The Grammar School

The Grammar Junior School

The Grammar Junior School was founded in 1970 and provides its pupils with an all-round education.  The teaching staff has a close and friendly relationship with the pupils who are encouraged to develop both academically and emotionally, within a warm and nurturing environment.

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Our School is noted for its warm and friendly atmosphere which helps to instill a love of learning in our pupils.

We value all our pupils equally and help them to develop both academically and socially.  We encourage them to give their best, to enjoy all aspects of school life and to keep to the school rules.


The Grammar School was founded in 1963 by Ioannis and Iro Gregoriou, following the successful establishment of Cyprus College in 1961 (European University Cyprus as of 2008).  In 1970 the Grammar Junior School was established to ensure the same high standards were embraced at all educational levels. 

The extensive experience Ioannis Gregoriou acquired in education began in 1952.  Over the years he honed his academic vision and expertise, resulting in his unique insight into the requirements of Cypriot students.  This strong foundation, together with his in-depth knowledge of the field of education inspired him to devote his life to developing sound principles of democracy and discipline.  As a result he made a highly significant contribution to raising the standards of education in Cyprus.  Iro Gregoriou worked closely with her husband throughout the years.  She provided her invaluable knowledge both as a teacher and as his assistant in running the school.  After his death in 1984, she worked tirelessly to uphold these principles.  She passed away in 1991 and since then Mr Akis Gregoriou and Mrs Sylvana Eleftheriadou have continued their parents' legacy.

The traditions introduced by our founders remain inspirational and influential in today’s competitive and challenging educational environment and are an integral part of the philosophy of our Schools.

The Grammar Junior School is situated in an idyllic countryside spot near Deftera.  The premises of the School were built on a 75 acre spread of land. The School provides ideal conditions, suited to learning and to the emotional development of our pupils as it is far from the noise, pollution and dangers of the city which might have a negative effect on their lives.

Open green spaces, comfortable classrooms, a Computer Centre, a Library, a Music Room, an Art Room, sports grounds for football, basketball, volleyball, handball, tennis, three swimming pools and a playground for young children, along with the love and dedication of our teachers, all contribute towards an education of the highest standards.

School Address:

The Grammar Junior School
Anthoupolis Highway

Postal Address:
PO Box 22262
1519 Nicosia

Tel.: 22 695600
Fax: 22 623044

The Headmistress and teachers are always pleased to see parents by appointment.

  • Sylvana Eleftheriadou - 
Head of Upper School
  • Anna Koni -
Head of Lower School
  • Maria Vorka -
Pre-Reception / Reception
  • Maria Neocleous -   
  • Nitsa Maliati -  
Class 1
  • Maria Zisimou - 
  • Constantina Zisimou -
Class 2
  • Marina Mavrommati - 
  • Ioanna Andreou - 
  • Maria Vorka - 
Class 3
  • Irene Patsalis - 
  • Maria Tjiortji - 
Class 4
  • Anna Koni - 
  • Ioanna Andreou -
  • Nicole Mannouri -
  • Mary Collins - 
Class 5
  • Nastasia Ioannou -
  • Polyna Nicolaou -
Class 6
  • Anna Thomas -
  • Avgousta Stavrou -
  • Maria Andrea -
Greek Teachers
  • Ellie Polycarpou - 
  • Yianna Ektoros - 
  • Yiota Ioannou -
  • Christina Papakyriacou -
Music Teacher
  • Nicolas Mavrides - 
PE Teachers
  • Thea Papatheocharous - 
  • Alexis Kyriakides -
Computers Teachers
  • Maria Galati - 
  • Samer Akkawi - / STEM and Robotics Instructor
Educational Psychologist
  • Agni Photiou - 

Special Education Teacher
  • Christina Christou Demetriadou - 
  • Katrina Shiakalli -
  • Kleri Constantinou - 
School Nurse
  • Ellie Arbelias -
Teachers’ Assistants
  • Evanthia Kyriacou - 
  • Koulla Christou - 
  • Carolina Mannouris - 
  • Stephanie Collett -

Our School aims to provide a warm, friendly and caring environment in which pupils of different abilities can achieve their full potential both academically and socially.


