Moscow South West
Situated in the prestigious residential and diplomatic area near the Leninskiy Prospekt and not far from Prospekt Vernadskogo, EIS Moscow South West is an international school for children aged 3 to 18, providing a high-quality British education, culminating in IGCSE and A Level examinations.Arrange a visit
English International School of Moscow South West opened its doors in September 2014 and follows the well-established and internationally recognized English National Curriculum, enhanced to meet the needs of our international community. We have a reputation for being a friendly and family-oriented school, where each individual matters.
Parents truly support the school's approach towards learning and community spirit, which is so evident from the moment you walk into our school. Our philosophy is very child-centric, we support every individual to be the best that they can be and encourage our students to develop a joy in learning.
In order to provide the highest standards of teaching, we offer an excellent staff to student ratio. Our class sizes are capped at 21 students per class.
Our school facilities are excellent, with ample space indoors and outside for learning and play. Our school building is generously proportioned with large classrooms boasting plenty of natural light, wide corridors and high-quality collaborative communal areas. We use technology to support learning, but also include traditional play activities where appropriate. We take pride in displaying the work of our students all around the school, so you will see many creative, colourful and attractive displays as you tour our school. Outside, we have a very large garden, which we absolutely make the most of. We have age-appropriate play equipment for use outside and we alsouse the space for PE, play and events. Even in the winter, we try to spend as much time outside as possible to nurture a love of the outdoors in our students.
Our native English speaking teaching staff are highly qualified and bring many years of teaching expertise, with enhanced knowledge of the English National Curriculum and experience of the additional challenges of teaching in an international setting.
3 to 18 years old
Monday - Friday
8:00 - 16:00
Student / teacher ratio
English National Curriculum, IGCSE and A-level qualifications
ICT system, interactive whiteboards, structured reading materials, a well-stocked library, specialist classrooms for science and art, fenced campus with internal security, and a fun enclosed playground for our students to enjoy.
Welcome from the Head of School
I am delighted to be heading into my second year as Head of School for EIS Moscow South West. I am originally from the South of England and enjoyed a successful career in publishing sales for fifteen years before re-training as a teacher. I spent the first nine years of my career working with children with additional needs as both a teacher of Humanities and as an Assistant Headteacher before moving into international education.
I moved to Mongolia in 2017 to take up the post of Head of Secondary at the British School of Ulaanbaatar. As a member of the senior leadership team I helped to lead the school through a successful COBIS inspection which saw BSU become one of the first schools in the world to attain Patron's Accreditation. In 2018 I was promoted to Academic Director which involved managing the daily running of the whole school, from early years up to A Level.
I have a BA Hons degree in History and a PGCE in Secondary education, from the Universities of Newcastle and Durham respectively. In 2016 I gained an MA in Medieval History from the University of Lincoln, and I am currently studying for my National Professional Qualification in Headship. As part of my role here at Moscow South West I teach History to A Level Students.
Over the past twelve months I have led a team which has raised academic standards across the school. The school outperforms UK schools in both GCSE and A Level results and the introduction of the Literacy Project has seen a sharp rise in both reading and writing standards. My goal is to continue providing a learning environment that is safe, happy and challenging for all of our students.
Mel Hitchcocks, Head of School
English International School, Moscow South-West has a very friendly setting and, within our well-organised and wonderfully inviting classrooms, we enjoy:
- ICT system, including laptops and iPads, where technology-based activities are integrated within the curriculum.
- Interactive whiteboards, enriching teaching and learning.
- Structured reading materials, which have been refined to ensure each child’s success in the British education system.
We also have:
- A library that helps cultivate the love of reading and research.
- A campus with a high perimeter fence and internal security. The school’s priority is the safety of the pupils.
- A fun, secure and enclosed playground with a safe surface and age-appropriate play equipment.
As is the case in the best of British private education, much of our students’ work is displayed around the school, giving them both ownership and pride of their achievements.
Head of School
I am delighted to be the Interim Head of School for EIS Moscow South West. I am originally from the South of England but moved to the Midlands nearly 20 years ago. After a successful career in publishing sales I trained as a teacher and spent the first nine years of my career working with children with additional needs as both a teacher of Humanities and as an Assistant Headteacher.
