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Schools in the Costa Blanca

There is a choice of State or International schools available throughout most of Spain.

If you are intending to live in Spain permanently, your children will generally integrate better into the local community and learn Spanish quicker if they attend the local state school. These schools are now generally of a high standard and although lessons are taught primarily in Spanish most offer extra assistance for those who are new to the language. For children aged between 6 and 14 years there is one level of education and then at the age of 14 each student takes a school leaving exam - those with high marks are awarded a 'titulo de graduado escolar' certificate and then can go on to higher education and for students with lower grades there is a vocational programme aimed at training for a specific career or trade.

State schools are free but most (not all) require you to purchase your own text books which can prove quite costly.

The majority of state run schools have an extensive after school activity programme in order to assist working parents. There is however normally a charge for this service.

There is also an increasing number of Special Need schools available through the State system but it is generally prefered for children with special needs to be assisted in the normal education system wherever possible.

To enrol your child in a state school you need to register the following with the local town hall:

- Birth certificate and/or passport

- Proof of immunisation

- Proof of residence

However if you would prefer your child to attend an International School where a British education programme is followed and classes are taught primarily in English there are several excellent schools available. These need to be assessed by the individual depending on budget and personal requirements.


Mark Haybittle