The Stanislascollege will start with the International School Delft (ISD) Secondary School on 1 August. This school will be a separate branch of the school for havo, atheneum and gymnasium at the Westplantsoen in Delft. The city of Delft is pleased with this development, just like the parents and pupils of the already existing International School Delft (ISD) Primary School. Good international education is in line with Delft's ambition to attract and retain international talent.
There is more than enough need and potential to start an international secondary school in Delft, according to research. The demand for international education has grown strongly in recent years. The expectation is that this trend will continue. That is why Laurentius Foundation started the International School Delft for primary education five years ago. In the meantime there are 160 pupils at this school. Many pupils from group 7 and 8 and their parents are happy that they will be able to move on to the International School Delft Secondary School.
Need for education
Deputy mayor Hatte van der Woude sees another reason for the arrival of this school: "The offer of international education plays an important role in establishing foreign companies in the Netherlands and attracting international knowledge workers. When recruiting new staff, the presence of international education makes the difference."
The offer of international education serves the educational needs and the right to education of children from internationally oriented families. It also serves the economic importance of the region. From a social point of view, we see added value through shared use of social and sports facilities. Also forms of cooperation between schools in attracting (international) staff, continuous learning lines and technical education, have added value."
The Lucas Education Foundation, of which the Stanislascollege is part of, has submitted an application to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The Minister has decided that the application meets the requirements; the foundation is eligible for funding for the new school.
The municipality is legally obliged to facilitate and finance housing. The school will temporarily be housed in an existing school building that is owned by the municipality. This temporary school building will be adapted to meet all requirements for 'excellent' international secondary education. The International School Delft Secondary School will grow in the coming years to eventually around 450 students.
Development of the definitive housing will start soon. The environment of TU Delft seems to be most suitable for permanent housing for the school. The school will then be situated closely to the international primary school and the campus. The municipality itself does not have suitable buildings available in the TU area. However, there are currently several properties for sale in the area. Currently, consultations are taking place with TU Delft.