EPG Profile

Established in 2000 as a family-owned and operated company, EPG has grown into the premier provider of Early Years and Primary & Secondary Education in Kuwait. EPG currently operates a network of 30 schools across Kuwait, giving over 8,500 children aged 9 months to 12 years the opportunity to be the best they can be.

Our core mission at EPG is to empower students to become lifelong learners and to strive for their full potential. We have created a welcoming and safe environment for children to learn, be creative, and grow into the global citizens that will shape the future of Kuwait.

EPG follows the world-renowned English National Curriculum in our schools, which we have carefully adapted to local customs, Ministry of Education requirements, and our fully bilingual approach. EPG has garnered international recognition for its efforts, earning full COBIS (Council of Overseas British International Schools) accreditation for our Schools in Salwa and Salmiya.

Our leadership and teaching family, currently over 700 strong, are the backbone of our company, and they are each handpicked from across the world for their exceptional experience and training. We make sure they stay at the top of their fields with our world-class continuing education and training.

EPG Culture

Vision & Mission

EPG strategic vision is simply to enable all our children to be the best they can be.

Our mission statements serve as a framework for the achievement of this EPG vision and our EPG values define our operating principles. Our mission statements are:

  • To provide affordable high-quality education, enabling children to become bilingual lifelong learners and valuable global citizens in a rapidly changing multicultural world.
  • To build learning communities that are safe, inclusive and collaborative.
  • To partner with parents to nurture the development of the child, emphasising communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and compassion.

EPG Values

Underpinning EPG vision and mission statements are EPG values which define our behavior and conduct in all interaction with employees, children, parents, partners, and shareholders. Our EPG values are:

  • To promote care, compassion, honesty, tolerance, trust, and respect amongst the EPG community.
  • To provide contemporary learning opportunities for all stakeholders, which stimulate curiosity, inquiry, reflection, challenge, and innovation.
  • To nurture and support all children, so that they achieve their potential in all areas of learning: social, intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual.
  • To equip children to become creative and independent thinkers, responsible citizens and lifelong learners.
  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum with an emphasis on learning to learn.
  • To develop and maintain welcoming, child-friendly facilities and environments.
  • To ensure that all members of the school community are valued.

Meet Our Managing Director

At The English Playgroup, you will find a stimulating and successful program of learning, playing and care, taught by the very best trained English specialist teachers.

Within the schools, there is a strong belief in children receiving a challenging and inspirational education and in developing their own talents and personalities in preparation for their future education. Our bilingual program teaches fluency in English and Arabic through a well-structured, thematic approach to learning.

At our schools, we use the English National Curriculum to deliver the best of Early Years, Primary and Secondary Education. Over the years, we have developed our own books and curriculum resources that match our student’s abilities and help them progress solidly through the Foundation, KS1, KS2 and KS3 levels. Arabic is taught in line with the Kuwait Ministry of Education guidelines. Class sizes are kept small at our schools to ensure each child receives the attention and care they deserve and all our staff are experienced professional teachers with high standards of achievement.

Our schools provide a stimulating, creative and welcoming environment in which to learn. Our facilities, which are designed specifically with the Early Years and Primary & Secondary-aged children in mind, are second-to-none and are constantly updated to stay at the forefront of Early Learning, Primary & Secondary education.

I look forward to welcoming you and your children at The English Playgroup and EPG Schools.

Sulayman Al – Bassam

Managing Director

About Early Years

At EPG, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a play-based adapted curriculum for children from 9 months to 5.5 years. This allows children to explore and learn in an environment that is secure and safe, yet challenging. We understand that this period in a child's life is an important developmental stage when they discover themselves and the world around them. Leadership and teaching teams in branches are dedicated and passionate professionals who embody all the values we teach children.

Aims of the Early Years Programme for children:
  • To develop skills in spoken English and build a strong foundation of key skills for future learning.
  • To express their ideas freely through language, Art, Music, and roleplay in both English and Arabic.
  • To make friends and learn to play cooperatively, and to be sensitive and caring towards others.
  • To be familiar with simple ICT.
  • To develop a positive attitude toward learning.
The curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage that consists of 7 areas of learning and development.

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language,

  • Physical Development,

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Specific Areas

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

Early Years Academic Leadership Team

Vanessa joined EPG in 2018 and she oversees the quality of teaching and learning, ongoing curriculum development, leadership and management and staffing of Early Years branches. At the core of Vanessa's teaching philosophy lies the desire to find ways to motivate and inspire children. She endeavours to establish safe, supportive and stimulating environments, where children can grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially, ultimately meeting their fullest potential to be the best that they can be.

