Winford Bilingual Amsterdam

Winford Bilingual Amsterdam

Winford Bilingual Primary Schools are the only total immersion, dual language primary schools in the Netherlands.  We teach Dutch and English equally, which means 50% Dutch and 50% English.  We offer our own unique curriculum which follows the Dutch National Curriculum, the U.K. National Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum. For children aged 4 to 12.  Winford Bilingual is in the heart of Amsterdam in the Museumplein area.

 

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Welcome to Winford Bilingual Amsterdam

I am pleased and excited to welcome you to Winford Bilingual Primary School. In our progressive world there is a need for dynamic and integrated education.  Our bilingual program allows children to learn critical thinking skills, application of knowledge, analysis of information, comprehension of new ideas, communication, collaboration, problem solving, and decision making in two languages. We teach to more than the core subjects, we teach to the whole child. We want your child’s education to be immersive and interactive in both Dutch and English. Our students learn to become more than competent in both languages, they learn to become fluent in the language and culture that exists within the Amsterdam global community.

Our diverse and global curriculum also allows families to travel on their schedule. We offer a flexible vacation schedule that allows families to travel and explore beyond normal school calendars.

Warmest regards,

Joy Otto
Director Winford Bilingual Amsterdam

We have created our own unique curriculum using the Dutch national curriculum and the UK national curriculum, both of which are linked closely with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). This well-rounded approach, along with a Dutch and English teacher in each classroom, means that the children are completely immersed in English and Dutch throughout every school day.  Our goal is to provide the highest quality dual language education within a global setting, which prepares your child for life beyond the primary classroom.

Our classrooms are designed to encourage all our students to be independent and to move at their own pace as much as possible. In our approach to teaching and learning, we incorporate the Montessori philosophy. In this way we try to encourage a love of learning in each child and a curiosity about the world around them that we hope will last for the rest of their lives.

Our classrooms are a reflection of the global environment that exists within the Amsterdam community. We feel children learn best when they are given opportunities for success through interaction with their peers and the adults around them. We strive to promote a sense of community through mixed age groups in each classroom, where children work, play and eat meals together. We serve both international and Dutch students to make our school not only bilingual in language but culturally immersive.

 

Small Classrooms
Personal Attention
Confidence
Customized Education

The tutors of: Winford Bilingual Amsterdam

Joy
Milrose
Willem Van Hoof
Alesi Rooster
Maud Arens
Nancy De Rooij
Priscilla Ho
Elzemieke Rijnders
Lucy Malloch
Jenni Iyoyo

Practical information

Joy Otto
Director

I am the director of the Winford Bilingual Primary School Program. I earned my undergraduate degrees in Primary School Education and Special Education (k-18). I have completed post graduate work in Montessori education, Orton-Gillingham Language Speech/Language Therapy, Montessori Teacher Training, Brain Gym Kinesiology and I am a certified PADI divemaster. I have over 22 years of classroom experience as a teacher, therapist and education specialist. I was working at the Smithsonian Institution as the lead docent educator for divergent learners and Primary schools when I realized that I loved the Dutch culture and environment. So I decided to move to the Netherlands to work and live. When I am not working or walking on the beach, you can find me cycling on my Dutch fiets (bike) or scuba diving anywhere where the water is clear and the sun is shining.

Milrose Voorhorst
Panda Teacher

I am the English teacher for the Panda class. From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I have always wanted to teach minds, touch hearts and transform lives. I graduated with Bachelor in Elementary Education majoring in English at the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. Teaching and working with children is my passion. I have over 9 years of working experience as a teacher working with primary aged school children and international students of differing age levels. I have taught Language, Reading, Mathematics, and MAPE (Music, Arts and Physical Education). I also worked for two years as a co-curricular coordinator where I handled all the activities/lessons of the lower grades students. Currently, I am the English teacher in the Panda classroom. I really enjoy the environment and children of the Winford Bilingual Primary School community. I love coming to work each day.

