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Schools

Costa Blanca, Murcia & Valencia

State Education in the Costa Blanca, Murcia & Valencia is co-educational and free. Places are allocated according to where you live and although education doesn’t begin until the age of six many babies start at nurseries (guarderias) at the age of four months and almost all are at school (preescolar) full-time from the age of three. All children have the right to free education, however in many schools the demand simply outweighs the number of places resulting in a point system at the initial stages and then often a lottery is drawn with many parents unable to secure a place at the first school of their choice. Unlike in many European countries, there is limited job mobility within Spain, meaning that children normally remain at one school for the duration of their education and therefore it is not as common for places to open at a later stage.

In this section you can find all the international schools and nurseries in Costa Blanca, Murcia and Valencia listed in alphabetical order. Where possible we have also interviewed the Head Teacher and spoken to mums whose children attend the schools. For those interested in a local school you will find a brief explanation of each of the stages of schooling for children and the list of schools broken down into nurseries, preprimary and primary and secondary.

  • Somos Infancia, Alicante

    Recommended by Ruth Barry

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    SOMOS Infancia is a new concept for families and children, through which they help children develop confidence, creativity and relationships which will help them all their lives.
    The programmes and activities are designed specifically to support the overall development and balanced growth of children in their early years (0-6 years).
    Avda. del Historiador Vicente Ramos, 30
    03540 San Juan Playa • Alicante
    (+34) 965151584
    info@somosinfancia.com
    www.somosinfancia.com/en/index.asp

    COMMENTS
    "Somos is a Nursery and Children's Club offering summer camps and afternoon classes to school age children as well as a childcare/education service (Kangaroo) for 3 months to school age. My daughter has been attending the Kangaroo service for 3 months and she absolutely loves it. The children do a range of activities including cooking, planting seeds, music, physical play etc. It is owned by a fabulous German lady and the staff are all very well qualified, a mix of Spanish and English speakers. Activities are carried out in English and Spanish. The children are from all nationalities but local Spanish people are well represented as well. Somos has been such a positive experience for our family it has really improved our enjoyment of living in Alicante" (RB, August 2011)

     

  • Charnwood Nursery

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    A small and friendly bilingual nursery with fully-qualified staff and excellent indoor and outdoor facilities.
    Avenida Valencia 17, Benitachell (+34) 966493056

     

  • Mimi Me's Private Nursery

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    Mini Me´s is a private nursery near Torrevieja and is legally registered and licensed by the Spanish Authorities. All staff are fully trained and hold recognized UK qualifications. Opening times are from 9am to 1pm and from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.
    Avenida de Espana, Local 5 Edificio, Colon 1 La Zena, Oriheula, (+34) 660025348 www.minimenursery.com

    COMMENTS
    "Mini Me´s also cater for children´s birthdays with a buffet and toys."

     

  • Rainbow Nursery

    Recommended by Claire Smith

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    International Nursery based in Javea. Flexible hours and part-time options.
    Calle Barcelona 29 03730 Javea, Alicante Tel.: 670 345 332 , 647057233  kids@rainbownursery.net www.rainbownursery.net

    COMMENTS
    "They teach half of the day in Spanish (with qualified native Spanish teachers) and half of the day in English (with qualified English teachers). Dieo's vocabulary has massively improved since starting 5 months ago. He's now learning to read & write in both languages. They are a true international school, meaning they have kids from various nationalities. Spanish, Dutch, Italian, American & English. We believe this will result in Dieo being more confident, independent and open minded towards life. The school is very well equipped and runs efficiently. All of the teachers and staff are 100% professional, patient and genuine, lovely people. The learning is fun, fresh and intuitive. Every day Dieo brings work home that he has done. This is great for us to see exactly what he is doing and how he is developing. (His bedroom walls are like an exhibition) Another positive aspect is they are rarely closed for public holidays. We are very impressed with Rainbow and thrilled with Dieo's development since starting. Any parents in the area should give them a visit. (Popie Rennie, April 09)

