Holy Cross Greek School

Holy Cross Greek School, North London

The Holy Cross Greek School is the parish school of the Community of the Holy Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Archangel Michael, North London. The Holy Cross Cathedral belongs to the Holy Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.

At the Holy Cross Greek School, the Greek language is taught by experienced and qualified teachers. Greek culture & history, the Greek Orthodox Christian faith are also learnt.

Greek and Cypriot traditional dances are taught.

September – July

School Calendar Year

Location

The Holy Cross Greek School takes place in the community building next to the Holy Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Archangel Michael, Golders Green Road & The Riding, Golders Green, London NW11 8HL.

Golders Green Road, London, NW11 8HL

Holy Cross Greek School

The people of our Greek school

The general and spiritual supervision of the school is overlooked by the Priest-in-Charge of the Holy Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St Michael and the Head teacher. The school is served by additional teachers according to the needs of each year.

Eleni Lampeti

Headteacher / Nursery

  • CACHE Diploma Level 3 for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QFC)
  • NVQ L2 Childcare Learning and Development
  • BA (Hons) Media Studies Television Production (2:1)

Garyfalia Koutsogianni

Years 1 & 2

  • Graduate of the Hellenic Open University with specialization: “Studies in Greek Culture”

  •  Completion of the Training Program “Psychopathology of the Infant, the Child and the Adolescent” in the Distance Learning from the University of Athens

  • Completion of the Training Program “Early Childhood Education and Education: Experiential Learning and Modern Methods of Care Education at the Distance Learning from the University of Athens

Despοina Boulanitou

Years 3 & 4

  • BA Hons. in Educational & Social Policy. Major- Education of Individuals with Special Needs (University of Macedonia)

  • Qualified Teacher Status Holder (QTS)

Despoina Gioltsidou

Years 5 & 6

  • BA Hons. (Undergraduate Studies) in the Department of Primary Education of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences (University of Thessaly)

  • Holder of the Braille Writing Certificate for the Visually Impaired
  • Qualified Teacher Status Holder (QTS)

Despo Patsia

Dance Teacher

Holy Cross Greek School

Safeguarding children

The school is there to provide a safe environment in which our children can learn and grow. We adhere the procedures set out by Barnet Safeguarding Children Board and of the guidance issued by the Department of Education.

Holy Cross Greek School

Fees & admissions

The fees for the school nursery up to GCSE are as follows for the 2021/2022 academic year.

​Fees are payable either termly or the full year in advance. Please ensure your payment is received before the first day of term.

The school reserves the right to refuse a student’s attendance in class if the previous term’s fees remain outstanding.

The Holy Cross Greek School accepts enrolments for all classes from June to October.

One child

£400 per annum

per child

2 children

£350 per annum

per child

3 children

£280 per annum

per child

History

History of the Holy Cross Greek School

School counsellors of the St Andrew Community School in Kentish Town, London set up a branch of that school in the Hendon area. This school branch first opened in the classrooms of an English school in Bell Lane, NW4.

The school started as a small branch with 11 students. But it soon began to grow with the tireless efforts of local volunteers. These volunteers visited every Greek home in the area and urged parents of preschool and school children to enrol their children in the newly established Hendon School.

With the Establishment of the Holy Cross Community, Hendon, the newly appointed Church Council took over the management and administration of this Hendon branch. It began to operate as the Holy Cross Greek School.

The Holy Cross Greek School began to grow. Many prominent Greeks of Greece and Cyprus passed through the School Governing Committee. Highly experienced teachers passed through the ranks of the Holy Cross Greek School, who kept the standards of the school at a high level, and it became a prominent North London Greek School.

The school experienced great growth. In 1969, a large influx of new students created the need for a Wembley branch. In 1973 and 1974, for the same reasons, a Kenton branch of the school operated. For many years the Ministries of Education of Greece and Cyprus supported the school with teaching staff.

The Holy Cross Greek School was very popular. During that decade more than 350 students and a total of 43 teachers passed through it. Accommodating the school was always an issue. Premises were almost always rented because at the time the Community Hall was not large enough to house all the classes. Over the years, the Greek School has been located in a number of locations in the neighbourhoods of Hendon, Kenton, Wembley and Mill Hill.

The school faced a number of challenges in this period and student numbers began to gradually decline. The headteachers and leadership team of the school made every effort to address these challenges and were successful in gaining support and recognition for the school.

The school continues to this day and has plans for growth under the sound leadership of the current headteacher, Eleni Lampeti. Today, the current cohort of students of the school is taught in this hall.

Source: Kavvadas, K., Kitromilidis, Ch., Greek Orthodox Community of the Holy Cross & Arch. Michael: The Chronicle of a Fifty Years, London 2015-2016 (Michaelangelo Publications)

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