Hillingdon mansion house

ACS International Schools. The first 50 years.

Middle School Curriculum Cobham

Since 1967, ACS has served the needs of local and global families. Today our thriving UK and Qatar schools are home to 3700 students and 965 staff from over 100 nationalities.

Netherall Gardens, Hampstead

1967

ACS is founded

ACS founded as The Overseas School of London at Netherall Gardens, Hampstead, London, NW3, in July, by Mr E J Poularas and Mr G E Speed.

The Knightsbridge School historic campus

1968

2nd School opens

The Knightsbridge School opens, 11 Lennox Gardens, London, SW1.

Moon landing

1969

The Moon landing

Man walks on the moon.

The Hyde Park School

1973

3rd school opens

The Hyde Park School opens, 3-4 Elvaston Place, London, SW7.

The Wimbledon School

1974

4th school opens

The Wimbledon School opens, 27 Arterberry Road, London, SW19.

Cobham Campus birds view

1975

ACS Cobham opens

The Cobham School opens on a magnificent 128-acre campus.

The Parkside School

1977

6th school opens

The Parkside School opens, 83 Parkside, London, SW19.

ACS Hillingdon historic photo

1978

ACS Hillingdon opens

ACS Hillingdon School opens, 108 Vine Lane, Hillingdon.

Cobham campus garden

1979

Parkside students transfer

The Parkside School closes, with students transferring to ACS Cobham.

Rubiks cube

1970s

Rubik's cube

Three billion combinations but only one solution.

Hillingdon ground

1980

Students move to Cobham and Hillingdon

The Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and Wimbledon Schools close, with students transferring to Cobham and Hillingdon campuses.

Hillingdon Manor House

1981

Hampstead students transfer

The Hampstead School closes to channel growth into the larger Cobham and Hillingdon Schools.

Boarding House ACS Cobham

1988

Boarding opens

Boarding students arrive at ACS for the first time with the opening of the Boarding House at the Cobham School.

Pile of cables

1980s

The World Wide Web

Invented by British computer scientist, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

egham grounds

1995

ACS Egham opens

ACS Egham School opens, Woodlee, London Road, Egham, TW20 0HS.

west wing hillingdon

1998

West Wing opens

The modern West Wing opens at the Hillingdon School.

Hogwart Express sign

1990s

Harry Potter

JK Rowling's Harry Potter book is launched - becoming the best-selling series in history, translated into 73 languages.

sports centre cobham

2000

State-of-the-art Sports Centre

State-of-the-art Sports Centre opens on Cobham campus, housing an arena, 25 metre pool, dance studio and fitness suite.

ACS Egham Universities Sign Post

2005

Successful rebrand

ACS successfully rebranded as ACS International Schools, to better reflect our growing international mix of students.

maple at acs egham

2008

Maple at ACS Egham

Maple, a new art, design technology and IT building, opens at ACS Egham.

Facebook screenshot

2000s

Facebook launches

With a mission to 'give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.

ACS Doha opens in Qatar

2011

First school in Doha

Our first oversees school, ACS Doha, opens in Qatar.

Woodlee sports centre rock climbing

2012

Woodlee Sports Centre

The Woodlee Sports Centre opens at ACS Egham, with facilities including basketball courts, indoor climbing wall, dance studio and fitness suite.

Egham Campus

2014

First school to offer all IB programmes

ACS Egham becomes the first school in the UK to offer all four IB programmes.

E J Poularas Performing Arts Centre

2014

E J Poularas Performing Arts Centre

The E J Poularas Performing Arts Centre opens at ACS Cobham, featuring a 509-seat theatre at its heart.

new boarding house

2017

New Boarding House

Boarding at ACS Cobham doubles in size with the addition of Woodlands House. The original building, renamed Fields House is undergoing a complete refurbishment.

ACS International Schools celebrates 50 years

2017

We're 50!

5th July marks the start of our 50th anniversary.

Hillingdon Science lab

2017

Science Matters

New Science Centre opens at ACS Hillingdon with 7 state-of-the-art laboratories.

Higgs Bosun particle

2010s

Higgs Bosun particle

Discovery of the Higgs Bosun particle at the Large Hadron Collider, Geneva

BAB Christmas Luncheon 2018

2018

Proud to become a charity

ACS International Schools becomes a UK-registered charity and ACS International Schools In America Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation, was established in the US.

New campus opening 2020

Future

Looking to the future

Work progresses to build a new state-of-the-art campus in Doha, capable of educating over 2400 students.