    ""We pay monthly fees to them as they offer an amazing environment for under 6's. Per class they have one English and Spanish teacher. The lessons and activities are done in both languages. The school is run by a lovely Dutch family. The nursery offers great play areas inside and out, and they always involve alot of nature and animals in there learning. They have rabbits, an avory for birds, flowers, fruit trees. It is a very pretty and stimulating environment for children to be creative in."" (Claire, April 10))"

     

  • Twinkle Day Nursery

    Recommended by Kim Ellis

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    Run by a mum of two, Twinkle Day Nursery in Playa Flamenca offers childcare for babies and toddlers from the age of 3 months to 4 years.
    Twinkle Day Nursery, Villas Turistica, No6, Baja A, Calle Cantigua Parana, Playa Flamenca 03189 (+34) 610697643

    COMMENTS
    "Each month we have a theme. October was Halloween and November is fireworks, using fine manipulative skills we offer activites such as painting, drawing, sticking and cutting, other nursery activities include reading and singing, free play, role play in our home corner and for children aged 3+ we have worksheets to get them ready for school." (KE, May 09)

     

  • Xic Nursery, Javea

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    A safe and stimulating nursery and pre-school, providing a bilingual environment for children aged 2 to 5 years. A varied curriculum is offered in spacious, fully equipped classrooms and large, well resourced and shaded play area. Each child’s progress is carefully monitored through regular assessment to ensure they achieve their full potential. Fully trained and experienced staff work closely with parents so that each child settles in quickly and enjoys their first experience of school.
    Firs Foundation (part of Xabia International College) , Ctra. La Guardia 125, Costa Nova, 03730 Javea
    (+34) 966472121 / 96 647 2929
    primary@xabiainternationalcollege.com
    www.xabiainternationalcollege.com

    COMMENTS
    "We are extremely happy and it was chosen because of the attention to each child´s individual needs. There is a small ratio of children to teachers at the First in the nursery and reception/year 1 so the children get a lot more one to one time which is great if your child has learning difficulties or special needs" (Sara Jones, June 2009)

     

  • El Limonar International School – Monteprincipe (Murcia)

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    The school opened in September 2007. The centre offers an integral bilingual education for pupils from the age of 3 to 8 years old that encourages cultural and linguistic interaction. The centre caters for all levels in the 2nd cycle of Infant education and the 1st cycle of Primary education.
    From Primary 3 (8 year olds) onwards, pupils continue their studies at the School based at the Buenavista Urbanization in El Palmar. They have developed a curriculum which follows the English and Welsh National Curriculum whilst complying with the requirements of the Spanish Education system.
    C/Maria Zambrano s/n - Urbanizacion Monteprincipe 30500 Molina de Segura, Murcia Spain
    (+34) 968604113  monteprincipe@ellimonarinternational.com
    www.ellimonarinternational.com/villamartin/monterprincipe

    COMMENTS
    "Part of the Cognita Schools Group."

     

  • El Limonar International School – El Palmar (Murcia)

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    El Limonar International School  El Palmar  is an Independent Bilingual school with an international mix of students from 3-18 leading to University entrance examinations (Selectividad and A Level). Positive environment encouraging self-esteem, autonomy and social responsibility. The school was established in 1990 and  is a fully private, English and Spanish bilingual school for students from ages 3 to 18. Although the majority of students are Spanish, there are over 20 nationalities of wide origin. Along with the other El Limonar schools, el Palmar is run by a permanent Board of Directors.All El Limonar International Schools are authorized by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools of the United States of America and the Spanish Ministry of Education. Four features are central to the delivery of education at El Limonar International Schools: a bilingual curriculum of high academic standards; social and moral development; personalized attention; and extra curricular and complementary activities. Except for subjects taught in Spanish, which follow Spanish Ministry of Education programmes, the curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales. It aims to prepare all students for both curricula of the final two years: one leading to the Spanish university entrance exam Selectividad (PAU); and the other leading to English A (Advanced) level examinations. Student qualifications are, therefore, the Spanish ""Graduate in Obligatory Secondary Education"" certificate, at the end of Secondary school, and an American High School Diploma, the Spanish ""Baccalaureate"" certificate and English A level certificates, at the end of their Baccalaureate studies.
    Colonia Buenavista s/n - 30120 El Palmar - Murcia
    (+34) 968 88 28 18 secretary@ellimonarinternational.com
    www.ellimonarinternational.com/en/el-limonar-international-school-el-palmar.html

