Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Le Régent College

Le Régent College is a British international boarding and day IB World School for students aged 4 to 18 in the Swiss Alps town of Crans-Montana. It is governed by four school principles: Courtesy, Compassion, Creativity, and Courage, which students and staff are expected to reflect upon and embrace. The discovery of and respect for others are at the heart of everything we do.

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Le Régent College

Fact Sheet

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Ages Taught 4 - 18
Nr. of Children 100
School Type Co-educational
Day/Boarding Full Boarding
Curriculum ESL Program, FLE Program, IGSCE, International Baccalaureate
Website https://www.leregentcollege.com/

Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities

They are a key component of our education as they contribute to developing courteous, compassionate, creative and courageous citizens of the world. They include study skills, debating, computer animation, current affairs, entrepreneurship, leadership training, academic fieldtrips, and cultural outings. Our outdoor education and expeditions programme is of primary importance as we are lucky to be located in the Swiss Alpine ski and golf resort of Crans-Montana. There is a real breadth of opportunity, allowing the keen to participate and enjoy, and the talented to excel.

Facilities

The campus consists of three buildings: the Junior School (3,000 m2), the Senior School (14,000 m2), a large and versatile Sports Hall, as well as two outdoor tennis courts. A magnificent golf course, which welcomes every year the Oméga European Masters, is at our doorstep. We work very closely with the golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre and take full advantage of their optimal facilities.

The bright and spacious classrooms benefit from our integrated state-of-the-art ICT infrastructure, interactive screens and personal iBooks. With the guidance of our outstanding teachers, this is truly an environment where every student can maximise their learning potential. The science labs are university quality and the Senior School library is the beating heart of the school.

We endeavour to cultivate a genuine love of reading and to empower students with the information literacy skills necessary to prepare them for a lifetime of learning. As a British International School our Library is committed to fostering intellectual curiosity and developing a whole school reading community. There are two separate library spaces in the school, to best serve the age and ability range of our students. The Libraries are a blend of tradition and innovation. They benefit from ‘state of the art’ ICT infrastructure and students and staff can connect electronic devices to the Wi-Fi network, giving them access to the latest e-resources. With a constantly growing collection of print and electronic books, journals and magazines, it fosters a culture in which students are encouraged to read widely, research and study.

The Art room is a gem in itself. It functions as a working studio where students benefit from a thorough art education. We teach traditional art-making practices to build a solid foundation for higher level learning and to enhance practical knowledge and dexterity. Our students also experiment with emerging creative media and we provide opportunities for unusual and challenging projects. Theoretical and curatorial practice is embedded in our courses with visits to internationally acclaimed art collections nearby. Every child is an artist at Le Régent College and we give them the tools and the confidence to keep expressing themselves artistically throughout their lives.

Quality pastoral care is at the heart of our College. We provide a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment where children can flourish. “More than home away from home is what pastoral care means to us. Indeed, boarders are able to combine the peaceful joy of being at home and the excitement of living with their friends. The boarders’ bedrooms contain hand-build customised furniture and en-suite facilities. The Junior School can accommodate 56 boarders and the Senior School 150.

 

Le Régent College

What sets us apart from other international boarding schools?

Our warmth and empathy; the staff’s caring and positive attitude towards each child; readiness to give time, attention and nurturing support to every student; the incredible mountain setting and safe haven we live in; the genuine family atmosphere we create; and the conviction that emotional intelligence deserves as much attention as academic intelligence. Through this approach, teachers, tutors, and House Parents establish with each student a special relationship based on mutual trust and our core values.

The Curricula

From Reception to Year 11, we teach a curriculum designed around our four founding principles and based on the British National Curriculum.  It leads to the (I)GCSE and is followed by the IB syllabus in the last two years of secondary school. The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging syllabus based on a balance of academic rigour and a skills-based approach to learning. It is best suited for preparing students to meet the challenges of university and life beyond.

Scholarships

Every year, we award scholarships to IB Diploma Programme students who show academic excellence and can contribute actively to the life of our international community. They are assigned to deserving students by financial need and are means tested. For more information: https://www.leregentcollege.com/ibdp-academic-scholarships

Bilingual infant school

Children aged 4 to 7 are taught a curriculum based on the British National Curriculum in both English and French by teachers whose native tongue is English or French. By the time the pupils are ready to join Year 3 and follow a curriculum taught only in English, they have become bilingual.  The focus is language in action through games, songs, and a plethora of activities outdoors as much as possible.

A rich and challenging co-curricular programme

Our rich co-curricular plan is an integral part of the education we offer. It is designed to provide students with opportunities to challenge themselves and experience a wide range of different activities. Amongst them are our iconic Long Expeditions which never fail to leave our students with a lasting sense of accomplishment while building their resilience and character.

Le Régent College is currently the only recognised institution outside of the UK that is a provider of the John Muir Award. This programme focuses on the respectful discovery of wild places and leads students to appreciate, respect and protect nature and the environment

Individual support

We provide the best possible surroundings and atmosphere for a balanced and happy life that enhances academic progress, personal growth, the development of unique talents, and the discovery of others. Class sizes are small (16 students maximum) and the tutoring system put in place does not leave any room for slacking and falling behind. Highly qualified and passionate, our teachers act as facilitators of learning, helping children develop critical thinking skills and promote self-learning. Students learn to ask questions and prompted towards finding solutions through exploration. They also benefit from the support of a dedicated tutor who coaches them throughout the school year and acts as an information relay for their parents.  

Boarding school life in the mountains

The special care given to the children’s welfare, together with a real family atmosphere, ensure a harmonious and happy life. Looking after the boarders is a full-time job for one of the House Parents. In both the Junior School and the Senior School, generous space allowance means comfortable, and well-appointed common rooms for the children’ s enjoyment and relaxation. On weekends, we offer a programme rich in sports, cultural activities, and mountain outings. Flexi-boarding is possible on request.

A modern yet cosy environment conducive to a family atmosphere ensures the harmonious development of every child. Also, the students enjoy the vibrant mountain city of Crans-Montana, a beautiful setting with a magnificent view, the fresh air of the mountain on a sunny plateau at 1,500 meters above sea level, and of course the proximity of the ski slopes and the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf course. Nestled in this beautiful environment, the school offers its students an optimal learning environment and a unique boarding experience.

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