“Children are the heart of everything we do. We have an aspiration for all our children to enjoy their school journey, fulfill their academic potential, and become successful lifelong learners.”

Originally from Colorado in the USA, Crystal recently graduated with a Masters in Leadership education and has 6 years of experience in shaping the minds of children. As a passionate and inspired educator, Crystal enjoys helping all students and teachers reach their highest potential.

“We firmly believe in building strong relationships with parents. We want to engage with parents to build a shared understanding of the principles of the curriculum, learning goals of the school and our approaches and methodologies we adopt. We acknowledge that parents have a special contribution to make in creating and fostering a positive school setting.”

The English Playgroup School Vice Principal Vanessa Temple

Vanessa Temple


The English Playgroup School EY Vice Principal Crystal Loch

Crystal Loch

Vice Principal

Early Years Locations

Abdullah Mubarak Branch 1
Abdullah Mubarak Block 8 Street 834 Building 32
Abdullah Mubarak Branch 2
Abdullah Mubarak Block 2 Street 201 Villa 15
Abu Fatira Branch
Abu Fatira Block 1 Street 706 Building 62
Abu Halifa Branch
Abu Halifa Coastal Road beside Kuwait Magic
Al Qurain Branch
Al Qurain Block 4 Street 1 Building 20
Al Salam Branch
Al Salam Block 6 Street 608
Al Siddiq Branch
Al Siddiq Block 6 Street 50 Building 432-434
EY Salmiya Branch
Salmiya Block 4 Street 3 Building 37
EY Salwa Branch
Salwa Block 7 Street 2
Fintas Branch
Fintas Block 6 Street 50 Building 432-434
Funaitees Branch
Funaitees Block 3 Street 319 Building 45, 46 & 47
Gernata Branch
Gernata Block 1, Jahra Street, Building 32-35
Jabriya Branch
Jabriya Block 7 Street 102 Building 37
Kaifan Branch
Kaifan Block 4 Street 40 Building 3
Khaitan Branch
Khaitan Block 5 Street 41 via 5th Ring Airport Building 9
Mangaf Branch
Mangaf Block 4 Street 34 Building 11
Mesayel Branch
Al Mesayel Block 5 Abdulrahman Bin Araer Street Building 527
Mishref Branch 1
Mishref Block 3 Road 54 Street 5 Building 31
Mishref Branch 2
Mishref Block 3 Street 1 Building 12
Mubarak Abdullah Branch
Mubarak Abdullah Block 1 Street 116 Building 44
Mubarak Al Kabeer Branch
Mubarak Al Kabeer Block 6 Street 4 Building 33 and 35 7th Ring Road
Qusour Branch
Al Qusor Block 5 Street 4 Building 18
Rumaithiya Branch
Rumaithiya Block 6 Street 60
Saad Abdullah Branch
Saad Abdullah Block 7 Street 16 Building 35
Salwa Blue Building Branch
Salwa Block 7 Street 1
25627192 / 25627193
Salwa White Building Branch
Block 7 Street 63
Surra Branch
Surra Block 5 Hamad Yousif Bin Hussain Al Roumi Street Building 3

About EPG Schools

EPG continues to fulfil its dynamic mission in providing quality Primary & Secondary schools in Kuwait and building the skills and knowledge for pupils to be the best they can be. EPG’s growth in the primary school phase in September 2019 is exemplified by the opening of the new EPG School-Sabah Salem, the introduction of Year 6 in EPG School-Salwa and EPG’s first move into Year 7 in EPG School-Salmiya. At all stages in EPG Schools, pupils study the mandatory subjects under the Kuwait Ministry of Education curriculum alongside the English National Curriculum, valuing and celebrating the traditions and customs of Kuwait.

Our new school, EPG School-Sabah Salem, is in an excellent location with light, spacious classrooms. In line with EPG’s educational provision at EPG Schools-Salwa and Salmiya, Sabah Salem has teaching resources from the UK & well-qualified teachers, and school environment that is warm, welcoming and family feel. Class teachers guide their pupils through their studies in Foundation Stage 2 and Years 1 and 2, teaching the English National Curriculum and the required subjects of the Kuwait Ministry of Education curriculum.