    COMMENTS
    "Part of the Cognita Schools Group"

     

  • American school of Valencia

    Recommended by Leanne

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    Pre-school. Elementary School & High School.
    Children experience a balanced curriculum based on a practical, hands-on approach, providing them with the opportunity to explore and investigate. This is an active process that ensures the understanding of the relationship between theoretical concepts and practical applications.
    The ASV High School objective is to provide each ASV student with the necessary tools to be successful in today's increasingly globalized world. Upon graduation from 12th grade, ASV students are uniquely prepared for success in either American or Spanish Universities.
    ASV appears among the 12 best International Schools in Spain and one of the 3 best in the Valencian Community, according to the annual supplement of El Mundo, dated March 11, 2009.
    Urb. Los Monasterios Avd. Sierra Calderona, 29
    46530 PUZOL ( Valencia ) (+34) 961405412 
    asvalencia@asvalencia.org www.asvalencia.org/site/index.php

    COMMENTS
    "One of the best International schools in Valencia. They have a Preschool for 2-5 year olds, an Elementary School for 6-11 year olds and the High School for 12-18 year olds. We had a look around the Preschool, as we were considering moving to Valencia. My husband works there during the week, and it made sense at the time instead of commuting twice a week. We had heard very good things about it, other than the long waiting list. We have a son of 2 ½ and considered the Preschool option. Whilst the facilities and teaching methods seem fantastic the prices were too steep, and waiting lists too long. In the end we weighed up the pro’s and cons of moving again, and uprooting our son and realised we were happy to stay in Javea. If you are thinking of moving to Valencia I would highly recommend this International School as it stands out from the rest"" (LH, April 2010))

    Listed in el Mundo's 'top 11 International Schools' 2009/10 www.elmundo.es/especiales/2009/03/aula/100colegios/extranjeros.html

     

  • British School of Alicante

    Recommended by Carole Morgan

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    The British school of Alicante has been established since September 2000 and opened with only 100 children. Eight years on the school now teaches around 630 pupils. The British School of Alicante takes children from age 3 right up until they are 18. So they can do all their studies at one school. British staff deliver the English National Curriculum while the Spanish classes are given by Spanish teachers. All children are taught in mixed ability classes, with children of the same age. Children may be taught English, Maths or Spanish in smaller groups if support is needed.
    Glorieta del Reino Unido nº 5. 03008 Alicante (+34) 965106351 info@bsalicante.com www.bsalicante.com

    COMMENTS
    GCSE and ""A"" Level option groups are also considerably smaller given the degree of subject choices at these stages.
    ""My Son started BSA Sept 2007, he had to sit a small entrance exam but passed it fine. He dropped back a year purely because BSA sit IGCSE's marked by Cambridge and not GCSE's that are marked by Edexcel in the UK. The level off education is far higher then Jamie had in the UK and they are very committed to the children achieving the highest marks possible in their exams. For example he had never studied Spanish before, so instead off him being put into a class that would totally lose him, he and one other Russian girl have a Spanish teacher to themselves which is brilliant for them both. Most off his friends speak at least 3 languages fluently!!!!! Because off his age when he started there (which was 15) and he is a very shy quiet boy I was concerned about him adjusting, but I really didn't need to worry, he had the first day nerves but was allocated to another boy to show him around and has loved it every since. He has made lots of friends a mixture of Spanish & English (the school is 60% Spanish children) and they all seem to get on very well. He dropped back a year without any complaints and is very happy and his schoolwork hasn't suffered at all in fact he's doing better then he did in the UK. I would say I'm very happy with the school and so is Jamie, at his age to settle there so quickly was an achievement in itself and a real plus that his schoolwork is going very well. ""
    (CM, Jan 2010)

     

