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At location Guido de Brès pupils may follow the following types of education: mavo, havo, atheneum and gymnasium. The cluster 4 provision also belongs to this location. Guido de Brès has about 1.700 pupils. 

Smeetslandseweg 127 
3079 CR Rotterdam-IJsselmonde

Telephone number location Guido de Brès
+31 10 292 39 00

Our building

Location Guido de Brès is situated in a modern building, close to Lombardijen railway station. The school playground provides so much space to the pupils that the need to visit the surroundings of the school is hardly present. In the building the three sectors have their own entrances with their own caretakers. School and playground are  completely smokeless.  

Broadening, deepening, many-sided                                              

These key words are applicable in  a challenging  school environment for pupils. From August 2013 onwards mavo as well as gymnasium have altered profiles, which fit even better into the keywords broadening, deepening and many-sided.  


Mavo is the new name for the theoretical stream of vmbo. But it is more than a new name. With this solid theoretical education we aim at giving pupils interested a chance to proceed to havo or level 4 of vmbo. Their advice in group 8 is theoretical stream (t) or theoretical stream/havo (th), if they are prepared to learn and do not shun homework. Until 2012 we had  at our location combined/theoretical (gt); now a pupil with advice g goes to Vocational College De Swaef and a pupil with advice t to Guido de Brès. 

Tto and véto  

Bilingual Education (tto) is a separate stream within atheneum. More than half the lessons are given in English. At the end of the third class all tto-pupils sit for the Cambridge FCE exam. Because of the success of tto we now offer Intensified Language Education (véto in all second and third classes of atheneum and (optional) in one second and third class of havo and mavo. 


Starting 2013-2014 we have offered within tto, from the first class onwards, a real gymnasium. Besides Latin and Greek attention is paid in a separate curriculum to classical antiquity and its meaning for our cultural history. The cohesion of the school subjects is given shape in such a way, that a new setting for study arises (an intelligent challenge) for pupils who are able and willing to do more concerning broadening and deepening their knowledge. 

Our junior mentors   

In order to allow pupils in their first year at school to get used to their new environment, we make use of junior mentors. Under supervision of a teacher these pupils of upper levels assist pupils in their first year to find their way at Guido. 

The Brès weeks                                                              

The Brès weeks are typical of location Guido de Brès. The school year consists of four consecutive periods, during which the timetable is maintained as much as possible.  During these periods the pupils are given the usual lessons and (major) tests. After every period there is a week without lessons, the Brès week. In this Brès week we organise all kinds of activities to bring the reality of the lessons closer to the pupils. For example, they are offered excursions, projects and major assignments connected with the school subjects. During this Brès week major tests may also be given. The last Brès week is used for finals tests.                                                                                         The primary school classes will be found outside as well as inside outside school, looking for information. For example, they will visit several museums in Leyden, the cathedral of Cologne, the harbours of Rotterdam, guest families of alien Dutch people, etc.                                                              
In  class 3 during  the second Brès week much attention is paid to career orientation. Havo-3 and vwo-4 receive a programme aimed at professional choice. In mavo, havo and vwo social traineeship is organised besides work orientation. Finally we mention the excursions for the pre-examination classes of mavo, havo and vwo, lasting several days. Often these weeks are within the framework of the profile or the sector chosen. These trips go to a number of destinations at home and abroad.

Social traineeship                       

The social traineeship aims at giving pupils responsibility for society. We realise very well that this responsibility cannot be accomplished during a short traineeship. Therefore, as part of the school subjects and during the Brès weeks, good citizenship is, among other things,  also included. Help and service to others are important notions in Christian faith. 

Cultural activities                                      

On Monday afternoons between autumn and Christmas holidays break time concerts are held. We have our own enthusiastic school orchestra, named La Réjouissance. Sometimes there is a school choir which co-operates during Christmas – and Easter assemblies. Thematic school evenings are organised regularly. 

Media library        

The media library has a central  place in our school. Besides many books there are also other sources of information in the media library: CD-ROMs, periodicals, newspapers, and the internet. The media library is not only a  centre of  information, but also a study centre. There are quite a few study places, a number of which with computers. Furthermore, seats are positioned in the media library where pupils can work in groups of read, for example, a periodical. 

Pupil care                                                                                        

The mentor will pay attention to pupils if things do not go well at school. Apart from the junior mentoring team he may also call upon the help of the care advisory team which offers counselling in cases of, among others, learning problems, dyslexia, fear of failure, social incompetence etc. The care team also includes a school social worker and an education generalist.                       Moreover, we offer the possibility of getting homework guidance at school and remedial teaching for the school subjects Dutch, English and mathematics.