Montreux, Switzerland

Peerless Boarding - Montreux

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Private International School in Montreux, Switzerland

The boarding school is a premium, private international school in Montreux, Switzerland. Ranked in the top 5 IB Schools in Switzerland, it offers a holistic experience to its pupils and exemplifies academic excellence. Superbly located in Montreux, the school campus is nestled amongst lakes and mountains, offering a unique natural setting for children aged 18 months to 18 years to enjoy an innovative learning experience. Dedicated educators are committed to developing each pupil’s potential with engaging and personalised teaching, both in and outside the classroom.

Bilingual Primary school in Montreux

Our Junior School aims to give your children the very best primary education, preparing them for their future in secondary school and beyond. Our bilingual Junior School experience is designed to immerse pupils in both English and French equally. We also offer an English pathway for pupils. 

This is a gentle introduction into bilingualism, rather than a full immersion as provided by our bilingual programme. By having five French lessons a week as well as doing Music and Art in French the children can improve their language skills and grow in confidence at their own pace. Children can transition into the bilingual programme when and if they are ready. Our teachers’ expertise in language acquisition enables every pupil to enjoy learning through experience, while in a caring and supportive environment. We see bilingualism as a process that is unique to every child.

Junior School

How will your child benefit?

Our Cambridge International Primary programme enables us to offer supportive, individualised and holistic learning opportunities within an exceptional learning environment. 

Your child’s needs as a learner are at the heart of our approach to education. Our pupils are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. 

Our pupils develop awareness and appreciation of local, national and global issues, learning about their important role to shape our ever-changing world. 

As your child as they take their first steps in education, our Cambridge International Primary programme offers a robust foundation with excellent curriculum progression. 

Language Pathways

Children may join us at any time with various levels of development of English and French. A bilingual English French pathway as well as an English pathway cater for all needs. 

Our school values Home Language(s) and facilitates learning opportunities in class and outside of school to develop these.

Our teachers’ expertise in language acquisition enables every child to enjoy learning through experience and in a caring and supportive environment. 

We see bilingualism as a process that is unique to every child. 

Measuring progress

Accurately measuring your child’s potential and progress can transform learning. Through robust and rigorous computer-based assessments we measure progress, benchmark potential and identify needs. Classroom assessments and feedback enables your child to celebrate ‘what went well’ and to identify clear steps for further improve.

Bilingual Secondary School in Montreux

Our Secondary School (Middle) is an essential period between Primary (Junior) and High (Senior) School where pupils learn key skills in a fun and creative environment. Our Lower Secondary International Cambridge curriculum is tailored to pupils with any language background and promotes bilingual English /French competencies. 

The international programme is a clear pathway for progression with a contemporary pedagogical approach and offers choice and flexibility while developing Cambridge learners’ attributes: Confidence, Responsibility, Reflection, Innovation and Engagement. A solid pastoral framework guides all learners in Year 6 to Year 9 towards becoming well-rounded individuals.

Secondary School

Curriculum programme:

Our Lower Secondary International Cambridge curriculum caters to pupils with any language background, promotes bilingualism, maintains consistency and continuity from the Junior School and provides creativity and collaboration for effective learning. Lessons blend traditional and modern learning approaches to cater for each pupil. 

The Secondary School provides a holistic approach that encourages all pupils to challenge themselves and develop their confidence in the three pillars of the Inspired Group’s vision: the academic, sporting, and artistic fields.

Our learners also acquire crucial tools in the study of International Citizenship, and our innovative and dedicated Life Skills Programme enables our pupils to become balanced individuals with intercultural and altruistic minds. 

Leadership skills

The Secondary School provides an early opportunity to develop responsibility and leadership skills and pupils to take an active role in its daily organisation. Pupils can become members of the Pupil Council, Monitors, School Ambassadors or House Captains to engage fully in the life of their school and maintain its visionary and modern outlook. 

