E.G.C. English Girls College or El Nasr Chatby College

The acronym E.G.C. used to stand for English Girls College.

Before you start laughing and say what are boys doing in a girls' school, let me tell you some history.

History of E.G.C.

The English Girls College opened in October 1935. A person named Sir Henry Edward Barker was involved in its establishment, but to what extent is unknown to me at this point. The archives of the Barker family, linked above, must contain a lot of historical information about the E.G.C.

The original set of buildings were designed by the English architect Grey Warnum, and were inspired by the Spanish American Style of Architecture. Designed to hold a maximum of 1000 pupils, on an area of 20 feddans donated by the Alexandria governorate. They included a sports fields, a large Gymnasium, a full size swimming pool with changing rooms attached, Science laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology, an Art room, a Domestic Science department and needle work section, an elegant dining room, a fine library and a great assembly hall fitted with a stage. The residence of the head mistress is a villa attached to the complex.

The Free Officers revolution of 1952 deposed the king, and established a military junta as rulers of Egypt. In 1956, they sacked the British staff, and the school became a state school, and renamed El Nasr Girl's College. It admitted some 4,000 students that year. The same fate was to become the other two English schools in Alexandria as well, namely, Victoria College (VC), and English Boys School (EBS).

In 1957, the exiled governors of the three English schools of Alexandria started work on compensation claims. Although some compensation was received from Egyptian funds held in London, there was clearly no hope of regaining possession of the three school properties in Alexandria. Various school Trusts were therefore set up as charities to use the income to promote and maintain the teaching of the English language and culture in the Middle East, especially in Alexandria. In 1972, the Victoria College and English Girls School Trusts amalgamated into the Alexandria Schools Trust, and were joined in 1980 by the British Boys School Trust. 

E.G.C. started out as a Girls only school, from Nursery (kindergarten) all the way to high school. It had a boarding section that was still in operation in the 1970s, where the daughters of diplomats and other busy people enrolled.

More info available at the E.G.C. web site History page.

After the British Era

The school went by various names, from the original English Girls' College, to El Nasr Girls' College in 1956, to El Nasr Chatby College (E.C.C) when it started admitting boys. "El Nasr" means "Victory" in Arabic, as was common to rename things in that post-revolution era. The name Chatby is the English rendering of the district that the school is in, and is named for a person الشاطبي who is buried there, originally from Jativa شاطبة in Muslim Spain (Andalus). Our uniforms had E.C.C. embroidered on them.

The school had some British staff well into the 1970s, with Mrs. Anne Khalafalla آن خلف الله the last native British headmistress to run the school. The head of primary section was (Mrs. Atteya عطية), another British lady married to an Egyptian. Everyone admired, respected and feared both of them. After her retirement, Mrs. Enaam El Dafrawi إنعام الدفراوي, an Egyptian, replaced her as a headmistress.

Even in those days, there were a few students who struggled with English, had bad pronounciation and comprehension, ...etc., but that was the exception, not the norm.

The E.G.C. Boys: Boys in a Girls' School

I do not know the exact date they started admitting boy. My eldest cousin started there around 1964, and he tells me that his class was not the first one to have boys. In any case, boys were only allowed till grade 3 Prep (equivalent to grade 9 in North America).

By the early 1990s, the school stopped taking in boys again, and became a purely girls' school once more.

The nasty brats from the nearby E.B.S or English Boys School (just down the road to the south), and the faraway V.C. or Victoria College would still make fun of us that we are in a Girls school, calling us sissies and such. The reputation was that the EBS and VC boys were really into bad things, from name calling, bad manners, to much worse. The EGC boys were much better mannered for sure.

Current State of Affairs

The teaching standards in E.G.C. declined drastically, and the quality of recent graduates is in question. A visitor who used to be a prefect in the early 1990s tells me that she used to take girls out of the line in the morning if they are wearing jewellery. A recent visit there there found that most girls wear make up, eye liner, long nails with nail polish and jewellery. Things that were unthinkable even in the early 1990s, and indicate a lack of discipline.

