On November 9, 2022, the British School of Monaco opened with a total of seven students. A year – and a few days later – the premier private English-language school welcomes 35 children. A huge success for this small school, it was celebrated this Monday in the presence of Prince Albert II.
Located in the Fontvieille district, the English-speaking school occupies the ground floor and first basement of a building located at 8 avenue homonymous. The campus spans just over 600 m² and now accommodates all primary classes from “Year 1” to “Year 6”. “In the Anglo-Saxon system, primary school starts a year earlier, at age 5., recalls Dr. Olena Sullivan Prygotko. Equivalent to large area from Nursery to CM2.
Seventeen different nations
“We are proud to count 17 different nationalities among our parents, most of whom are new residents of Monaco. Finding the right school for your children is one of the main reasons for a family to settle in a country, and we are delighted. The British School of Monaco, together with the enlarged Monaco, to facilitate the welcome of new residents, the attractiveness of the principal It’s all part of the plan.”The co-founder continues.
However, it is not necessary for the child to be bilingual when entering the institution, especially in the first stages. “The most important thing is that children should have the English language from 3e year. In the first year, they’re 5 or 6 years old, and often we have kids who don’t speak English at all, but because the school is still small, they learn very quickly because it’s so intense.”
A small school wants to stay that way because it wants to change its size strongly. “During my career I have had the opportunity to work in both large and small schools. I believed there was something truly special about a small school environment. These are places where people matter, where they contribute. These are growth-enhancing spaces where you can pay attention to detail. They are places driven by their culture, their values and their ideals.”Supporting Dr. Stuart Bradley, Director of the Foundation.
And co-founder Luke Sullivan asserts: “We want our students to grow into happy, intelligent adults with a strong moral compass and a courageous heart. We create a diverse but integrated society: a melting pot of cultures, customs and traditions.”
Ultimately, Monaco’s British School will accommodate fewer than a hundred children, with a maximum of 16 students per level and per class. The aim is to open classes for the first cycle of secondary school at the start of the school year in September 2024.
There was room for a third type of teaching
It was only after founding their education support company, Modelex, in 2016 that Luke Sullivan and Olena Sullivan Prygotko embarked on a project to build a new school. “Since 2016, we have worked with many international families immigrating to Monaco through coaching, personalized educational support, etc. We realized that there is a place for a third type of education in Monaco. Olena Sullivan Prykhodko Rewind. The public system is a bilingual international school, especially in the primary cycle, and we are monolingual as we only teach in English, with an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour of French per day.
A formula that relies on a team of qualified English-speaking teachers. “While recruiting our teachers, we ensured that they have at least five years of experience in the primary cycle. And whether they have a Master’s Degree or BGC in Education [un PGCE, Post Graduate Certificate in Education, un diplôme d’un an qui se prépare en université, avec alternance entre cours à la fac et stages pratiques, ndlr]”, explains the founder of the establishment.