A rich history

International School Eerde is housed in a centuries-old castle regarding which its origin dates back to the 12th century. Eerde Castle has an illustrious history. You will find a concise impression of the history of the castle and the development of the school on this page.

Domain of a robber baron

The castle's history really starts to appeal to the imagination as from the 14th century when the infamous robber baron Evert van Essen decides to make it his home base. The profession of a robber baron was a respectful one in those days as long as you had the approval of the powers that be. This, however, was not the case. We are talking about 1380 when the former local authorities could not take the castle. Evert van Essen, however, gave up the castle anyway in exchange for ample compensation. The castle was, subsequently, burnt to the ground but rebuilt soon afterwards.


Johan Werner "Baron" van Pallandt, Lieutenant General of the Netherlands, bought the plot in 1706. In the 19th century the castle became a summer hunting residence. In 1924, Philip Derk "Baron" van Pallandt gave the castle and estate to the world-famous Indian philosopher Krishnamurti (1895-1986), founder of the Order of the Star of the East. Thousands of people from all over the world came together here to listen to Krishnamurti.


After the Order was dissolved, Eerde Castle was returned to the "Baron" as his property. In 1933, the former owner, "Baron" van Pallandt made the castle available as a school and refuge for Jewish children threatened by the Nazi regime. The Dutch Quaker movement at that time takes the initiative in this. The castle was known as the Quaker school during this episode of its history that continued to operate until the German occupiers started to use the castle as a German boarding school. The castle also served for a short while as a camp for Russian prisoners of war.

Home movie of the family Selleger

Shot around 1927, with Jiddu Krishnamurti at the Eerde estate, Annie Besant arriving by plane in The Netherlands, and in the Tolstraat, Amsterdam, and images of one of the Starcamps at Ommen. C.W. Leadbeater lecturing. Corrie Dijkgraaf, Koos van der Leeuw and others. The movie is unedited and without sound. The original material is property of the International Theosophical Centre, Naarden, The Netherlands.

Institute with an international status

After the Second World War, Eerde Castle grows to become an international school. The English language educational programme of International School Eerde that was initially based on the examinations of Oxford University and later on Cambridge enjoys a worldwide reputation as from that moment. A status that continues to the day of today.

Baron van Pallandt greets
Prince Bernard at the
station in Ommen.

Eerde Video archive

Eerde 1937 and 1938 (No Audio)

Quacker school 1959 (No Audio)

Ski Trip in the 1980's (No Audio)