Taipei European School

The Taipei European School (traditional Chinese: 台北歐洲學校; simplified Chinese: 台北欧洲学校; pinyin: Táiběi Ōuzhōu Xuéxiào) is a European international school in Shilin District, Taipei. It includes a British section, a German section, and a French section.[1]

Taipei European School
Primary campus
Swire European Primary Campus
99 Fuguo Road, Shilin District
Taipei 11158

Secondary campus
31 Jianye Road, Shilin District
Taipei 11193
Coordinates25.101786°N 121.520084°E / 25.101786; 121.520084 25.136607°N 121.549218°E / 25.136607; 121.549218
TypePrivate International School
Chief Executive OfficerDavid Gatley
  • Secondary & High School: Mistral, Marin, Sirroco and Bora
  • Primary School: Rukai, Paiwan, Ami and Bunun

Taipei European School (TES) is registered as a legal entity in the form of a non-profit foundation supervised by the Department of Education within the Taipei City Government.

TES integrates German, British, and French school sections in terms of their curricula, administration, finance, buildings and facilities. The Taipei British School (TBS), École Française de Taipei (EFT) and Deutsche Schule Taipei (DST) were established around 1990 to serve expatriate families with young children living in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, the schools joined together to establish a combined European campus, in which the schools share facilities and resources but teach their own respective national curricula.

The school has an enrolment of 1,500 students from around 50 countries. TES is authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to run the Diploma programme, and is classed as an IB World School. TES is also a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) and affiliated to Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Étranger (AEFE) and Bundesverwaltungsamt-Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen (BVA-ZfA).


Campuses in Taipei

The Taipei European School operates on two campuses: Swire European Primary Campus (EPC) at WenLin Road and Swire European Secondary Campus (ESC) at JianYe Road on Yang Ming Shan.

Swire European Primary Campus – Fuguo Road (福國路)

Swire European Primary Campus was completed in 2007 and consists of three buildings: the Central Resource Area (CRA), the Infant Building and the Junior Building. The Central Resource Area is a four-story building which houses common facilities such as the cafeteria, the library, a multi-purpose room, the Parents' Café, administrative offices, the uniform shop, a maintenance room and an underground car park. It is connected both to the Infant Building and to the Junior Building.

The two-story Infant Building contains general classrooms for students aged 3 to 7 years old from the German, British and French Sections, as well as shared specialist facilities. A multi-purpose room, an outdoor playground with play structures, as well as grassed and astroturfed areas, are also located in the Infant Wing.

The five-story Junior Building houses general classrooms for students aged 7 to 11 years old from the German, British and French Sections, and includes shared specialist teaching facilities. There is an outdoor play area as well as two astroturf sport fields.

Swire European Secondary Campus – Yang Ming Shan (陽明山)

The two buildings in the secondary campus are referred to as Phase 1 and Phase 2. The construction of Phase 1 was completed in 1998 and the construction of Phase 2 in 2002. There will be soon a third building (Phase 3) which is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Both buildings are four floors high.

The Phase I building contains specialists rooms including a music suite, a fiction library, two computer labs, a multi-media room, three science labs, a fine art and 3D art room, a drama and performance area, an outdoor basketball court, a cafeteria, and an atrium.[2]

The Phase II building contains physics and chemistry labs, a library, a cafeteria, three computer labs, four science labs, two art rooms, an indoor gymnasium, a sport field, two outdoor basketball courts, and a large atrium.

Student body

Currently Taipei European School has about 1,450 students, with British section students as the majority.

Students originate largely from Europe and North America, with British, French, German, American and Canadian as the dominating nationalities. There are also students from Latin America, Africa, Singapore, Japan, and Korea. The school currently has students and faculty from over 50 different countries.

There are four headteachers running the four sections:

  • Duncan Millward (British Primary Section)
  • Roland Heinmueller (German Section)
  • Jean-Yves Vesseau (French Section)
  • Sonya Papps (British Secondary and High School Section)

The primary section, for students aged between 3 and 11, is located in the WenLin Campus, and currently enrols 900 students.[3]

The British Secondary Section (Key Stage Three) is located in the Yang Ming Shan campus. It consists of students between 11 and 14 years old, following the UK national curriculum.[4] Students study subjects including mathematics, science, English, two foreign languages (usually French and Chinese), physical education, geography, ICT, history, drama, art and music.

The High School Section is for students from H1 to H4 (equivalent to grades 9-12 in the American system). It offers the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program for the H1-H2s, the international equivalent of the British GCSE examinations. The school uses the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the exam board offered by University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

The IB Diploma Programme is offered to most students in TES after the completion of IGCSE. For those who do not meet the requirements for IB, TES students can also take a TES diploma.[5]


TES students compete in the U13 and U15 FOBISIA, an annual international interscholastic sporting tournament between British international schools in Asia. TES hosted the U13 FOBISIA teams in March 2015.

TES offers sports such as football, basketball, softball, volleyball, athletics and swimming.

In the High School Section, students mainly take part in football, basketball, and volleyball, competing in tournaments hosted at Morrison Academy and the Taipei American School, with the soccer programme also including an overseas tournament for U18 women and men in Phuket, Thailand, against other international schools.

Within the school, the students are involved in the annual intramural House Cup, in four Houses: Bora, Sirocco, Mistral, and Marin.

See also


  1. Home page. Taipei European School. Retrieved on January 17, 2015. "Swire European Primary Campus 727 Wenlin Road, ShiLin District, Taipei 11159" and "Swire European Secondary Campus 31 Jianye Road, ShiLin District, Taipei, Chinatown, LA 11193"
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