  • British School of Alzira

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    The British School of Alzira is located in a fertile valley of orange groves half way between Alzira and Tavernes de Valldigna. The mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to the four storey, attractive building which was originally built as a sanatorium. It's three swimming pools, two games pitches and large sports pavilion offer excellent opportunities for sporting activities whilst its several playgrounds and gardens allow the children to enjoy plenty of outside activities.
    BSA caters for pupils from 8 months to 18 years of age. By the year 2010 there will be a full complement of pupils up to18 years old. The school is authorised by the appropriate British and Spanish authorities. It offers a complete British National Curriculum, from the Foundation stage through to Secondary (currently year 11). It also teaches the standard Spanish subjects demanded by the Spanish Education Ministry.
    The school employs fully qualified teachers with many years experience who follow the DfES Numeracy and Literacy strategies and keep abreast of educational developments. Students have achieved very high results in British SAT examinations in English, Mathematics and Science in year 6 and the school is preparing for year 9 SATs, International GCSE's and 'A' levels in the years ahead.
    The school is a learning community with high academic standards and a strong emphasis on the development of the individual. They value independent thinking as well as cooperation and teamwork. A House system in upper school reinforces this approach. A school psychologist helps students to improve their learning potential and students who need extra help in English are supported in a separate department. Reports to parents are issued every term and internal assessments to track student achievement are done on a regular basis. They organise many charity events and visits to places of interest which allow our students to appreciate the world beyond their home and school. Ages 1-18.
    Ctra. Alzira-Tavernes km 11 La Barraca de Aguas Vivas Alzira -Valencia
    (+34) 962589368 bsalzira@bsalzira.com www.bsalzira.com

    COMMENTS
    Member of www.nabss.org

     

  • Cambridge House

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    For over twenty years, Cambridge House has offered education to Spanish and international students with the aim of creating a stimulating and “home” environment from the age of three.
    There are waiting lists for entry at all levels of Primary and Secondary, and students wishing to join our school after Early Years are assessed to ensure that the school is suitable for the student. The school follows the English educational system, giving our students the possibility of studying at universities in the UK, Spain or elsewhere. In Years 12 and 13 we offer a wide range of courses, including five languages, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (pure and applied), Biology, Technical Drawing, Social Sciences, History, History of Art, Geography, Literature, ICT studies, Economics and Business Studies.
    Profesorado Español 1, Santa Barbara, Rocafort 46111, Valencia
    (+34) 963905019 / (+34) 963160085
    www.cambridgehouse.es
    info@cambridgehouse.es

    COMMENTS
    "It is essential to attract an ever increasing number of International students.
    Most of our students are trilingual and have enjoyed the continuity of being with us from the age of three years old. As such, they have developed a far superior intellectual ability to their monolingual peers, simply due to their accumulated experience. In the same way, British students generally learn Spanish soon after their arrival and tend to develop in a very positive way, both linguistically and in terms of their personal and intellectual development""
    (TI, Oct 2009) Listed in elMundo's top 11 Intenational Schools 2009/10 www.elmundo.es/especiales/2009/03/aula/100colegios/extranjeros.html

     

  • Caxton College

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    CAXTON College is an International school situated in the village of Puçol, Valencia  that follows the British National Curriculum. It is a co-educational day and boarding school with a reputation for quality education.
    Currently it is one of the best renowned schools in Spain with approximately 1,200 students between the ages of 1 and 18. Students come from a variety of countries such as China, Russia, America, United Kingdom, Germany, Argentina, Albania, Romania, France and many more.. It is a modern school with a progressive and prevailing spirit.
    Caxton College is officially accredited by both the British and Spanish authorities (British Council and Spanish Ministry of Education) and as such is authorized to teach all Key Stages up to University entrance.The school is a member of Nabss (The National Association of British Schools in Spain), BSA (Association of Boarding Schools) and ACADE (Association of Private Schools in Spain).
    Ctra. de Barcelona, s/n. Puzol. / (+34) 961424500 / www.caxtoncollege.com

    COMMENTS
    Caxton College featured in the top 11 International Schools in el Mundo's annual list for 2009/10 www.elmundo.es/especiales/2009/03/aula/100colegios/extranjeros.html

     

