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Parent's Review of Cambridge English School Kuwait in Hawalli, Kuwait

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

Cambridge English School Kuwait

In what town or city is this school located?


How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)


What grade levels are represented at this school?

KG - IGSCE (Year 11)

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

Most children are dropped off by their parents. The car parking is terrible. There are school buses. They are in an awful condition and the drivers are not safe.

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

There is a cold swimming pool but it is not regularly used. My daughter did swimming during PE 4 times all year. The classrooms are very small and the resources are not good. The kids copy books fall apart very quickly and the teachers make us buy special resources like magnets, clocks, whiteboards. Management do not seem very good. They shout at parents and children and even at teachers.

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

It is meant to be the British curriculum but I see no evidence of that. The children at this school are mostly Egyptian and Kuwaiti and can barely speak English. My daughter started in Year 4 and her classmates barely know how to read. The teacher cannot teach the Year 4 curriculum where the majority of students are at a lower level.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

There are two parent teacher interviews each year on a Saturday. You can make special appointments through the reception ladies but there's no guarantee the teacher will turn up.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

Do not enrol your child at this school. They will not learn anything apart from bad manners, Arabic swear words and behaviour that's fitting to a zoo. From what I can tell, the teachers try their best to control the class but management refuses to remove difficult students or I guess punish them effectively. It really struck me as unnecessary when the Australian head of primary shouted at another parent in the lobby about the parent not following the qu'ran. Who is he to say that? I kept wanting to measure up the best teacher for her but every year the teachers changed. She's at Kuwait English School now, which is a better school. British School of Kuwait and The English School also seem much better choices.

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Comments about this Report

May 21, 2011 05:08

Most people say it is fine up untill year 3 or 4

Sep 4, 2012 14:22

I feel very awful to read that about MY school. I am an Egyptian and in grade 8 right now in CES , Hawali. And I feel even more awful to say that your are right . And I am very sorry that you have a negative view of how most schools are like here in Kuwait , but that is really how most schools are like . But I am positive that teaching here will get better , soon or later on. ( By the way , I am an Egyptian and I do speak English well . Not all Arabs are the same ! )

Dec 17, 2012 10:39

CES has now changed and became actually better they now have year 12 too, the teachers that they bought in are more qualified and the management is getting stricker

Jun 12, 2013 04:03

There are too many unqualified teachers,especially in KG,Reception and a few in primary, working at this school. The only thing they're concerned about is your money. If you don't believe go there yourself and request their qualifications. The head of Early Years, Ms. Anne Mansell, is not even a qualified teacher and has no documentation to prove it. Again,go there and see for yourself. I would not recommend this school at all.

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