Why choose the English College in Prague?

  • We are considered experts in delivering an IB education in the Czech Republic
  • Most of our graduates go on to prestigious international universities
  • We encourage active and independent learning
  • Most of our teachers are native English speakers
  • Our parents recommend us

Key facts you should know

  • 1410+Successful IB graduates
  • 23Oxbridge places in past 15 years
  • 100%Students take the full IB Diploma
  • 26 yrsIB experience
  • 70%UK trained native speaker teachers
  • 105Students with over 40 pts in IB

Our Patrons

The ECP was delighted that Karel Schwarzenberg agreed to become our new Czech Patron following the death of President Václav Havel. He joined HRH The Prince of Wales as Joint Patron.

Karel Schwarzenberg

“I appreciate the English College’s insistence on combining high academic standards with personal achievement in areas such as art and music, sport and debating, and strong sense of community involvement. The students emerge self-confident and articulate, fluent in English and at home on the international scene.”

Václav Havel

Founding Patron
"I have watched with great pleasure and a sense of pride as the College has grown and flourished. I was particularly glad to meet many of the students and staff during my last visit to Prague, and see for myself the friendly and stimulating environment at the College. I especially welcome the broader international vision the College encourages in its students and I am particularly glad to hear that several of them are now studying in the U.K."

HRH The Prince of Wales

Founding Patron

Mission Statement

The English College in Prague was established, and continues to exist, to provide an English-medium education for young people in Prague, primarily of Czech origin, which is second to none academically but also develops every individual’s potential to the full and prepares them for the practical, social, intellectual and moral challenges that they will face in today’s globalised society.


We hope that English College students will find themselves in a happy, creative environment, in which they can discover and develop their talents, achieve academic goals commensurate with their intelligence and ability, and gain moral awareness and self-confidence. We also need to stimulate the imagination and promote intellectual curiosity across the curriculum. All these elements are necessary for the enhancement of self-esteem and the fulfillment of each student’s potential.

Dr. Nigel Brown

ECP People

What our parents say

I am very well acquainted with most of what Prague offers in terms of secondary schools and I believe that the ECP stands out. They are preparing children through their challenging IB and Czech Maturita programmes for university and life beyond in a systematic and balanced way.

Kateřina Bečková

ECP is teaching students to see the world around them in a more complex way in comparison to local schools. I like very much how the school contributes to the self-motivation of its students. On the part of management and teachers, I can see all the steps are well thought through, forming our children as susceptible, independent, friendly and educated personalities with very human attitudes towards the environment. I very much appreciate the friendly atmosphere at the school and on the other hand, also the elaborate rules that must be strictly followed.

Ing. Karel Hampl

"Please be aware that in our eyes the ECP teachers are true heroes of our lives in the current Covid time learning situation. We cannot express enough our appreciation of their work. Their efforts directly form our children and they are indispensable to them."

Irena Duffková


About Us

The English College in Prague – Anglické gymnazium o.p.s. is a selective six-year English grammar school, which is also part of the Czech school system. In 1995 it became the first school to offer the International Baccalaureate in the Czech Republic and every year around 70 of our students take the full IB Diploma exams. Most ECP graduates go on to study at universities mainly in the UK, but also in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in the world. The College is a public benefit company, established by the English College Foundation, and supervised by an independent body of unpaid Governors who give their time voluntarily.

Read more about our history

How to apply

  1.  Contact us and ask to speak to Ms Němečková, Admissions Registrar.
  2. Visit the College on one of our Open Days, or ask for an appointment for you and your child to visit the College and meet the Headmaster. Please note that during the lockdown and school closure we are only able to offer online appointments. Open Day dates are: 23rd November 2021, 13th January 2022, 9th February 2022.
  3. Print and fill in this Application Form (can be completed in advance)
  4. Candidates then need to sit the College entrance examination or come for the academic interview on dates specified in our Admission Procedure for the Academic Year 2021/2022.


You should know before you apply that candidates for Y1-Y3 need to sit the College entrance examination in English, Mathematics, non-verbal skills and also Czech, if they speak the language. Exams will be set at the level appropriate for the expected year of entry. Candidates for Y4-Y5 will be invited for an academic interview led by the Deputy Head and two or three other teachers. The academic interview will partly focus on some of the subject specialisms that the student wishes to study at IB. For all candidates, interviews in English with the Headmaster form an integral part of the admissions process.

Entrance Exam Requirements & Examples

Admissions Procedure for the Academic Year 2021/2022

Open Days: 12 November 2020, 13 January 2021 and 9 February 2021

Academic Interviews to Y4 and Y5: at individually arranged times in March

Internal Entrance Examinations to Y2 (Czech, Mathematics, English and NVRT): 22 April 2021

State Entrance Examinations (only to Y1) (Czech and Mathematics): 5 and 6 May 2021

Internal Entrance Examinations to Y1 (English and NVRT, with possibility to sit internal Czech and Mathematics exam): 5 or 6 May 2021, on the same day when state entrance exam will be taken.

