Guidance for higher education providers

The mission of The International School of Paphos is to provide opportunities for all students to achieve their personal best and become responsible, productive global citizens who embrace lifelong learning.  All pupils, whatever their academic ability, background or race, deserve a quality education in which their individual needs are met and supported.  We provide a safe and positive environment for teaching and learning that values diversity and co-operation while inspiring our students to be proud of their own heritage.  We aim to ensure that their expectations are high and their self-esteem even higher and encourage them to become critical, independent thinkers.  Our valued partners in this endeavour are not just pupils and staff, but also families, parents and members of the local and wider community.  We believe that a balanced education is the root of true excellence.  This is what we mean by our motto: ‘Pan Metron Ariston’.

Παν Μέτρον Άριστον (Pan Metron Ariston) stems from ancient Greek wisdom and illustrates our commitment to set high standards while providing balance, moderation, stability and harmony in education.  We aim to give every child an education for life, with academic achievement as its core but with life skills at its heart.

The school has been registered with the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture since 1987 and functions under its regulations and the laws of the Republic of Cyrpus.

The school has strong links with the British Council and is registered as a centre with two of the most prestigious and well-known Examination Boards in England: Pearson/Edexcel and Cambridge Assesssment International Education.

The International School of Paphos is also the only registered centre and the first school in Cyprus to offer the Ellinomatheia Examinations. These examinations were developed by a group of eminent academics at the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki in Greece.  In addition, the school is registered as a centre with the Cyprus Computer Society (CCS).

The school caters for the needs of children from Kindergarten to Year 13.  Our mission is to serve each and every one of our pupils, from the youngest to the oldest, as part of our school family and as an individual.

The Primary School covers under its umbrella the Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 to 5.  Our Primary School consists of the Kindergarten, the Infant Classes (Reception, Year 1, Year 2) and the Junior School (Years 3 to 6).  The Secondary School (Years 7 to 13) prepare pupils for external examinations up to ‘A’ Level in Year 13 and for the School’s Apolytirion (School Leaving Certificate), which is recognised by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

The school follows the English National Curriculum, but has a more flexible approach, as it is mindful of both local and international educational needs and cultures.  It is a private Cypriot school which adheres to directives from the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.  The staff has empathy with our students and their varied academic needs.  Furthermore, most of our staff is bilingual and specialists in their subjects.

The programme of study in Years 10 and 11 follows a strict options scheme where students choose for IGCSE up to six subjects in addition to English and Mathematics, which are compulsory.  If students join the school in Year 10, they may not be able to take all eight subjects and therefore be limited to six or seven.  Additionally, students of Greek or Cypriot origin must take IGCSE Greek as a Foreign Language and may do so in an accelerated programme.  Some students at the end of Year 9 are selected to follow an advanced Mathematics programme in Year 10 and complete the IGCSE in Mathematics in one year.

Students in Years 12 and 13 also follow a strict options scheme of up to five ‘A’ Level subjects; the normal expected is four in Year 12 and three in Year 13.  Some students may have the option to take the ‘A’ Level in Modern Greek or Mathematics early.  The school’s policy is not to encourage students to take units in January, but sit all exams in June, at the end of Year 12 or 13.  In addition to ‘A’ Level courses set by the UK examination boards, the school offers a number of compulsory courses such as Citizenship, Physical Education and Writing Skills.  During Year 13, students may also opt to take a course in English Language or Greek Culture.

Predicted grades given to institutes of tertiary education are based on the ‘AS’ Level result, teachers’ judgement and internal assessments.

From Years 7 to 10, reports for students are based on percentages from internal testing.  During Years 11 to 13, students will sit external examinations from the UK Examination Boards Cambridge Assessment International Education or Pearson/Edexcel.  In addition, during Years 12 and 13, students will undertake tests for the Apolytirion which is approved by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.  

ISOP GRADE DESCRIPTION

ISOP GRADE

ISOP PERCENTAGE YEARS 7 – 9

ISOP PERCENTAGE YEARS 10 - 13

Excellent

A*

90-100

85-100

Very Good

A

80-89

75-84

Good

B

66-79

65-74

Satisfactory

C

50-65

50-64

Room For Improvement

D

45-49

45-49

Causing Concern

E

40-44

40-44

Fail

U

0-39

0-39

 

GRADE DESCRIPTION

YEAR 11 External Examinations

GRADE DESCRIPTION

YEAR 12 and 13 External Examinations

Excellent

A*

Outstanding

A*

Very Good

A

Excellent

A

Good

B

Very Good

B

Satisfactory

C

Good

C

Room For Improvement

D

Room For Improvement

D

Causing Concern

E,F,G

Poor

E

Fail

U

Fail

U

 

DESCRIPTION

YEARS 12 + 13 APOLYTIRION GRADE OUT OF 20

Distinction

19-20

Merit

16-18

Good

13-15

Pass

10-12

Fail

0-9

 

Video Gallery

Sigma TV - European Parliament
Montis Awards 2017
Dangerous Minds Trailer
Greek Drama Production 2017 Montis
Singing Christmas songs at Paphos town hall
Το International School of Paphos celebrates 25 years

Contact Us

  • 100 Aristotelous Savva Avenue, Paphos, Cyprus
  • +26821700
  • Contact Us

Keep in Touch