The British School in The Netherlands (BSN) has announced its plans to expand its primary school campus in Leidschenveen to include a secondary school, which will generate up to 550 additional learning places. The development of a secondary school at the existing Junior School Leidschenveen (JSL) campus is testament to the BSN’s ambition to create a learning continuum (from the ages of 3-18) with purpose-built design.
When discussing the school’s plan for growth, CEO/Principal Kieran Earley commented: “Our plans are not to grow in an acquisitive way but we see this as an opportunity to continue our organic growth whilst continuously meeting demand.”
The Leidschenveen campus development addresses the growing demand for international education not only in The Hague area, but in The Netherlands. Subject to planning approval, the expansion will add 7202 m2 to the existing 9567 m2 of the current JSL facilities. In September 2018, the school will welcome its first cohort of secondary school students in Year 7 (ages 11-12). It is planned for the secondary school to grow year on year as it adds a Year 7 cohort each new school year. More information: www.britishschool.nl/
Growing need for international education
International schools are high on the political agenda in The Hague. There is an increasing demand for international primary and secondary education as a result of the country’s foreign direct investment targets and due to the Dutch government’s focus on ‘internationalising’ education in general.
The BSN focuses on organic growth and has prided itself for always having a place for any student wanting a British curriculum education since 1931. CEO/Principal Kieran Earley adds: “In a fastchanging world the international population of BSN and mix of different cultures and languages have proven to be extremely beneficial to young people. We also encourage Dutch students to experience the benefits of BSN.” The BSN now has three primary school campuses in The Hague and one secondary school campus in Voorschoten.
The BSN is an active participant in the International Education Taskforce, an initiative from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry for Education, Culture and Science.
A learning continuum
At present, Junior School Leidschenveen and the other two primary schools offer a British International education for students aged 3 to 11, representing 80 different nationalities. In Voorschoten, the secondary school offers both the British and International Baccalaureate curriculum for students aged 11 to 18. With the expansion of the Leidschenveen campus, the site will be the first BSN campus to provide a learning continuum for ages 3-18. A connected ‘one school’ vision sustains academic and social outcomes for all children. Junior School Leidschenveen currently provides 575 places for primary school children.
New campus design
In addition to designs that incorporate the latest thinking in flexible learning spaces, the new secondary school will boast roof-top terraces and sports pitches, a full-size sports hall and an innovative geometric ‘Assembly Dome’. This futuristic space will enable students from both the primary and secondary schools to share a place in which to eat, perform and present their work. The roof of the dome will be turfed, retaining outside play space for the children. The new facilities at Leidschenveen will also contain many environmental and sustainable elements which will enhance energy performance; for example, solar panels and ventilation with CO2 sensors will be incorporated. It will be a ‘Cradle to Cradle’ certified school in the Netherlands, with materials signposted for potential future re-use and recycling. Completion of the first stage of the Leidschenveen campus expansion is planned for May 2019.
The British School in The Netherlands will concurrently address what a school needs to do now, and in the future, to prepare students for the world of 2030. The school owns a building in the Mariahoeve area of The Hague and will use this as a brownfield site to build a new innovative ‘learning hub’ named BSN Connect.
The hub will be used by BSN students and teachers from all of its campuses to test new teaching and learning methods, receive masterclasses from local businesses and watch performances in a planned state of the art theatre. BSN Connect will be a functional and metaphorical representation of The BSN culture. It will also be open for use by The Hague community to further these educational aims.
The existing building will be removed and replaced with a centre designed to deliver this vision.
Facilities in BSN Connect may include:A performance and lecture theatre;
Flexible learning spaces;
Immersive digital environments;
Adult learning (run by the BSN Language Centre and International Leadership Academy) and business/social enterprise projects
Construction on this building is planned to commence in July 2018.
About the British School in The Netherlands
For more than 80 years, the BSN has been located in The Hague and is one of the largest international schools in Europe. In re-imagining international education, the BSN prepares its community to be confident citizens and leaders in tomorrow’s world – constantly curious, pioneering and changing. The school delivers academic excellence and creates inspiring places for children. The BSN welcomes more than 80 nationalities. See for more information: www.britishschool.nl/
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