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Schools in the Netherlands

A snapshot overview of schools in Arnhem that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

Rivers Arnhem International School, Primary Department

EYFS/Adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 4-12; co-ed; day; state; 175 pupils

International department of Dutch state primary school teaching the British curriculum to mainly expat children from a wide range of nationalities. Also teaching programmes in Dutch language and culture.

Arnhem International School, Secondary Department

MYP/IB Diploma; ages 12-19; co-ed; day; state; 125 pupils

International department of Dutch state secondary school catering to a wide range of nationalities Offering the IB Middle Years and Diploma programmes. Small school with small classes (average 15).

‘t Pompeltje - Pre-school

No English-language pre-schools in Arnhem, but many international parents send children to ‘t Pompeltje, the pre-school attached to the Aletta Jacobs School. Instruction is in Dutch. Parents are usually offered places for twice weekly attendance: one afternoon and one morning session (8:30-12:00 or 1:00-3:30). There is a waiting list.

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    Dutch children are the happiest in Europe according to a report issues by UNICEF (2013).  The survey also ranked The Netherlands as the clear leader when well being is evaluated by children themselves.  The education system undoubtedly has a role to play in the happiness stakes.  So what is the Dutch education system? The words choice, unique and equality in education indeed have positive connotations for most. They can, however, spell confusion and complication when it comes to understanding the nuts and bolts of the system.

  • Before You Go: Netherlands Links, Books and Movies

    As with all GSGI links, we only add the ones we like, have used, or think could be useful. These recommended links for expats in Netherlands have been recommended by GSGI editors or readers. In some cases, the links take you to a website for which we provided some of the content (so naturally we think it's excellent!).

  • Educational overview: schooling in the Netherlands

    Dutch schooling looks like pretty clear sailing, certainly in comparison to many international postings. But there are a few swells and troughs the unsuspecting new arrival might not discover until too late; GSGI Hague Editor Naomi Little Smith set them out clearly, making it easy to weather the storm (with apologies for the extended metaphor). 

  • Expat living in Arnhem

    It may be as flat, but Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. The thought of moving to the Netherlands may seem as simple as clicking your heels together. It is Europe after all; how hard can it be? The low-down on the lowland of clogs, tulips, windmills and cheese becomes a quest for the perfect question… asked and answered by experienced expat Helen Hagemann.


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