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Aiglon College

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Aiglon College
Chesières-Villars, Vaud
Coordinates 46°18′N 7°03′E / 46.3°N 7.05°E / 46.3; 7.05Coordinates: 46°18′N 7°03′E / 46.3°N 7.05°E / 46.3; 7.05
Type Independent school, day and boarding
Motto Aiglon College official shield
Established 1949
Founder John C. Corlette
Chairman of Governors Tony Jashanmal
Head Master Richard McDonald
Gender Co-educational
Age 9 to 18
Enrollment 360
Houses 8 Boarding houses

Aiglon blue

Aiglon Red
Publication Aiglon Magazine
Former pupils Aiglonians/Aiglonites

Aiglon College is a private co-educational boarding school in Switzerland broadly modelled on British boarding school lines. It is an independent, non-profit school located in the Swiss Alps.[1]

Aiglon College Junior School caters for boys and girls in years 5 to 8 (US grades 4–7). The Senior School caters for students in years 9 to 13 (US Grades 8–12). Students are prepared for GCSE and IGCSE examinations at the end of year 11 (Grade 10) and for the International Baccalaureate in the final two years. Throughout the school, the curriculum is taught in English, with the exception of languages and literature.[2]


Aiglon College is located at an elevation of 1,250 metres above sea level, in the alpine village of Chesières, near the ski resort of Villars, in the canton of Vaud.

The school was founded in 1949 by John C. Corlette, who was a teacher at Gordonstoun, where he was influenced by the notable founder of that school Kurt Hahn. Hahn believed in the importance of a balanced holistic education. Corlette established principles and practices that were aligned with Hahn's emphasis on the place of adventure and service in education. Aiglon College, alongside Gordonstoun, Schule Schloss Salem, Abbotsholme, Box Hill School and Anavryta, was a founding member of the Round Square, established to promote Hahnian values and links between schools that embraced his educational principles. The school, began with six students in 1949, was initially for boys only and became co-educational in 1968[3]

All students are required to take part in expeditions every term. These include hiking, camping, mountain biking, kayaking, rock-climbing, ski mountaineering, and other outdoor challenges.[4][5]

As a charitable trust, the school does not cater to any particular group, but offers scholarships and financial support to children who are deemed to be deserving in some way (academically or otherwise).[6]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "International private school | Aiglon College". 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  2. ^ "Aiglon | International boarding school in Switzerland". Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  3. ^ Watson, Nigel, 1999, With Wings as Eagles: The Story of Aiglon College, London: James & James (Publishers) Limited.
  4. ^ "Expeditions : unique education experiences | Aiglon". Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  5. ^ Nicholas, Anna (2012-04-09). "International schools: a small price to invest in your children". Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  6. ^ "Fees and bursaries — Admissions — Aiglon". 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Masaru Tamamoto | World Policy Institute". Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
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  9. ^ "Registration List: Aiglon's 65th Anniversary Celebration". Aiglon Life. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Remembering Philip Parsons". Aiglon School. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 

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