  • El Plantillo International School

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    El Plantio International School is situated on the outskirts of Valencia, in the quiet, residential area of El Plantio in the village of La Cañada. A network of chartered buses links the school with the city of Valencia and many surrounding villages.
    El Plantio is a privately owned co-educational British school catering for pupils from nursery (aged 3-4 years) to IB (aged 17-18). They are a member of the National Association of British schools in Spain and are also recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science.
    The school is an official Cambridge Examinations Board centre where pupils (Years10 and 11) study for the IGCSE.
    El Plantio is an authorised centre to deliver the International Baccalaureate programme to years 12 and 13 in conjunction with the ""selectividad"", giving students access to university education in Spain or abroad.
    All subjects, apart from the obligatory elements of Spanish language, Valenciano and social studies, are taught in English according to the National Curriculum for England and Wales by an experienced and highly qualified staff.
    The compulsory curriculum is supplemented with a wide variety of optional extra curricular activities for students ranging from football, tennis, judo, rhythmic gymnastics, chess, piano and guitar.
    The school is housed in two purpose built blocks, one recently constructed, with modern classrooms, access to satellite television, laboratories, an ICT suite and rooms for music and art. A well-equipped library, large dining area, a spacious hall used for assemblies, end of term performances and gymnastics, extensive play areas for younger pupils, a sports ground and a swimming pool are among the facilities the school has at its' disposal.
    To achieve high academic standards together with an appreciation of the values of the wider community and the development of a critical outlook are the objectives of El Plantio International School for the students.  
    Urbanización. El Plantio, Calle 233, Nº 36
    Postal Address: La Cañada, 46182, Paterna, Valencia
    (+34) 961321410 ,plantio@plantiointernational.com
     www.plantiointernational.com
    Head: Alicia Blanco Bayo

     

  • Elian's British School

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    Founded in 2002 Elian's British School is a rapidly expanding co-educational private day school for children from 4 months old upwards. The secondary school is constantly expanding and will continue to do so until it reaches full capacity.
    Elian´s British School follows the English National Curriculum complemented by the obligatory Spanish curriculum. They accept students from 4 months upwards and include the Doman -inspired pre-school stimulation program with learning and stimulation techniques for accelerated development of intelligence. Students begin the acquisition of the English language between 4 months and 2 years of age and from 3 years onwards they follow the English National Curriculum with the statutory Spanish studies.

    Facilities
    Classrooms with indoor and outdoor gardens; science laboratories; computer suites; library, art room; dining room; Auditorium and conference rooms; swimming pool; 5-a-side football pitch; basketball court; tennis courts; infant gym; coffee shop overlooking an interior garden.

    Summer School
    The summer school runs during July and August and is open for a minimum number of students. We offer re-enforcement and revision classes and the means to learn or improve English language skills through fun activities such as arts and crafts, fashion design and sporting and cultural activities. During summer school we also offer daily swimming lessons.

    Location
    The school is located in La Nucia, near Benidorm and close to the city of Alicante. It is set in beautifully landscaped grounds covering an area of 25,000 sq. m with top class sports facilities including a swimming pool and gymnasium.
    Urb´ El Copet, La Nucia ( 34) 966877055 lanucia@elians.com www.elians.com

    COMMENTS
    Member of www.nabss.org

     

  • English School Los Olivos

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    English School Los Olivos is a co-educational day school, for both Spanish and non-Spanish pupils. It was originally founded in 1976 by a small group of Spanish and English-speaking teachers as a bi-lingual Nursery School. The school now offers a full British curriculum, complemented by Spanish Language and Social Studies and Valencian studies, to children from 3 to 18 years of age. The school attempts to set new goals within its own educational horizons, linking the enrichment of learning a new language and culture with an educational philosophy that stresses responsibility, dialogue and mutual respect.
    The school is run as a co-operative of teachers. all members of which work on the school staff, including British. American and Spanish nationalities. All the teachers are fully qualified in their respective areas. The school also has a full-time educational psychologist and the services of a doctor.
    Of a total of approximately 380 pupils, the large majority are from Spanish families in the area. However, from the age of 5, adequate knowledge of English for the corresponding age group is required for admission. The school is a recognised examination centre, enabling the students to take G.C.S.E's and I.G.C.S.E's at 16 and A2 and AS in Years 12 and 13. We also offer the possibility of students taking the Certificate of Proficiency in English. Students are also prepared for Spanish University Entrance Examinations.
    The school is situated in a quiet, residential area about 8 kilometres from Valencia. which is well communicated with the centre of the city and the surrounding area by the Ademuz Motor way and the Valencia by-pass. School transport is provided for students both from the city. The school is housed in purpose-built premises to which a new wing of classrooms was added in 1984. Facilities include a libraries, science laboratories, IT room, music and art rooms, sports and gymnastics areas, dining-rooms and well-equipped kitchens.
    The school day is from 9 am to 4.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays. The school year is from mid-September to the end of June, respecting the calendar for all schools in Valencia. Outings and educational visits are organised at regular intervals throughout the school year, including a week's camping trip in the Spring. The school celebrates several English and Spanish festivals, especially Halloween, Christmas, the local Fallas and a Summer Fair. A wide range of extra-curricular activities are offered. In July a month's intensive English course and a programme of leisure activities are also offered.
    Avda. Pino Panera, 25,
    Postal Address: 46110 Godella, Valencia
    (+34) 963639938  primary@school-losolivos.es , ,secondary@school-losolivos.es
    www.los-olivos.es

