Executive Director

Welcome from the Executive Director


Welcome to ELA Basel – The Swiss British School as we celebrate our 25th Silver Jubilee Year. We are Basel’s foremost international primary school, offering the UK’s forward-looking Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum for children aged 3 months to 12 years.


Located in two convenient city-centre locations, our school is a family oriented and international community of over 300 children from 27 different nationalities. We offer ‘wrap-around’ care from 7.30am to 6pm daily and we are open 50 weeks of the year. An ELA Basel education includes a well-rounded programme of sports, music, clubs, swimming and the performing arts. A varied range of trips and visits promotes learning ‘beyond the classroom’ in Basel, a city rich in culture and history.


Our curriculum includes a strong German language element that allows our children to attend local secondary schools under our Secondary School Transition Agreement with the City. At the same time, the children score well above average in internationally benchmarked tests in English, Maths and French. Whilst English is the main language of instruction, a third of our children speak German at home, reflecting our deep local links within our Swiss setting. With the average length of stay of graduating children over 8 years, families choose ELA Basel for the high levels of care and attention we offer in small class sizes.


We have a talented and committed team of staff that make the happiness, safety and personal development of each child their priority. Working alongside our dedicated parent reps and volunteers, we strive to build a caring community where learning is personalized and everyone is valued and nurtured.


I hope you will find these pages helpful in discovering our excellent and distinctive school offer. Childhood is the most important learning journey of all. I am privileged that you are considering ELA Basel – The Swiss British School for your own child’s early years and primary education.


We look forward to meeting you!


Best regards,


Nicholas Owlett M.Ed

Executive Director


Come and Visit Us


We would be delighted to welcome you and your family to ELA Basel – The Swiss British School so that you can learn more about us.

Please check again for our next Open Morning.

To book your place please email our admissions team at office@ela-basel.ch