High school in Switzerland

Our High School delivers education to pupils in the four final years of secondary education. From Year 10 to Year 13, our pupils are offered multiple opportunities to fulfil their individual potential and develop their talents academically and personally.

High School

Curriculum programme:

Our broad and balanced International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme in Years 10 and 11, enables pupils to explore their areas of interest in a nurturing and supportive environment where creative arts and sport support our holistic approach to education. 

In Years 12 and 13, our International Baccalaureate Diploma and General Diploma programmes offer multiple subject options and combinations. Pupils fulfil the requirements for university entry while developing as principled, well-rounded lifelong learners and committed global citizens.

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education course of study is implemented within the second stage of secondary education in Years 10 and 11. At the school, the programme is taught to pupils aged 14 to 16. 


The Pre-Diploma Programme has been designed for students aged 15-16 who want to build a solid foundation before embarking on their two year IB Programme or High School Diploma Programme.

General Diploma

The General Diploma Programme (GDP) is a two-year course which includes the study of the following subjects: Language, Foreign Language, Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics and Computing and Expressive & Performing Arts. The High School Diploma is awarded to pupils who have successfully completed four years of high school study and met the school’s graduation requirements. 

International Baccalaureate

Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) has developed four different educational programmes designed to be undertaken in succession throughout formative education, culminating in the IB Diploma Programme, a challenging two-year curriculum aimed at pupils aged 16 to 19. The IB qualification is welcomed by leading universities around the world. 


What is an IGCSE course?

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an internationally recognised qualification provided by the University of Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE). 

An IGCSE is designed to be taught as a 2-year course. Exams are taken by pupils in Year 11 (US Grade 10) and are equivalent to the UK GCSE and Cambridge International GCE O Level examinations. 

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 years old. 

What are the benefits of the IGCSEs?

The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum provides an excellent foundation for a range of higher-level courses, including the IB Diploma. It is recognised by schools, universities, and institutes around the world. 

Cambridge IGCSE courses are designed to allow pupils to achieve high quality academic and personal skills. They develop pupils’ confidence, responsibility, reflection, innovation, and engagement in acquiring knowledge. The curriculum is flexible, giving pupils the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them. 

The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum

The curriculum offers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including pupils whose first language is not English. 

Pupils preparing for further education follow a broad and balanced curriculum from the following subject areas: 

  • Group 1: Languages 

  • Group 2: Humanities and Social Sciences 

  • Group 3: Sciences 

  • Group 4: International Mathematics 

  • Group 5: Creative, Technical and Vocational

The curriculum develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in: 

  • Subject content 

  • Applying knowledge and understanding to familiar and new situations 

  • Intellectual enquiry 

  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change 

  • Working and communicating in English 

  • Cultural awareness


IGCSE Assessment

Most assessments take place at the end of the course with a mix of assessment methods, including practical exercises, oral and listening tests and written examinations. Pupils are expected to achieve at least a C in all subject areas. 

Examinations are held in school in May and June each year, with results issued in August. Subjects are graded A* through to G, with A* being the highest. 

IGCSE Assessment

Pupils who successfully achieve 5 C Grades at IGCSE are eligible to progress to our IB Diploma Programme. The Diploma Programme requires pupils to select subjects from similar IGCSE subject groups. Therefore, the topics chosen for the IBDP should ideally be related to pupils’ previous studies. Pupils’ IGCSE results for their proposed IB Higher Level (HL) subjects, should be of grade B or above in those areas. 

IB Diploma Programme

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has developed four different educational programmes, one of which is the IB Diploma Programme, a challenging two-year curriculum aimed at pupils aged 16 to 19.

Gained upon completion of the course, the IBDP qualification is welcomed by leading universities around the world.

At the school, English is the main language of instruction on the IB Diploma Programme.

What is the profile of the IB Diploma?

