The English School, Nicosia

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The English School
Αγγλική Σχολή (Greek)
İngiliz Okulu (Turkish)
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Nicosia, Cyprus
Type Selective Secondary School
Motto Non Sibi Sed Scholae
Established 1900
Founder Canon Frank Darvall Newham
Chairperson George Theocharides
Headteacher David Lambon
Teaching staff 110
Age range 11–19
Houses      Wolseley
School colour(s)          

The English School, Nicosia is a selective secondary school in Nicosia, Cyprus. It has a rigorous selection process for admittance. It is one of the secondary schools in Nicosia designated to be bi-communal, with both Greek and Turkish Cypriots being educated at the school.[1]


The school was founded in 1900 by an Anglican clergyman, Canon Frank Darvall Newham and since its inception the school has offered a British-style secondary level education to children from all the communities of Cyprus. Originally it only accepted the children of the British rulers of the island and was located within the medieval walls of Nicosia. It moved to its current premises in 1939.[citation needed]

The school started off as a private venture but control was transferred to the British Governor in 1930. Following independence from British occupation in 1960, control passed to the Cypriot Government. In 2007, the school's status and eligibility for state grants was challenged at the Supreme Court.[2][3]

In 1958, EOKA distributed a text threatening Greek Cypriots that attended the school. This resulted in the parents removing students from the school and the number of Greek Cypriots attending fell from 317 to 21.[4]

Some of the School's worst moments came to pass during the time when Thomas Thomas was Headmaster. Scandals rocked the school and the Headmaster was sacked, with accusations over favouritism and his erratic behaviour.[5]

From September 2003 onwards, the school returned to its bi-communal status by re-enrolling Turkish Cypriots.[6] It is a highly selective academic co-educational secondary school and most of its leavers attend universities in Great Britain.[7][8]

In November 2006, Turkish Cypriot students were attacked at The English School by extremist members of "National Voice of Youth with a Greek Soul". At the time, The US Department of State released the following statement:

"In April 2007 court proceedings began for 13 suspects charged with attacking Turkish Cypriot students. On November 22, 2006, 15 to 20 Greek Cypriot teenagers, believed to be members of an ultranationalist group, National Voice of Youth with a Greek Soul, entered the English School in Nicosia and attacked a group of Turkish Cypriot students, causing minor injuries."[9]

Staff are all qualified graduates of British or other English Language universities, or, in the case of the Greek Department, of Greek universities(usually).[citation needed]


The school has the following 19 departments:

  1. Art and Design
  2. Biology
  3. Business Studies
  4. Chemistry
  5. Computer Science
  6. Design & Technology
  7. Economics
  8. English
  9. Geography
  10. German
  11. Greek
  12. History
  13. Information Communication Technology
  14. Maths
  15. Modern Languages
  16. Music
  17. Physical Education
  18. Physics
  19. Turkish

A Religious Instruction department also exists, but classes are optional as they are available only to Greek-Orthodox, Armenian-Orthodox and Maronite-Catholic students. Religious Education is also available for students who do not wish to partake in Religious Instruction; lessons review a more general overview of various faiths and their histories.


The school is situated in a semi-wooded parkland near the centre of the capital Nicosia and is one of the largest school campus in Cyprus. The school's extensive sport grounds include a large multi-purpose indoor sports centre, a full size football field, 4 futsal fields, running and athletics tracks, 3 tennis courts, a (lawn) hockey field/xorafi. It is currently in the process of construction on a new building(Newham building)


The school is split into four houses. Each house has associated colours.

House Named after Colours
Beaconsfield The Earl of Beaconsfield Yellow
Kitchener Horatio Herbert Kitchener Dark blue
Newham Canon Newham Sky Blue
Wolseley The Viscount Wolseley Red

Notable alumni[edit]

In 2010, a book was published to list the notable Turkish Cypriot alumni of the school.[11]


  1. ^ "2014 Report on International Religious Freedom: Cyprus". US Department of State. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  2. ^ Hazou, Elias (2007-07-21). "Promotion row throws English School status into question". Cyprus Mail. Retrieved 2008-03-28.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Question time for the English School". Cyprus Mail. 2002-07-18. Retrieved 2008-03-28.[dead link]
  4. ^ Lange, Matthew (2011). Educations in Ethnic Violence: Identity, Educational Bubbles, and Resource Mobilization. Cambridge University Press. p. 89. ISBN 1139505440.
  5. ^ Cyprus Mail: News Articles in English, 98-08-18
  6. ^ English School to open entry for Turkish Cypriots Cyprus Mail Archive article – Friday, June 6, 2003 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  7. ^ 2005 ES leavers destinations Archived 2014-10-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Cypriot schools celebrate top A-level results. Cyprus Mail – archive article – Sunday, August 28, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  9. ^ US Department of State Report on Religious Freedom in 2007, Retrieved May 2, 2011
  10. ^ Stephanie Solomonides Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "İngiliz Okulu'nda öğrenim görenler kitabı tanıtılacak" (in Turkish). Star Kıbrıs. Retrieved 8 December 2010.

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Coordinates: 35°09′04″N 33°21′01″E / 35.1512°N 33.3503°E / 35.1512; 33.3503