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The International School of The Hague

On behalf of both Primary and Secondary, welcome to The International School of the Hague

The International School of The Hague (ISH) is located in the southern area of The Hague, the city of Peace & Justice, in the South of The Netherlands. ISH is a vibrant and dynamic school striving to prepare our students for an ever-changing world within a warm and welcoming multicultural community.

Learning is the Heart of The International School of The Hague 

ISH encompasses a Primary and Secondary school for students from 4 - 18 years of age and is truly international with more than 80 nationalities amongst the student body. The Primary School follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the Secondary School the International Baccalaureate Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). Our students are internationally minded and care about the world around them. The school models this attitude by supporting programmes such as the Global Issues Network and Model United Nations, and by achieving Green Flag certification awarded by the Eco-Schools organisation.

We aim to develop in all of our young people the capacity for life-long learning by providing a holistic education that focusses on more than academic success. We provide many opportunities for our students both inside and outside of the classroom with a rich extra-curricular programme that runs in synergy with our academic programmes, with the addition of a pastoral mentoring programme within ISH Secondary. This reflects our commitment to enabling happy and healthy students by investing in their emotional and social wellbeing. Our excellent Learning Support and Counselling teams, are a significant asset in this regard.

Due to our successes, we are a growing school with close to 1800 students across Primary and Secondary. To accommodate our growing numbers, we are currently building a new Primary wing for the 2018 - 2019 academic year. Despite our growth, we will not compromise on our commitment to quality. We retain average class sizes of 20-25 students, who are taught by well-qualified and committed staff. To this end, we invest in our staff and are committed  to providing Professional Learning opportunities. This allows us to keep up-to-date with developments in pedagogy as we have a commitment towards facilitating innovative practice and using technology for learning, including an ICT one-to-one programme

ISH Primary School was the first school to become "Mastering" through the IPC accreditation and has recently been awarded Excellent School status within the Netherlands.

ISH Secondary School is an IB World School accredited by the CIS. Our MYP and DP results are consistently above the world average, despite the fact that we are an inclusive non-selective school.

Throughout everything that we achieve, we always remember that our commitment is to providing the highest standards for our students and remember our vision that "Learning is the Heart of the International School of The Hague".

Application Process

All applications for current vacancies should be submitted online.  Applicants are required to complete an online profile and supporting statement and upload a CV.  

Applicants must provide details of three referees, of which one must be their most recent employer.  If shortlisted, we will contact referees prior to interview.  

All applications will be acknowledged within three working days of submission.  If short-listed, interviews will be conducted by Skype or in person, depending on the nature of the position and the applicant's location.  

The International School of the Hague is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices which are aligned to the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection. We hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.  All appointments are subject to an interview, identity checks, criminal record checks, and successful references.

All applicants must either be EU citizens or have a valid permit to work in The Netherlands.

What we offer

Please see our Primary School and Secondary School Recruitment Packages under 'related downloads'.

In addition, we offer excellent professional development opportunities and a pleasant working environment. As a successful applicant, you will be welcomed by an amicable, sociable and thoroughly international team. 

If you are internationally-minded and have the desire to help shape the exciting future of our school, we would love to hear from you.


Please know that in order to work for us, you must be a fully qualified teacher in accordance with the standards required by the Dutch Education Authorities (DUO). Successful candidates require: 

  • For all applicants to ISH Primary, a Bachelors Degree will suffice to be considered. However, all ISH Secondary applicants will need a Bachelor plus a Masters Level qualification in Education. 
  • For applicants from the UK, you will have completed the PGCE and been awarded QTS plus successful completion of the NQT induction year.
  • For all applicants to ISH Secondary, your qualifications at either Bachelor or Masters level must also clearly indicate the subject that you are applying to teach in, in order to be recognised by DUO.

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