Brief Introduction to Foley’s School
Foley’s school was founded in 1970 by Ward and Pat Foley. The school originally opened in Famagusta and by 1974 it was well-established, with a roll of about 250 pupils, all at secondary level. However, you will recognise the significance of that year – 1974. Disaster struck and the Foley family and most of their pupils were forced to evacuate Famagusta and the school overnight.
After several months camping in Dhekhelia, hoping to return, it became apparent that this would not be possible and the family moved to Limassol. Here they managed to gather together some of their former pupils and began re-establishing the school. They were fortunate to find the current school building, which had originally been constructed for the RAF, and Limassol Grammar and Junior School was born. Over the years, the school became known as “Foley’s” and in recent times this has become the school’s official name.
We now have around 600 pupils across the whole age range (3-18 years old). Until this acdemic year, we were all on one site in the town centre (Homer Street) but now the primary school (Pre-Reception - Year 6) has moved to the new, state-of-the-art premises in Ayios Athanasios (Charalambou Evagororou 110). The building work at this new site continues with new sports facilities, including a sports hall, swimming pool and an athletics track surrounding an astroturf pitch, currently under construction. The secondary school will eventually move to the new site but, in the meantime, it is benefiting from the extra space available at Homer Street!
The school has pupils from a very wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, around 50 different countries being represented. All lessons (apart from Greek and foreign language lessons, of course!) are taught in English. We broadly follow the UK National Curriculum although it is not rigidly adhered to. The eventual goals are external examinations with London (Edexcel) and Cambridge examination boards. The school has been highly successful in these examinations over the years and the vast majority of our pupils succeed in gaining places at top universities in the UK and elsewhere.
From its earliest days, Foley’s has placed a strong emphasis on extra-curricular activities and a wide range are on offer. These include various sports, drama, dance, music, Duke of Edinburgh Award, hikes, educational visits and school trips abroad. We consider involvement in such activities to be extremely important to the overall education of young people and encourage all our pupils to make the most of the opportunities available.