The New English School, (N.E.S.) was founded by the chairman, Mr. Tareq S. Rajab and was the first private, co-educational day-school in Kuwait to offer a British style curriculum from Kindergarten to ‘A’ level. The school is an example of necessity being the mother of invention; when, towards the end of the 1960s a demand for education with English as the medium of teaching became apparent. In November 1969 a small nucleus of parents and students joined forces when the first classes of NES opened in a villa in Shamiyah, actually starting at Secondary level and very soon after working backwards to Kindergarten. It was soon apparent that this educational venture was outgrowing the original premises, so a purpose built campus was opened in 1974, and to date, improvements and extensions continue to maintain an environment that allows students to thrive.
The school serves both the local and international communities, with children from over 50 nationalities and close ties are maintained with the U.K. and with other overseas British and International schools. The New English School is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and British Schools in Middle East (BSME).
The mission of the school is to provide the highest possible standard of education, to place emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge and skills, to provide cultural opportunities, international awareness, to emphasise creativity, independent management and communication in all its forms and to promote an awareness of the world and its diversity.
The school has an enviable academic record and is outstanding in the region. The New English School achieves its mission through a combination of academic and extra curricular activities. Thus, along with a broad range of academic subjects, the extra curricular programme spans diverse areas - drama, music, sports, the arts, crafts, technology and extends to formalised programmes such as the Model United Nations (M.U.N.), the International Debating Club and the Duke of Edinburgh Award (International Award), the first school in the Gulf to offer this. The school constantly wins local and regional prizes in their activities.