IB Diploma pupils develop strong academic and personal skills by: 

  • asking challenging questions 

  • understanding how to learn effectively 

  • developing a strong sense of their own identity and culture 

  • building communication skills and understanding of other cultures


The IB learner profile

The IB Learner Profile was developed from the IBO Mission Statement and describes the ideal character of an IB pupil. IB Diploma pupils are encouraged to be Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators, Risk-takers, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Knowledgeable, Balanced and Reflective. 

IB Diploma pupils are active, compassionate, and lifelong learners and will exhibit each of the characteristics in the learner profile at various stages during their education. As a result of their robust education, IB pupils are better prepared for further study and enjoy diverse career paths. 

The Core

All pupils must follow programmes and successfully complete tasks in Theory of Knowledge; Creativity, Action, and Service. They must also select a topic for an individual piece of research for their Extended Essay.

Extended Essay

Investigates a topic of individual interest. Pupils learn independent research and writing skills expected at university and are required to write a 4,000-word essay. 

**Theory of Knowledge (ToK) **

Provides coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. 

**Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) **

Encourages pupils to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports, and community service work, thus fostering pupils’ awareness and appreciation of non- academic life. 

Structure of the IB Programme

Pupils study 3 subjects at Higher Level, and 3 at Standard Level, selected from six different group areas. This allows pupils to explore some subjects in-depth, and others more broadly over a two-year period. 

IB Assessment

The IB Diploma is granted through formal assessment. This includes external examinations taken in all subjects in May of Year 13 alongside the internal assessments conducted throughout the programme. 

Each subject is graded on a scale of 7 (maximum) to 1 (minimum). This gives total raw points score maximum of 42 points. 

IB Assessment

In order to obtain the Diploma, pupils must meet defined standards and conditions, including a minimum total of 24 points and the satisfactory completion of the three Core Diploma requirements, which are: Theory of Knowledge, CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) and the Extended Essay. 

Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay combine to contribute a possible 3 additional points to the overall score, giving a maximum Diploma score of 45 points. 

IB Diploma results 2022

The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum aimed at pupils aged 16 to 19. This IB qualification is welcomed by leading universities around the world. Our university counsellor is available to guide learners with their subject choices and to provide information about universities.

  • **100% **Pass Rate

  • **36 **Average point score

  • **48% **Achieved 38+ points

  • **27% **Achieved 40+ points

  • **44 **Highest point score

  • **35.14% **Received Bilingual Diplomas

Top IB school in Switzerland

As a school with a personalised learning approach and a unique variety of co-curricular programmes, we are incredibly proud of our reputation as a top IB school in Switzerland. We celebrate our 2021 graduates with our highest ever IB average of 37.1. All twenty-nine pupils earned their IB diplomas through examinations. The global average for 2021 was 33.02 points, a score our pupils have achieved and surpassed. 


Historical data

**2019: **32.4 IB average, 42 highest point, 100% Pass rate

**2020: **35.4 IB average, 43 highest point, 100% Pass rate 

**2021: **37.1 IB average, 45 highest point 100% pass rate 

**2022: **36 IB average, 44 highest point 100% pass rate 

IGCSE Results 2022

Congratulations to our IGCSE cohort of 2022. They have achieved outstanding results, with the highest percentage of top grades in the history of the school. These pupils have navigated two years of COVID disruption and still performed at the top of their game. The value of IGCSE success is undeniable: it is the most rigorous preparation for future IB success and one which gives an early university application advantage.

  • **33% **Achieved A*

  • **53% **Achieved A*-A

  • **86% **Achieved A*-C


Tuition Fees Approximately

Boarding Fee (Y6-Y7):

90620 CHF

Boarding Fee (Y8-Y9):

109190 CHF

Boarding Fee (Y10-Y11):

112250 CHF

Boarding Fee (Y12-Y13):

115520 CHF

Admission Fee (Y6-Y9):

5000 CHF

Admission Fee (Y10-Y13):

8500 CHF

Security Deposit:

4000 CHF

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