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British curriculum
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Ages 4 to 18

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CurriculumBritish
Languages of instructionEnglish and French
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
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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 5 students / class
Maximum 8 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: CHF 30,000
to: CHF 40,000
Address: Rue de la Bérarde 10 Le Hameau 1936 Verbier Switzerland
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Number of students

30 (average - fluctuates according to the season)

Number of nationalities represented in the school

17

Most common nationality

Swedish

Ratio of local students to international students

Almost entirely international students - less than 5 local students.

Max. number of students per class

8

Average number of students per class

5

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and French speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English and French

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

Spanish, French, German, Swedish

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 - we have been forced to move learning online several times during the last 3 months. We use Google Classroom - all the students have accounts and parents have been trained to use the software effectively.

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.

Uniform required

Yes.

Waiting list

No. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Entry evaluation for students

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

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

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

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

We opened in January 2021.

External examinations or assessments available

Our students complete iGCSE exams and can also do A-Levels. We are in the process of receiving authorization for the International Baccalaureate, so in time they will be able take IB Diploma exams.

Results in these examinations

Our first group of students took iGCSEs earlier this summer, but have not received their result yet.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

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

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.

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

From the beginning of 2021/22 academic year, students will have access to an educational psychologist.

School start time

School begins at 8.10.

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.

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.

School provided lunches

Yes - a local restaurant supplies lunches for the students.

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

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

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 downhill biking, amongst other sports.

Sports facilities at the school

We have two multi-purpose tennis courts on site.

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.

Other 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.

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 iGCSEs, A-Levels, and are currently applying for authorization for the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

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