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Old 26th August 2016, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by madmum54 View Post
sounds a strange question but do private schools in cyprus differ in their academic standards??
my daughter had english and maths exams at xenion in paralimni 2 weeks ago. she found the maths hard as questions were things they havent learnt yet but was happy with the english paper.
but now heard she did very badly in both & they say her english grammer is very poor. i am surprised as last term report stated above average in english & average in maths

xenion are saying will take her but she will find it very difficult & will need private tuition payable as extra.
so wondering if there is any alternatives. state schools not suitable as doesnt speak greek. is their any lower level private schools. she is actually a very bright 10 year old and doing well in school here. maybe its the difference between state and private education standards.

havent told her about this as is so happy about starting at xenion. is a beautiful school. only 12 in a class & she loved it.
sure will work out ok if only needs extra coaching for short term. apart from the cost she will not like lots of after school lessons. the up side is will be getting near winter by that time so wont be the distraction of playing in pool or going to beach in afternoons
I think the issue here is rather the difference in emphasis between what schools in England term "English", and how the subject is seen and taught in schools here.

Having taught for 5 years in the UK and just finished a maternity cover in the English department at Xenion, I can see how it is possible for your daughter's assessments to vary so greatly between the 2 schools.

The subject of English here, and certainly at Xenion where the majority of pupils are Cypriot, is the study of English Language, with huge emphasis on grammar; that's what the entrance test assesses, and it is something that English schools still do not place a great deal of stress on (which is why us secondary school teachers in the UK have to spend loads of time teaching grammar at GCSE!).

To be perfectly honest, though, if your daughter was doing well in English at school in the UK, she shouldn't have much trouble catching up. The difficulty that some native speakers have is that they find the grammar boring (understandably!) and feel like they don't need to bother because they can already communicate perfectly well in English. But with the right application, learning grammar is not hard: it's just learning rules and practising using them.

And there are no shortage of private tutors around, both within private schools (like the Xenion Institute), and independently (if I weren't a bit far away - Larnaca district - I'd offer my own services!).

In terms of different standards at different private schools, of the ones that are within reach of you, I would say Xenion is the best bet. Your other options I guess would be the Larnaca schools, and of these, American Academy is more academically tough than Xenion, I don't know much about Pascal but have heard variable reports, and Med High has a fairly poor reputation. I have no personal experience of these schools aside from the American Academy, so it may well be worth paying them a visit and getting a feel yourself.

Good luck with whatever you decide, and I hope your daughter is happy at whichever school she ultimately attends!


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I am in the process of moving to the Paphos area with my Wife and Son. He is just 17 and did not achieve Maths and English GCSE's in the UK due to poor school standards coupled with other distractions. I'm thinking of either putting him into a school for a year or alternatively helping him learn on-line supported by an occasional private tutor.

Any thoughts as to what might be possible?

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