Townshend International School

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Townshend International School

The Townshend International School is a private internationalist school located in Hluboká nad Vltavou in the Czech Republic. The school, founded in 1992, is a Bahá'í inspired school. The school is named after the Irish scholar and former priest George Townshend. The school currently hosts children and staff from over twenty four different countries.


The school is a 6-year secondary school or Gymnázium accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education. It offers general and academic education from Grade 8 to Grade 13 (Grade 10 to 13 are defined as 'Level I' to 'Level IV'). Since Autumn 2008 the school’s curriculum follows the Cambridge International Examinations guidelines.

The range of subjects includes standard sciences, humanities, and arts. Those non-Czech students who are comfortable in English have 'Czech Conversation' classes to acquaint them with the basics of the language spoken around them. Studies of Bahá'í teachings is an additional subject for students from Bahá’í families, and optional for others who may wish to select it.

The school also features a primary program starting with a pre-kindergarten class, kindergarten, lower and upper primary classes.


The Townshend Campus is situated on a hilltop with an amazing view of a 13th-century castle, and the surrounding lakes and forests. Including modern and traditional elements, the school building, built for approximately 350 students, spreads its arms wide open to embrace the hilltop upon which it has risen. Across the path from the school stand 2 completed dormitory buildings, each accommodating approximately 50 people, and 2 part-constructed dormitories.


  • The school hosted the fifth international Conference of the International Environment Forum, which included a speech by Professor Bedrich Moldan of Charles University, who is a former Czech Minister of Environment.[1]
  • The school is set to host the 2008 "World Peace Programme" [5] featuring a certificate course with Prof. Suheil Bushrui and Prof. James Malarkey.


  1. ^ Values and Education seen as Key to Sustainable Development Hluboka nad Vltavou, Czech Republic, 11 December 2001 (BWNS)
  2. ^ Inspiring youth to assist humanity Hluboka, Czech Republic, 25 February 2004 (BWNS)
  3. ^ The 6th Annual Changing Times
  4. ^ The 6th Annual Changing Times Presenters
  5. ^ World Peace Programme - Summer 2008 (Czech Republic)

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Coordinates: 49°2′59.63″N 14°27′10.35″E / 49.0498972°N 14.4528750°E / 49.0498972; 14.4528750