The Pre-school class is a “stepping stone” to Class One.  The children are encouraged to work as a team with their peers and teachers.  They are encouraged to improve hand/eye co-ordination through various activities and through play.

The following are the main areas of learning:
  • Social and emotional development
  • Physical development

Classes 1 – 6 Curriculum

English is the medium of instruction.
The following lessons are taught in Classes 1-6.
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Greek – The School encourages the growth in language proficiency and follows the curriculum provided by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture which is compulsory for all Greek-speaking pupils. 
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Computers
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Arts and Crafts 
  • Values Education
  • Environmental Studies

The British National Curriculum is adaptated to suit to the requirements of The Grammar Junior School.

In classes 4, 5 and 6 the daily use of tablets has been integrated.

Homework is the main link between home and school. 

It helps:
  • to develop habits of independent learning and study
  • to make use of non-school educational resources
  • to reinforce work done in class
It allows parents to:
  • become actively involved in their child’s work and
  • to see how he/she is progressing at school
It allows a teacher to:
  • assess pupil learning and
  • extend school learning

The children have homework every day and parents are requested to make sure that the children do their homework to the best of their ability. 

Suggested time spent on homework daily:

Classes 1, 2:  45 minutes – 1 hour
Classes 3, 4:  1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes
Classes 5, 6:  2 hours

Homework Guidelines for Parents/Pupils

Classes 1 – 6

Homework is based on work covered in school and suited to the pupils’ ability.  Certain parts of the work may be unfamiliar to you such as methods used in Mathematics. If you are not sure please ask your child’s teacher. 

In every class it is important to hear children read every day.  Oral homework is just as important as written work.  Your child may need you to examine him/her in times tables, reading, spelling or poetry to see that it has been properly learnt.  Memorisation is important and includes times tables, poetry, English and Greek spelling as given.  Revision of work is also important. 

If for any reason, homework cannot be done on a particular day, please note it in the Contact Book which will be checked by the teacher. Work not done during the week may have to be done at the weekend.  Children are given homework regularly so if your child tells you that he/she has no homework check his/her Contact Book.  You should contact the teacher if in doubt.

As children get older there should be more emphasis on co-ordination and order in their approach to homework.  Attention should be paid to neatness, date, numbering layout etc.  Your child should have good study habits and take pride in his/her work.

Teachers are available, even at short notice, to meet with parents to discuss their child’s progress and/or his/her educational needs.

Communication between teachers and parents is conducted on a daily basis through the Contact Book which is an exercise book given to pupils at the beginning of the year.
  1. School begins for all pupils at 8.15am and it is important that children arrive on time
  2. School finishes at 1.20pm for Pre-Reception and Reception and 1.55pm for Classes 1-6.  It is important that children not using the bus service are collected on time
  3. Absence/lateness should be excused by a parent or doctor’s note in the form of a letter to the class teacher or a note in the child’s Contact Book
  4. If a pupil has to leave school early he/she should be collected from the school premises after the teacher has been notified
  5. The children are required to wear the school uniform
  6. The school must be provided with an alternative address and a telephone number in case of emergency
  7. A note should be sent to the class teacher if a parent wishes for his/her child to stay in the school building at break times for medical reasons

Code of Conduct

Good behaviour is encouraged by a clear Code of Conduct backed by a balanced combination of rewards and sanctions, which are enforced fairly within a positive school atmosphere.  The aim is to help pupils, as they grow more mature, to move away from an externally imposed discipline to becoming self-disciplined.

Pre-Reception and Reception 
Lessons begin at 8.15am
1st break 9.40 - 10.45 
2nd break 12.30 - 13.00
Lessons end between 1.20-1.55pm

Classes 1 – 6
Lessons begin at 8.15am
1st break 9.30 – 9.45

2nd break 11.00 – 11.15
3rd break 12.30 - 12.40 
Lessons end at 1.55pm

Children may become distressed if they do not arrive on time for school, are not collected punctually at the end of the school day or are taken out of class before the end of the lesson.


