The teachers, supported by the classroom assistants in groups with a maximum of 25 pupils, ensure that the children at this early age reach the objectives elaborated by the Department for Children and Skills.
The curriculum, known as the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, covers the following areas of development: Language and Mathematical development, Knowledge and understanding of the world and Physical and Creative Development.
Key stage 1
The pupils will end this cycle with a sound understanding of writing and reading in English as well as the basic concepts of numeracy as set out in the National Curriculum for England and Wales.
The methodology used to achieve this is still based on practical activities and covers the following subjects English Literacy, Numeracy, Sciences, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education. The pupils will also take Spanish Language as set out in the Spanish Curriculum.
Key stage 2
The studies began in the previous Key Stage continue and are complemented with new subjects: Information Technology and Esol (English for speakers of other languages) in the English curriculum and Environmental Studies and Valenciano in the Spanish curriculum.
Key stage 3
The students aged 11-14 continue with the study of English, Maths, Science, French or German, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education, Drama, Information and Communication Technology together with the Spanish subjects of Lengua Española, Conocimiento del Medio or Ciencias Sociales and Valenciano.
Key stage 4
There are few changes to the subjects taught at this key stage although the number of optional studies increases.
The British Curriculum prepares the students during these two years for the IGCSE exams (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) administered by the University of Cambridge.
These official exams mark the conclusion of Secondary Education in any British School and are recognized by the Spanish Education authorities.
Year 12 & 13
This course incorporates the best practice of post-16 exam systems from many different countries, which gives the IB its international flavour: It has global recognition and is recognised by the best universities across the world.
This pre-university programme of studies guarantees an outstanding academic level to our students compared to other traditional systems of education. International Baccalaureate students not only go through a highly demanding curriculum, but also will have to meet three added requirements to obtain the diploma:
- Students follow a Theory of Knowledge course aiming to stimulate critical thinking about knowledge and their experiences in and out the classroom.
- Students participate in CAS activities (Creativity, Action, Service) where through artistic productions, sports, and services to the community the youngsters put in practice their ability to share and help others.
- Students write a 4,000 words Extended Essay, an original investigation helped by one of the teachers who acts as a tutor.
The students may opt to follow a humanities or science based programme of studies. Within each branch there are further option subjects to allow the student to adapt their studies to their chosen university course.