Private Schools on the Costa del Sol

Published: 31st January 2011
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Private International Schools


School address: Apartado 15, 11310 Sotogrande (Cádiz)

Tel.: +34 956 79 59 02 - Fax: +34 956 79 48 16



Principal: Mr. Christopher Charleson

*Tarifas Anuales:

Primary: 5.322'00 EUROS - 7.266'00 EUROS

Secondary: 8.823'00 EUROS - 11.895'00 EUROS

Boarding school: 8.430'00 EUROS - 11.556'00 EUROS

Age Range in School:: 3 - 18

Sotogrande International School, founded in 1978, is a leading international, British-style, co-educational, day and boarding school, offering a high quality education to the international community of southern Europe and northern Africa. In 2001, the school moved to a new campus on the Costa del Sol, with views of the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding countryside. The campus is designed to reflect the school's philosophy of collaborative learning that develops active, high-achieving, life-long learners, with an understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity.

The school applies innovative teaching and learning strategies that prepare pupils for a technological, multicultural and global society. The Primary School is preparing for implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Secondary students follow a programme based on the best of international, English and Spanish curricula leading to IGCSE examinations in Year 11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme is offered in Years 12-13. There is a diverse extra-curricular programme, with many activities making use of the wealth of nearby facilities.

School facilities include three teaching buildings surrounding a central Learning Centre which houses a theatre, multimedia library and research centre, computer suite, art and music studios, adult education centre, cafeteria and main reception. The Early Years building includes a specialist library and a playground onto which each classroom has direct access. The Primary school is based on the pod concept where collaborative learning is encouraged through integrated projects. The Secondary school is also arranged in pods, with each one reflecting a particular area of the syllabus. The science pod includes three modern, well-equipped science laboratories.

A wireless communication network links the entire campus and many classrooms have data- projectors and interactive white boards to enable the use of technology as a tool for learning.

The school's commitment to outdoor and physical education is reflected in the sports facilities which include a large multi-purpose sports hall, 25m swimming pool and an all-weather sports pitch and running track.

Boarders live in a modern, spacious boarding house on the campus. Boarders have access to school facilities that provide excellent opportunities for recreation and study.

The school is also authorized by the Spanish authorities and offers a convalidated programme that allows students to prepare for entry to Spanish universities. A programme of English language and special educational needs support is offered.


School address: Urbanización el Angel, Nueva Andalucia, 29660 Marbella (Málaga)

Telephone: +34 95 281 41 33 - Fax: +34 95 281 85 23


School Web Site

Junior School Headmistress: Mrs Elizabeth Batchelor.

Senior School Headmaster: Mr Robert Clarence.

Age Range in School: 3 - 18

A non-profit-making organisation owned by a charitable trust and administered by two Head Teachers with a Board of Governors, all of whom are parents.

Aloha College was the first all-IB school in Spain, academic excellence is our foremost goal.

Students study English and Spanish and can gain qualifications in both educational systems.

Fully co-educational day school, unique atmosphere, highly creative and innovative

Sudents go on to the world's leading universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton, Autónoma Madrid, Navarra, ICADE and Imperial College London.

The main School building, purpose-built in 1982, now houses only the Junior School and Administration area. Facilities have been extended and improved over the years. In September 2004, the Senior School welcomed its first intake of students into its brand new, purpose-built facilities. There is an Arts block, a Science block and a Resource Centre which holds the Library. The laboratories, IT and Art suites are equipped with the most up-to-date facilties. Aloha College has wireless computer connections in all its buildings.

Aims of Aloha College

The primary aims of Aloha College are to enlarge each student's knowledge, experience and imagination and to enable each of our students to develop a set of moral principles, within a spirit of international understanding and interchange. Thus we expect that the alumni of Aloha will play an active and leading role in the world beyond school.

Dual Curriculum

Aloha College offers an education to pupils from the ages of three to 18, in two continuous but distinct areas - Junior School (3 - 10) and Senior School (11 - 18). The College provides a British style education for the international community but has developed a dual curriculum and pupils study both English and Spanish, enabling them to gain qualifications in both the British and Spanish examination systems.

Pupils at 11 take the SATS tests.

Pupils at 16+ currently sit IGCSE examinations (the international version of the General Certificate of Secondary Education) of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

Pre-university students follow a programme leading to the award of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, while the equivalent Spanish courses are provided up to and including university entrance withintegration into the curriculum of the national programmes of Primaria, ESO, Bachiller and Selectividad.

Universities and colleges throughout the world consider the IB to be the most highly regarded qualification for entry.

Regular inspections are conducted under the auspices of the British Council and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

The College is a member of and recognised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation, the European Council of International Schools and the National Association of British Schools in Spain.


The College statutes limit class size to a maximum of 20 pupils and, with a pupil to staff ratio of better than 10 to 1, clearly most classes are considerably smaller.

The Arts

Aloha College places great emphasis on the teaching of Art, Drama and Music, both as class activities and as individual accomplishments. Individual tuition is available in a wide range of musical instruments. Classes are available in a variety of dance disciplines as well as in public speaking.


Each term the College organises an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Activities Week are strong features of the College's outdoor pursuit provision.

