European School, Culham

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European School of Culham
Schola Europaea
Thame Lane
Culham, Oxfordshire, OX14 3DZ
England, UK United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°39′22″N 1°15′28″W / 51.65611°N 1.25778°W / 51.65611; -1.25778Coordinates: 51°39′22″N 1°15′28″W / 51.65611°N 1.25778°W / 51.65611; -1.25778
Type International
Established 1852 (as Culham College), 1978 (as a European School)
Founder European Coal and Steel Community
Sister school All the European Schools are considered sisters schools
Headteacher Leene Soekov (Estonia)
Gender Mixed
Age 4 to 18
Enrollment 440
Slogan "United in diversity"
Nickname ESC, Euroschool, Culham
Former Pupils Culhamians

The European School of Culham (ESC), Oxfordshire, is one of fourteen European Schools around Europe and the only one in United Kingdom and currently has around 400 secondary (11–18 years old) students.

It is located on the grounds of the former Culham College, a teacher training college established in 1852 by Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford. The Gothic Revival architect Joseph Clarke designed its buildings, and Sherwood and Pevsner described them as "institutional Victorian Gothic at its grimmest".[1]

The school was formed primarily to serve the children of EU employees working at JET/EFDA, in Culham, but the project is currently scheduled to move to Cadarache, France around 2016/17.

The school will close its door as the European school Culham on the 31st August 2017. But a new Accredited European school has been phasing in since 2012, the Europa school UK, a state founded free school, who provides the european curriculum. It has now a full bilingual primary school.


As of October 12, 2003, the student population of the European School, Culham was 884 — of which 88 were in the nursery school, 343 in the primary school and 453 in the secondary school. There are five language sections: German (DP or DS), French (FP or FS), Italian (IP or IS), Dutch (NP or NS) and English (EP or ES). Each language has its own year group: nursery, primary ("X"P), and secondary ("X"S).

For nursery there are two year groups. For Primary there are five year groups ("X"P1 to "X"P5)and for secondary there are seven ("X"S1 to "X"S7). With the number of students in the Dutch and Italian sections decreasing these groups are usually grouped with the English classes for Science, Sports and Maths. L1 is still taught to the semi-merged groups in mother tongue.


The school's basketball team were U16 national champions in 2000 and U19 national champions in 2003.[citation needed]


The European School, Culham has many sport and educational facilities, including a basketball/volleyball indoor sports hall, a five-a-side sized indoor gym, and two sports fields.



  1. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 566

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