Hastings School is a fully authorised British School founded in 1971 offering both primary and secondary education to students of all nationalities. They have a broad and balanced curriculum, giving specific attention to literacy and numeracy, ensuring full coverage of the National Curriculum. There are two campuses: one for the nursery section and another for the junior and secondary section.
Nursery: Calle Azulinas 8, 28036, Madrid, (+34) 9135999131
Junior and Secondary: Pº de la Habana, 204 y C/ Azulinas, 8, 28036 Madrid (+34) 91359062
"All 3 children have been very successful, despite their very different personalities.....This is the feature that I like most about the school. They provide detailed feedback on homework and they are always willing to arrange a meeting if we feel the need. So all in all very positive. They also happen to be relatively inexpensive. However, they do have waiting lists for most years. About 80% of their intake is Spanish, but the teaching is entirely through English (except of course for Spanish and French)" (TC, Dec 08)
What is the philosophy of Hastings School?
We attempt to send young adults out into the world who are academically-equipped, inter-personally skilled, multi-lingual, culturally tolerant, and confident individuals capable of leading productive, balanced, and happy lives in our digitally biased and increasingly global society.
What curriculum does the school follow and what language are pupils taught in?
We offer a modified version of the English national curriculum up to and including IGCSE and A levels. Parallel to that we offer the core lengua and humanities components of the Spanish national curriculum which permits those of our pupils who so desire to apply directly to Spanish state universities. The English curriculum is taught in English (approximately 80% of the week); the Spanish curriculum in Spanish; the obligatory foreign language (from Yr 7) is French.
Approximately what is the ratio of local pupils to non-Spanish pupils? How many nationalities do you currently have within the school?
Approximately 30% of our pupils have a Spanish mother and father. Approximately 35 to 40 nationalities are represented amongst our pupils.
Are foreign parents concerned that their children may not be getting sufficient level of Spanish? And if so, what do you advise them to do?
Almost all of our pupils are or soon become native speakers of Spanish. Those who arrive in secondary without any Spanish are offered some classes of Spanish for beginners (the availability of this resource can depend upon at what time of the year the pupil begins at Hastings).
How does the school ensure that children are sufficiently integrated into the local community?
Given the enormous sporting and musical offer available throughout Madrid, integration into local communities is not normally an issue.
How can parents gauge the academic success of the school?
How important is sport for the school? What are the class sizes? How do you manage to ensure children from different countries with different language ability are kept at the right level?
We have several excellent athletes at Hastings but our facilities are typical of those to be found in city centre schools located in residential areas. In short we lack sporting facilities and space in general. But our successful sporting pupils are suitably developed through the excellent sporting offer available across Madrid. Class sizes currently vary between 24 and 28, but when the expansion plan is complete by 2020 the class sizes will be 24. Support is offered for students of English and Spanish. Good teaching and motivated pupils results in our pupils all reaching native speakers level in English and Spanish.
Approximately what percentage of children go on to University from the school and do many of them go on to higher education outside of Spain?
100% normally go on to study at university. More than half of our graduates finish with conditional places in both UK and Spanish universities. Where they eventually decide to attend university depends upon their own preferences and the fruits of their discussions with their parents. In 2015 71% went on to study outside of Spain; in 2014 60%; in 2013 69%.
What size waiting list do you currently have?
Depends on the year group. Normally by about April we are technically full in almost all year groups for the following academic year. Waiting list lengths vary from year to year, though siblings of pupils already registered at Hastings go to the top of the waiting list.
If parents would like to find out more about the school, what is the best way to go about it?
Tell us 3 words you think best describe Hastings School?
Successful; Friendly; Active.