Why choose us?
Senior leadership team
Jonathan Taylor, Principal
A regular speaker at educational conferences and contributor to the national media on issues relating to schooling and teenage behaviour, Jonathan possesses extensive experience across a range of educational sectors, having worked in state, international and independent education.
Jonathan arrived as Principal of ISZN after five years as Head of North Bridge House school in Canonbury, London. During his tenure, the school built a reputation for combining outstanding academic outcomes with an innovate curriculum and forward-thinking approach to pupil wellbeing.
Jonathan has presented on the importance of such an approach at leading educational events and written for a variety of media on topics including later school start times, the need for exam reform, and the radical concept of a four day week for teachers.
Prior to his time in London, Jonathan was Head of Dulwich College’s flagship school for Chinese students in Zhuhai, China. In this capacity he was also a member of the international steering committee, with a specific responsibility for university and college placement.
Jonathan’s 20 years’ practical experience as a teacher, school leader, and Prep school Governor, is supplemented with extensive academic study. Alongside his BA in Politics and History, he also holds a PGCE, a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Practice, and a Masters qualification in Educational Leadership.
Having moved to Zurich with his wife and daughter, you can find out more about Jonathan’s views on education and life in Switzerland in this interview with International School Parent Magazine.
Rebecca Nolan, Head of Primary
Having completed post-graduate studies in Early Childhood Education and Advanced Educational Practice, Rebecca has worked across Primary in state and independent sectors in the UK and the UAE.
Before moving to Switzerland in 2017 to join the team at ISZN, Rebecca worked at the Umm Suqeim campus of the prestigious Kings’ School in Dubai. Having started as a Primary teacher, she went on to become one of the founding members and Head of Early Years of a new school in the same group.
With extensive knowledge about child development and curriculum adaptation, she remains dedicated to providing an education model that ensures every child develops in a holistic way and reaches their full potential.
Thomas Sardi, Operations Director
Thomas has been working as Operations Director at ISZN since the beginning of 2020. His experience in international education dates back to his childhood in Papua New Guinea.
Back in Switzerland, Thomas studied aviation and worked for the Swiss Air Force, during which time he acquired his helicopter and airplane flying licenses. After leaving the Airforce he worked primarily in the agricultural industry as a mechanical engineer, before joining the ISZN community just in time for the arrival of Covid-19!
Thomas lives with his wife and 3 children in the beautiful Zurich Oberland.
Location and facilities
ISZN is located in two modern buildings with bright classrooms and great facilities to support our inspiring curriculum.
Our two buildings are only a five-minute walk away from each other. With spacious, bright rooms, modern IT labs, our Maker Space and individually designed home rooms, our school is an innovative learning environment with good amenities to foster our student's individual strengths.
Our private driver takes students out to the modern public multi-purpose hall of Wallisellen and the local swimming pool which are ideal complement to our own facilities.
Unlimited possibilities to think, plan, create and build. A place where ideas come to life and boundaries are pushed.
In our Maker Space, our students are encouraged to develop ideas and bring their imaginations to life. As a place beyond the classroom, the Maker Space plays a very important role in educating students in creativity, motor skills, communication and problem-solving skills.
From science tests to making their own board games, our Maker Space teachers always have new ideas to challenge our students' inventiveness.
Upcycling is the activity of creatively making new furniture, objects and more out of old or used things or waste material.
In today's world of climate change and polluted air and oceans, it is a priority to act as environmental-friendly as possible - something we as a school community feel very passionate about.
We encourage our students to pay attention to the environment, they learn at a very early stage that not everything that looks useless at first sight has to end up in the trash. It's our aim to give everything a second chance.
As an International School, it is a matter of course to foster a global way of thinking amongst all of our students. With more than 25 nations represented within the school, a global mindset is the foundation of our identity.
By teaching in English and offering EAL lessons as well as German and French, we break down language barriers and our international curriculum offers diverse opportunities to pursue worldwide destinations.
Our wraparound care is there for when the work day doesn't align with the school day. Our Wraparound Care operates from 8am to 6pm. For our youngest students in Nursery, we offer provision from 7.30am.
Early bird care
Early Bird club starts from 8am (Monday to Friday) for children up to 11 years of age and is supervised by a specialist teacher.
Pupils can use this time to work on school projects, practice a musical instrument, or simply pass the time with their friends or the teacher.
After school care
After School Care (ASC) is available for children up to the age of 13, after the regular school day ends at 3.20pm.
A PYP Home Learning Club runs in conjunction with After School Care, where PYP students in Grades 2-5 can be supervised whilst completing their Home Learning.