.’
Number of students
|Year of foundation:
This Swiss boarding school was founded in 1949 by John Corlette who was a former pupil and teacher at Gordounston. Originally a boy's-only school run along Gordounston lines, the school went co-educational in 1968. Though the language of instruction is English, French is taught and encouraged with "French days", because the school is in a French-speaking part of Switzerland. For "outward bound" type activities, students are required to go on at least two overnight hiking expeditions each term, totalling six expeditions in a year, ski four times a week during the winter term and take part in outdoor activities including mountain biking, canoeing, rock climbing and Via Ferrata (‘iron road’). The Good Schools Guide International called the school ‘strong educationally, strong emotionally and tough physically.’
|Campus size and facilities:
The Aiglon College has a campus which is 60,000 squares metres big
with 23 buildings, including 8 boarding houses. In the year 2013, the school
opened a new dormitory for girls. Two years ago we have presented a new indoor
sports hall. In 2006 we opened new dormitory fro boys and we are planning to
expand our library and to design our very new Performing Arts Centre.
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Name of Director: Valerie Scullion
Address: Aiglon College, 61 Avenue Centrale, 1885 Chesieres, Switzerland
Tel: +41 24 496 6126
Fax: +41 24 496 6162
Rolling or fixed admission date? Rolling
Application fee: 1200 GBP
International application fee: 1200 GBP
Cost of tuition
7 days boarding: 62000 GBP
Needs based aid: Offered
Percentage of students receiving some aid: 5%
Average aid awarded: not publicised
Percentage of students receiving merit scholarschips: 2%
Average merit scholarschip awarded: not publicised
About the school
Aiglon College is a boarding school in Switzerland and it is famous for its great international reputation and fro great level of education which meets the highest international requirements. Aiglon is located in the Swiss Alps in the French speaking part of Switzerland - in the village of Chesieres-Villars. Aiglon has a campus which is designed and kept in a traditional chalet-style with some modern aspects, there are well-equipped laboratories and a campus-wide computer network.
A sense of community
At Aiglon all of the young people from 9 to 18 are brought together. We are proud that our students’ community includes students from over 50 nationalities, languages and cultures. It is a really vital experience to live in such a diverse community because they can learn more about understanding and we can promote a sense of multi-cultural society.
The atmosphere at Aiglon is cosy, friendly and very much home alike. We put a lot of emphasis on discipline, discussion, interpersonal relations and pastoral care.
The whole curriculum and international baccalaureate
At Aiglon students are faced with an international approach which combines the English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which makes the study program laugh and demanding. Classes are conducted in English language and each school day is started with meditation to have a moment for reflection. Our students can count on a strong pastoral care and for our well-qualified staff: pupil ratio 1:6 and the average of 8 students in each class gives us a possibility to treat each student individually. Students study for IGCSEs and the IB Diploma, as well as IELTS and U.S. American College Board Exams. We are trying to sou our best and to support our students in being accepted for the best international universities and colleges worldwide. Graduates from the Aiglon Colleges are enrolled in the best schools at the moment.
Extra curricular activities
Music, drama and art are a very important aspects at our school and we can present an informal performances shown during Parents’ Weekend. Sports and games are conducted in a new Sport Centre, where students can also find s fitness room and swimming pool and ski slopes.
We are great supporters of outdoor activities such as rock climbing, kayaking or camping. Cultural excursions are organised each year to major European cities and there is a commitment to the Duke of Edinburg’s Award Scheme. The whole school is dedicated to community service either in the school or locally and even worldwide.
For children at the age of 9 and 11 whose mother tongue is English or French lessons are carried out in one of the two languages. French, Geography and History are conducted in French and the other subjects are in English. We put a lot of emphasis on a second language because we know that this is the time for our Students when they are most receptive. The Junior School also offers English as a Second Language for all if the students who are non English speaking and aged 10-12. From age 11, the Junior School curriculum includes English, Maths, French, Scuence, Art, Music, Drama, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Physical Education and Computing.
Strong pastoral guidance allows our students to live together and to care for each other, as well as to learn from each other, and being an explorer of new values of life. The Junior School Curriculum is planned in such a way as to facilitate students going to the Senior School programme.
The Junior School expeditions are becoming more and more challenging and are offered to the 9 to 11 years old five times a term. The tasks are becoming more and more difficult and we want to be sure that our students are well prepared for the challenges of the Senior School.
La Casa and La Baita, are the to Junior School house, and these two provide warm and cosy atmosphere. Houseparents are taking care of the students and both ensure that everyone feels like home.
Each student is signed to a house, and this is a place where there live, relax and sleep. Here they are surrounded by friends and can spend some time in a peaceful atmosphere. By being a part of a particular house, students can find out what a positive competition really is.
Houseparents are responsible for the students who belong to their house and they take care of their needs and are supported by a Deputy Houseparent and a team of Tutors. There are 8 houses at Aiglon. In the Junior School, boys house is called La Baita and the girls’ is La Casa. In the Senior School, there are 3 different houses for girls, Claremont, Exeter and le Cerf, as well as 3 houses for boys: Alpina, Belvedere and Delaware. The houses are located near each other and just a few minutes from the classrooms.
Dress code: Formal
What we offer?
