International Schools (Spain)

International Schools (Spain)

Uprooting your children is just one of the dilemmas a potential expat parent faces when making their decision to move abroad. You don’t want to give them a huge culture shock, and there is nothing more terrifying than starting at a new school, especially if you don’t even understand or speak the local language.

International schools avoid the difficulties you would have sending a child to a local one as many teach and speak in English. The other children are often expats too so your child will find it a lot easier to make friends and settle into their new home.

We take a look at just some of the international schools in the countries listed in the Expat Hub country guides; this time we focus on Spain.

Kings College, Madrid

The Kings College has a number of educational institutions across Spain including colleges in Alicante and Murcia. Its largest site is 20 kilometres outside the city centre. Kings is part of a larger business group which includes schools in Spain, China and the UK. The colleges aim is to provide children with a broad and in-depth British education. The school teaches just fewer than 2,000 pupils, 80% of which are Spanish and the remainder being English. The school has excellent pass rates for A-levels and GCSE’s with many pupils moving on to world class universities.

Fees: Annual day fees range from €5,007-€9,666, Annual boarding fees are €7,272.

The British School of Barcelona

This school’s history dates back a lot further than its official founding in 1999. The school was first designed to cater for American sailors and their families before evolving into the educational establishment it is today. Located in Barcelona the school provides a British education to both British expat children and local Spanish children. The school regularly posts well above average exam results and its school leavers regularly achieve placements in the world’s top universities.

Fees: From Nursery age to year 2 the annual fee is €9,058 (£7,363) per annum, Year 3 €10,543 (£8570), Years 4-6 €8,863 (£7205), Years 7-9 €9,705 (£7889), Years 10-13 €10,540 (£8,568). Other fees such as food and transport are also needed to be paid.

The English International College, Marbella

This international school is located in Marbella offering more than 500 boys and girls of many nationalities from the ages of 3 to 15 an English education. The school’s facilities are world class with the primary school having been recently refurbished and the secondary building providing science and IT equipment to university standard. The school’s sports facilities are some of the best in the south of Spain and include a 25m swimming pool, Astroturf football pitch, tennis courts and large playing fields.  If you are moving to the area with older children and staying only a short time or indefinitely and want them to slot straight in, then this is the school for you.

Fees: The cost for sending a child to the English International School ranges from €877 (£715) to €1,202 (£980) per term.

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