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Our History

Key milestones in the history of the New English School:

1969 - The School is founded by Mr.Tareq S.Rajab as the first secondary school offering a British Education in Kuwait.

1970 - Expansion of NES to include a Primary Department.

1973 - U.K. Education Secretary Margaret Thatcher visits NES.

1974 - Move to new purpose built premises in Jabriya. School population now 650 students.

1976 - Further expansion of NES, with the construction of Block “D” to house the Chemistry and Physics laboratories and The Mousetrap, a purpose built theatre.

1976 - The Mousetrap theatre opens, the first of its kind in Kuwait, providing both NES and the local community with a 150 seat venue.

1981 - Further expansion of NES, with the construction of Block “E” to house the Art Department, Secondary Library, Gymnasium and Computing laboratories. These new laboratories pioneer Computer Studies education in Kuwait.

1984 - NES students go to the Edinburgh Festival, the first school from the Middle East to do so. NES returns to take part in 1994 and 1996.

1987 - The NES band ventures abroad for the first time, to Amman, Jordan.

1990 - NES premises occupied by the Iraqi Invading Army.

1991 - The French Foreign Legion uses NES as their headquarters, helping 12 staff members clean up after Liberation. NES opens again for the academic year 1991-1992. Baroness Margaret Thatcher visits NES for the second time, this time as Prime Minister.

1993 - KG recreational area revamped. New, 48 apartment, staff accommodation completed, in Sabah Al-Salem.

1994 - NES introduces the Duke of Edinburgh (International) Award, the first school in the Gulf to do so.

1998 - Ahmed Romani, becomes the first NES student to complete the Gold International Award. The Sixth Form suite is completed, including a common room, café, a separate study area and a new careers office.

1999 - Queen Rania of Jordan, NES Alumni, visits the school.

2005 - NES Alumni enrols a 3rd generation KG student for the first time.

2006 - Interactive whiteboards arrive at NES.

2007 - Complete restructure of the KG department.

2008 - The new NES façade is completed. Internal renovation to upgrade all facilities – Science Laboratories, Music Department and Administrative Offices.