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Celebrating ACS International Schools’ Golden Anniversary

By James W. Pilton
Celebrating ACS International  Schools’ Golden Anniversary

Staff were joined by the schools’ board of directors on 5 July 2017 to celebrate ACS International Schools’ 50th anniversary. The celebratory lunch kicked off a series of year-long events and activities aimed at students, staff, parents, alumni, and friends of ACS, which recognize this important milestone for the schools.
To meet the needs of local and global families, Gordon E. Speed and Emmanuel J. Poularas founded the first ACS School in Hampstead, London in 1967 featuring one division and 35 students. Today, ACS International Schools educate over 3,700 students representing 100 nationalities at its three U.K. schools in Surrey and Greater London, as well as in Doha, Qatar.
At the celebratory lunch, staff enjoyed a special birthday cake and gathered for a commemorative photo at the school’s Cobham Campus. Phil Hodkinson, Chairman of the Board at ACS International Schools, commented:
“This is an exciting year for ACS staff and students. Not only do we celebrate our 50th anniversary, but 2017 also heralds the completion of the latest multi-million-pound investment project across our campuses in Cobham, Egham, and Hillingdon.”
The ongoing investment program has included the creation of a state-of-the-art Sports Centre at ACS Egham; the new E. J. Poularas Performing Arts Centre at ACS Cobham; and due for completion this summer, a new £15m international boarding house at ACS Cobham, and a brand new £10m science floor at ACS Hillingdon designed to support an exciting science program.
Mr. Hodkinson added: “ACS International Schools has provided a world-class, international education to students for fifty years. It was one of the first schools in the U.K. to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 1986. Our latest developments reinforce our commitment to providing a future-focused teaching and learning environment and equipping students with a global outlook and the skills to succeed at university and the world of work. We aim to be here long into the future offering quality education to both the local community and global families relocating to the U.K.”

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