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Annebet van Mameren
Annebet van Mameren

Dear Annebet. The family and I are moving to the Netherlands later this year. We have three boys ages 9, 7 and 2. Our home language is English (mine is Afrikaans). We have read various websites in regards to the Dutch education system and we are finding it a bit overwhelming. We are looking for a small safe community to live in, but from what we have noticed, it is best to first find a good school and then the area. Since we are planning a permanent move, we have been informed that it is best for our eldest boys to go to an International School (i.e. ESH Den Hague or ES Bergen) for around 2 years before they move to a Dutch school? We are very much only interested in semi-private schools or Christen schools, but have difficulty finding a list of good schools to choose from. Last question, if we go semi-private or specialized (i.e. Christen schools) do we have to live in the postal code of the school? Many thanks Gunther

by G Gerber on 02 May 2018 Read Answer
Annebet van Mameren
Annebet van Mameren

Hi Ms.Annebet,
I am planning to live in Amsterdam starting with this June but before looking for a house I need to find a school for my son. He attended English speaking kindergarten for 1.5 years and he has been attending international school for 6 years. Next school year he will be 7th grade. I searched education in Amsterdam little bit and I feel stress how to find a school for him.Could you help me or give an advice about how I can choose a school for my son.
Thank you so much for your help in advance.

by Rukiye on 30 Apr 2018 Read Answer
Annebet van Mameren
Annebet van Mameren

I need information for a 5 & 7-year-old who will be attending Dutch Public schools in Middelburg, please.

I also need to have information on Middelburg local government.

Thank you for your help.

by Jessie Mills on 27 Apr 2018 Read Answer
Eline Hausel 
Eline Hausel 

Dear Eline,
we are expats from Greece and we are moving to Netherlands by the end of April. We have a 6year old son who is currently in first grade of Greek school.
We plan to stay permanently so our boy will go to Dutch public school as we want him to learn the Dutch language. He only speaks Greek. Will he start again from first grade in September to learn the language? He was born at the end of December 2011 so even in Greece he is the youngest kid in his class. Is it possible to ask for him to start first grade again? or will he start the second grade even though he doesn't speak Dutch? Is there a summer school perhaps he could attend to learn the language a bit before starting school? How does the Dutch system work with a 6yr old that doesn't speak at all Dutch? I know I have a lot of questions, but he is a sensitive boy and we are searching for ways to make his adjustment easier.
Thank you so much in advance,
best regards

by Helen Varvarigou on 24 Mar 2018 Read Answer
Annebet van Mameren
Annebet van Mameren

Hallo Annebet,
We will be relocating to The Netherlands and my son will be able to attend school from the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. He is 16-years old and his primary education language is Afrikaans. I would like to know if you would advise only applying to International schools or could we apply to Dutch schools as well?

by Clarissa Viljoen on 05 Mar 2018 Read Answer
Eline Hausel 
Eline Hausel 

Dear Eline

I am a teacher trained in India. I have a Bachelors and a Masters in Education from India along with 3 years work experience teaching in primary schools and 1 year as a teacher trainer. I am currently filling the online form to check if my teaching qualifications will be valid in the Netherlands.

I also have a Masters in International Education and Development from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom and so I plan on applying for the mvv as my university is ranked among the top 200 for my field.

1. If my qualifications are valid, would I still have to study further for a bridging /licencing examination in order to get a job in a primary school?
2. Are there any Dutch language requirements for teaching in an international primary school?

Could you also suggest the appropriate way for me to go about this process.

Thank you very much.

by Diandra Pinto on 26 Jan 2018 Read Answer
Annebet van Mameren
Annebet van Mameren

Hi Annebet,

My company is currently in the process of relocating me from my office in London to Amsterdam. I am moving with my 9 year old daughter and 5 year old son.

We would ideally like to live in the Haarlem area, and looking at an International school in the area, but having read the admission conditions which states:

The student has a non-Dutch nationality (or: also a non-Dutch nationality) and has a parent who is working in The Netherlands (or in a Dutch border region) for a limited time (maximum 3 years)

Does this preclude me from enrolling my children given I have a permanent contract? I notice the same statement on many of the international schools websites.

Also, if we have to go for the public route, I notice you mention in a few answers that the elder children must go through intensive dutch before joining the main class stream and may result in them being kept back a year? Is this definitely the case and why?


by Neil James on 13 Jan 2018 Read Answer
Annebet van Mameren
Annebet van Mameren

Hi Annebet,
We are currently in the process of looking for schools in Amsterdam as my husband will have a corporate move from London to Amsterdam. The company is willing to pay for an international school but we have found the wait lists unbelievable. Especially the AICS of a 2 yr wait list. We are also looking at the Denise Esprit. We are looking to move in the sounding areas of Vondelpark Oud-West or Oud Zuid. Could you recommend any public/state schools around these areas to look at? We were thinking as our 2 boys age 7 and 11 would be best to start in an international school as they do not know any Dutch. Your advice on this? How do the state/public schools integrate students who only know English? I will be in Amsterdam Nov. 1-3 to look at schools and the company has a relocation company organising the tours. Please any advise or help would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,


by Tiffany on 28 Oct 2017 Read Answer
Eline Hausel 
Eline Hausel 

I have 2 boys with special needs and would like to continue their virtual schooling with some local schooling to ease them into Dutch or an International school in Amsterdam. Are there any resources that offer assistance in doing this here?

by Jackie Weaver on 09 Oct 2017 Read Answer
Eline Hausel 
Eline Hausel 


I'm from Portugal and I'm living and studying in the Netherlands doing my master degree. My girlfriend wants to study here as well after I show her this country... but she doesn't have so many qualifications. Back in Portugal she only have the 9th grade, which means she didn't get the high school qualification and in Portugal you can not go to university without that. She speaks perfect English, she worked all around Europe and North America in the agriculture field and she wants to specialise more in this.

So the question is: Is it possible for her to enter in some kind of professional school that gives her some qualification on this area (agriculture, sustainable agriculture, energies) without having a high school degree? Or which websites do you recommend for our own research of schools?

Thank you very much for helping us!

Best regards,

Gonçalo Albuquerque.

by Gonçalo Albuquerque on 02 Oct 2017 Read Answer

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