As with English schooling, education is a priority and all subjects are taught: Spanish, English, Maths, Geography, History, Music, Physical education etc. All schools provide your child with a full lunch if required, allowing them to explore a full range of Spanish dishes. Children are also encouraged to take part in local fiestas, which gives them a sense of the community in which they live as well as being fun and exciting.
Schools in Spain
Ideally you should travel to Spain prior to moving to investigate the different educational possibilities. If your child is going to a state school you will need to be registered at the local Town Hall and bring in a copy of this registration, a copy of your child’s proof of immunisation, their transcripts from their last school, and a parent’s passport along with your child’s passport.
As in British state schools, the catchment area is all-important, so having decided on your chosen school it is essential to ensure that your house (whether purchased or rented) is located in the correct area.
Most schools prefer to interview prospective pupils, with exams being set in some cases to ascertain the level of Spanish attained. State schools will not pander to the fact that your child is English and all lessons will be carried out in Spanish, but children are amazingly resilient and will become fluent in a short space of time, extra Spanish lessons are also provided in the first year for foreign students.
International Schools and Private Schools
Privately run schools come tailored to suit the needs of the foreign student, many are bi-lingual and offer a curriculum parallel to that offered in the UK. Generally speaking, these schools tend to have a higher teacher to student ratio and in most cases they teach the British curriculum, enrolment fees vary greatly so it’s best to ask around before you commit.
- ESO (Compulsory Secondary Education)
- BUP (the equivalent of British GCSEs)
- COU (the Spanish version of the A level course).
In addition, university applicants must complete the Selectividad, which is a pre-admission an entrance exam.