Le Régent College
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|Ages Taught||4 - 18|
|Nr. of Children||100|
|Curriculum||ESL Program, FLE Program, IGSCE, International Baccalaureate|
Le Régent College
Le Régent Crans-Montana 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. It promotes critical thinking and creativity while providing the competencies necessary for lifelong learning and holistic development.
We are the first establishment of this type to benefit from both public and private financial grants, thus strengthening our credibility within the local community at a local and federal level. Therefore, we operate as an autonomous, private school while being embedded in the local community. As a result, we appeal to the locals and have enrolled a large number of day students, many of them from Valais. Each and every student, consequently, has the reassuring feeling that they are not part of an insular entity, but that they belong to the community in which they live.
As a school, Le Régent College expects its students to embrace and reflect on its four founding principles: courtesy, compassion, creativity and courage, which guide what we do from the boardroom to the classrooms. Our Ribbons award recognises the commitment that students show to the College’s four core values.
Through this approach to life, we encourage our students to become caring and compassionate young people, confident that they can create a better world. Through the dynamics of the multi-cultural environment, they are taught to value cultural differences.
Two conventional fields of activities, arts and sports, are key components of our curriculum. Being located in a mountain resort, the school focuses on outdoor sports and the discovery of nature. We also offer many opportunities to identify and nurture special abilities in drama, music and arts, thus building the students’ self-esteem, an important prerequisite for success.
More than 25 years of experience in leading top international schools backed up with reliable research have proven that students’ involvement in clubs and societies contributes to their cognitive and psychological development. Our children are encouraged to join as many student organisations as they wish from a plethora of choices such as reading clubs, MUN, survival skills, sewing and cooking.
We strongly believe that “even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now” – Mattie Stepaneck. With this in mind, our focus is to provide our future graduates with all the skills and qualifications they will need to enter tomorrow’s fiercely competitive job market. We are lucky to have built from scratch the school of our dreams where we can offer modern, purpose-built facilities with state-of-the-art technology in an Alpine surrounding. A modern and convivial setting, conducive to a family-like atmosphere, ensures the harmonious progress of each and every student.
Convinced that the early years of life are the most important for learning, Le Régent College has opened a Reception class which offers an environment that is caring, fun and filled with stimulating challenges. Our very young pupils are given the opportunity for both indoor and outdoor learning in the exceptional environment on our doorstep. We want our young children to play and explore, try and persevere, make choices, be creative, solve problems, and reach their unique and individual potential. Our Pre-prep classes (Reception to Year 2) are bilingual, French – English.
The UK syllabus is taught to Years 1-11, leading to GCSE and IGSCE, followed by the International Baccalaureate syllabus in the last two years of secondary school. The College has already firmly established itself as a provider in English as a Second Language education preparing its pupils to take the Cambridge KET and PET examinations.
Sports and 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.
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.
Miss Mary SidebottomDirector of Admissions