Education is compulsory in Spain from 6 to 16, and schools in Spain are increasingly considered to be of a better standard than those in many other European countries (including the UK) with fewer discipline problems.
If your child is already at exam stage it might make more sense to send them to a school which will continue in their native language and with the same schooling system.
The whole area of Sotogrande, La Duquesa, estepona and Marbella benefits from excellent English, German, Swedish and International Schools. All of these are of course private schools and expenses will be incurred. Classes in the private schools tend to be smaller and often the range of subjects and extracurricular options are greater. If you choose a British international school you will find they teach the British curriculum of GCSEs and A levels.
International Schools Factsheet:
- The most popular choice for expats, with several in the area to choose from.
- Some teach exclusively in English, others in English and Spanish.
- Most are members of the National Association of British Schools in Spain.
- British schools usually follow the UK curriculum and offer GCSEs, A/S and A levels. Many also now offer the internationally- recognised International Baccalaureate diploma as an alternative to A levels.
- Class sizes are small and the atmosphere is relaxed.
- All international schools are fee paying. Fees vary from school to school.
Spanish Schools Factsheet:
- Spanish state education is open to all EU citizens and is free from pre-school to 18.
- You’ll be expected to pay for books, stationery and extra-curricular activities.
- Villages and suburbs have their own nursery and primary schools, but secondary schools have a larger catchment area.
- The catchment area is all-important – if you’re set on a particular school, make sure you look for a home in the right area.
- Around 30% of Spain’s school children go to a private school. These are fee paying and offer a lower student/teacher ratio than state schools.