Accreditation procedure

What are the accreditation conditions?
Only schools which undertake the enhancement and promotion of their European specificity can be accredited. This is achieved firstly, by guaranteeing to provide their pupils with the same type of education as that provided in the European Schools and secondly, by guaranteeing the equality of opportunity for pupils in terms of preparation for the European Baccalaureate in secondary years 6 and 7, through strict application of the provisions laid down by the Regulations pertaining to the European Baccalaureate (see the Basic texts).

The pedagogical equivalence, year group by year group, of the education provided by the Accredited European School and that provided by the European Schools must be ensured in such a way that it confers on pupils of Accredited European Schools the same rights as those granted to pupils of the European Schools by Article 5 of the Convention defining the Statute of the European Schools​ signed at Luxembourg on 21 June 1994.  

What are the stages of the accreditation procedure?
In accordance with the form appearing in Annex I to the Reg​ulations​, the Member State shall present a General Interest File, whereby the Member State sets out the project, explains the reasons for it and describes the resources which it is prepared to deploy to carry out the project. 
The File shall be submitted to the Board of Governors accompanied by the opinion of the Joint Board of Inspectors, which shall give its opinion by a two-thirds majority.

If the Board of Governors’ opinion is positive, the school which is a candidate for accreditation shall, in accordance with the form constituting Annex II to the Regulati​ons​, present a Dossier of Conformity.
The Dossier shall be submitted to the Board of Governors accompanied by the opinion of the Joint Teaching Committee, which shall give its opinion by a two-thirds majority.

If the Board of Governors’ opinion on the Dossier of Conformity is positive, the school which is a candidate for accreditation shall undergo a prior audit, conducted by the Joint Board of Inspectors. 
The Joint Board of Inspectors shall form an audit committee comprising a maximum of four inspectors.
The European Schools decide on the composition of the audit team according to the profile and structure of the school.
The candidate school shall send a self-evaluation report to the audit committee before the inspectors’ visit; this report shall be produced in accordance with the form constituting Annex III to the Regula​tions​.
After having scrutinised the self-evaluation, the audit committee shall visit the candidate school, where it shall obtain full information and shall ask any question which it deems relevant with regard to the objectives of the audit.
The audit committee shall produce an audit report, taking account of the catalogue of general criteria and indicators appearing in Annex IV to the Regulations.
The report shall be submitted to the candidate school, which may make known its observations thereon.
The final audit report, accompanied by the candidate school’s observations and the opinion of the Joint Board of Inspectors, shall be submitted to the Board of Governors and to the legal representative of the candidate school.

The candidate school shall be accredited only if the Board of Governors grants accreditation unanimously.
Accreditation shall be granted for a period of three years, which shall be renewable, and shall necessarily take effect on the first day of the school year.

The decision to grant accreditation shall automatically carry with it the power for the Secretary-General to sign the Accreditation Agreement.

For further information, please see Chapter II of ‘Accredited European Schools' in the Regula​tions​.
What is the purpose of the Accreditation Agreement?
The purpose of the Accreditation Agreement is to provide a flexible link between two completely autonomous entities (the school seeking accreditation and the Board of Governors of the European Schools), so as to ensure the coherence and the highest possible standard of provision of European education in the EU Member States.

The joint signing of the Accreditation Agreement by the school’s legal representative and the Secretary-General, representing the Board of Governors, testify to the fact that the Board of Governors recognises the education provided by the accredited European school as being equivalent, year group by year group, to the courses of study offered by the European Schools.
 
This Agreement covers the European education provided at nursery and primary levels and at secondary level up to year 5. It is renewable every three years.
A so-called ‘Additional’ Agreement covers the education provided in secondary years 6 and 7, thus opening up access to the European Baccalaureate. 
The Additional Agreement is renewable every three years.​