The International School of The Hague (ISH), both Primary & Secondary, is part of the Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation, an educational organisation for primary and secondary education in The Hague and Leiden area. The eight schools within the foundation offer national and international programmes. The Rijnlands Lyceum schools are overseen by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Rijnlands, Arjan Kastelein. As a partially subsidised school, which besides receiving fees from parents, is also supported by the Ministry of Education, ISH operates in accordance with the rules and regulations for Primary & Secondary education in the Netherlands.

Each Principal has a leadership team for their school and the administration team for both sections is under the supervision of the Senior Leadership Team of the school.

ISH is very much one school and ensures that there is parity (where possible) with curriculum issues between the schools and that there are ample opportunities for school wide events in which all stakeholders are included.

The International School of The Hague has over 350 experienced faculty and support staff for its 2,000 students.

Our Primary School Principal

Rubin Borges

Rubin Borges

Principal Primary School

Ms Borges, who started her career as a science teacher, is an accomplished leader in education having held a number of leadership roles in international schools. Originally from India and now a Dutch national of over 20 years, Ms. Borges is an advocate of concept-based inquiry and a strong believer in a student-led approach to learning. With extensive experience, both as an IB educator evaluating schools and leading schools through evaluations, our Primary Principal is a true life-long-learner driven by a care for children and the perennial question 'How do I know what I know'? 

Our Secondary School Principal

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

Principal Secondary School

Mr Matthews is originally from the UK and has spent his career in various international schools around the world; in Europe (International School of Toulouse in France, Havelock Academy in the UK), in Africa (Hillcrest in Kenya, Westwood in Botswana) and in South America (Euroamericano and Fleming College in Peru, TES in Colombia, Northlands in Argentina).

He worked first as a science teacher and head of department, followed by various senior leadership positions including head of school positions. He has a Master of Education degree in educational leadership from the University of Bristol in the UK as well as the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the UK's National College. 

ISH Leadership Teams