St. Catherine's British School Athens
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3.0 from 7 reviews
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About St. Catherine's British School


Most commonly the term ‘achievement’ in a school is associated with attainment in the form of assessment and examination results and most certainly you will see that the learning of our students, that is nurtured by stimulating and contemporary teaching of a curriculum that sets high expectations, has led to academic achievements and subsequent university and college placements that places us amongst the most successful British international schools.

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Curriculum

English,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Max Class Size

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7 Reviews of St. Catherine's British School

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Overall 3.00
Facilities 2.00
Academics 2.00
Teachers 2.25
Sports 2.00
Music & Arts 2.00
Science & Tech 2.00

Reviewer Nationalities

Greek (2) Australian (1) British (1)

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Born 1974, 05/09/2020 @ 11:50:31
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I read the accounts below and must say I agree, in our case our child wasn't directly bullied but witnessed daily accounts of violence at school. As parents, we were completely put off by the primary school headmistress who seems to have a number of personal issues (divorce, her kids misbehaviors, online dating, you name it...) that she overshares with parents and staff. We got a full account of her divorce on the day we visited the school, which should have triggered the alarm bells to ring on our side but we were convinced at the time it was the best schooling option in Greece. She hardly ever greets children at the gate in the mornings, as it was the case in our child's school back in Australia and is basically a sales woman at a school which considers student intake as a way to fund their new building. Classes are packed, teachers overworked, standards low. Our biggest mistake was to choose this school for our child and it's about time everyone be informed before they make the same very consequential mistake as we did!

Mark, 27/08/2020 @ 04:39:15
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A big school with lots of opportunities for the children.

Stavros, 23/07/2020 @ 13:28:10
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I totally agree with Theodore. They are greedy for money and obsessed with it. The children are nothing for them. St Catherine’s British School has a very serious management problem and very bad maths level especially. During the Covid crisis the greed went to the maximum level, they only did 20 or 30 minutes of online teaching a day in the primary school. So lazy and some teachers were making money doing private tuition instead of teaching online to their students. Then they refused to give discounts to parents who asked and instead sent letters to them to tell them to leave the school if they are not happy, in the middle of a worldwide health and economical crisis, there is proof of that! We lost 15K euros for one year in this school for 20 minutes a day of conversation with the teacher, just to be insulted, and to have to do the homeschooling of our children with no help! And the rumors about bullying are real, but I will add that the bullying also comes from the management. I would give zero stars is it was possible.

Theodore, 15/07/2020 @ 18:29:08
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Horrible experience. St Catherine’s British School school lives on a past good reputation. The management from top to the bottom is very very low quality. The school now has a history of accidents, violence, bullying and neglect of children, especially in primary school, but I heard a lot of sad stories of bullying in the secondary also. In 2019, one child had an avoidable accident on a playground facility that wasn’t properly serviced and used by children too young without the respect for the instruction of age. The boy almost lost his life as he bleeds and had over 100 stitches in the “freak accident” (principal’s own word in a letter to parents). The school facilities are old and the toilets is so dirty as the school refuse to spend money on cleaning. Parents have told their girls having STi’s because of the bad hygiene in the toilets, with feces found on walls and urine on floor. There is only an interest of the school for money they take from parents, without respecting the happiness of the children, especially the ones so young in primary, and there is all the time bullying and violence in the primary school. Some girls had their underwears pulled down, some boys and girls were strangled, some got the punches and were hit, and the primary headteacher doesn’t care and isn’t professional and a lot of her staff also. Children are afraid of her and when the parent complain about violence or bullying or hygiene, she is aggressive. Some teachers are good and try to make things work in this madness, but it is so bad it’s not even possible and now they have more and more children in classes because the school wants more money from more parents. Many teachers want to leave but are trapped in the country will low salary. Some teachers are horrible and don’t give the care. The level of the syllabus is very very low in mathematic especially and english, and the problem for a greek family like us is that our children are stuck in this nightmare as no Greek school will take them because of their bad level of mathematic and greek, and the school makes sure the level of Greek stays low so children cannot go anywhere else and because the level of english is also low at the school it is a problem to go to a good english school. I do not recommend this bad school to anyone, unless you want your children broken and hurt, bullied by children and by staff and the management that only cares about money and money (they say they are a charity, they don’t act like one), and have a low quality of education and of syllabus and ZERO ethos or care for your children. A group of 200 parents of the primary school tried to create a parent association to make the school better but the principal had the group shut. Big bonus though, the principal and the primary headteacher will monitor your private posts on private Facebook groups that they have infiltrated. One advice, stay away.

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Julie Cronin, 9 months ago


All three of my children loved it!

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julie vl., a year ago


Εξαιρετικό αγγλόφωνο σχολείο αλλά πάρα πάρα πολύ ακριβό

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Sakis Anastasopoulos, 9 months ago


Καλό αλλά ακριβό.. δυο αστέρια επιεικως..

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