New English School - Kuwait
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 chairman comes from a family with a history of pioneering in education and he established the school at a time of change in Kuwait in which he foresaw the need for education with English as the medium of teaching.
The first classes of NES opened in a villa in Shamiyah, actually starting at Secondary level and very soon after extending 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 school. The New English School is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and is accredited by British Schools in the Middle East (BSME). In 2011 the school also achieved British School Overseas status, approved by the UK Government Department for Education and monitored by Ofsted (the official body for inspecting schools).
The New English School has an enviable academic record and is outstanding in the region. The 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 activities programme spans diverse areas – drama, music, sports, the arts, crafts, technology as well as 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 Kuwait to offer this.
Our approach in Kindergarten and Reception is a developmental one that fosters cognitive, creative, social, emotional and physical growth in young children. We encourage children to experience the joys of learning and discovery as well as the spontaneous delights of childhood in a secure environment. We believe that early development of basic skills provides a sound foundation for future learning capabilities.
In Year 1 and 2 the children start to build on the skills, understanding and knowledge that they have acquired in Reception and KG. They continue to develop independence in both thinking and personal organisation. By the end of Year 2 the basic skills acquired in the Infant Department are consolidated and built upon in preparation for the transition into the Juniors (Key Stage 2).
As is the case with many good schools we have various events throughout the year that the parents may be involved in. These include Class Assemblies, Sports Day, The annual Primary Concert, Maths Week, Book Fairs, and a Book Week, Science Week and a range of Celebrations relating to National or International themes.
In years 3 - 6 (Key Stage 2), children develop skills, understanding and knowledge in a safe and secure happy environment first initiated in the Infant Department, so that by the time pupils transfer at the end of year 6 into the secondary department (Key Stages 3 and 4), they are independent learners with a life-long love for learning.
Throughout Key Stage 2, we follow the National Curriculum of England and Wales with regard to Mathematics (Numeracy), Language Development (Literacy) and Science ; the three main core areas of the curriculum. Notice is taken of recent developments in the National Curriculum and incorporated into teachers’ delivery of the curriculum.
The New English School does not follow the National Curriculum in History and Geography, but has modified these strands into integrated topics/units of study which we feel offer a more relevant approach to these subject areas when pupils are in an international context. All the foregoing are taught by class teachers.
In addition to the foregoing, pupils also experience the aesthetic side of the curriculum and for these sessions, classes are taught by appropriately qualified specialists.
In Music, each child has two lessons per week, one of which is developing musical skills with either tuned or un-tuned instruments, developing sight reading skills and awareness of rhythm, musical composition and musical appreciation. Choral singing is a major component in the musical programme and N.E.S. is justifiably proud of its standards in choral presentation, with up to 6 part pieces being delivered in year 6.
A limited number of pupils in Year 6 have the opportunity to participate in a programme of musical instrumentation using instruments belonging to the school. This programme is carried over into the Secondary Department.
The Junior Production and Concert each year are two major highlights in the school Calendar.
Each class experiences two lessons of Physical Education whereby we aim to develop a holistic range of sporting skills ensuring that personal development as well as team dependence/interdependence ensues. Many of the pupils throughout years 3-6 enthusiastically compete to be able to participate in the various inter-school sporting fixtures which are organized through KFSAC.
Of course, the sporting highlight of the year is our own sports day which sees a range of athletic pursuits being tackled and which is hosted in a nearby sports stadium.
The Junior IT Suite boasts 30 systems, able to accommodate a complete class. The Junior Department has also seen the introduction of interactive whiteboard technology in classes, supported by appropriate software to enhance the delivery of the curriculum being taught. During ICT lessons, the class teacher works alongside the teacher.
There is a well- stocked library where children are encouraged to develop research and reference skills as well as to develop a love for reading for pleasure. Books may be taken out on loan by all students.
Account is taken of our ‘host’ country and every pupil receives each day, a lesson in Arabic. Special provision is made for pupils whose first language is not Arabic. Similarly, Most pupils receive instruction in the Qu’ran and Islamic studies. For those Muslims for whom Arabic is not a first language, again, special provision is made. For students who are not of the Moslem faith, a separate programme is available during those particular lessons.
As with many schools there are a number of special events which take place, some of which have been mentioned previously. Other events to which parents are invited or are asked to support are; Class Assemblies, Book Week and Book Fairs, Curricular Information Evenings, the Maths Challenge and Science Week.