We provide proper and broad education for our junior school
students from 9 to 13 and we want to prepare them for specialised educational
programme as the grow up. A transition year, a third form, leads our students
to learn for GCSE and IGCSE exams. In the final two years of education, Sixth
Form students study the IB Diploma Programme and choose 6 subjets, three at the
Higher Level and three at Standard Level. Again the process is supervised and
the final results is a special planned programme for each student.
We can also offer 8 foreign languages: French, Germany, Spanish,
Italian, Russian, Arabic, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.
Number of teachers and their qualifications: 60 full-time teachers, 20 part-time (music, language)
Student/teacher ratio: 6:1
Average class size: 8-12
Number of AP courses offered: 0
Social life & attractions
On Wednesday and Saturday, in the afternoons, students can visit
the village for leisure. Each of the houses arranges trips to larger cities to
find out more about its history or to simply go shopping and have fun. In the
senior school there is many trips to European capital cities organised
throughout the year.
Food shop between main meals - Sports Centre can be used to
practice fitness until 10pm - Library - common areas in each house - outdoor
pitches - the Alpine ski resort of Villars during winter season.
50+ clubs (faith groups, chess, economics, etc)
Sport and culture
Sport facilities at Aiglon we have our own sports centre (2500 square meters) with two NBA size basketball halls and these can be divided into 6 badminton courts - fitness centre - expeditions centre. As Villars is a Club Med resort, we are accredited an access to tennis courts, two golf courses, a swimming pool and track and field facilities. Because of our location we can provide an access to a ski resort with more than 100 places.
|What we offer?
Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis, Golf, Water Sports, Grass Hockey, Rugby, Swimming, Skating, Skiing and Athletics
|Culture and arts:
Many students of Aiglon participate in music making of various types. Whether learning an instrument, studying music or just performing it for fun in bands or choruses, all of our students are encouraged to develop and master their technical skills, theoretical knowledge and discovering a live for music. Curriculum lessons are carried out in the Oudang Room, which is especially prepared to teach and rehearse music. The room is so big than even 60 people can rehearse in the same time.
We have also a Keyboard Lab where our students have an access to 16 iMac computers. This allows our students to develop their skills to compose music by using a specified programs and softwares. Our students who study music for GCSE and IB are encourage to master their technological skills by having an access to amours Music Department’s digital recording studio.
The Music Department staff is made of 14 full and part-time teachers. They conduct curricular and instrumental lessons in various styles and instruments and in one week at Aiglon College around 250 individual music lessons are taught across all year groups. Students can study:
• Traditional orchestral instruments
• Jazz and rock instruments
• Drum kit and percussion
• Music Technology
A comprehensive programme of weekly ensemble activities complements individual study. These include:
• Girls’ Choir
• School Choir
• Junior School Choir
• Junior School Wind Band
• Prep Form Choir
• Numerous tutored rock bands
• Percussion ensemble
• String Group
• Theory classes
• Wind and brass chamber groups
Additionally our students are encouraged to face the music by visiting with Switzerland and UK concerts to listen and to discover various types of music. Recently these visits included local classical concerts, rock concerts in Geneva and a trip to London. In the past two years the Music Department have organised tours to Prague and in 2013 to Malta.
Our art class are carried out in the mann Art studio which gives an opportunity for both two and three dimensional work. This is important for us to enable our students to both learn from each other and from their teachers. Communication and discussion are the two vital aspects at our school and a principal role of teachers is to give our students safe and conductive environment.
Opportunities to study and research in galleries and other locations, both within Switzerland and abroad, form an important part of our students curriculum. A changing character of the department is the wide variety and choice of approaches to both problem solving and results. The department enjoys significant exam success and each year a number of Aiglon students continue their studies at some of the most famous Art, Architecture and Design colleges worldwide.
Drama students are encouraged to produce plays and devised work and also visit the theatre to see wonderful performances of the most famous actors. Recently, GCSE, AS and A2 students enjoyed a five-day trip to London to see some of the best productions in some of the world’s most exciting theatres. We also invite to Aiglon professional theatre practitioners who offer workshops and guidance. This year alone we have worked with Marcello Magni of ‘Theatre de Complicite’ and Neil Bettles from Frantic Assembly, two of the world’s most innovative theatre companies. Our main rehearsal/ performance space is Exeter Hall and we also have a drama studio and access to the School’s dance studio.
The Drama Department produces excellent productions such as Amadeus, Cabaret, Woyzeck, Animal Farm, and trains its students skills in physical and vocal performance to a very professional level. The Department has strong links with both the Music and Dance Departments and Drama students are encouraged and expected to participate in and learn about all performance arts. The Aiglon Drama Department is committed to producing students who are well trained in using their voice and physicality to communicate successfully. It is also a great concern that students learn to write clearly, intellectually and analytically; a life skill that will help all students in whatever they do in the future.
Agile can offer two summer programs: 1) a three-week July summer
course and 2) a two-week August summer school which are composed of language
instruction in the morning and sports activities in the afternoon. During
weekend, our students can leave campus and participate in mountain expeditions,
including camping in the Alps.
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Why Should You Choose this School?
Life at Aiglon College is busy and may be quiet a challenge even for the most dedicated and hard working students. The study programme is based on academic curriculum in order to make each student the best, we provide pastoral care and many attractions which are carried out outside the classrooms. At Aiglon we think internationally and we are based on a long tradition British educational model. Switzerland is really welcoming for international students, and Aiglon College gives them an opportunity to study in this great country. At Aiglon we combine English language based curriculum with multi national approach to education in order to give the world tomorrow’s best leaders.