    COMMENTS
    Member of www.nabss.org

     

  • The English School

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    The English School of Mutxamel opened its doors in September of 2002 in response to a growing demand from parents within the area. In January 2003, the school obtained British Council certification and in February of the same year, authorisation from the local education authority (the Generalitat Valenciana). The school is situated within a quiet residential area of Mutxamel, with easy access from the various zones within the area (Campello, San Juan, Villafranqueza, San Vicente, Torrellano, central Alicante, etc.). The English School is a bilingual school where children of different nationalities work together in a multicultural environment (although the majority of families are of Spanish nationality).
    Calle Pintor Gisbert, 3 Mutxamel 03110 Alicante info@theenglishschool.es www.theenglishschool.es

     

  • Lady Elizabeth School

    Recommended by Kay Newton

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    LAUDE The Lady Elizabeth School is a Co-educational Day School for pupils from 2-18 years.
    The Secondary Department enjoys impressive facilities including, Science Laboratories, Electronic Music Studio, Dance Studio, Two Computer Suites, Art Room, Textile and Fashion Studio, Food Science Kitchen, Library, Media Studies Suite, Gym, Swimming Pool, Hard Court Games Areas, Theatre and Cafeteria.
    Pupils study for GCSEs, IGSEs and GCE A / AS Levels. English is the official language and studies are complemented with Spanish Curriculum (Spanish Language and Literature, Valenciano and the Geography and History of Spain). French and German are offered at Secondary level. The School’s programme of study is authorised in Spain and England.
    Specific emphasis is given to the development of the individual. High standards prevail. Pupils are nurtured in a caring manner to enable them to realize their full potential, both in their studies and in their future professional lives. All pupils attend to School in uniform, which has become a distinctive feature of the School.
    The Lady Elizabeth School has developed enviable traditions in the fields of sport, music, speech, dance and drama. The school provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities and sporting competition is encouraged at all levels. Team spirit is developed by the House system and many charitable initiatives are organized in the local community.
    The Staff are well qualified and enthusiastic with a low turnover which encourages stability. There is support for children with certain learning difficulties.
    Junior School
    Entrada Norte de La Cumbre del Sol
    03726 BENITACHELL (Alicante)
    (+34) 671698764 (Administration) (+34) 671698769 (Admissions) junior@laudeladyelizabeth.com

    Senior School
    Ctra. Benissa-Jalon s\n
    03729 LLIBER (Alicante)
    (+34) 965731960 (+34) 689461104 (Administration) (+34) 671698769 (Admissions) info@laudeladyelizabeth.com

    www.es.laudeladyelizabeth.com

    COMMENTS
    "The entire ethos and approach to the children and young adults is to support and encourage. They benefit completely from this and achieve wonderful successes that are often in excess of their potentials. The concept of Self-Respect lies at the core of all that is done and makes for a truly positive atmosphere amongst Staff, Parents and Pupils" (RW, Feb 2010)

     

  • El Limonar International School – La Albercar (Murcia)

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    El Limonar Infant School, located 5 Km away from Murcia and is set in a 2000 m2 green and wooded area called El Verdolay. The School provides education from 3 to 5 years old. Each classroom  has its own bathroom and the building also contains staff rooms, meeting rooms, IT room and dining room. Considering the needs of every age, the students use different and personalized spaces during class breaks.
    C/General Sanjurjo, 2-30151 La Alberca - Murcia Spain www.ellimonarinternational.com

    COMMENTS
    "Part of the Cognita Schools Group."

