English College in Prague has open days

The school for pupils between 13 and 19 follows the UK educational system

The English College in Prague is having open days on Jan. 25 and Feb. 20 at its location at Sokolovská 320 in Prague 9–Vysočany.

The English College in Prague also called Anglické gymnázium, is for pupils between 13 to 19 and follows the UK educational system and is also registered in the Czech school system, following Czech framework of education and offers Czech school-leaving exam.

The school’s aims include providing a broad education based on best educational practice. It embodies academic, aesthetic, ethical and social values that develop the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.

Another goal is to develop excellent English language skills as well as sustain and develop students’ abilities in the Czech language and a critical appreciation of the literary, cultural, social and historical traditions of the Czech Republic and its neighbors.

“We provide an education that will generate not only the academic qualifications needed for higher education but will also equip your child with the skills and values necessary for success in the workplace and to become a responsible and aware citizen of an interdependent world,” said Dr. Nigel Brown, the Headmaster of the English College in Prague.

The College was founded in September 1994 after the Velvet Revolution. It was seen as a revival of the Prague English Grammar School, which existed between 1927 and 1954 to give Czech and international students the opportunity of an English-style education taught in English. It is under the jurisdiction of the Czech Ministry of Education and a British independent school in a membership of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) group of schools in the United Kingdom.

The curriculum leads to an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) at 18 or 19, after which pupils will qualify for admission to universities here in the Czech Republic, in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the world. The IB Diploma, if taken at the English College together with the state Maturita in Czech Language and Literature, is also recognized as the equivalent of the full Czech Maturita.

Czech President Václav Havel and HRH The Prince of Wales agreed to be Founder Patrons of the school in 1994 when it was established. His Royal Highness has visited the school on two occasions, most recently in 2010.

“I have watched with great pleasure and a sense of pride as the College has grown and flourished. I was particularly glad to meet many of the students and staff during my last visit to Prague, and see for myself the friendly and stimulating environment at the College. I especially welcome the broader international vision the College encourages in its students and I am particularly glad to hear that several of them are now studying in the UK,” Prince Charles said.

Václav Havel, who died in 2011, said: “I appreciate the English College’s insistence on combining high academic standards with personal achievement in areas such as art and music, sport and debating, and a strong sense of community involvement. The students emerge self-confident and articulate, fluent in English and at home on the international scene.”

After his death, Czech politician and humanitarian Karel Schwarzenberg took over as patron.

The College offers a single curricular programme for all students for the first four years of study, which leads to a mixture of IGCSE, GCSE and other appropriate language qualifications.

All subjects are taught in English apart from Czech and Modern Languages, which are taught in the target language. In years five and six all students study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The college also prepares students who wish to take the Czech Maturita.

The school also offers extracurricular activities, international trips, and other programs. Prospective pupils need to take an entrance exam. Some scholarships are available for pupils that qualify.

For more information, come to the open days or visit www.englishcollege.cz

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