English College in Prague
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|The English College in Prague|
Anglické gymnázium, obecně prospěšná společnost
190 00 Praha 9 – Vysocany
|Chairman||Ann Lewis CMG|
|Headmaster||Dr Nigel Brown|
The English College in Prague – Anglické gymnázium, obecně prospěšná společnost is a co-educational, selective Czech-British grammar school, providing an academic education in the English language. for students aged 13-19 years. Czech students arrive from the 7th class in primary school, and so the ECP is a 6-year school. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.
The College has around 370 students, of whom around 70% are Czech, and 30% from foreign countries, such as those in Eastern Asia, Russia, Eastern Europe, among others.
In 1990 the suggestion was made at a meeting of British diplomats with President Vaclav Havel to set up a new school in Prague similar to the Prague English Grammar School, which had flourished intermittently in Prague between 1927 and 1954. In 1992 a new charity, The English College Foundation, began raising funds. The intention was to found a secondary school which would provide an academic education on British lines, meet the intense demand for English and contribute to the development of Czechoslovakia's emerging democracy. The project was endorsed by the three main political parties in the UK, and President Havel and the Prince of Wales agreed to be Joint Patrons of the English College. By 1994 a suitable building had been found, conveniently situated next to the metro station in Vysocany twelve minutes from the centre of Prague, and the school opened its doors in September that year. Following the death of Vaclav Havel in 2011, Karel Schwarzenberg agreed to become its Czech Patron.
The College is governed by a volunteer Board of Governors drawn from the Czech Republic and the UK and is a not-for-profit organisation.
The College is situated at the metro station Vysočanská and near a shopping centre with a food court. The school buildings include specialised science laboratories, an art centre and music room, a computer centre, a well-equipped library, a multi purpose hall and an all-weather outdoor area.
The curriculum consists of two leading, internationally-recognised educational programmes, the IGCSE and International Baccalaureate (IB). Along with completing the IB Diploma in the sixth year, the students also obtain the Czech Maturita, which is the legal document representing the completion of Czech secondary education, and allows them to apply to Czech universities.
The College provides numerous in-school and out-of-school activities including rock-climbing, chess and poetry slams and many opportunities to become involved in charity fundraising and voluntary activities.
COBIS - Council of British International Schools
IB - International Baccalaureate
HMC - The Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference
British Chamber Of Commerce