Europese School Den Haag Rijnlands Lyceum Primary School


Location: Netherlands
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 4 - 11 years

About Europese School Den Haag Rijnlands Lyceum Primary School

The European School The Hague (ESH) is part of Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation (in Dutch: Stichting het Rijnlands Lyceum). Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation is an ambitious foundation that offers both primary and secondary education and national and international education. The 1100 staff members at eight schools provide innovative quality education to more than 7000 students with a focus on global citizenship.

The ESH is a unique school. We were established in 2012 to educate the children of employees of European Union institutions. We provide a multilingual and multicultural education to Early Years, Primary and Secondary school children culminating in the European Baccalaureate. We are an officially Accredited European School, partly administered and financed by the Dutch national education system, and accredited by the Board of Governors of the European Schools since December 2012. We are part of the Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation.

ESH Primary is conveniently situated in between the city centre and the beach of Scheveningen. ESH Secondary is located 4,5 km from ESH Primary and 10 minutes by bike from Central Station.

Our vision is to…

Inspire students to be responsible, future focused, proactive citizens of Europe and the world.

Our mission is to…

Provide a positive, open-minded community that fosters ambition through rich cultural and academic opportunities, inspiring lifelong learning.

Our ESH community is…

Enriched by our multicultural and multilingual staff, students and parents as we connect, collaborate and celebrate a culture of learning.

Our core values

Provide the foundation of how the ESH community, staff, students and families achieve our mission.


We show respect for people, possessions, our planet, protocols and ourselves.

Accept other’s differences, strengths and weaknesses.


Focus on the positive aspects in situations.

Build a constructive and positive environment from which everyone may benefit.


Strive to reach our full potential.

Accept challenges and have a passion for finding solutions.

Key competences

Our ESH pupils are future citizens of Europe and the world. As such, they need a range of competences to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. In 2006 the European Council and European Parliament adopted a European Framework for Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. These competences are incorporated and embedded in the European Schools curriculum. The eight key competences, which all individuals need for personal fulfillment and development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment are what we aim for our students to achieve.

  • Science, technology, engineering, mathematical
  • Multilingual
  • Literacy
  • Cultural awareness and expression
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Citizenship
  • Personal, social and learning
  • Digital


ESH uses the European Schools curriculum. The curriculum incorporates the established 8 Key Competences. Learning is planned in a cross-curriculum manner, linking concepts and skills across subject areas. We also strive to include our core values in our teaching.

Early Years involves a cycle of 2 – 2.5 years and the Primary cycle, 5 years. Secondary education in the European Schools lasts for a total of seven years divided into three cycles.

All curriculum documents can be found on the official website of the European Schools - For any further information about our school curriculum: Primary School Guide 2019-2020 and Secondary School Guide 2019-2020

Working at ESH

The ESH has favourable Dutch social and working conditions, and offers a fantastic working environment, located in the international zone of The Hague  (in Dutch: Den Haag). The Hague is a cosmopolitan city with a large expat population and as such offers excellent housing, health and transport facilities.  The ESH maintains a high standard of quality education and therefore we request applicants to provide details of three referees, of which one must be the most recent employer, or the one prior to the current employer. We will contact referees after a successful interview.

All applications should contain a completed ESH job application form, CV and supporting statement. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Furthermore, applicants must be EU citizens or have a valid permit to work in the Netherlands. For any further information, please visit the Government website (here).  

All appointments are subject to the successful completion of an interview, (trial lesson), identity checks, criminal record checks, and references. Our application procedure is subject to the  Recruitment Code  of Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation (in Dutch: Stichting Het Rijnlands Lyceum). The purpose of the code is to provide a standard for a transparent and fair recruitment and selection procedure. ESH requests all applicants to carefully read the code before applying. 

Requirements for teaching positions:

  • Fully qualified teacher status for primary education in the country the qualification is obtained (for UK/Ireland/Scotland: you have been awarded QTS and have successfully completed - or are exempt from - the statutory induction period)
  • Additional qualifications (e.g. CELTA, FLE, etc.) if required for the position applied for
  • Successful teaching experience
  • Knowledge of international curricula
  • Experience teaching pupils in their second language
  • Fluent in the language in which you teach
  • Knowledge of two or more European Union languages preferred
  • Experience working collaboratively in an international environment 

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Address: Houtrustweg 2, 2566 HA Den Haag, Netherlands
Telephone: +31 70 7001600