I moved to Mongolia in 2017 to take up the post of Head of Secondary at the British School of Ulaanbaatar. As a member of the senior leadership team I l helped to lead the school through a successful COBIS inspection which saw BSU become one of the first schools in the world to attain Patron's Accreditation. In 2018 I was promoted to Academic Director which involved managing the daily running of the whole school, from early years up to A Level.
I have a BA Hons degree in History and a PGCE in Secondary education, from the Universities of Newcastle and Durham respectively. In 2016 I gained an MA in Medieval History from the University of Lincoln. As part of my role here at Moscow South West I will be teaching History to Secondary Students.
I look forward to working with staff, parents and students to ensure that academic standards continue to rise. My goal is to uphold the key values of Orbital Education in providing a safe, challenging and happy learning environment for all of our students.
Year 3 Teacher
For the past 20 years I have been working as an EYFS specialist, as well as a Key Stage 1 teacher. As a mother of 4, I have had the pleasure of understanding that all children experience the world around them in unique and different ways. Celebrating various learning styles is the foundation from which planning interesting lessons stems in my classroom. Creating a vibrant and happy environment makes learning (and teaching!) rewarding and fun!
Year 2 Teacher/Head of Primary
In 2000, I graduated from the University of Sunderland with a 2:1 BA Honours Degree in Historical Studies. Afterwhich, I worked with children and adults with learning disabilities. This led to me being employed at Hadrian School in 2008. The primary school catered for children with additional needs such as PMLD, autism and SEMH. In 2016, I completed my PGCE at Northumbria University. I then became employed at Hope Wood Academy in County Durham. I was a secondary PE teacher and form tutor responsible for the whole-school PE provision (EYFS up to sixth form). My personal interests include many physical activities from CrossFit to football. I am an avid reader who enjoys the outdoors and socialising with friends. My number one activity is spending time with my daughter.
English Teacher/Head of EAL
Hello, my name is Thomas and I’m a professional teacher from Merseyside, England. I’m very excited to start my new role as English teacher at the English International School of Moscow. I have a BA hons degree from the University of Birmingham; a PGDE in English Education and have completed the Leadership Development Programme with Teach First. I have many years of experience teaching in both an international setting in addition to teaching in secondary schools in Cambridgeshire. In my classroom, I encourage students to be active participants in the lesson and expose them to a wide range of texts and different forms of world literature. Students will be taught to become avid, critical readers; confident writers and fluent speakers of the English language. In my spare time I enjoy reading novels, running and football.
Year 5 Teacher
I am especially delighted to be working with Year 5 at the South-west campus as this has been my first full-time post after a number of years away from teaching. I really want to work and teach internationally and am delighted that Moscow has given me the opportunity to do this. I have had some international experience of working in schools and other education related jobs prior to Moscow notably in Qatar, Japan and France.
I am from Northern Ireland but trained to teach at Newcastle University in 2003/04 where I obtained my PGCE to work in Key Stages 2 and 3 with French and am therefore familiar with the English National Curriculum. Following my PGCE in 2004 I remained in Newcastle upon Tyne where I worked in various different middle and primary schools both on a full time basis as well as a supply teacher. I moved south to the Isle of Wight in 2007 where I worked for a further 7 years gaining good experience in the Early Years/Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 as well as teaching French and coordinating MFL for a short time as a Middle Leader.
Year 4 Teacher/Primary Literacy Coordinator
I am originally from Wirral, England. I carried out my undergraduate degree in Educational Studies at York University before completing my Primary PGCE at Newcastle University. For the last 4 ½ years I have taught overseas in International Schools in Mongolia and China and before that for 4 ½ years in UK schools. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, sports and reading. I am very excited about living in Moscow, experiencing Russian culture and facilitating the best possible learning opportunities for your children!
Science Teacher/Head of Secondary
My name is Ervine Scholtz and I come from Stellenbosch South Africa. I graduated from Stellenbosch University with A BSc. (Microbiology and Biochemistry) degree and a Hons.BSc. (Microbiology –Molecular biotechnology) degree. I obtained my teaching credentials form UNISA (University of South Africa). I have been teaching for 11 years classes that range from year 4 to year 11, science and mathematics. My teaching experience includes 6 years in South Africa; 4 years in Kazakhstan and I am now starting my 2nd year in Moscow. I am a fully qualified Molecular Biotechnologist (somebody that can manipulate DNA).