Throughout the year, pupils are encouraged to earn points for their ‘Houses’. In addition to this, each point earned for the house is also a personal point which counts towards a series of certificates, rewarding effort. A certificate is awarded for every 20 points earned, starting with Bronze and culminating with a Diamond Book Award of 200 points. There is an intermediary Book Award when 100 points is reached. Book Awards are rewarded with a voucher which can be redeemed at one of the Book Fairs hosted by the school or by ‘Books for Kids’ based in Rumathiya and who provide the books for our Book Fairs.
The school experience does not finish with the end of class lessons at the end of the day. New English School offers a wide range of extra curricular activities available to all pupils in years 3-6, most of which are completely free of charge. Indeed, for some clubs there is a waiting list to join.
As ever, we at the New English School view education as a partnership between home and school. Parents are encouraged to come to the school to discuss with their child’s class teacher, their child’s progress and or any concerns which either side may have. Each class teacher has a designated time every week to meet with parents should the need arise. Only by maintaining a dialogue can we work together to ensure the best possible provision for your child at NES and to keep the school as the preferred school of choice and at the forefront of education in Kuwait.
The Secondary Department is organised to offer students a strong academic programme and the opportunity to achieve personal development at the highest level. It caters to the needs of a multinational student population by reinforcing the values of tolerance, respect and self-discipline.
Students are given guidance at appropriate stages so that they can achieve goals in whatever direction and locality they may choose.
The academic programme allows for differentiation and variety to suit individual needs. Whilst a strong framework is in place, the school strives to accommodate students’ needs and preferences. Students are assessed to ensure that they can cope and thrive within the curriculum offered.
Courses lead to examinations at IGCSE, AS and A level from both UCLES (University of Cambridge International Examinations) and Edexcel examination boards. International recognition of these qualifications allows students to continue through the tertiary education on a universal basis.
Extra Curricular Activities
NES offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities for its students. Our intention is to attempt to provide each student with a chance to develop an area of interest, and to enhance their experience of school life overall.
All students are wholeheartedly encouraged to take this opportunity of beginning or pursuing an interest that lies outside the academic life of the school. Extra-curricular activities provide students with the chance to expand their horizons, and good universities throughout the world are always seeking students who have a breadth of experience.
Most of the extra-curricular activities on offer take place after school and last for one hour. Transport is provided for all activities that are located off of the school premises, such as ice-skating and bowling, as well as for sporting fixtures away from school.
Parents are expected to collect their children from school as soon as their child's activity has finished, which is generally 3:30pm unless otherwise stated.
Extra-curricular activities are mentioned on reports. This gives students an opportunity to have a permanent record of the activities in which they have participated.
We maintain flexibility and breadth of provision, to enable us to receive pupils at any stage of their career and provide them with the highest possible standards of education. Children of all nationalities and religions are considered for acceptance. Children are assessed to evaluate their suitability for the provision at NES.
Primary Admission Policy
Process for acceptance
Parents are required to complete the appropriate application form and provide documents as stipulated by the Ministry of Education. Due to the high demand for places applications will be given priority from the following:
- Children with a brother or sister at NES
- Children of ex-NES parents
- Children of families new to Kuwait
- Recommended applications from ministry
- Children from within Kuwait with an excellent report from their present school. (not applicable for KG)
It should be noted that none of the above guarantees admission into the school. All children are assessed and interviewed before acceptance.
We are unable to accommodate children with specific learning or behavioural difficulties.
Secondary Admission Policy
Years 7 – 9
All students are required to take a test in English and Mathematics to ascertain their suitability for the rigour of academic courses.
Provision is made for overseas students with little knowledge of English to help them acquire the skills necessary to study in the English language.
All students will be expected to provide a copy of their school report from their previous school. Where a student is applying from another school in Kuwait the headteacher of the previous school may be contacted for a reference regarding behaviour.
Years 10 – 11
Students will be required to fulfil all of the above requirements and their suitability for IGCSE courses will be ascertained especially with regard to accelerated programmes.
Years 12 – 13 (Lower 6 & Upper 6)
Students who have completed Year 11 in the British system of education will be required to have achieved 5 passes at IGCSE with a minimum of grade B in subjects they intend to pursue at AS and A level (there can be exemptions under some circumstances). Where students are from a foreign education system – their results from that system will be evaluated along with optional testing in AS/A level choice subjects if necessary.