The International School of The Hague (ISH), both Primary & Secondary, is part of the Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation, an educational organisation for secondary and primary education in The Hague and Leiden area. The schools within the foundation offer national and international programmes. The eight schools which are part of this organization are overseen by the Chairman of the executive board for Rijnlands, Mr 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.

Both the Primary and Secondary schools at ISH have their own School Principal who report directly to the Chairman of the executive board. They are supported in the day to day running of the campus by the Director of Operations. 

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.

Mission Statement

Mission and Vision of The International School of The Hague




Curious, connected and compassionate:

inspiring personal excellence in our strong and diverse community



To shape a better future for all:

inspiring students to become compassionate and proactive global citizens


Value Statements:



  • We are open-minded critical thinkers who learn through inquiry, reflection and engaging with different perspectives
  • We learn about ourselves and the world around us through service and experiential learning
  • We are independent and interdependent life-long learners


  • We take pride in the strength of our community and the diversity within it
  • We value our individual identities and celebrate cultural diversity
  • We connect with local and global communities through our learning


  • We develop self-respect and show compassion to others
  • We take responsibility for our actions and strive to have a positive impact
  • We show courage and act with integrity, fairness and respect



Whole School Leadership consists of:
Juliƫtte Van Eerdewijk

Principal Primary School - Juliette Van Eerdewijk



Principal Secondary School - Richard Matthews

Director of Operations - Erwin Mossel MBA


Vice Principal Primary - Michelle Lawrence

Vice Principal Pastoral - Kerry Gray
Vice Principal Academic - Steve Middleton
Vice Principal Experiential Learning - Ben Le Heux

Secondary Senior Leadership consists of:

Deputy Head Academic (MYP) – Maria Lamminaho
Deputy Head Academic (DP) – Camelia Constantinescu
Deputy Head Academic (CP) – Dr Alma Trumic


Deputy Head Pastoral (Student Guidance) - Brigit Nijsten
Deputy Head (Student Data and Logistics) - Simon Brooks


Primary Senior Leadership consists of:

Vice Principal - Michelle Lawrence


Upper School Assistant Principal - Ingrid McKenna


Lower School Assistant Principal - Caroline Lapierre



Academic Assistant Principal - Sarah Goodhand



The staff at The International School of The Hague (ISH) in both Primary and Secondary are a committed group of professional teachers. Like our student population that comes from all over the world, so do our teachers. All teachers at ISH are university graduates and have teaching qualifications. Many of our teachers have international experience and are experienced curriculum practitioners in International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Baccalaureate (IB).


Old building

The former ISH building at the Theo Mann
Bouwmeesterlaan in The Hague

In 1983, Het Nederlands Lyceum, the oldest Lyceum group of schools in the country opened the international stream at their school in The Hague. In 1991, the school was closed and taken over by the Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar (RLW). The school was renamed The International School of The Hague and maintained its original building in The Hague whilst being affiliated to RLW as their international stream. The school was for 11–18 year olds.

Following the success of ISH Secondary, ISH Primary was founded at a different location in The Hague and similarly to the Secondary school grew in numbers very quickly and both schools became very popular. With this growth plans came afoot to build a purpose built campus for both schools. Kijkduin was chosen and the project, with support from the Municipality of The Hague, the Ministry of Education and Shell began and was completed and ready for use in January 2007.

ISH is part of the Rijnlands Lyceum which consists of six schools based in and around The Hague. RLW is the oldest of the schools and there are two other Dutch schools, Rijnlands Lyceum Sassenheim (RLS) and Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest (RLO), the latter having an international section offering International Baccalaureate (IB), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). In addition, there is also the Eerste Nederlandse Montessori School (ENMS) in The Hague, to which the Primary School is affiliated for legal functioning. And, in 2012 the European School of The Hague (ESH) opened; a project in conjunction with the EU and the Municipality of The Hague to cater for the European organisations based in The Hague (Europol, EuroJust and the European Patent Office (EPO). ISH Primary and Secondary can be classified as semi-private schools, in that being a Dutch School we receive government subsidies per child as well as parental contribution that is similar to that of the subsidy. ISH is part of a group of Dutch Schools that are called Dutch International Primary Schools (DIPS) and Dutch International Secondary Schools (DISS), which act as a collaborative body to work on key educational items from the Ministry of Education, professional development and inspection. ISH Primary and Secondary are collectively about 2000 students and will look to continue to expand the Kijkduin campus in the future.

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