For over 40 years, Campion School has been well established as one of the leading international schools in Athens. With just over 500 pupils, the school strives to provide a safe, family environment in which children can perform to their full potential in green, secure surroundings. Founded in 1970, Campion School is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a Board of Trustees, providing a British-style education complete with a full range of extracurricular activities to pupils from 3 to 18 years from over 40 countries. The Headmaster is a longstanding member of HMC and the school is an executive member of COBIS.
The school is located in its own purpose-built premises in the easily reachable suburb of Pallini, 14 kilometres east of the city centre, where a full range of academic, sporting and artistic facilities has been constructed. Classrooms are complete with interactive whiteboards and wi-fi. In June 2012, Campion inaugurated its new sports centre, which consists of a professional-sized soccer pitch, running track and changing pavilion. The school organises a bus service covering the most popular suburbs in the Athens area. Each bus has an adult supervisor in addition to the driver.
The academic programme is based on the National Curriculum (England and Wales), adapted to make full use of the location and culture of Greece. Courses lead to IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Class sizes are generally small, and children’s progress is carefully monitored by a system of class teachers, advisors and year tutors. Campion’s examination results are consistently well above the UK and IB averages and the school has had three students score a 45 in IB exam results, the highest score possible. Although the majority of students aim at university education in the United Kingdom, preparation and guidance is also given to students wishing to apply to universities in the USA, Europe and to various colleges in Greece. Preparation classes for Scholastic Aptitude Tests in Maths and English are scheduled for students wishing to study in the USA.
The performing arts are well represented both inside and outside the curriculum, and dramatic performances take place in each school at least once a term. Choral and instrumental groups meet on a regular basis, and individual tuition is provided in a variety of musical instruments and voice. There is a wide range of competitive sports on offer, and students are encouraged to take part. Soccer, volleyball and basketball teams regularly play against opponents from Greece and abroad. Other sports include tennis, swimming, track and field as well as rugby. Modern dance is offered in the Junior School.
Most of the staff are graduates of UK universities and all members of staff are dedicated specialists in their subject area. The current headmaster is S.W. Atherton, Richard Scarr is the deputy head and Helen Bakalis the IB coordinator. The Junior School headmistress is Judith Whitehead.
Admission is dependent on interview and reports from previous schools as well as an English examination for non-native English language speakers.
For further information, please ring 210.607.1700 or visit our website at www.campion.edu.gr.