Celebrating the launch of Kings Tirana international school
Last week saw the launch of Kings Tirana, our new international school in the Albanian capital Tirana. The result of a new partnership between Kings and Sapaud SHPK, Kings Tirana will welcome its first students in September 2018.
The school offers both Basic School (up to Grade 9) and High School which blends the Albanian curriculum with a British curriculum provided by Kings. Students will also have the chance to spend some time at one of our UK or US campuses. As a result, students at Kings Tirana will have a smooth, managed pathway to university in either the US or the UK.
Located in an affluent, green suburb of Tirana, with a beautiful mountain backdrop, the school is an easy 15-minute drive from the city centre. The five-storey school building is well-designed, bright and contemporary, with different wings for the Basic School and High School to cater for younger and older students. Total capacity is around 400.
Classrooms will be fitted out with brand new furnishings ready for September, and other on-campus facilities include science labs, indoor gyms, cafeteria, playground and playing field. There are breakout study areas and a library in the High School, and a theatre space shared by both sides of the school.
Guests at the launch party included parents of prospective students, and some of the children themselves, alongside the Deputy UK Ambassador who spoke of how the new school was a great opportunity for Tirana. There were also TV cameras present — the school was then featured on popular Albanian talk show 'Rudina'!
Kings Director Andrew Hutchinson and Development Director Michael Parris were in attendance greeting guests and introducing the project. About the partnership between Kings and Sapaud, Andrew Hutchinson explained:
"Our partnership with Sapaud provides an opportunity to work with a new organisation who share our values and have a vision to bring quality international education opportunities to students in Albania. Together we are able to make that vision a reality locally. We are delighted to welcome our new colleagues and students to the Kings global community."
Director of Sapaud, Eda Basha, added:
"Albania is a very small country, which is all the more reason for us to have a global outlook. Our aim is to equip our young people with the awareness, knowledge and skills they need to thrive in an ever more international environment and to help them and Albania make the most of global opportunities. We are thrilled to have Kings as partners — they are enabling us to realise our ambitions."