The English International School of Moscow West provides high quality, contemporary-style education for both local and international students, using the best of the British curriculum, enhanced to meet the needs of our students; ensuring our students are happy, challenged and safe.Arrange a Visit
At EIS Moscow West we are renowned for our family atmosphere, with approximately seventy children aged 3 to 11 in our school, from over twenty different countries. Our small classes and fantastic staff encourage the children to be ambitious in their learning and believe there is no limit to what they can achieve. Our pupils are confident and successful because our approach encourages them to think for themselves, to question, to make mistakes and to be resilient – skills that will last them for a lifetime.
Since opening our doors in September 2012, learning is based on the English National Curriculum framework, enhanced to meet our international needs, with the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 offered here at EIS Moscow West. Our high expectations, however, are not limited to academic success. We want our pupils to develop tolerance, good manners, a love for learning and the confidence, courage, compassion and conviction to look at the world around them and act to make it a better place.
Our school is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and, as we work towards accreditation, we are committed to create an ethos of international mindedness within our school, our curriculum and through a range of learning opportunities, both in and outside the classroom.
Our native English speaking teaching staff are highly qualified and bring many years of teaching expertise, with enhanced knowledge of the English National Curriculum and experience of the additional challenges of teaching in an international setting.
3 to 11 years old
Monday – Friday
08.00 – 16.00
Student / teacher ratio
English National Curriculum
ICT system, interactive whiteboards, structured reading materials, a well-stocked library, specialist classrooms for science and art, a fun enclosed playground and sports areas – including a small on-site gymnasium and use of the superb University Sports Centre facilities, fenced campus with internal security, and a fully equipped kitchen for nutritious meals.
Welcome from the Head of School
English International School of Moscow West is like no other school in Moscow. We have an outstanding reputation for our sense of family and community, providing unique learning opportunities for all of our pupils far beyond the ordinary. We are an exciting, vibrant and inclusive primary school with something to offer every child and every family within our dynamic and diverse community.
We recruit outstanding teaching staff, specialists in their field, who support and encourage every pupil to realise their full potential in all their endeavours. Success takes many different forms and we celebrate them all: performing onstage, sportsmanship, public speaking, leadership, community service, and forging friendships with peers from other countries and backgrounds. We also believe that everyone must learn that trying and failing is perfectly normal - we learn by making mistakes!
We hope that both existing and prospective EIS families and teachers enjoy browsing through our website and encourage families already in, or considering a move to, Moscow to get in touch with us, so that we can show you around our unique little school and discuss further what our school can offer your child.
We look forward to meeting you in person soon.
Geoffrey Ward, Head of School
English International School of Moscow West has a very friendly setting and, within our well-organised and wonderfully inviting classrooms, we enjoy:
- ICT system, including laptops and iPads, where technology-based activities are integrated within the curriculum.
- Interactive whiteboards, enriching teaching and learning.
- Structured reading materials, which have been refined to ensure each child’s success in the British education system.
We also have:
- A well-stocked library that helps cultivate the love of reading and research.
- A campus with a high perimeter fence and internal security. The school’s priority is the safety of the pupils.
- A fun, secure and enclosed playground with a safe surface and age-appropriate play equipment.
- Sports areas – including a small on-site gymnasium and scheduled use of the superb University Sports Centre facilities off-site, three minutes’ walk from school.
- A fully equipped kitchen for excellent on-site catering and nutritious meals.
As is the case in the best of British private education, much of our students’ work is displayed around the school, giving them both ownership and pride of their achievements.
Head of School/Year 4 Teacher
My teaching career spans more than four decades, and has afforded me the opportunity to serve as academic leader and teacher in South Africa, my home country, New Zealand, Nigeria, Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation.
I hold a Higher Diploma in Education, obtained at the Johannesburg College of Education (now the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand) and a Further Diploma in Educational Management from the College of Education of South Africa. I graduated at the Rand Afrikaans University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English (with distinction) and Education. In my post-graduate studies I specialised in Applied Linguistics; I hold a Bachelor of Arts Honours (cum laude) and a Master of Arts (cum laude).
I have served in numerous leadership roles in both primary and secondary schools: head teacher (at four schools in three countries), deputy head, vice-principal: academic, head of department. I am a passionate proponent of international education because of the important role international schools play in promoting global-mindedness. In addition, I am committed to equipping my students with the requisite skills – communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity – to forge successful careers in the twenty-first century.
I have wide-ranging interests: birding, hiking, gardening, genealogy (my family tree), photography, reading and travel; I have led student tour groups to South Africa, Turkey, the Republic of Benin, France, and the Russian Federation.
My wife, Carol-Anne – also an experienced educationalist – and I have been married for over forty years. She and I are the proud parents and grandparents of an adult son, two adult daughters and four beautiful grandchildren.
Year 5 Teacher
I am excited to be joining the team at West as I enter my fourth year with EIS Moscow. I am originally from near Edinburgh in Scotland and studied International Relations at the University of St Andrews, gaining an MA with Honours. Following that, I completed a PGCE in Plymouth on the south coast of England before taking up my first teaching role in London in 2012. After leaving London I returned north to teach in a private school in Scotland for a few years before embarking on my first international position in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
When the chance came to move to EIS Moscow I jumped at the opportunity and I absolutely love living and working in this amazing city. In my teaching I always aim to find the ideal balance between developing the key academic skills, fostering creativity and encouraging exploration.
In my spare time I enjoy taking part in a range of sports, particularly football, golf and skiing. I also enjoy exploring Russia and improving my Russian skills.