white polo shirt with long sleeves, maroon cardigan, Grammar Junior School anorak, dark grey trousers and black shoes


white polo shirt with long sleeves, maroon v-neck jumper, Grammar Junior School anorak, dark grey trousers and black shoes


red checked dress, white socks and black shoes.


maroon polo shirt with short sleeves, dark grey trousers (long or short) and black shoes


white shirt, dark grey pinafore dress or dark grey trousers, maroon cardigan, tie, grey socks and black shoes

white shirt, dark grey trousers, maroon v-neck jumper, tie and black shoes

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Physical Education Uniform for Boys and Girls:

Summer:  Maroon shorts, white T-shirt, white socks and training shoes
Winter:  Grey track suit, white socks, training shoes

Text books for all classes can be purchased from The Grammar School Bookstore. The bookstore also stocks most of the required school uniform and PE kit. Dark grey trousers, red checked dress, white shirt and dark grey pinafore dress must be purchased from Victuar Shop.

Opening Hours – August/September 2018

All Classes
Wednesday 29th August - Friday 7th September


Regular Opening Hours:
The bookstore is open at break times during each semester.

For further information, contact the bookstore.
Tel. 22695695

The Grammar Junior School organises various clubs for pupils and provides them with a diverse range of educational and recreational activities such as drama, self expression and singing, environmental awareness, physical awareness and others.

Pupils may join clubs in class 3. Club meetings take place on Tuesdays during 7th and 8th periods. The following clubs are offered for the school year 2015 - 2016:
  • Sports Club 
  • Dance
  • Drama Workshop
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Chess and Board Games
  • School orchestra
  • Cooking
  • Hockey club on Wednesdays from 2.00-3.00pm

In addition to the above clubs, pupils in Classes 5 and 6 may join the “Get to Know Cyprus” club which takes place on a Saturday once a month.

Sports Club

Participating in sports is very important for the development of pupils’ physical fitness and skills. It also helps them to build their self-confidence and positive attitude.

Moreover physical activities promote social, psychological and personal development. Therefore children learn to think, make quick decisions, understand rules and strategies and appreciate teamwork while having fun.

Members have the opportunity to play different games and sports such as football, basketball and athletics.

Dance Club

This club is about building children’s confidence in gross motor movement and skills, as well as interpreting music. The Physical Education teacher offers instruction to members on a variety of modern and traditional Greek and Cypriot dances.

Drama Workshop

The Drama Workshop encourages young children to improvise action, create characters and tell stories in fun and imaginative ways. It also helps to get the children ready for the school’s various annual performances.

Arts and Crafts Club

The objective of the Arts and Crafts Club is to help members explore different art media, nourish their creative talents and of course enjoy creating art work to the best of their ability.

The activities include:
  • Paper crafts
  • Painting
  • Knitting
  • Embroidery
  • Mosaics
  • Christmas decorations

Cooking lessons will promote healthy eating.

Chess and Board Games

Chess enables children to improve their problem solving skills, building strategies and being more alert. Most importantly all board games are enjoyable, social and challenging.

Get to Know Cyprus
This club is open to students of Classes 5 and 6 only. It takes place once a month on a Saturday and gives the children the opportunity to get to know Cyprus. They are taken to various places all over Cyprus and visit places of interest. Buses leave from the Makarios Stadium parking place at 9.00 am and return in the afternoon (approximately 3.00 pm). The fare for each trip depends on the number of participants and the destination. Pupils who join “Get to know Cyprus” are able to join one more club if they wish.

The School is concerned about the health of its pupils and it ensures that the canteen offers only healthy and natural food.

Computer Lab
The Computer Lab is fully equipped with multimedia computers of the latest technology and Internet facilities.  The software used enhances the curriculum taught and is updated frequently.

Conference Hall
The Grammar Junior School uses the Conference Hall (which can accommodate 250 people) for assemblies, discussions, seminars and exhibitions.

First Aid Centre 
The School provides its pupils with a fully equipped first aid centre run by a qualified nurse.

The School provides library facilities with a wide range of books.

Sports And Recreation
The Grammar Junior School has a wide range of outdoor sports and games facilities i.e. a field track, a football pitch, handball, volleyball and basketball courts.

