Excellence is our Tradition

  • 117 years of academic excellence
  • High quality teaching and learning
  • Modern Infrastructure and state of the art laboratories
  • The English School students’ outstanding achievements are recognised in terms of awards from the UK Examination Bodies
  • The English School graduates attend some of the most prestigious universities in the UK and abroad
  • Students’ personality is enhanced through extra-curricular activities
  • The English School graduates hold key positions in our social, political and business society
  • Our students are assured a dynamic career path

Ultimately, the School’s mission is to guide students into becoming well-rounded and successful citizens


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The English School

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      +357 22 799 300

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      P.O. Box 23575,
      1684 Nicosia,

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The English School, a choice for life

The English School, a long tradition



117 years of legacy

 What is The English School today? What does it stand for? What does it represent for the students that have chosen us yesterday and will choose us tomorrow?
As educators of The English School we are in daily contact with children and we have a deep understanding of how critical education is, and especially secondary education.
Indeed, high school education is much more than spending a few years receiving knowledge about English literature or chemistry; it is a fundamental step that will shape your life. Its implications will stretch far beyond the school years. It will lay the ground for the future: which university will you enter, which career path will you choose, which future success will you experience? Education can prepare you for life, teaching you how to navigate the world, but it all depends on which education you will choose.
At The English School, we are here to support our students to reach their maximum potential. We help 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 do we achieve this? Thanks to a unique formula that has been improved throughout our 117 years of history, combining excellence, modernity and legacy.
  • Excellence: The English School provides rich and engaging educational experiences and challenges thanks to both its academic programme and its co-curricula activities. The best students are selected thanks to our very competitive entrance examination procedure. Likewise, The English School selects the best teachers, who are excellent educators and have second-to-none qualifications.
  • Modernity: The English School prides itself in using the latest technologies, modern pedagogical techniques in state-of-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.

The English School, a long tradition

The English School was founded 117 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.
From its very beginning the school has been welcoming students from various communities.
In 1906, The English School’s roll rose to 40 and its multi-nationality as well, including Greeks, Turks, Maronites, Latins, Syrians, Smyrneans as well as Europeans.
At a very early stage, extracurricular activities have played a key role in helping students to find their passion and to become well-rounded individuals. As early as 1911 The  School Orchestra started.
In 1927, the first Old Boy’s reunion took place in the Savoy Hotel, Famagusta. The same year, for the first time, the son of an Old Boy became a pupil of the School. This event epitomized what The English School’s legacy is about: student today, parent of a student tomorrow; indeed, when one studies at The English School, he or she is forever a member of a community that will help him/her throughout life’s journey. As our motto ‘Non sibi sed scholae’ points out, students should be proud to be a member of the school and put the school community and other people before their own needs.
In 1948, for the first time the School roll exceeded 400.
Always ahead of its time, always a pioneer, The English School was the first co-educational school in Cyprus, when it incorporated in 1962 The English School for Girls which was itself founded in 1957.
Little known to the public The English School played a significant role in making football popular on the island of Cyprus, with Canon Newham being a fan of the game.
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. We are committed to an ethos that promotes respect of identity and diversity as part of a well-rounded education.

The English School 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. At The English School, our academic programme has proven successful in helping our students enter coveted Russell Group universities as well other top tertiary institutions  from all over the world.
Our 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.
In Year 6 AS level courses are followed and
in Year 7 the students choose to continue with four of their subjects to Advanced Level (AL).
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 our students gain access to their universities and courses of first choice including Cambridge, Oxford and London.
The English School academic highlights for 2016:
I/GCSE overall achievement: 72.9% A* and A grades. (UK Average, 20.2%)
AS Level overall achievement: 62% A grade, 76.9% A and B grades
A2 Level overall achievement:  75.2% A* and A grades (UK Average 25.8%)
Not only do our students achieve top results but they consistently enter top universities. In 2016, the 10 most popular University destinations (in descending order) for our graduates were:
  • University College London (UCL)
  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Queen Mary London
  • London School of Economics (LSE)
  • University of Bristol
  • King’s College London
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Nottingham
Equally impressive are our students’ non-UK acceptances for September 2016, which included:
American University Washington, Berkley School of Music, Brown, University of California San Diego, Johns Hopkins, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Northeastern University Boston, Purdue, Charles University Prague, Universite de Limoges France, University of Milan Italy, Yildirim Beyazit University Ankara.
All our Medicine/Dentistry applicants received an offer for the course of their choice during the 2016 entry application process, with a total of 21* students securing their place. This makes Medicine one of our more popular course destinations with a total of 73* of our Medicine and Dentistry applicants (5-year period) currently studying on these courses.
You can see more on our statistics at www.englishschool.ac.cy/statistics-welcome
and at https://www.englishschool.ac.cy/exams-statistics