William Van Hoof
Panda Teacher

I am the Dutch teacher for the Panda classroom. I studied Art History in Amsterdam after finishing my teacher training in Breda. I lived and worked for several years in London and Brussels and gained valuable teaching experience while working at the Educational Department of the British Museum. After working for commercial companies for a couple of years, I started working as a substitute here in The Netherlands. This reignited my passion for teaching and I have found the right place for me at Winford Bilingual Primary School.

Alesi Rooster
Zebra Teacher

I am the English teacher in the Zebra class. I grew up in Essex, England and moved to The Netherlands to be with my Dutch partner. I have a Bachelor's degree in Education and Childhood studies. During my degree, I worked at a local primary school in a number of classes, including special educational needs support classes. I have worked with a range of ages and enjoyed putting my knowledge into practice. I am extremely passionate about working with children and have developed my own knowledge in order to support their development best. Following my degree, I completed a TESOL qualification, in order to teach and understand how children and adults learn English as a foreign language. I enjoy working with children and ensuring they have a safe, stimulating, and creative learning setting in order to support their growth and development. I am excited to be a part of a great learning environment for children and to be part of the great teaching team at WBPS. In my spare time I enjoy reading, swimming, and spending quality time with my family and friends.

Maud Arens
Zebra Teacher

I am a Dutch teacher at Winford Bilingual Primary School. I have been living in Amsterdam for over 20 years and I love the international atmosphere of this city. I am happy that I can work with such a diverse and international group of students, parents, and colleagues at this beautiful location. I first completed a Masters in Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam. After, I received my Pabo diploma at the HvA. I have been working as a Primary School teacher for over 10 years and I have a great affinity with Montessori education. In addition to teaching here, I am a self-employed teacher and I have my own company as a Certified Professional Organizer. Winford Bilingual makes it possible to combine my two favourite activities: working with children and organizing. In my free time I like to run, travel, and enjoy Amsterdam with friends and family.

Nancy de Rooij
Zebra Teacher


I am the Dutch teacher in the Zebra class. I grew up in Almere and have lived in Purmerend for 8 years. From an early age, my dream was to work with children. I find nothing more beautiful than helping with their development and seeing them grow in the classroom. I worked in childcare for a while but wanted more of a challenge and I started the PABO. Before Winford, I worked in special education for 9 years and completed the study "Draw your Conversation" and "Autism Friendly Coach". This has given me even more tools when I teach. In 2019, I worked for Winford on Speerstraat, and for the 2020-2021 school year, I joined the Winford Bilingual Primary School team at Jan Luijkenstraat! The atmosphere, the children, and the team really appealed to me and I really feel at home here.


Elzemieke Rijnders
Giraffe Teacher

I am the Dutch teacher in the Giraffe class. I grew up and went to school in the Netherlands (in the village of Bilthoven). For university, I finished my PABO degree and then my Masters of ‘Special Education and Needs’ (remedial teaching) in Utrecht. I believe in helping students individually by giving them a lot of positive support in a comfortable atmosphere but with challenges around them too. My goal is for my students to love learning and to feel happy but confident during lessons. This can be done through structured and consistent daily work with built in opportunities for discovery and creativity. In my free time, I like to play tennis and hope to set a new long distance running goal. I am very excited to be part of the WBPS teaching team.

Priscilla Ho
Giraffe Teacher

I am the English teacher for the Giraffe class. I completed my Diploma of Children’s Services and Bachelor of Education (birth to 12 years) in Sydney, Australia. Upon graduation, I moved to London and spent 2 years teaching in a variety of independent and state schools. I decided to move to Amsterdam so that I can expand my career in an international school setting. I have always been inspired by the Montessori approach to education and I am very pleased to work at a school that is based on Montessori philosophy. During my free time, I am either reading my kindle (unfortunately, luggage limitations don’t allow me to buy books anymore) or planning my next trip to experience different cultures and cuisines.

