What is The English School today? What does it stand for? What does it represent for the students that chose it yesterday and will choose it tomorrow?
The English School is in daily contact with its students and has a deep understanding of how critical education is, and especially secondary education.
Indeed, high school education is much more than spending a few years developing knowledge about English Literature or Chemistry; it is a fundamental step that will significantly shape students’ whole lives. Its implications will stretch far beyond their school years. It will lay the ground for the future: which university students will enter, which career path they will follow, which doors will open for a successful future. Education can prepare them for life, teaching them how to navigate the world, but it all depends on the type of education they choose.
The English School, is there to support its students to reach their maximum potential. It helps them to access the highest quality tertiary education and to become global and democratic citizens, empowered to adopt key leadership roles in their adult lives.
How does it achieve this? This is a product of a unique formula that has been enhanced throughout our 120 years of history, combining excellence, innovation and legacy.
- Excellence: The English School provides rich and engaging educational experiences and challenges, thanks to both its academic programme and its extra-curricular The best students are selected, thanks to very competitive entrance examination procedure. Likewise, The English School selects the best teachers, who are excellent educators and are extremely well qualified, almost all with postgraduate level education.
- Innovation: The English School prides itself in using the latest technologies, modern pedagogical techniques in state-of-the-art facilities.
- Legacy: Last but foremost, The English School is a community of students, former graduates, staff and parents who support each other during the school years and beyond.
A long tradition
The English School was founded 120 years ago by Canon Frank Darvall Newham. Since its inception, the school’s mission has been to offer a high-quality secondary level education to children from all the communities of Cyprus.
Today, The English School remains the only truly multi-communal high school on the island whose aim is to offer the best level of education possible to all its students, regardless of their ethnic, cultural and social background. It is committed to an ethos that promotes respect of identity and diversity as part of a well-rounded education.
Academic Programme & Academic Achievements
In today’s world, competition is fierce and being able to access the top universities in tertiary education is the key to secure a fulfilling career. The English School’s academic programme has proven successful in helping students enter coveted Russell Group universities as well other top tertiary institutions from around the world.
The academic programme follows the model of British independent secondary schools. For the first three years, all students follow a broad curriculum designed to lay foundations for public examinations and to give them a taste of all the subjects we offer.
At the end of Year 3 students choose their programme of International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) subjects with a compulsory core of English Language and Literature, Mathematics and Modern Greek/Turkish.
A very wide range of GCE courses are available in Year 6, where students follow four major subjects. In Year 7 the students choose three of these subjects to complete at Advanced Level (GCE).
The English School students’ achievements are outstanding.
The students’ results at IGCSE and A-Level are regularly among the very best in the field of international schools and measure up to the top independent schools in the United Kingdom. Most of its students gain access to their universities and courses of first choice including Cambridge, London, European and US Ivy League institutions.
The English School academic highlights for 2019:
I/GCSE overall achievement: 73.9% A* and A grades
A2 Level overall achievement: 70.9% A* and A grades
Not only do students achieve top results but they consistently enter top universities. In the period 2015-2019, the 10 most popular University destinations (in descending order) for graduates were:
- University College London (UCL)
- Imperial College London
- University of Cambridge
- University of Edinburgh
- Queen Mary University
- University of Nottingham
- King’s College London
- University of Bristol
- University of Glasgow
- London School of Economics
Equally impressive are students’ non-UK university acceptances for September 2019, which included:
Princeton University, University of California, University of Massachusetts, California Institute of Tech, College of Wooster, University of La Verne, Charles University, University of Bologna etc.
As one of the school’s more popular course destinations, Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary Science sees a total of 94 applicants (5-year period) currently studying on these courses.
In the same period, 2015-2019, 58 English School students received an offer from the University of Cambridge.