     

  • El Limonar International School – (Alicante)

    Recommended by Linda Greet

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    El Limonar International School was originally established in Murcia in 1998. With the huge success for this site a new school was built in VillaMartin in 2004. The school takes pupil from ages 3-18 giving them the opportunity to be educated at the same school throughout their schooling life. Both Schools are accredited by the Middle States Association and recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education. El Limonar International School provides a bilingual integrated programme of study for pupils aged 3 - 18, which promotes cultural interaction between English and Spanish.
    El Limonar International School (Villa Martina) – Filipinas, 15 Urb. Villa Martin 03.193 San Miguel de Salinas (Alicante) ( 34) 966722821 villamartin@ellimonarinternational.com www.ellimonarinternational.com

    COMMENTS"I have 3 children who all started their education at Spanish state school. Unfortunately my eldest (now 9), didn’t get on at all well there. Since moving him to El Limonar he is like a changed person he now enjoys school and he always comes home with a glowing school report. When and If I feel there is a need to move my other two children I wouldn’t hesitate in moving them to El Limonar"" (LG)

    Listed in el Mundo's list of top  International Schools 2009/10 www.elmundo.es/especiales/2009/03/aula/100colegios/extranjeros.html

    Part of the Cognita Schools Group

     

  • Lope De Vega International School

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    Lope de Vega International School is situated in Benidorm (Alicante), a privileged location on the Costa Blanca and it is at only 1.500 m. from the sea. The school comprises 30.000 m² of modern and wide sports and educational facilities that promote the intellectual and physical development of its students. The educational offering of the centre is aimed at any student from Nursery, Primary, Secondary, Bachillerato, or University level and follows the Spanish curriculum.
    www.lopedevega.es  (+34) 965854150  contacto@lopedevega.es 

    COMMENTS
    "An International and bilingual school for 18 month olds to 18 year olds. The school also offers a summer school with a wide range of activities for kids from 2 to 16 including daily English classes, computing, craft and music workshops and water games"

     

  • Newton College

    Recommended by Kressie Fiveash

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    Newton College is a private non-grant maintained British school which has been established since 1991. The school is situated between Elche & Alicante and takes children from 3-18.
    Newton College is a member of N.A.B.S.S; E.C.I.S. and A.C.A.D.E.. The School offers a full British Primary Curriculum complemented by the obligatory subjects of the Spanish Curriculum required by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Royal Decree regarding foreign schools in Spain. The School is situated between Elche and Alicante in a purpose built building offering modern installations and play areas on a large plot of 27.000 m2..Classes are small with an average of 25 pupils per class. A class teacher and assistant is available on a full time basis for all classes in the age range of 3-6 years. The teaching staff is fully qualified and offer many years of experience in the British and Spanish educational systems. The school is approved by the British and Spanish authorities. Enrolment takes place each year in March, late applications should be sent directly to the school . The school provides a happy environment where children are encouraged and motivated in all aspects of their education. Like most international schools in Spain your child can do all their education from Primary to senior ensuring that there education isn’t interrupted by moving schools.
    Newton College, Camino Viejo de Elche, Alicante Km. 3 Partida de Maitino PI-82A03295 Elche, Alicante

    (+34)  965451428
    info@laudenewtoncollege.com www.laudenewtoncollege.com

    COMMENTS
    "I decided to send my 4 year old daughter to Newton College as after looking round a few this looked and felt the best one. Sending your child to school in a foreign country can be difficult and that is what made me choose an international school. My daughter is now coming up to her third year and she loves it. I would highly recommend it!" (KF, Jan 2010)

     

