European School, Luxembourg I

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European School, Luxembourg I
Schola Europaea
ESL1- Luxembourg City
Type International
Established 1953
Founder European Coal and Steel Community
Sister school

European School of Luxembourg II

(all the European Schools are also considered sisters schools)
Director Martin Wedel (Germany)[1]
Number of students 3,802 (2003)
Student Union/Association The Pupils' Committee (PC)
Slogan "United in diversity"
Newspaper The Pupils' Voice

The European School, Luxembourg I was the first of the European Schools. It was founded in October 1953 on the initiative of officials of the European Coal and Steel Community, with the support of the Community's institutions and the government of Luxembourg. In April 1957, it formally became the first of the European Schools. Today it is located on the Kirchberg-Plateau in Luxembourg City.[2]

As of 1995 20% of the total number of students were not children of EU workers.[3]

It was previously recognized as a German school by the West German government, as the Europäische Schule.[4]


Primary School buildings on the far side of Kirchberg Lake

Boulevard de la Foire[edit]

Parents working for the European Coal and Steel Community established the school in 1953.[5] It became necessary to establish a new school when many European children from varying language backgrounds appeared.[6]

When the school was founded it was located on the premises of a former furniture shop in the Limpertsberg quarter of Luxembourg city. It initially had 70 students. The school later moved to Villa Lentz in Hollerich.[5] In 1956 construction began on a new building,[citation needed] located on Boulevard de la Foire, just outside the city centre. The building was opened in 1957,[5] on 11 December.[citation needed] This building today houses the language teaching centre of Luxembourg. The first students graduated in 1959; the graduating class was 23.[5]

At a later date, the school moved to a new site on the Kirchberg plateau, another quarter of Luxembourg city. During the late 80s, the school re-used the building at Boulevard de la Foire, as an overflow school for three age groups of the primary school. Since the end of the 1990s, the old building at Boulevard de la Foire has no longer been used by the European School.[citation needed]


The school progressively moved to Kirchberg in the 1990s.[5] At the end of the 1990s, the grounds on Kirchberg were completely redesigned. Old buildings were demolished and new ones (e.g. a new primary school building, an extension of the secondary school building and a new theatre building) were built, though three blocks of the old Secondary school (the current A, B and C blocks) were left standing. T and L blocks were added due to high number of students. 3 years after the separation, it was decided that only T block will be conserved, while L is due to be demolished.

In 2014 the Luxembourgish government signed an agreement for the European Schools to accept 100 more students in their English and French sections.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Schola Europaea". EURSC. Archived from the original on 10 March 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "'Strong' Forms of Bilingual Education 6: European Schools." In: Baker, Colin and Sylvia Prys-Jones. Encyclopedia of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education. Multilingual Matters, 1998. ISBN 1853593621, 9781853593628. p. 527.
  4. ^ "Deutscher Bundestag 4. Wahlperiode Drucksache IV/3672" ( Archived 12 March 2016 at WebCite). Bundestag (West Germany). 23 June 1965. Retrieved on 12 March 2016. p. 12/51.
  5. ^ a b c d e "European school thanks Luxembourg for 60 great years". Luxemburger Wort. 2013-04-08. Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-31.  ()
  6. ^ Heusch, Albert (Luxembourg). "Die Europäische Schule in Luxemburg." Archiv des Völkerrechts, Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Co. KG, 8. Bd., No. 1 (July 1959), pp. 71-86. CITED: p. 71. "Nach dem Inkrafttreten des Vertrages über die Gründung der Europäischen Gemeinschaft für Kohle und Stahl (23. Juli 1952) nahmen die Bediensteten der neuen Institution mit ihren Familien Wohnsitz in Luxemburg. Bald zeigte sich das Schulproblem in seiner ganzen Dringlichkeit. Schon aus sprachlichen Gründen kam eine allgemeine Integration aller Schüler aus fünf Nationen mit verschiedenen Muttersprachen in die luxemburgischen Unter- richtsinstitute nicht in Betracht."
  7. ^ "European Schools to accept more French and English students" ( Archived 29 May 2016 at WebCite). Luxemburger Wort. Monday 19 May 2014. Retrieved on 30 May 2016.

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Coordinates: 49°37′39″N 6°9′19″E / 49.62750°N 6.15528°E / 49.62750; 6.15528