Internal Entrance Examinations to Y3 (Czech, Mathematics, English and NVRT): 7 May 2021

Year 1 second round (Czech, Mathematics, English and NVRT): 21 May 2021

Candidates for Y1 need to sit State Entrance Exams in Czech and Maths (provided by CERMAT) and College exams in English and a diagnostic Non-Verbal Reasoning test. Candidates for all other years need to sit College entrance examinations in English, Mathematics and Czech language (those who speak Czech) and a diagnostic Non-Verbal Reasoning test, at the College on the date specified.  Interviews in English with the Headmaster are required before sitting the entrance exams. Exams will be set at the level appropriate for the year of entry. Samples of internal test papers as well as the exam requirements are available on the ECP website.

During the interview candidates need to show the Headmaster that they are proficient and fluent enough in English to be able to understand lessons taught in English. Additionally, the Headmaster is looking for candidates whose outlook is broadly aligned with the school’s ethos. In practical terms, this means being both open and internationally minded, as well as being personally self-motivated and willing to engage with the school and the wider community.

Reports from candidates’ previous schools need to show that their academic achievement, behaviour and attendance are satisfactory or better.

Candidates applying for Years 1-3 need to reach a sufficient standard of achievement in the entrance examination papers to satisfy the College’s academic requirements. 

Instead of an entrance exam, candidates applying for Years 4-5 will have an academic interview led by the Deputy Head and two or three other teachers. The academic interview will partly focus on some of the subject specialisms that the student wishes to study at IB.

Entry is possible at:

Year 1 (8th grade of Czech primary schools, Yr 8 UK) – A full 6-year bilingual gymnázium programme. 

For applicants to Year 1

We would like to remind you that you have to fill in the official application form (SEVT) provided by your child’s basic school and hand it to us by 1 March 2021 at the latest.

Information for the official SEVT application form:  

IZO: 108 001 369 

Identifikátor školy: 600 006 140

Obor: dvojjazyčné gymnázium

KKOV: 79-43-K/61 

Year 2 (9th grade of Czech primary schools, Yr 9 UK)

Year 3 (1st year of Czech secondary schools, Yr 10 UK) – Students will follow a two-year course, at the end of which they will sit internal or external examinations in a wide range of subjects.

Year 4 (2nd year of Czech secondary schools, Yr 11 UK) – Entry in Year 4 for students is relatively rare and is for students who would otherwise plan to join us in Year 5. Although they will arrive mid-way through a two-year programme, it will give them time to settle into the school (both academically and pastorally) before starting the challenging IB Diploma Programme.

Year 5 (3rd year of Czech secondary schools, Yr 12 UK) – The two-year IB Programme; a high level of academic English is required.

Expected number of successful candidates

The College is looking to admit approximately:

  • 44 students into Year 1
  • 11-12 students into Years 2 
  • 11-12 students into Year 3
  • 4-5 students into Year 4
  • 5 students into Year 5

We aim to recruit primarily students of Czech origin, although happily recruit around a quarter from international backgrounds.

Finance & Fees

The English College in Prague is a fee-paying school. Fees are payable in Czech crowns (CZK). Fees are subject to annual review and may be changed due to inflation or for other reasons. Parents must give one full term’s notice if their child is intending to leave the College before the end of Year 6; otherwise we will charge one term’s full fees due to late notification. Where the situation is uncertain it is advisable to discuss the matter with the Headmaster.

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Scholarships & Bursaries

Although we try hard to keep our fees as low as possible we realise that they are still very significant and we offer substantial scholarships and bursaries to help make it possible for all who want to come to the College to be able to do so. Many of our students benefit from these arrangements.

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Talent Awards

A small amount of money is available to students who show exceptional talent in a certain area. This is not a scholarship but students who receive this award get modest help in developing their talent by subsidising experiences or facilitating access to resources. The number of awards made each year varies, but it is usually for three or four students in the school at any one time. In return, students are required to contribute significantly to the cultural life of the English College in Prague through school events, public occasions and by example. These awards are offers to existing students who show particular talent, as such there is no formal application process.

The Founders’ Academic Prizes

The Founders’ Academic Prizes are awarded each year. They are awarded to the two highest-achieving students in each year group on the basis of their performance throughout the previous academic year. The prizes are worth CZK 5000 and celebrated at the Annual Founders’ Day in October.


The generosity of all those who are choosing to make a donation to the English College in Prague is greatly appreciated. Whether for general school funds, specified items or individual scholarships or bursaries, these donations are really welcomed and change lives. For the avoidance of any doubt, the English College in Prague needs to make it clear that donations of any type or amount cannot in any way either officially or unofficially be related to preferential treatment in terms of admissions of new pupils or influence the application of normal school processes and rules to existing pupils. This statement is to protect both parties from the risk of unfavourable interpretations of such donations.

Recent donors

  • Pavel Šaroch, parent

  • ASPECTA s.r.o.


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The English College in Prague – Anglické gymnazium o.p.s. is a selective six-year English grammar school, which is also part of the Czech school system. In 1995 it became the first school to offer the International Baccalaureate in the Czech Republic and every year around 70 of our students take the full IB Diploma exams.

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  • Cobis
  • International Bacalaureate
  • Cambridge Assesment
  • British Chamber of Commerce
  • Duke of Edinburgh International Award