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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the school

the school is very nice but i have a comment please that is i dont want the tekweem el shamel okay dont be angry but this is my comment

talking

i love egc school so so much its my best school ever

nc about what you do in the

nc about what you do in the shcool and we hope that our shcool will be the first shcool in alex

E.G.C is the best school

E.G.C is the best school ever,really i recently moved from egypt and i went to a gulf country
and i thouhgt that the school there maybe better than e.g.c but i was sooooo wrong,now i am in one of the best interantional schools here in this gulf country but guess what E.G.C is far away better...finally as i said E.G.C is the best school everrrrrr and i wish that i could go back with time and stay in it also the most importnat thing is to graduate from it wich was my dream just from 2 years ago when i was there..but alll i can do is just say that it is really really the best school ever.....

i love egc

I love Egc so much beacause it is my school....I am a student in Egc and the next year enshaa allah I will be in joniour six I was a new commer in joniour four...My teachers in joniour five were......Mr\Walid Taha ,Mr\Ibrahim ,Mrs\Nesma Hesham ,Mr\Mohamed Abdel Mageed ,Mr\Karim Mohamed ,Mrs\Nermeen Ibrahim ,Mrs\Afaf and Mr\Mahmoud and Mrs\Shaimaa.........I love them so much and I wish them to teach me in the next year....

All thanks for Mrs\Amina El Deeb
Mrs\Nihal Afifi and
Mrs\Nihal Hamada..
From your student Rewan Mohamed Salama..

i love the e g c more than any place i have been before

hi every one i just want to say that i love the e.g.c very much and i love the uniform and the gardens and the buildings and am really upset cause i went to collage and left my school i have been in the e.g.c from jounior 3 till siniour 3 and it was the best years in my life and i am in faculty of art english department actaully there are too many bad things i want to say it happening in our school and am really upset and ashamed to say it , the people are controling the school are not responsible enough to control it they are doing nothing just taking sallorys and money and the are not working proper and the problems are incearising and they are not solving it and even mrs amina el dieb she is not trying to solve any thing i think when the british people was controling the school it was better and the best i hope they control the school again but after all this i loooovvveeee the e.g.c more and more every day 4 ever thanks

EBS + EGC

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Sherif saad

elnasr school was a bad

elnasr school was a bad school i'm in american school and egc was the uglest school in the world

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