  • Sierra Bernia School

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    Sierra Bernia School is privately owned co-educational day school offering British education from 3 to 18 years to pupils of all nationalities. The school is fully authorised by the relevant ministries for both foreign and Spanish nationals. Founded in 1973, Sierra Bernia is situated in a quiet residential area close to the village of Alfaz Del Pi, with easy access to the main Benidorm/Altea coast road and also the A7 motorway.
    Apartado 121, La Caneta s/n San Rafael 03580, Alfaz Del Pi, Alicante (+34) 966875149 duncan@ctv.es www.cobisec.org/sbssp.htm

     

  • Waldorf School La Marina

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    This school considers itself to be parent and child centred rather than following a certain governmental educational curriculum. Based on the famous Waldorf or Steiner education philosophy, it accepts children from primary through to secondary Comments:
    Waldorf or Rudolf Steiner education is a unique form of education from preschool through high school, which is based on the view that the human being is a being of body, soul and spirit. The specific methods used in Waldorf schools come from the view that the child develops through a number of basic stages from childhood to adulthood. The Waldorf curriculum is specifically designed to work with the child through these stages of development by using the natural rhythms of everyday life. The Waldorf approach emphasizes the role of the imagination in learning, developing thinking that includes a creative as well as an analytic component. Schools and teachers are given considerable freedom to define their own curriculum

    Waldorf education was developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) at the beginning of the 20th century. It is based on Steiner's broader philosophy and teachings, called anthroposophy (literally, wisdom or knowledge of man).
    Partida Els Tolls, 5 03502 Benidorm Alicante (+34) 965861080 escuela@escuela-waldorf.org www.escuela-waldorf.org

     

  • Xabia International College

    Recommended by Lea Loncar

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    A well-established, independent day school for children of all nationalities from 2 to 18 years, providing small classes in a warm, family atmosphere. Students follow the English National Curriculum as well as a full Spanish programme of study. Although not an academically selective school, the College has high academic standards. Latest ‘A’ Level results compare favourably with some of the most prestigious independent and state schools in the UK and many students graduate into top universities in the UK, Spain, Germany and Holland.
    Ctra. Cabo la Nao 21, Apartado de Correos 311, Javea 03730 ( 34 )969472121- junior ( 34) 966471785 - senior www.xabiainternationalcollege.com

    COMMENTS
    "At XIC my sons are learning in a friendly, caring, multilingual environment. I have the reassurance that, wherever they decide to continue their education at 18, they will have the benefit of studying the English curriculum and the opportunity to gain first or second language Spanish qualifications. The small class sizes and the commitment of the staff add to a great atmosphere in which the children thrive and are happy to learn”. (Lea Moran, Aug 2009)

    “The great thing about XIC is the lovely family atmosphere. The focus is on the individual child, made possible by small class sizes”  (Rhonda Brown, Dec 2009)

    ""A fantastic school for all ages. My son went there from the age of 4 and was settled their pretty much straight away. He continued until his 9th birthday and changed schools due to us moving from Javea. But I would highly recommend it it you want your children to speak both English and Spanish"" (Donna Jefferys, July 10)

     

  • International Nurseries

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    A list of the Costa Blanca & Valencias International nurseries as recommended to us by our members.  If you would like to recommend an International nursery, please do let us know by sending us your comments

    Click here for a list of International Nurseries in the Costa Blanca, Murcia & Valencia (in alphabetical order)

  • International Schools

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    A list of the Costa Blanca & Valencias International Schools as recommended to us by MumAbroad members. We have also included schools with the schools staff. We are constantly updating our International Schools section so we would really appreciate your comments

    Click here for a list of International Schools in the Costa Blanca, Murcia & Valencia (in alphabetical order)

  • Spanish Schools

    Primary education (Educación Primaria) is currently obligatory in Spain from 6 years old, although there are moves to bring that down to 3 for reasons explained previously. State-funded Secondary Education (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria or ESO) is taught from age 12 until 16. Pupils study a mix of subjects, some of which are obligatory and others optional (which can vary depending on the school). All abilities are taught together. At the end of 4 years, pupils attain the qualification of graduado en Educación Secundaria. This is followed by the Formación Post-Obligatoria where students can study for the Batxillerat, for a place at University or gain more practical training  such as IT or catering. Students can do the Batxillerat at the same Instituto or choose to move to another Instituto, private or semi-private school but in these cases, they need to re-enroll.

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