Year 3 Teacher
Kia ora or hello from New Zealand. My name is Wendy Spence and I am so excited to be coming to teach in Moscow. At present I am teaching a lovely group of 8 and 9-year-old children in my home town of Auckland. I love teaching all subjects but I especially like teaching Reading and Writing. I have four lovely grown up children and an 8 year old granddaughter, Magnolia. I love family, travelling, reading, walking and exploring new places.
Year 1 Teacher
I spent my childhood in a small village just a stone’s throw from the beautiful and historic city of Bath in England. I spent most of my free time outdoors with my brothers building castles and making dams in the abandoned orchard that backed onto our garden. I attended the local Primary School and was fortunate to be taught by Dick King-Smith during the short time he worked as a teacher, before he became one of Britain's most prolific children’s authors. It was during this time that, according to my father, I set my goal on becoming a teacher just as inspiring as he had been for me. After graduating from university with an honours degree, specialising in Early Years Education, I returned to the West Country to take up a teaching position in a small Infant School in Bristol. I taught there for eight years, taking a year’s sabbatical to participate in a Commonwealth Teacher’s Exchange Programme in Canada. It was a wonderful, lifechanging experience and inspired me to take the plunge and continue my teaching career on the international circuit. I joined the British School in Washington DC in the summer of 2000 where I stayed for a very happy 14 years. For the past five years, I have continued to follow my passion and have been teaching in the EYFS, working primarily with bilingual learners in a variety of international settings. I am very much looking forward to joining the EIS Moscow, West campus team in September. My goal is to create a stimulating and safe environment for your child that encourages them to seek challenges and become inquisitive, resilient life-long learner
Nursery and Reception Teacher
I have enthusiastically served as a teacher for three-and-a-half decades, having taught in South Africa and New Zealand and, more recently, as head of Early Years departments in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria, and Baku, Azerbaijan. I am especially proud that, while serving as head of an Early Years department in Abuja, Nigeria, Penta International inspectors rated teaching and learning in my Early Years Department as 'outstanding'. Over the past academic year, I have enjoyed teaching in an Early Years department in a neighbouring school in Moscow. My teaching is characterised by a strong child-centred approach. My classroom is a happy, safe learning environment. I am passionate about international education and celebrating diversity within the classroom. I am committed to ensuring that pupils are well-equipped with the requisite skills to guarantee success in the twenty-first century: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
Year 2 Teacher
For the past 20 years I have been working as an EYFS specialist, as well as a Key Stage 1 teacher. As a mother of 4, I have had the pleasure of understanding that all children experience the world around them in unique and different ways. Celebrating various learning styles is the foundation from which planning interesting lessons stems in my classroom. Creating a vibrant and happy environment makes learning (and teaching!) rewarding and fun!
I am from Russia and studied at Saratov University, where I earned a degree in Teaching. After moving to Moscow, I worked at a Russian school as an English teacher for two years. This is my sixth year at EIS West and I will be a teacher assistant in Reception; previously, I also worked with Nursery children. I help out with Russian and Art lessons. I enjoy painting in my spare time.
This is my fifth year at EIS. Previously I worked at EIS East as a TA in Year 2 and Year 6. I also have experience of teaching English to both children and adults in language and Russian comprehensive schools in Moscow. I am really looking forward to joining the team at EIS West and helping the children to develop their skills inside and outside the classroom.
Bonjour, my name is Jeremy and I am the new French teacher of the school. I come from France. I studied at the University of Lorraine where I got a master degree of teaching History and Geography. During my studies I helped the Mikado Association that provides leisure activities for people with mental disabilities. I think it is an important experience for a teacher and teaches the skills to work with a variety of students to always be patient and attentive and to own different teaching techniques.I worked as a teacher in France, South Korea and Russia. I have been in Russia since 7 years now.During my lessons I give the opportunity to speak to each of my students. During my free time I take care of my kids and I like going to theatre, opera and antiques stores.
Russian Language Teacher
I am from the Mordovian Republic which is part of Russia. I graduated from the Mordovian State Pedagogical Institute with a degree in foreign languages. I have been at EIS West for five years and I am looking forward to being an EAL and Russian teacher for another year. I have taught students from Nursery through Year 6. I am fond of reading, knitting, drawing and craft-making.
Hello, I am a Russian-Canadian. I have a diploma in Architecture from Humber College in Toronto, Canada and a BA in Civil engineering at Moscow University. This will be my fourth year in EIS West, and the third with Reception team. I enjoy art, especially painting, and love travelling and exploring new places.
I graduated from the University of Moscow with a degree in physical education. I have taught since 2013 and I’ve worked at EIS West for three years. I teach children from Nursery through Year 6. I love sports, especially bodybuilding as I took part in competitions in the past.
Originally I am from the beautiful city of Frunze in Kyrgizstan, where I graduated the National University with a degree in Economics; I also completed a two year course at the Russian Slovic University’s Humanitarian department. I worked in a kindergarten in Kirgizstan for two years before I moved to Russia in 2008. Since 2011, I have worked here at EIS West as a teaching assistant. I love to work with children. My hobbies are traveling, cooking and sports.
I am delighted to be returning for my sixth year here at EIS West. This Year I am a TA in the Year 1 class and am looking forward to working with the younger students. I enjoy working with children and assisting the class teachers in creating the positive environment in the class. My hobbies are reading, visiting museums, theatres, travelling, and making trips around Moscow.