The English School
About The English School
About the school
As the only IAPS school in Kuwait, and one of only six in the Middle East region, TES is extremely proud of its national and international reputation in the prep school world. TES is a not-for-profit, independent, co-educational preparatory school for children from 2 ½ to 13 years of age, and provides an ideal learning environment allowing our large number of British students (over 40%) to enjoy a high quality home-from-home educational experience firmly embedded in the National Curriculum. Native English speakers account for 70% of our pupils and there is a real feeling of ‘Britishness’ in the school. Like all good UK prep schools, TES also has a warm family feel to it and parents are an important part of our community. The school was founded in 1953 and retains strong and most effective links with the British Embassy, British Military and British businesses here in Kuwait. Places are highly sought after and with 620 on role the school is dynamic, ambitious and at the forefront of Middle East prep school education. TES children are polite, well-mannered, extremely well-behaved and hard working. All members of staff are proud to work here and feel a part of a caring and close-knit community. We are also British Schools Overseas (BSO) and British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) accredited, a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
All members of staff would tell you that Kuwait is so much more than the common preconceived perception prevalent amongst those that have never visited. Indeed, the vast majority of Kuwait’s 3.5 million inhabitants (1.5 million locals and 2 million expatriates) live in a city similar in size to Birmingham in the UK. Many aspects of Kuwait are westernised and the preponderance of restaurants, cinemas and beach clubs would grace any top European destination. The efficient, if extremely busy, network of motorways that criss-cross the metropolis makes it easy to get around, although can resemble a racetrack at times!
As one of the richest countries in the world, Kuwait’s tax-free environment and geographical location provide an opportunity to save money, and act as an ideal stepping stone for travel around the Middle East and to the Far East. Recently voted as the best mall in the Middle East and Africa, The Avenues, a huge shopping complex, is in Kuwait, and there is also a whole host of most impressive shopping outlets and malls around the city. Traditional souks specialising in gold, fabric and rugs, to name but a few, are invariably busy with eagle-eyed bargain hunters. There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from and it is fair to say that eating out and shopping are national pastimes! Kuwait is an extremely safe city where most goods are readily available. Summers are hot, but the ten week break gives everyone time to get away and catch up with family and friends, or time to travel further afield. April and May, and October and November are perfect for all manner of outdoor activities including exploring the desert wildlife and environment. December through to March can be cool in the evenings but often still reach the low 20s during the day – a far cry from UK! With two excellent golf courses, wonderful beach clubs and a thriving social scene, not forgetting a rich history and heritage, Kuwait is so much more than the uninitiated think. The school has an excellent reputation and teachers have been known to stay for more than 20 years. No one place is for everyone, but Kuwait might just be right for you.