Beyond the classroom: The English School co-curricular activities & related achievements

Academic education and achievements are essential in the pursuit of a fulfilling career, but it is the richness of our co-curricular activities that make our students well-rounded individuals.
Indeed, co-curricular activities broaden a student's overall education and develop team-spirit and self-confidence.  The School has over 60 clubs and societies.  The range of clubs and societies to choose from includes Maths, Economics, Literature and Drama, Languages, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Under the Same Sky, Chess, Music, First Aid, Talent Nights, Voluntary and Charity Work, Sports and Athletics, and numerous others. Many of these involve representing the School abroad at various international events with excellent results.
For example our School's Debating and Public Speaking Society always attains one of the top places in overseas competitions.
The English School has three times hosted the World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Competition in which over 60 students from schools from all over the world compete.
Our Greek Play has twice won First Prize in the Pancyprian Competition for Secondary Schools and has competed in the Panhellenic Competitions held in Greece with other finalist schools. The Comenius Language Project has brought together our students and staff with those of the Radnotti School in Hungary with all reaping the benefits of a better understanding and appreciation of each other's culture and heritage.
Sports have always been highly emphasized at the English School since its founding in 1900, in order to develop team ethic as well as a competitive spirit in the student population.  There is a House system which organizes both competitive and non-competitive sporting activities.  The more able are encouraged to play in House and School competitions in football, basketball, volleyball, hockey, softball, athletics and cross country; less able pupils participate in the same sports for enjoyment and fitness.  All the major sports are coached by an experienced team of Physical Education teachers. This has led to excellent achievements in Pancyprian sporting competitions as well as the Dubai Football Tournament, to name but two.
The Choir and Orchestra have both been active and highly successful aspects of School life since they were first established by Canon Newham in 1911.  Students are encouraged to take up instruments by the School which provides training by experienced music teachers, free of charge for those pupils who reveal special aptitudes.

The English School new state-of-the art building

 The English School has a long heritage and has preserved its original facilities while modernizing them and bringing from the ground up a new state of the art building: the new Newham building. This building, designed by the renowned firm EPITESSERA, follows a linear form and completes the shape of the existing building, thus creating a well-defined and positive exterior space, in the form of an inner courtyard.

Towards the west, the new building follows a different axis, stemming from the layout of the existing Science and Lloyds buildings, thereby achieving a consistent connection between all the school buildings. This gesture provides a new identity to the site and creates a sense of campus, enhancing the educational character and quality of the school.
The new building includes both general and special purpose classrooms, teachers’ offices, a new canteen and student recreational space, examination rooms and covered outdoor spaces, which can be used for various educational as well as leisure activities.
The works include also the renovation and conversion of the first floor of the existing main building to administration and teachers’ spaces. This will improve the effectiveness of the school’s staff by providing a consistent administrative floor, distinct from the educational part of the building.
Construction work commenced in July 2016 and will be completed in 24 months.

Looking after each other – Pastoral Care

The School boasts a strong pastoral programme which creates an environment where all students are actively responsible for their own conduct and development.  This ensures that they are emotionally literate, resilient and able to effectively deal with challenging situations both in their personal life and in their education.
At The English School we believe that promoting the personal and social development of our students is as vital as encouraging their academic progress. The school offers all the opportunities of a large establishment but each student feels part of a smaller and caring unit. The English School seeks to be a well-ordered community providing educational excellence for all students, which is underpinned by a pastoral care system that meets the changing needs of students as they grow and develop. The welfare of each student is important because when they feel safe and secure in their environment they can develop all their gifts and talents to the full.




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