At EPG School-Salwa, the school now has its first Year 6. Pupils study the final year of the Key Stage 2 English National Curriculum, acquiring not only knowledge but also building the skills to apply that knowledge with greater independence in learning, whilst developing their thinking skills. At EPG School-Salmiya, EPG has introduced the first Year 7, which is the first year of Key Stage 3 of the English National Curriculum. Students continue to study the English curriculum at a more senior level, building on the skills and knowledge developed in Key Stage 2. In Key Stage 3, students can expect to be stretched and challenged even more than before in their learning and they feel the difference as they ‘step up’ from primary school into the first year of secondary education.

As a leading provider of education in Kuwait, EPG values and welcomes the partnership between the school and parents for every child. At EPG we know that each child is unique. At EPG, each child is encouraged and guided at every opportunity to be the best they can be.

  • At EPG, we aim to be the best we can be! We provide affordable high-quality education.
  • We enable children to become bilingual lifelong learners and valuable global citizens.
  • We build learning communities and provide safe, inclusive, collaborative environments.
  • We partner with parents to nurture the development of the whole child
  • We emphasise communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and compassion.
  • We value individual and cultural differences, celebrating Arabic and Islamic values.
  • Our schools offer the National Curriculum for England. It is a balanced and broad-based curriculum comprising KS1 for 5 – 7 year-olds, KS2 for 7 to 10 year-olds and KS3 for 11-14 year-olds.
  • This curriculum strives to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children.
  • It also prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of later life.
  • Additionally, a full programme of Arabic and Islamic studies reflects the requirements of our host country.
  • Field trips, extended learning programmes, events, and extra-curricular activities for all ages and abilities enhance the learning experience.
  • Our learning support programme and Arabic as a foreign language for non-native Arabic speakers ensures access for all learners.

EPG Schools Academic Leadership Team

Hannah is originally from England and studied in the UK. She has a BA in Business and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She is a dedicated and forward-thinking individual with over 20 years’ experience in education.

"Our staff shares a real passion for working with children. The safety and education of children are paramount and at the heart of everything we do. Our approach to learning is both interactive and innovative and we build positive relationships with children that are warm and kind and foster a sense of belonging."

Nancy is an experienced school leader with most of her teaching career having been spent in North Africa and the Middle East. She has 6 years of Middle and Senior leadership under her belt to complement her many years of teaching experience in British Schools. She is a member of the European Council for Independent Schools and obtained both her PGCE and MA in International Leadership from Sunderland University in the UK.

She brings a diverse range of skills and experience to EPG including Pre-school curriculum development, Enrichment Programme teaching, Language school teaching and an eye for interior design.

Raymond has been a primary school teacher for ten years with 3 years experience teaching in Ireland, 3 years teaching in London in one of the UK's largest primary schools and 4 years teaching experience in Kuwait. He has always been very passionate about teaching and inspiring students to be the best they can be. His background is in Science and he has honors degree in Neuroscience from University College Cork in Ireland. He loves sport and has experience in coaching primary school boys and girls in football and basketball.

“I am very proud to work for EPG and to be part of an educational organisation that is supporting students reach their full potential.”

Una’s journey in education began almost 30 years ago. She qualified from University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Higher Diploma in Education. She returned to learning in 2006 to do a Higher Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy in The Cork Institute of Technology also located in Cork, the largest in the county. She has worked in both the Primary and Secondary school systems of education in Ireland, since her graduation from UCC.

“It has been a lifelong and wonderful journey that brought me to Kuwait in 2018.
My vision for education is one based on a holistic, child centered school experience that develops the child socially, morally and academically. The team I work with in EPG share my vision - we work to build a nurturing environment that is safe, inclusive and collaborative. We want to provide learning opportunities to each and every one of our students to equip them for their lives ahead. We could not achieve this without a close partnership with our parents. It is with great enthusiasm and passion that I hope to continue to contribute to young lives in EPG School-Salwa, Kuwait.”

The English Playgroup School EY Vice Principal Hannah Corner

Hannah Paula Corner

Vice Principal

Sabah Salem School

The English Playgroup School PS Salmiya Principal Nancy Eldars

Nancy Eldars


Salmiya School

Raymond O’ Sullivan

Vice Principal

Salwa School

Una Flynn

Vice Principal

EPG Schools Locations

Sabah Salem School
Sabah Salem Block 1, Street 137, Building 479, Pixels Complex
Salmiya School
Salmiya Block 12 Abo Thar Al Ghafari Street
Salwa School
Salwa Block 7 Street 2