Olympia, the VMBO School in Eindhoven’s Christiaan Huygens College, has been officially named an ‘excellent school’. The Ministry of Education revealed the news this morning.
The school is permitted to use the title ‘excellent’ for the coming year. According to the jury, Olympia distinguishes itself in particular by the freedom and responsibility its teachers are given. ‘They decede themselves what’s best for the pupils, both individually and as a class. A spokesperson for the school said "That allows us to tailor our work more".
The MAVO, HAVO and VWO departments of Stedelijk College in Eindhoven were also awarded ‘excellent school’. According to the jury, the secondary school is continually working on renewal. For example, lessons are given digitally, and pupils can choose subjects such as philosophy and Chinese language. In addition, there is bi-lingual education.
In order to be awarded the name ‘excellent’, primary and secondary schools have to excel in a number of areas. The education must be of high quality, but the school must also excel in other fields, such as social engagement of the development of an innovative curriculum.
This year, 130 schools in the Netherlands received the ‘excellent’ label.
Translation: Lizzie Kean (LinkedIn)