ESH Secondary is proud to offer a well-rounded programme of study that incorporates technology to facilitate learning and ensure students are future-ready. ESH places high importance on student well-being, and the holistic approach sees students taking part in outdoor education, camps, community service and cultural trips abroad. Students benefit from the local community links within The Hague International Zone, connecting their learning with the real world. In this way, ESH aims to inspire students to be responsible, future focused, and proactive citizens of Europe and the world.


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ESH Secondary has four language sections: English, French, Dutch and German. Students are grouped into classes based on their language section. Students also take lessons in their mother tongue language (L1), which could be the same, or different to their language section.

It is a mandatory requirement in the European Schools curriculum that all students choose one of the official languages of the European Union, either English, French or German, to study as their Language 2 (L2).

Studying a Language 3 (L3) is also mandatory, and the L3 cannot be the same as the student's L1 or L2. Students can choose if they would like to study a Language 4 (L4), as an optional subject from S4.

Key Competences

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Key competences

As future citizens of Europe and the world, our students are equipped with a range of competences to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. The European Council and European Parliament have adopted a European Framework for Key Competences for Lifelong Learning which are embedded into our curriculum to form the basis of all of our learning experiences.


Secondary education in the European Schools lasts for seven years, and is divided into three cycles. For the full list of subjects offered, and in which languages, please see the details on each of the cycle pages.

European Schools

With the exception of some mother tongue lessons, all European Schools consistently teach and assess the same curriculum. To maintain the integrity of the European Baccalaureate diploma, the curriculum is designed to meet the minimum requirements of all member states by negotiation between national experts and the Boards of Inspectors, and is approved by the pedagogical supervisory authority, the Joint Teaching Committee of the European Schools.