Head appointed for Geneva English School

British independent school head to lead Geneva English School through major expansion

The Geneva English School (GES) in Switzerland has appointed a new Headmaster. Tim Meunier will take over from current head, Stephen Baird, as the school expands from a primary school only, to offer both primary and secondary from September 2016.

During the six years of Stephen Baird’s Headship, student enrolment has increased by 70% and there has been an investment of over 6 million CHF in new learning-focused facilities and nursery provision. The school has also become the first British Overseas School in Switzerland to receive accreditation by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and it is well underway with its expansion to secondary.

When the school expands to offer secondary learning from this September (2016), GES will also welcome the new Headmaster, Tim Meunier who will take responsibility for both the primary and secondary operations.

Tim is currently Headmaster of Colet Court, St Paul’s Preparatory School in London, where he has nine years’ experience preparing children for the challenges of secondary education. He is considered by the GES Board of Governors as the ideal person to take the school through its next phase of development.

Tim has taught at Clifton College in Bristol, The Dragon School in Oxford, and Felsted School in Essex, gaining experience in teaching and leadership roles at both junior and senior, selective and non-selective, co-ed and single sex schools.

“Built on the strong foundations laid by Stephen Baird, the school will, under Tim’s leadership, continue to maintain its small school ethos which ensures that both the academic and personal progress of every individual child can be met,” says Mark Williams, Chairman of the GES Board of Governors. “This provides an alternative choice for parents amidst the many expansive international schools within the region, some of which have student populations in excess of 1500,” he adds.

Tim, whose grandfather came from the Swiss Romande region, says: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Geneva English School; a school which already has an outstanding international reputation and which is facing a significant new phase in its development.”


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