UK's Epsom College to open doors in KL in 2014

A private British boarding school with over 150 years of history will be opening its doors in Kuala Lumpur on September 2014.

Epsom College in KL, which will follow the British National Curriculum, is a co-ed senior school, which is both a day and boarding school, for students between the ages of 11 and 18, and a prep school for day pupils 2 - 11 years old.

The school, which originated in Surrey, England, will be built on a 50 acre site just south of KL in Bandar Enstek, 10 minutes from the airport, and surrounded by lush green sports fields.

The school will be able to house up to 900 boys and girls in the predominantly boarding senior school, with an additional 650 students educated in the prep school.

According to the school's site, it claims that the facilities will comprise of ultra-modern hi-tech, environmentally-friendly buildings, with specialised facilities for music, drama and sport.

Sports facilities will include floodlit astroturf pitches, sports halls, a swimming pool and hard courts. There will also be dedicated science and art departments.

AirAsia chief executive officer Dr Tony Fernandes, who studied at the school in the United Kingdom from 1977 to 1983, has been appointed the Chairman of the Governors of the new school.

Speaking about his time in Epsom he said, "Epsom wasn't just where I learned the textbook truths of maths, science and history, but so many more values that have shaped my beliefs. It taught me ambition, humility and leadership.

He continued to add the more people around ASEAN will have the opportunity to enjoy what he had previously: "We have a wonderful opportunity now, to make the Epsom experience available to children in the broader ASEAN region and, if we can contribute to and support the educational growth and development of those who might otherwise not be able to benefit from this experience, over the years to come, I will be delighted. It is exciting to think we are now enrolling students for September next year and that our vision can soon become a reality".