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Schools in the sun 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. Here's a quick guide to the options and how they work. International schools 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 (NABSS). 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 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. The Spanish education system Pre-school Education (0-6 years) A good way to integrate your children (and yourself) into the Spanish-speaking community. Pre-school education (Educación Infantil) is divided into two 3-year stages (0-3 years and 3-6 years). Pre-school education is not compulsory but is free during the second stage (3-6 years) in state-funded schools. There is also a range of nurseries, both state-funded and private, some run by expats. Compulsory Education (6-16 years) This consists of two stages: Primary education (Educación Primaria) from the age of 6 to 12 Lower Secondary education (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria - ESO) from the age of 12 to 16. Unlike UK schools, if children fail their end of year exams in at either primary or secondary levels, they risk having to repeat the entire academic year - a definite motivator! Non-Compulsory Education (16-18 years) Students can down one of two routes (as long as they have their certificate to show they have completed their ESO): Upper level of secondary education (Bachillerato) Intermediate vocational training. The upper level of secondary education prepares students for university. Alternatively, they can opt for vocational training which begins with general training for the workplace and the moves into specialist areas and work experience placements. Higher Education Applicants for Spanish universities are expected to complete the Selectividad entrance exam in their final year of secondary school. Once accepted at a university students study for three years and gain either a licencia (in academic subjects) or a diploma in vocational or technical subjects. University graduates can then go on to do further study for the the equivalent of an MA or PhD. Spanish university courses have been in a constant state of change over the last few years because the government has been working to bring them into line with EU regulations and everything is now in place. In Spain it's usual for students to go to the nearest university and live at home. There are several good universities in the area, including in Malaga, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. When it comes to grants, it's a familiar story - you're very unlikely to get one. So whether your children decide on university in Spain or in the UK, it will be quite an investment. Useful contacts: National Association of British Schools in Spain - www.nabss.org INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS - COSTA DEL SOL There are around 20 private international schools on the Costa del Sol. While a large proportion (around two-thirds) are British, there are also Finnish, French, German, Norwegian and Swedish schools and many teach children throughout their schooling from 3-18 years. BILINGUAL NURSERY SCHOOLS IN BENALMÁDENA ARROYO DE LA MIEL Peter Pan Nursery C/ El Olivar 5, Arroyo de la Miel (Benalmádena). Tel: (+34) 952 562 103. Also now at MARBELLA; C/Los Naranjos s/n, Urb. Linda Vista, San Pedro de Alcántara, 29670 Marbella. (+34) 952 782 051; www.gpeterpan.com. Bilingual education: 0 - 3 years. Also offering after school activities club, excursions and baby-sitting service. BENALMÁDENA PUEBLO Costa Kinder Care (Next to the Buddhist Stupa), Benalmádena Pueblo. Tel: (+34) 952 448 007; www.costakindercare.com Bilingual education: 0 - 6 years. Also offering after school activities/homework club and language classes for adults. COMBINED PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS BENALMÁDENA Benalmádena International College C/. Catamarán s/n, Urb. Nueva Torrequebrada, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: (+34) 952 561 666; www.bic-benal.com 3 - 14 years. In addition to the usual curriculum, BIC also offers vocational studies for less-academic students. The British College C/. Guadalmedina, Urb. Torremuelle, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: (+34) 952 442 215; www.thebritishcollege.com Buses from Churriana and Riviera del Sol. FUENGIROLA St Anthony's College Camino de Coín, Km. 5.25, Mijas Costa. Tel: (+34) 952 473 166; www.stanthonyscollege.com 5 - 18 years. Buses from Torreblanca and Fuengirola. MÁLAGA St. George's International School of Málaga Avda. de la Centaurea 8, Urb. Cerrado de Calderón. Tel: (+34) 952 204 810; www.interschoolmalaga.com British education from three to 18. TORREMOLINOS Sunnyview C/. Teruel 32, Urb. Cerro del Toril, Torremolinos. Tel: (+34) 952 383 164. Buses from Torremolinos and Fuengirola. www.sunnyviewschool.com. 3-18 years. OTHER SCHOOLS & COURSES - COSTA DEL SOL The Marbella Design Academy All tuition is in English, with courses including Interior architecture, furniture design and graphic design. Camino Hoyanca, 29110 Monda.. Tel: (+34) 952 459 677/609 594 885; www.designschool.com The Tutorial Learning Centre Tuition in a variety of GCSE and A Level subjects. N340/A7, Km. 197, Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: (+34) 952 838 078 FOREIGN PRIVATE SCHOOLS - COSTA DEL SOL FINNISH Escuela Finlandesa C/. José Salik 4, Urb. Los Pacos, Fuengirola. Tel: (+34) 952 476 193; www.suomalainenkoulu.net GERMAN German College (Colegio Alemán Juan Hoffman) Urb. Elviria, La Mairena, Plaza de Alemania s/n, Marbella, Tel: (+34) 952 831 417; www.deutsche-schule-malaga.com. NORWEGIAN Norwegian School (Colegio Noruego/Den Norske skolen Costa del Sol) Avenida Cerro Del Viento s/n, Arroyo De La Miel, Benalmadena. Tel: 952 577 380; www.norskeskolen.net. SWEDISH Swedish School (Colegio Sueco/ Svenska Skolan) Avda. Acapulco 11, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 475 076; www.svenskaskolancostadelsol.net.

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