Sasja Delahay
Eagle Teacher


I am the new Dutch teacher for the Eagle Class. I was born and raised  in the same street as the school (Jan Luijkenstraat), so it feels like coming home, being able to work at this school.  After high school, I studied at a French University in Montpellier and graduated from the Amsterdam University in History of Art. After working for a while in that field, I started my own catering company, Peperwortel, at the Overtoom.  Twenty years of business owning made me take a sabbatical to travel and broaden my views, then I decided that I wanted to do something that really mattered. For me that meant working with children. I did the fast-lane teacher education and worked with great fulfillment at several schools. Winford Bilingual combines aspects that I can really relate to: international orientated, excellent education, a small close knitted community where the development of children in a safe and challenging surrounding is key.

Lucy Malloch
Eagle Teacher

I am the English teacher for the Eagle class. I moved to Amsterdam in early July 2019 to join my partner who moved here in February. Before moving to Amsterdam, I was teaching Spanish in Boston, Massachusetts in the US. While teaching the last two years, I was also studying for my Masters of Education in Teaching and Curriculum. I am really interested in language acquisition and how students best acquire and learn languages. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors - training for marathons and playing tennis mostly! I also love to travel and learn about different cultures and places.

Anna Mullis
Cook

I am originally from the north of England, but have now lived in the Netherlands for nearly 15 years. I am the
mother of two grown-up children and live with my husband in the lovely village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. Cooking has been a life-long passion of mine, particularly baking, and I currently run my own small business making custom cakes. I have several years of experience working in catering in the UK, including running a
vegetarian cafe. I am very excited to be joining the staff at Winford and looking forward to providing the children with delicious, healthy food!

I am Joseph, the cook at Winford Bilingual Primary School. Having completed a bachelor's degree in English Literature, I moved to France where I began teaching English and learning French. I relocated to Amsterdam a year ago to be with my Dutch partner and I am enjoying the city immensely! Over the years I have gained valuable cooking experience working in various kitchens. It's great fun working at Winford and making sure the children are well-fed for their afternoon lessons. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, and playing music.

Jenni Iyoyo
Marketing and Admissions Manager

I have worked for 23 years in international schools taking care of admissions, public relations and marketing. I love working in a school environment and connecting with new people. I am delighted to join Winford Bilingual on their exciting journey. In my spare time I go to yoga and circuit training classes, volunteer in two committees, and sing in a gospel choir.

I look forward to seeing you at Winford Bilingual.

Flexible Holidays

This flexible holiday schedule allows our families to take holidays throughout the academic year. In addition to these flexible days, the school is also closed four weeks in August, two weeks in December and for any National public holidays. This means that your vacation and travel schedule is not bound exclusively to the Dutch holiday schedule. Our families can choose the holiday travel dates that work best for them.

Parents can submit vacation requests every six weeks to correspond with the classrooms' work periods. Children may take up to 40 days spread out throughout per school year, in addition to the fixed days that the school is closed.

We advise a minimum of ten days per half-year: ten days between September and the end of February and ten days between March and the end of the school year.

Fixed Holidays
School year 2021-2022

Including your flexible vacation days, our school is also closed the following dates:

Summer Holidays
Monday, 2 August 2021 to Friday, 27 August 2021

Christmas Break
Monday, 20 December 2021 to Friday, 31 December 2021

Good Friday
Friday, 15 April 2022

Easter
Monday, 18 April 2022

Sports Day *early 12:30 dismissal*
Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Kings Day
Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Liberation Day
Thursday, 5 May 2022

Ascension Day
Thursday, 26 May 2022 and Friday 27 May 2022

Whit Monday
Monday, 6 june 2022

End of Year Party *early 12:30 dismissal*
Friday, 29 June 2022

Summer Holidays
Monday, 1 August 2022 to Friday, 26 August 2022

School Year 2022-2023

29 August 2022 and runs until 28 July 2023.