Gustav-Heinemann-Comprehensive School was founded in 1981 in Essen, once a mining town, now a service industry center in Germany's multicultural Ruhr region, which featured as European Capital of Culture for the year 2010.

About 1300 pupils aged 10 to 18 attend years 5 to 13 (secondary levels I and II). Taught by a staff of 92 teachers the pupils can achieve a diploma ranging from "Hauptschulabschluss" (approx. GCSE) to "Abitur" (approx. A-levels / high school diploma).

We support the creative potentials of our students with a variety of study groups giving dance, drama, music and art a prominent part with regular performances.

The European dimension of teaching and education is another important focus of our school. Gustav-Heinemann-Comprehensive School boasts a founding member of two European school networks, the Network of Europe Oriented Schools (NEOS) seated in Cologne and the Network of Europe Schools in Essen. We regard it an essential objective in our school to prepare our students for a life in Europe and beyond.