Swimming Pool
Our competition sized, 25x13 metres heated pool is open to our pupils for swimming lessons which form part of the Physical Education curriculum.  Two heated pools for younger children with water games offer them entertainment and exercise.

During summer the swimming pool is used by the Grammar Summer Club.
The Grammar Junior School provides transportation for pupils residing in Nicosia and the suburbs.

The new committee of the PTA is elected at the Annual General Meeting of the PTA which is held in October.

The Parents Teachers Association promotes good relations between parents and School.  All parents and teachers are members of the PTA.

The PTA Committee for the Academic Year 2016-2017 consists of the:

President Marios Tannousis
Vice President Michael Constantinou / Constantinos Constantinides
Treasurer Gina Kyriakides
Assistant Treasurer Angelos Theodorou /  Xenia Kyrri
Secretary Andri Spyrou
Assistant Secretary Nicos Avraamides

Personal Accident Insurance
The School holds insurance covering all pupils. 

Pre-Reception candidates should be 3 years and 8 months old and Pre- School candidates should be 4 years and 8 months old by 1st September in their year of entry.  Priority is given to the children who already have a sibling in the Grammar Junior School provided they pass the School’s assessment.

Application forms may be obtained from the School Secretary.

Pre-Reception candidates are invited to the School in early February for a meeting with the Headmistress and the educational counsellor of the School.

The candidates for Pre-Reception are invited to the School in early February in the year of entry to be assessed.  The children are tested in the language of their choice (English or Greek) in the areas of Mathematical and Language Skills as well as social behaviour.
Places are offered within two weeks of the assessment.

Children take part in various performances for National Celebrations, such as October 1st, October 28th, March 25th and April 1st.

The Gregoria Sports Day which is in memory of the Founders of the School, Ioannis and Iro Gregoriou, is an enjoyable event for all children as they all take part in sports and games.

The Grammar School Cultural Evening is also in memory of the Schools’ Founders. Our pupils participate in the songs and choreographies.

Theatrical Performance
The children are given the opportunity to perform on stage either at Christmas or in the spring time.  The spring performances alternate between English and Greek plays.

Art Exhibition
Children’s art work is chosen throughout the year from all classes to be exhibited in an art exhibition.

Our School competes in the District Team and Field Sports and in basketball games, football matches, biathlon and interschool swimming.

Swimming Gala
Children are sponsored to swim in this event and all proceeds go to charity.

Fun Day
Fun Day takes place at the end of the school year.  Parents, teachers, pupils and friends have the opportunity to meet at the School, play games, swim, eat, drink and dance.  All proceeds go to charity.

Talent Show
At the end of the school year the children have the opportunity to perform in front of their peers to show their ability in various performing arts such as dancing, music and acting.

Trips and Visits

The Grammar Junior School organises educational and recreational trips within Cyprus.  Pupils visit archaeological sites and museums in order to become acquainted with the history and cultural heritage of Cyprus.

Group visits are organized to local factories and organisations.

Pupils attend performances of children’s plays presented by various theatrical groups.

The Sixth Class pupils are taken on a weekend school trip to different places of interest in Cyprus.  After their graduation they also have the opportunity to go on a trip abroad with their teachers.

Regular and positive communication between parents and teachers is essential. Should you have any concerns please contact the school immediately and arrange to meet the class teacher during his/her visiting hour or at a mutually suitable time.  While our School welcomes parents, the teachers must not be interrupted unnecessarily during lessons, therefore meetings/visits should be made by appointment.

At the beginning of the academic year parents are given the opportunity to meet the new class teacher to discuss teaching methods.

Progress Report

Parents and teachers may communicate with one another through:
  • A telephone call
  • A note home via the child.  Please check school bags
  • A meeting during timetabled visiting hours
  • A note in the child’s Contact Book
  • A Newsletter sent by class teacher to parents to inform them of upcoming events
  • The Parents Teachers Association
  • Lectures

End of Term Reports

At the end of the 1st and 2nd terms all parents are encouraged to come to the school to collect their child’s report and discuss their child’s progress.
At the end of the 1st term all parents are encouraged to come to the School to collect their child’s report and discuss their child’s progress.
At the end of the 2nd term reports are sent home.


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