Copenhagen is a dynamic and growing city which needs to attract and retain a specialised international workforce.

The City of Copenhagen established the European School Copenhagen in 2014 to provide more international school places in Copenhagen. It was furthermore established to give opportunities for a broader group of international employees and parents wanting to offer their children an international schooling without having to pay the relatively high cost of the existing international schools in the greater Copenhagen Area.


Organisationally, the European School Copenhagen is a division of the internationally renowned Sankt Annæ Gymnasium (SAG), with a shared board and principal. Day to day operations at the European School Copenhagen are overseen by its own management, Deputy Director Julie Rørdam Thom (daily responsible for the whole school), Deputy Head of Upper Secondary Hans Bolvinkel, Head of Lower Secondary Madelaine Pippa Kirk, Head of Primary Helle Bjerre Degn and Head of After School Care Helena Zinduna Madsen, with reference to the principal of SAG, Anette Holst.

The European Schools

European School Copenhagen is an accredited school in the European Schools network. There are currently 13 European Schools and 22 Accredited European Schools (AES) located in different countries in Europe.

European School Copenhagen follows the curriculum of the European Schools and is subject to regular audits from European School inspectors. Learning languages to a high standard is an integral part of the curriculum as is achieving good competences in mathematics and science.

For more information about the European Schools, please visit their website.

Vision, mission, and values

The vision of European School Copenhagen has been developed together with Sankt Annæ Gymnasium:

We educate to instil insight and a global mindset.

We create the future voices of the world. 

The school’s values – Respect, Commitment, Collaboration, Responsibility, Curiosity and Empathy – were decided in 2017 following a consultative process with the staff, parents, pupils and Board.

Read our Vision, Mission and Values Statement.

School building

In October 2018, the European School Copenhagen moved into a brand new state-of-the-art school building in the Carlsberg City district in Copenhagen.

The new school building was constructed by BAM Denmark in cooperation with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Nord Architects and the consulting engineers EKJ. Interior design by JJW Architects.

The project was financed by the City of Copenhagen, Realdania, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Nordea Foundation and the Danish Industry Foundation.

Photo: Adam Mørk

Last updated October 13, 2022