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Ages 5 to 18

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CitySwiss Alps
CurriculumsIB and British
Languages of instructionEnglish and French
Age RangeAges 5 to 18
Boarding available
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and French
Native English and French teachers
Extra languages (other than English and French)
Class sizes Average 6 students / class
Maximum 10 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: CHF 34,000
to: CHF 46,500
Address: Rue de la Bérarde 10 Le Hameau 1936 Verbier Switzerland
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Number of students

70 (average - fluctuates according to the season)

Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

Almost entirely international students - less than 5 local students.

Native English and French speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English and French


Additional language classes offered by the school

Spanish, French, German, Italian

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

All classrooms are equipped with SMART TVs. Teachers are equipped with iPads and laptops capable of projecting onto these screens for teaching. Students have access to school iPads and are also allowed, in certain circumstances, to use their own technology in the classroom.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes - especially during Covid. If we have travel delays, illness or injury and the student cannot be in the classroom, we can support students with virtual lessons.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

There is no religious education at the school and our admissions process is religion-blind.

External examinations or assessments available

Our students complete iGCSE exams and can also do A-Levels & IBDP in their two final years before University.

Results in these examinations

We have had 3 rounds of IGCSE results since the school opened with a 100% A*- C results.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes. For primary students, homework tends to be supplementary and for the completion of unfinished classwork. For secondary students, homework increases in volume and time expected to complete it. Homework will form a part of assessment for secondary students.

Approximate hours of homework given

For primary school, the suggested time is 30 minutes. For secondary school, the suggested time is 1 hour.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Since opening we have had 1 graduate who went onto University in Italy. We have 6 further in 2024 who will go to UK, USA & European University.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes - we have a highly trained Special Educational Needs Coordinator providing support to children with a range of special learning needs.

Learning support offered

Our SEN coordinator works with students individually once each week, coordinating with classroom teachers and developing tailored educational plans.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The school supports gifted, able and talented students in a variety of ways. Firstly, through the development of tailored programs with our SEN Coordinator, which are then carried out by classroom teachers during non-regular teaching hours. We also support gifted students by helping them to take exams many years ahead of schedule. Three students took their first iGCSEs this summer, ranging in age from 12 to 14.

Student access to education psychologist

All students have access to an educational psychologist during their time with the school.

Entry evaluation for students

We perform a holistic evaluation, including interviews and introductions to our faculty. There is no formal entrance exam for Copperfield.

Waiting list

No. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no deadline. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

School begins at 8.30.

School finish time

The lesson timetable ends at 16.30.

Supervised care before/after school

We do not provide supervised care before the school day. After school, we look after students who have not been picked up on time by parents.

School bus service available

No - almost all students live within walking distance of the school, and those that don't receive lifts from their parents.

School provided lunches

Yes, we have an in-house chef.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes - all students with special dietary requests are provided with alternative food.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer all kinds of extracurricular activities. During the winter, students ski two or three times a week, while in the summer they will practice tennis, hockey, golf and football; after school, extra language lessons, particularly in Spanish, are offered; we run a weekly film club; students do downhill biking in the summer; music and video production classes are also available to students.

Sports activities included

During the winter season, students ski twice a week, with extra sessions for particularly talented and passionate students. In the spring, summer and autumn, students use the facilities on and off site to practice tennis, football, hockey, golf, and mountain biking, amongst other sports.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Many of our students compete in local ski teams. Due to our size, we do not currently have any sports teams for students to participate in. This will change as we welcome more students.

Facilities at the school

Currently, we have a library, a 250-seat auditorium, a lunch hall, and have a ski-in, ski-out location. Over the summer, we will build a computer science and science laboratory.

Sports facilities at the school

We have two multi-purpose tennis courts on site.

Grades/ages available for boarding

Year 7 and above.

Boarding facilities at the school

The boarding house is a 10-minute walk from the campus and it’s swanky: think a four-star hotel with ensuite private rooms or only two sharing. There is also an open-plan living area and dining room, areas for study and a balcony with panoramic Alpine views.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

In any school, one has a feel for what the school community focuses upon. This can be the school’s league table placing for exam results, places at top universities, the school’s prestige, a comfortable life for the staff, or profitability for the owners.

Copperfield’s focus is community itself: the creation of strong links between students, staff, parents and the broader community within which the school rests. This is because our understanding is that schools occupy a unique position in any community, with a responsibility to support children to become adults. A school must serve its community, and its students.

Only through service can leadership arise, and all other educational goals flow from and depend upon the school’s leadership position. This is a huge challenge and requires transparency, humility and patience. And it requires the school to role-model self-acceptance: recognising that we are all imperfect, all doing our best to be happy, and all aiming to improve a little more each day.

Teaching approach of the school

Schools occupy a position, between family and society, that is unique. Only schools can socialise a young person to prepare them to function as an independent, contributing and flourishing member of a democratic community.

This unique position creates significant responsibilities, challenges and opportunities for educators. We must bridge that gap between family and society, and transport a child into adulthood. On this journey there are many confusing and challenging stages that the young person encounters, and the educator must be with them at every stage, supporting them with kindness and firmness.

For many educators, the experiences they have on this journey are among the most fulfilling of their lives. When people ask, ‘What does a teacher make?’ the answer is, ‘Adults’.

The holistic education at Copperfield begins with academic rigour and instils a relentless love for learning.

Our teachers are united in the belief that intellectual curiosity is the starting point for any child's development.

We offer IB PYP, iGCSEs, A-Levels and IBDP.

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