About Verbier International School (VIS)
Verbier International School delivers a world-class educational experience with a bespoke and holistic emphasis. Its education goes beyond the curriculum and will provide your children with learning experiences that will last a lifetime. We offer an education from ages 3 to 16 years, for both international and local students.
Verbier International School is a unique place where children are immersed in a beautiful and safe mountain environment.
Learning at our school is characterised by critical thinking, creativity and individual attention. With a strong emphasis on competitive sports and the arts, the resilience and self belief of each child is developed, helping them become socially aware leaders.
Our teachers employ a mixture of traditional methods and the latest technologies to encourage and motivate students to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. The academic programme at Verbier International School is designed to foster excellence, personal development and commitment to the community.
VIS aims to provide our students with a first-class, well-rounded education while being immersed in a beautiful and safe mountain environment.
Critical thinking, creativity and open-mindedness to the cultures and beliefs of others inspire learning at our school. With a strong emphasis on sports and the arts, we believe in developing the personality of each student and helping them to become principled global citizens.
VIS is located in the heart of the beautiful village of Verbier. Our primary school building, Chalet Mascotte, has a large playground and boasts excellent sports facilities within a two minute walk. Primary-aged children love the wooden chalet with pleasant classrooms and comfortable places to sit, relax and read. Excellent facilities include a IGCSE-level science lab where young scientists can experiment, a well-equipped music room, and a balcony garden where our pupils love to grow vegetables and flowers.
Secondary students use a separate well-equipped building, Chalet Orny, in central Verbier. Adjacent to the building is a fantastic playground with access to a multi-use games area for ball games and an adventure playground. Chalet Orny includes several classrooms of different sizes so teaching can occur in full classes or in smaller, breakout groups.
VIS creates the right environment for our students to thrive. Well-being is key to successful learning and the school promotes a holistic approach to academia and enrichment activities. A student’s long-term success will best be attained through developing self-confidence and the resilience to cope with more demanding tasks. Happy, well-balanced children and adolescents are those who feel supported to take risks and understand their roles as global citizens.
Academic teaching takes place in small classes, where teachers carefully follow their students’ progress and provide individual support. There is a focus on each student’s specific needs and strengths, and they are challenged accordingly. The aim is to allow every student to make the best of their talents and to become strong and self-confident adults, unafraid of further challenges.
Learning occurs not only in the classroom but also outdoors, where nature challenges us in other ways. When skiing or hiking, students learn to go outside their comfort zone and learn that they are stronger than they thought. Outdoor specialists are employed to ensure careful planning of our outings and that safety regulations are adhered to.
Art, music, and drama allow students to explore their ability to be creative and acquire a better understanding of themselves through reflection.
Living in Verbier
Perched on a sunny plateau in the heart of the Valais Alps, Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village.
This is the gateway to the 4 Vallées ski area – with nearly 100 lifts and more than 400 km of ski runs for all levels of expertise at your feet. Mont Fort, the highest point of the ski area at 3’330 m, offers a panorama over the Matterhorn, the Grand Combin and the Mont Blanc massif.
Made up of picturesque villages, the Val de Bagnes stretches for more than 25 kilometres, from Le Châble to the impressive Mauvoisin Dam. This is a veritable kaleidoscope of surroundings – from pastures to eternal glaciers – and the region is home to one of Switzerland’s greatest natural reserves.
The language of the region is French, but many residents speak English. German is also widely spoken. The views of the surrounding mountains, forests and valleys are spectacular, and most properties in Verbier are built in a traditional style, incorporating locally-sourced wood and stone.
Verbier is unrivalled for winter and summer sports, as well as offering many non-sporting and cultural activities, all set in a healthy and safe mountain environment. Businesses and entrepreneurs will also find many advantages to a Canton de Valais location, and Verbier in particular given its international outlook. Verbier proudly hosts international sporting and cultural events every year.
Meet the Headmaster
Esmond Tweedie joins Verbier International School as its new Headmaster with 20 years of experience working in the education sector. He has a passion for education, with the belief that every decision made by a school should enable each student to be fulfilled and emboldened by their learning.
Educated at Eton College and Durham University, Esmond spent 5 years working in the financial services recruitment in London, before moving into the education sector at Oundle School, the UK’s third largest boarding school.
After seven years at Oundle, Esmond had become Head of Economics, master in charge of soccer, earned a second degree, ski instructed in Siviez and taken school trips around the world including cycle tours from Lands End to John O’Groats and Canterbury to Rome.
Esmond relocated to Switzerland in 2010, joining Aiglon College based in Villars. Since then he has developed a clear understanding and awareness of international education. As a member of the senior leadership team at Aiglon, Esmond has held responsibility for both academic and pastoral elements of the school, including management of the IB process and the student tutorial programme.
Esmond is married with three children, and as a family they enjoy all elements of Swiss alpine life; in particular, hiking, mountain biking and skiing.
As headmaster of VIS, Esmond is looking to inspire students to develop character and a love of learning both within and beyond the classroom.