Lower Primary children in class learning german

Lower Primary at ELA Basel

Welcome to Lower Primary

It is with pride that I welcome you to ELA Basel Primary School. Over the past twelve years I have been part of the dedicated team that has led our school on the exciting journey of growth from a small English-speaking childcare centre into a thriving and successful international primary school.

We provide a rich and stimulating environment where our staff and students value mutual respect and team-spirit. Our ELA Basel Citizen Values strive to create principled, collaborative, resilient, independent thinkers, risk takers and effective communicators. An ELA Basel primary education is characterised by a well-rounded combination of academic rigour, opportunities for enrichment, sport, music and the performing arts with a focus on the children's individual growth and well-being as our top priority.

Our primary school starts when the children transition from our Early Years pre-school at our Gartenstrasse site. The Primary 1 class completes the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and then the following year Primary 2 starts the UK national curriculum. Primary 3 sees the move to Upper Primary at our St Alban-Vorstadt site.

Upon graduation from ELA Basel at the end of Primary 8, children transition to a variety of schools, both locally and farther afield. We make it a priority to support families during the transition process by making bespoke connections with secondary schools of choice and ensuring that transition discussions are detailed and provide an accurate profile of the student. Graduating children may wish to attend international, private or public education systems for secondary schooling.

You will be very welcome to come for a personal tour of one of our beautiful locations at Gartenstrasse and St. Alban-Vorstadt to meet our dedicated staff and happy and accomplished children.

Michelle Garrett – Head of Primary


Primary years children working together in the classroom

Arrange a personal tour or book a video meeting with the Head of Primary or Early Years. 


Primary student working on the smart board

We look forward to receiving your application to ELA Basel.


Directot, Nick Owlett, welcomes students into the school

Our Admissions Team are looking forward to welcoming you to ELA Basel. 

Virtual Tour

We look forward to seeing you in person, in the meantime take a virtual tour of our school.