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Welcome to ELA Basel 

Welcome to ELA Basel – The Swiss British School,  Basel’s foremost international primary school, offering the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum for children aged 3 months to 12 years.

Located in two convenient city-centre locations, our 'not-for-profit' school is a family oriented, international community of 360 children from 35 different countries. Open 50 weeks of the year, we offer daily ‘wrap-around’ care from 07:30 to 18:00. An ELA Basel education promotes learning for life and includes a well-rounded programme of sports, music, clubs, swimming and the performing arts.

With average enrolment of over 8 years, families choose ELA Basel for the high levels of care and attention we offer each child in small class sizes. Whilst English is our main language of instruction, specialist German teaching is woven throughout the curriculum so that entry into the Swiss secondary school system at age 12 is a popular pathway for many of our senior students each year.

Our talented and committed team of staff make the happiness, well-being and personal development of each child their priority. Working together with our Board and parent volunteers, we strive to build a caring community where learning is personalized and everyone is valued and nurtured.

I trust you will find our website helpful in learning more about us.  On behalf of our team, I am delighted that you are considering our setting for your child’s early years and primary education. 

Please join us for our next Early Years Open Morning on Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 09:00. Meet key staff and learn more about our setting in person. You can register your interest by emailing the school office at:

We look forward to welcoming you to ELA Basel - the Swiss British School.

Best wishes,


Nicholas Owlett M.Ed, NPQH
Executive Director

What our students say

"ELA Basel has taught me not just a lot of things for life, but also not to stress too much about life and enjoy my experiences."

Primary 8 Student, 2020

"Our teachers are kind, helpful, generous and supportive."

Primary 8 Student, 2020

"I have experienced friendship, knowledge, and creativity. I have also learnt to stand up for what I think is right and how to be myself." 

Primary 8 Student, 2020

"I am excited and prepared for secondary school.".

Primary 8 Student, 2020

"I hope my new school will provide the same knowledge and kindness - nothing could compete with ELA Basel's atmosphere and teaching."

Primary 8 Student, 2020

"I will always cherish the friends I have made." 

Primary 8 Student, 2020

"ELA Basel has helped me to grow-up, to be happy, mature, thoughtful, and independent."

Primary 8 Student, 2020

"The teachers are very caring and treat us like family."

Primary 8 Student, 2020