Principles and objectives


  • To give pupils confidence in their own cultural identity – the bedrock for their development as European citizens.
  • To provide a broad education of high quality, from nursery level to university-entrance.
  • To develop high standards in the mother tongue and in foreign languages.
  • To develop mathematical and scientific skills throughout the whole period of schooling.
  • To encourage a European and global perspective overall and particularly in the study of the human sciences.
  • To encourage creativity in music and the plastic arts and an appreciation of all that is best in a common European artistic heritage.
  • To develop physical skills and instil in pupils an appreciation of the need for healthy living through participation in sporting and recreational activities.
  • To offer pupils professional guidance on their choice of subjects and on career/university decisions in the later years of the secondary school.
  • To foster tolerance, co-operation, communication and concern for others throughout the school community and beyond.
  • To cultivate pupils’ personal, social and academic development and to prepare them for the next stage of education.
  • To provide Education for Sustainable Development with a cross curriculum approach in line with European and international documents.


Educational principles

  • Basic instruction is given in the official languages of the European Union. This principle allows the primacy of the pupil’s mother tongue (L1) to be safeguarded.
  • Consequently, each school comprises several language sections. The curricula and syllabuses (except in the case of mother tongue) are the same in all sections.
  • The conscience and convictions of individuals are respected. Religious education or education in non-confessional ethics is an integral part of the curriculum.
  • To foster the unity of the school and encourage genuine multi-cultural education, there is a strong emphasis on the learning, understanding and use of foreign languages. This is developed in a variety of ways.​