Physical Education Teacher
My name is Ms Anna, and I have been working as a P.E. teacher in the English International School SW Campus for the past four years. In 2011, I graduated from The Pedagogical University of Physical Education in Moscow. While I love all sport I am particularly interested in athletics and team games. I have been working with children in different aspects of education for 10 years and enjoy helping them to realize their potential. In my free time I enjoy being with my family and friends. I also enjoy traveling and, of course, sporting activities!
I am honored to be part of this great school which is the perfect place for children to be taught in a family friendly environment. I qualified as a specialist physics teacher. My secondary specialist subjects also include chemistry, mathematics and science. It has been my privilege to teach these subjects for the last 24 years in different schools (Africa, Europe and the Middle-East) with varying curriculums that helped me grow as a teacher. I also have extensive experience in many district exam boards and I was previously a marker in national physics exams. Teaching is my passion and I am always learning in the process. I feel that a good teacher must always teach from the students experiences. I always look at concepts from my student’s point of view so that I can build from that pre-knowledge.
I enjoy spending time with my family and love watching football. My family and I enjoy taking up new challenges. I look forward to exploring Russia and building great relationships with my fellow colleagues, students and parents.
Science and Maths Teacher
I am Larisa Puchkova and I am living in Moscow since my childhood. I have been working in EIS for more than 10 years.
I graduated with a Master’s degree in Aerospace materials (Chemistry) from the Moscow Aviation University and also got a PGCE diploma in Sunderland University (UK).
In the EIS I teach Chemistry and Mathematics in Secondary school and I truly love my job. I think that it is essential for all students in a class to feel comfortable and always be challenged. This is what I try to follow in my lessons, using an individual approach for every pupil. Every day my students learn, but they also help me to analyse what was done well and where I should improve and do better next time.
In my free time I travel a lot and go downhill skiing with my family.
Year 1 Teacher
I am originally from the south west of England. My qualifications include a BA Honours in Spanish and Latin American Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, as well as Trinity TESOL certificate.
Before coming to Moscow, I spent 5 years teaching in international schools in both Sharm el Sheikh and Cairo in Egypt. I usually spend part of my summer holiday teaching English to international students at a summer school held near my hometown in the UK.
In my free time I enjoy running, walking my dog and exploring new places.
This will be my third year teaching in Moscow and I look forward to joining EIS and meeting you all soon.
Primary Art Teacher
I am from Russia and studied at Saratov University, where I earned a degree in Teaching. After moving to Moscow, I worked at a Russian school as an English teacher for two years. This is my sixth year at EIS West and I will be a teacher assistant in Reception; previously, I also worked with Nursery children. I help out with Russian and Art lessons. I enjoy painting in my spare time.
Russian Language Teacher
I was born in Nizhny Novgorod. Since childhood, I dreamed of becoming a teacher of Russian language and that is why I have Master's degree in Philology from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod. I have been working with children of different ages for the last 10 years. I joined EIS 5 years ago. Before that I worked in a Russian school for a few years. I Iove learning and teaching my subject and I convinced that students learn best when they feel welcomed, comfortable and safety.
Bonjour, my name is Jeremy and I am the new French teacher of the school. I come from France. I studied at the University of Lorraine where I got a master degree of teaching History and Geography. During my studies I helped the Mikado Association that provides leisure activities for people with mental disabilities. I think it is an important experience for a teacher and teaches the skills to work with a variety of students to always be patient and attentive and to own different teaching techniques.I worked as a teacher in France, South Korea and Russia. I have been in Russia since 7 years now.During my lessons I give the opportunity to speak to each of my students. During my free time I take care of my kids and I like going to theatre, opera and antiques stores.
