British Council English School of Madrid
The British Council School of Madrid, founded in 1940, is one of the
oldest established bilingual schools in Europe. The school is located
in Somosaguas, in the western outskirts of Madrid. A small Infant
Section in central Madrid will be transferred to a new Early Years
Centre due to open in Somosaguas in autumn 2004.
c/ Solano, 3, 5 y7, Prado de Somosaguas, Pozuelo de Alarcon,
28223, Madrid, Spain
Tel: (+34) 91 337 3612
Fax: (+34) 91 337 3634
National, UK, curricula.
GCE, IGCSE exams.
1900 students, 3-18 yrs.
The school is inspected by British and Spanish inspectors in accordance
with the Spanish Ministry of Education requirements for foreign
schools. The school is recognized by the Local Education Department
as a British School to Year 11 and as a Spanish School in 'Bachillerato
1 and 2' (Years 12 and 13).
The student body is 99% Spanish and usually enters the school at
the age of three. The curriculum is British to IGCSE. Some subjects
are also taught to A/AS Level. Spanish and Spanish Social Studies
are taught in accordance with the Spanish national curriculum. All
students are prepared for UK and Spanish University entrance.
Students may also sit the Cambridge FCE, Advanced English and Proficiency
examinations in which a high success rate is obtained each year.
French is the principal foreign language and a very high standard
is achieved in this subject.
Drama, art and music are compulsory subjects and the school has
an excellent choir and orchestra. Art exhibitions in school are
always of a very high standard. There are both annual Spanish and
Outside the curriculum, the school has a Sports Club which offers
a variety of sports and other activities after school. Flamenco
and ballet classes are also offered. Some students also participate
in creative, and community service activities.
In July, there is a summer school in music and drama and another
in English and sports.
Admission to the English school is invited in November for entrance
the following academic year. Priority is given to siblings and children
of former students. Students aged over five must satisfy entrance
requirements in English and Spanish. In Primary and Secondary, the
students also take tests in maths and science.