Weak management and an influx of young inexperienced teachers, along with the fact that the school is now government run contribute to this decline. So now, it is a school with English heritage, and nothing more.

E.G.C. Web site

Amirah, a visitor to my web site, kindly pointed out that EGC now has a web site at egcalex.com.

Satellite Photo of E.G.C

Here is a satellite photo of the E.G.C. in Alexandria, from Google Local web site. 

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Comments

egc graduate 2000

would you just take it easy i was graduated from the egc at year 2000 and i can definatly tell you from experience that our school pretty much have most of the rules you talk about it's still forbidden for girls to wear make up jewellery

p.s after college i now work at the egc so just take it easy ok dude

..i am sorry ...but that's not pretty true

or school is really going bad ..i am in the sixth grade ...all of the school...and with all i mean all ..wear jewellery out uniform (not the whole thing but like jackets t-shirts) they some times put make up and even nail polish ...i am so sorry but i confess ..i am one of them ...even being the best one of them ...every day ...every single day in the school year i had to go to the mistress about problems in the uniform ..they just scream at your face telling you you are in a good school you must not do that and stuff ...but the problem is ..they just take one person ...that's absloutly not fair ...like ...actually i am every time the girl they take ..though ...every one else does just the same ..the school even have a reputation and a name in alexandria you wouldn't believe what it is ...el chatby's bar ...yeah that's true ...boys and girls from el nasr boys's and girl's school often meet after day time ...every thing is gone bad in here ...p.s: i am sorry for waisting your time ...bad spelling ..and lots of dots (something i can't stop doing)sorry for talking bad on my school too ...though god knows how much i love it ..till death

sorry...BUT i beg to differ

i am sorry but rules are rules.... i have been away from E.G.C for almost what looks like 3 years, because i came to study here in the U.S and i realized that when teachers yell at u for being out of uniform then its for ur own good......i know that it hurts having teachers yelling @ u over some uniform that some students think that it's rediciously stupid and then having u go to the principle's office ( not that i have ever in my life been in that situation but i am guessing that it would hurt ) but its ur choise.... u chose that school that requires u wearing a proper school unifrom,..so if u didnt like that the minute u knew it then i am guessing that it's ur choise to leave too...and trust me,..i cant wait to go back to E.G.C and wear my uniform again,having to wear outside clothing if way much painfull then wearing the schools uniform............................. soo i hope that u dont hate me for saying that but trust me wearing ur proper school uniform would give u a good sence of pride and i'd like to get to know u more and maybe see u when i get back......see ya

it`s our fault

first of all i`m an ex-E.G.C student and i`m studying english literature... well i totally agree with you but i`ve got something to say... first, the teachers or whoever works there can not do to you anything ,they told you the rules which in your turn broke them... what are they supposed to do put you in jail???.well then it`s our fault not the school system... it`s our fault

I read ur comment about egc

I read ur comment about egc but i have a question to ask u
Is egc a good school according to its teachings or rules
I asked u because i will go there and i will leave saudi arabia
Thank you and plz as soon as possible answer me

egc graduate 2000

I agree with the author that the education recently declined just by reading some of your posts and seeing how recent graduates can't conjugate verbs correctly or use proper punctuation!! I attended EGC in the 90's and we were taught proper english!

i love egc

i love egc

El Nasr Boys' School, English "British" Boys' School

Hello there.......

Very informative website....I truly enjoyed reading and viewing the pictures about EGC, where my sister graduated.

I am searching for any information or history relating to El Nast Boys' School or the English "British" Boys' School established in El-Chatby, Alexandria in 1929. I am wondering if you can help or direct me in any way.

I am graduate of EBS,a nd my father is a VC graduate. We moved to the U.S. long ago.

Thanks!

Best Regards,

Tarek

British Boys' School

Tarek, Have you tried to Google "British Boys' School" (between inverted commas-as shown above)? I was there and left in 1956.

Try:

hi tarek I graduated from

hi tarek I graduated from E.B.S 1971 ,on facebook you can look for old E.B.S
british boys school chatby alexandria british boys school alexandria graduates
on internet look for british boys school on yahoo flickr
good luck

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