Secondary Art Teacher
Ayup me duck (Nottingham's finest colloquialism for hello).I am Megan Fox, and I am an Art and Design teacher from Nottingham, England. I gained a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art in 2015, shortly afterwards I completed my TEFL qualification that initially started my journey into teaching. To which I was lucky enough to spend a summer in an educational camp in Romania, which was a wonderful experience. Later that year, I decided to go on to complete my PGCE in Secondary Education. This is my first international teaching role, and I am delighted EIS have given me this opportunity.I am incredibly passionate about teaching young people such an expressive subject, as I believe Art can empower everyone to be creative and thrive positively. I aim for a vibrant classroom environment where students are encouraged to challenge themselves and to fulfil their potential with pride.
Russian Language Teacher
I graduated from the Moscow State Pedagogical University and Moscow State Linguistic University. My specialty is philologist and linguist. My spare time I prefer to spend visiting theatres, literary and historical museums, conservatories, art exhibitions. Since January 2014 I have been delighted to work in the EIS Moscow South WEst as a teacher of the Russian language.
Early Years Teacher
Throughout my many years of teaching in schools all around the world from SA, the UK, Qatar, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Egypt; I have aimed to create a learning environment where children feel safe and happy while learning, developing and progressing. I am an ardent believer in supporting and helping all students reach their potential, hence use a range of strategies towards achieving this goal, making learning as visual, hands-on and interactive as possible.
I have a BA degree majoring in Psychology, English and Education, a BA Honours degree in Psychology, as well as a teaching Diploma as a secondary art teacher and QTS, all contributing towards the teacher I am today, together with my years of experience.
I love my job and am passionate about what I do. I look forward to being part of the EIS team in Moscow, and working in partnership with parents to support their children in becoming confident, creative, happy learners.
Year 6 Teacher
I am originally from Glasgow in Scotland. I didn't always plan to be a teacher but after discovering how much I enjoyed working with young people, I completed a B.Ed. (Hons) degree in Primary Education at the University of Glasgow. After teaching in various schools in Scotland for a couple of years, I combined my two loves of travel and teaching by joining the international teaching circuit. Over the past ten years I have taught at international schools in Romania, Ukraine and elsewhere in Moscow.
As well as teaching in different countries, I have experience of teaching different curricula and age groups. However I am delighted to be joining EIS as the Year 6 teacher, teaching the British National Curriculum in an international setting. The school's values (Happy, Challenged, Safe) align with my own philosophy of education and reflect the environment I aim to create in my classroom. Outside of school I greatly enjoy playing sports, reading, travelling and practicing the Russian language.
My name is Dean Gibbs and I am from Manchester, England. I studied at Swansea University, whereby I Achieved a BA hons degree in Economics, and then a MSc. Masters degree economics.
I then went on to do a school centred teacher training programme in secondary mathematics in Manchester.
I have 5 years experience teaching mathematics, with 3 of those being in England and the other two in Kazakhstan.
I encourage my students to strive for the best outcomes they can, incorporating new technology methods, in and outside of lessons.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy travelling, fitness and trying to improve my chess game!
History, English and PSHE Teacher
After graduating from the University of Warwick with an MA in History, Sean went on to complete his PGCE from the University of Ulster. He taught for a number of years in Northern Ireland before moving abroad and now has over 10 years of international experience, having previously worked in Serbia, Gran Canaria, China and Armenia. His main areas of historical interest are 19th and 20th Century Chinese history and the Cold War in Asia. Sean is also a keen art historian and spent most of his undergraduate degree studying various aspects of art history and he is currently studying for an MA in Art History with the Open University.
Outside of the classroom, Sean takes a keen interest in the Model United Nations and has helped organise many large delegations to numerous prestigious conferences throughout Europe and Asia.
My name is Ms Katya. I joined EIS Moscow South-West from the very beginning in 2014.
I graduated from the Moscow State Linguistic University where I studied Pedagogics and Psychology first and then the Goldsmiths University of London where I studied Popular Music. I started to learn music in my childhood when I went to the music school. After finishing school I became interested in jazz and improvisation and played in jazz orchestra and bands. During my study at Goldsmiths I learned more about performance and personal development as an artist.
I am very happy that I can combine my skills and knowledge working at English International School. Being international language music unites us, I enjoy very much when we sing all together and when teachers join us on some occasions. Every day my students and me learn from each other and I like when we share different traditions and experiences.