Cairo English School opened in 2006 with 130 students and now has over 1250 students from the ages of 3 to 17. The school is situated on a purpose built modern campus in the rapidly growing area of New Cairo. The campus includes an Olympic sized swimming pool, 400 meter running track, football fields, an indoor air-conditioned gymnasium and modern classrooms including fully equipped science labs and ICT suites.
CES is a member of Educational Services Overseas Limited (ESOL), a group of eight American and British schools spanning six countries and three continents. The school draws on the collective experience and professionalism of ESOL schools to help it develop and grow in a well structured and planned way.
CES’s mission is to provide a high quality British based international education. The teaching staff work with the parent body to help students become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. Students who leave CES not only have knowledge, but the necessary skills to reflect and think on what they do, learn and see so they can grow and develop as individuals in university, their careers and beyond.
CES is a member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BMSE) and a full member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). The school is also authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (based in Geneva Switzerland) to deliver the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma. In the academic year 2010/2011, the school expects to be awarded the “International School Award” by the British Council and will be preparing for an accreditation visit from CIS.
The curriculum at CES follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum leading to the English National Curriculum through to IGCSE at the end of Year 10. After successfully completing IGCSE exams, students can choose to take A Levels (the traditional British route into university) or the increasingly valued IB Diploma. The curriculum is rigorous and will allow students to enter the best universities around the World.
Although CES is English in character and curriculum, it is sensitive to its location. The school therefore delivers the necessary Ministry of Education curriculum in Arabic, Egyptian Social Studies and Religion to its Egyptian students and Arabic as a Foreign Language to non Arabic speakers. The school also takes students to places of interest around Cairo (e.g. the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids of Giza and Garbage City), linking these trips to the curriculum we follow. Thus CES ensures all students leave the school with a deep understanding of the local culture.
All our teachers are fully qualified with an initial degree as well as a teaching qualification and experience. Most of our teachers are from England, but we do have teachers from other countries adding to CES’s internationalism.