Parent Teacher Association

The PTA, made up of 12 representatives of parents, senior management and teaching staff, acts as a sounding board for new ideas and changes and arranges educational and social activities. Several of these are fund raising events which have raised considerable sums for major College improvements

3. SWAN INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOLSchool address: Urb. El Capricho s/n, 29600 Marbella (Malaga)

Telephone: +34 95 277 32 48 - Fax: +34 95 277 64 31



Age Range in School: 3 - 11

Caring environment, Excellent Grounding, Individual Attention, Small School, Central Position, Full British and Spanish Curriculum, Outstanding Results.

Primary Education from 3 to 11 years. British National Curriculum including statutory tasks at the end of Key stage 1 and 2. Full Spanish Primary Course pre-escolar to 6 EGB French primary Course.

Languages: Spanish, French, Arabic, German. Extensive range of extra-curricular activities.


School address: Urb. Ricmar CN. 340, km. 189,5 - 29600 Marbella (Málaga)

Telephone: + 34 95 283 10 58 / + 34 95 283 10 59 - Fax: + 34 95 283 89 92



Principal: Ronald Griffin

Age Range in School: De 3 a 18 años

The English International College, located near Marbella on the Costa del Sol, was founded in the summer of 1982. Established to be 'free of all political, racial or religious prejudice and originally composed of just five classrooms, the school was opened with a roll of 32 primary and secondary students.

Within a year, extended premises were acquired and the school began to function with complete Primary and Secondary Departments.

In November 1983, the college passed a full inspection by members of Her Majesty's Inspectorate from Great Britain and was later recognised by the Ministerio de Educación y Ciéncias in Spain, having received its accreditation on the 23rd March 1984 from the Consejería de Educación of the Junta de Andalucía. The college was admitted into the National Association of British Schools in Spain at the same time. The school grew steadily and, in 1993, it obtained membership of the European Council of International Schools. From September of that year, it became licensed to accept Spanish nationals at all levels.

The college was originally a privately owned institution; it later became an S.A.L (cooperative) body before exploring various other organisational structures which would best serve and protect its integrity. The English International College is now an Educational Trust, served by legal and financial trustees, to whom the school and its auditors are responsible.During its history, the EIC has been proud of its successes: examination results have been consistently impressive and students have gone on to study at many of the most prestigious universities and colleges around the world, including Oxbridge and Harvard.


School address: Ctra de Cádiz, Km 171, Apartado 2000, 29670 San Pedro Alcántara (Málaga )

Telephone: + 34 95 278 60 29 - Fax: + 34 95 278 88 37



PRE-RECEPTION (3-4 years)

Children are admitted to the class in the Term in which they reach three years of age.

The classroom is large, airy and brightly decorated with pictures and children's Artwork displayed on the walls. There is a bathroom and toilets exclusively for the Pre-Reception children. They also have an outside play area with appropriate apparatus for their use.

The British Foundation Stage Programme is taught and all children are encouraged to develop their skills at their own pace. There is a full time teacher and assistant to enable children to reach their full potential. They are encouraged to express themselves through a variety of creative activities and intellectual exercises. Arts and crafts, drama and music are an essential part of the curriculum. Social skills, self-esteem and independence are strongly nurtured, in a calm and friendly environment in which children from various nationalities can learn and play together.


The Reception class consolidates the learning process and builds on skills acquired in the Pre-Reception years. In this class the children begin to learn their sounds and letters and begin to learn to read. They learn to recognise numbers and are introduced to addition and subtraction; they experiment with shapes, weights and capacity. This is achieved with hands-on and practical materials. Artwork, PE, music and drama are also an essential part of the curriculum.

YEAR 1 (5-6 years)

This is the first year of Key Stage 1 of the British National Curriculum. Maths and English are studied in the Numeracy and the Literacy Hours. Other subjects include: Handwriting, History, Geography, Science, Music, Art and Design, ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) and PE. A great emphasis is placed on reading and the students are encouraged to take a reading book home each evening to practice and perfect their reading skills. Homework and spellings are given out on a weekly basis.

YEAR 2 (6-7 years)

The final year of Key Stage 1 of the British National Curriculum, in which the students sit a National Test in Literacy and Numeracy. The test is held in June at the end of the Summer Term. The results are shared with individual parents.

YEAR 3 and 4 (7-9 years)The First and Second years of Key Stage 2. A structured curriculum based on the current British National Curriculum schemes is taught. A large emphasis is placed on problem solving skills, independent writing and the development of reading through different genres. Creative activities and ICT skills are further developed. Sports and team games are also encouraged and supported.

There is an end of year assessment test in Numeracy, Literacy and Science, as recommended by the British National Curriculum programme of study.


School address: C/ Esparragal, 69. Bel-Air. 29670 Estepona. Ctra. Nal. 340, km. 166. Exit Cancelada

Telephone: +34 952 880 867 Fax: +34 95 283 89 92


School Web Site

Age Range in School: 2 - 5

Bede´s Grammar School is about to start its operations in Spain initially with an infant school and has therefore selected a privileged environment surrounded by golf courses and the sea on a beautiful Andalusian farm located in Bel Air, beside Flamingos.

