Unlock a world of possibilities for your child at Eerde, an international primary school located in the woods in Ommen, that goes beyond traditional education.
International schools all over the world generally teach either the International Primary Years Curriculum (IPC) or Cambridge Primary. At Eerde we teach both!

We believe in cultivating young minds through a unique blend of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Cambridge English, and Mathematics.

The best of two worlds!

With this, the students are getting the best of two worlds. Through Cambridge, we offer primary students a solid foundation in Maths and English, and with this give them a smooth transition to secondary.

Guided by international and evidenced-based research, the IPC supports the holistic development of our primary students with enjoyable, relevant, and rigorous learning, preparing them to be globally competent, socially conscious, and motivated individuals who positively contribute to the world they live in.

The IPC curriculum helps children form a big picture and understand how everything is connected. Integrating all subjects creatively around a theme encourages learners to look constantly for connections. The more connections children make, the better they can learn.

Through IPC we encourage children to look constantly for connections between a wide range of subjects. Learning with IPC takes a global approach: helping students to connect their learning to the world around them and to look at what they are learning from the perspectives of other people.

By combining these renowned educational systems, we stimulate children to love learning from an early age and develop an inquiring mindset that will last a lifetime!

Learning outside feels like playing, not as learning.


Outdoor learning

Our school is located on a country estate in beautiful woodland scenery. The moated castle dates from 1715 and has been in use as an international school since 1934.

These beautiful natural surroundings offer a lot of possibilities for our primary students to learn, explore, and research. Therefore we take the students outside for at least a few afternoons during the school week. Beside the garden and orchard, we have access to our own outdoor classroom which is set up in cooperation with Natuurmonumenten, the estate owner.

All seasons have their features and always something interesting to explore.

Advantages of outside learning: 

  • Stimulates creativity
  • Is more challenging and adventurous, which is very important for the development of every child
  • Has a positive impact on the social relationships between students, students learn to cooperate, listen to each other, and to be open to new ideas and solutions
  • Students are encouraged to help and support each other

At Eerde we teach different subjects during outdoor learning, most outdoor lessons are connected to the IPC topics of the students, but also Maths and English will be taught outside, as moving while practising supports the cognitive learning process. Learning outside provides the students also the opportunity to learn in a less abstract way.

What makes Eerde so special

  • Small Class Sizes: Our small class sizes ensure that each child receives personalised attention, fostering a supportive environment for growth and learning. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, we tailor our approach to meet the individual needs of every student.
  • Individualised Attention: Every child is unique, and we celebrate their distinct strengths and talents. Our dedicated educators take the time to understand each student’s learning style, providing personalised support to help them reach their full potential.
  • Cambridge Curriculum Excellence: We proudly offer the Cambridge curriculum for English and Mathematics, providing a world-class education that is recognized globally. This curriculum is designed to challenge and inspire students and prepare them for academic success. A system that is taught throughout the world.
  • International environment: at Eerde we are proud of our international character. Within our community, we have over 30 nationalities.
  • Outdoor Schooling Emphasis: At Eerde, we believe that learning extends far beyond the confines of a classroom. Our commitment to outdoor schooling takes education to new heights, allowing students to explore and discover the world around them. Whether it’s science experiments in the fresh air, interactive history lessons in nature, or physical education in our expansive outdoor spaces, we create an environment where curiosity flourishes.
  • A unique combination of Cambridge English and Maths and IPC.

Enroll your child at Eerde and see how education can change lives in amazing ways. Join us on a journey where curiosity leads the way, where we celebrate being unique, and where a passion for learning stays with you forever.

Highly gifted students

At Eerde we believe every child is talented, and with a stimulating approach, every child can grow and excel in its way.

Because of our personal learning approach, Eerde is particularly suitable for highly gifted children. We offer a rich learning environment both inside and outside, where our teachers offer challenging lessons. Students get the opportunity to work on projects of their interest. Innovating tasks helps our gifted learners to develop their skills and personal learning goals. Cooperative tasks help students to learn together, inspire each other, and create critical thinkers.

Primary students at Eerde follow their personalised learning path. Our experienced teachers with specialised knowledge about gifted learners can make sure your child gets the best support for their personal development. Next to our teaching team, we have a dedicated learning support department that can offer extra support if needed.

Smooth transition to secondary school

In our secondary department, we continue to work in small classes, this ensures the right support and a smooth transfer for highly gifted learners after primary.