Founded in 1978 as a bicultural private school, Bede's Grammar School was leader within this educational concept and established several headquarters in Turtles North, Pilar y Buenos Aires, Argentina. It will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year as a regular member of the ESSARP, of the congress of General Directors LAHC, of the General Address of Schools of Private Administration DIEGEEP, and a centre authorized of the Cambridge university (AR 409). The school?s fundamental purpose and its priority is to offer the students an added value that implies an education of quality, based on the principles of individual freedom, decency and kindness. The school has a strong innovation tradition. It is innovative because it values self-thinking, does neither impose any authority nor its own beliefs and convictions, but rather stimulates their members to express their ideas and personal values in an atmosphere of mutual respect. It rejects fear as an educational instrument and prefers their staff to form rather than inform. Their teachers will be able to liberate the love that unites and it communicates, and to reward the personal initiative and the leadership.


We want to offer the students an education of quality, based on the principles of individual freedom, decency and kindness. The school has a strong tradition of innovation. It values creative thinking and does neither impose authority nor its own beliefs and convictions, but stimulates its members to express their own ideas and personal values in an atmosphere of mutual respect. It rejects fear like an instrument and prefers its staff to form rather than just to inform.

The vision

To be a learning community from which our students graduate with their spirit and their confidence high, having been valued for what they themselves achieved in academic, artistic, sports and social activities. A community that has assimilated critical thinking, freedom with responsibility, and the respect to others however different, where all are treated with demand but at the same time with kindness, sensitivity and consideration.

The mission

Our mission is the individual's all-embracing development in an atmosphere where all students are treated with demand but at the same time with sensitivity and consideration, stressing the uniqueness of each individual.


Bede's follows the precepts of Naturalism, that is an Educational System aspiring to create the conditions for the natural development of people, including its values, but adding elements of Pragmatism and of Idealism.

It recognizes learning through play, including all the methods that foster a creative, joyful and spontaneous spirit.

The freedom of movements is encouraged, where the teacher thoroughly knows his/ her students, but keeps him/ her under a certain external social control that allows to work in order.

From its beginnings Bede's has chosen to offer a personalized educational program, emphazising the respect for individual differences with the development of creativity, critical thinking and research projects since the knowledge is in the human mind. To guarantee the ideal conditions for the children´s development, the school counts on a highly qualified educational team.

Initial level.

Schooling at Bede's begins at the age of 2 and ends, at this stage, at the age of 5 years. Our objective is to create an area of free exploratory games with a strong emphasis on motor skills and language.

For the ages of 3, 4 and 5, the educational project incorporates different units that integrate Natural and Social Sciences, Information Technology, Language and Maths.

Complementary activities are offered through Theatre, Music and Physical Education.

The relationship between teachers and parents

We consider the integration of the family into the school as very important, we have different processes of adaptation for the children to school life and special events as the family day, open day, sport day and several concerts. We will encourage them to participate in activities where they are integrated, we are a school open to the parents and to the community.


They are limited. There are two rooms for approximately 15 children of each age group, distributed among the different courses of infants? education, pre nursery, nursery, Reception and year 1.


For the 2 years-old the timetable ranges from 9 am. to 1 pm., for the rest of the students from 9 am. to 4 pm. and there is an extended schedule from 9 am. to 8 pm alternatively for parents if extracurricular activities are provided in the afternoon.


The children will grow and learn together regardless of the nationalities of their parents. We aspire the integration of foreigners into Spain and the internationalization of the Spanish people. We will offer the British International and the Spanish curriculum.


School address: C/Teruel, 32 Urb. Cerro del Toril Apartado 175. 29620 Torremolinos (Malaga)

Telephone: +34 952 38 31 64 - Fax: +34 952 37 26 95


Principal: Mrs J. Barbadillo

Age Range in School: 2 - 18

Sunny View School is a long-established (1971) international co-educational day school on the Costa del Sol, fully authorized by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

A complete British primary and secondary education is provided for all pupils from 2 to 18 years of age. The curriculum follows National Curriculum guidelines; key subjects from the Spanish curriculum are also available. Students are taught by well-qualified and experienced staff in small classes.

The school is a recognized centre for GCSE and GCE examinations with the London Board. All older students follow courses leading to the GCSE in Year 11. Most students stay on into the Sixth Form and many take A-level examinations and progress into higher education in Britain and around the world. A U.S. High School Diploma is also available (SAT centre).

The school is purpose-built and facilities include spacious classrooms, a new science/technology building (3 laboratories, mathematics and computer rooms), art room, library, multi-purpose hall, gymnasium, outdoor sports pitches and courts, swimming pool, and large cafeteria. There are plans for further expansion in the Primary section.

Over the year there is a range of extra-curricular activities, visits, sporting and cultural events. The school is pleasantly and conveniently situated above Torremolinos; school transport is provided from most surrounding areas.

Sunny View School has high expectations of work and behaviour. A particular emphasis is placed on the maintenance of a pleasant working atmosphere and of an excellent track record of examination success. Overall, the aim is to offer a high quality education enabling each individual to reach his/her maximum potential.

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