Queen’s College

Queens College was founded in 1977 and as an international school caters for 370 children between the age of 3 and 18 years. The school follows the British National Curriculum and offers the international GCSE and A-level examinations. Student are able to obtain the equivalent qualifications in the Spanish system by selecting subjects from the Spanish curriculum.

The school is authorised and approved by the Spanish Ministry of Education to provide a British education to students of all nationalities.
Queens College is an inspected and approved member of the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS). It welcomes continuing inspection from the Association inspectors as well from the Spanish Ministry of Education (Consellería d’Educació i Cultura).

One of the main features of the school is the importance of English language proficiency in their students. Class sizes are kept small with only 12-15 students in secondary which ensures involvement of every student in class and high quality lesson content. In primary, class sizes reach a maximum of 25 students but in many of the subjects children are divided into smaller groups.

The combination of small classes, a family environment and the well-qualified team of teachers ensures the achievement of excellent results, year after year, and allows students to transfer to the best universities worldwide, two of which are the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London.

Queens College also features a language school “Escuela de idiomas” which is open to the public and children and adults alike.
They also have been investing in a new sports hall, with an indoor swimming pool, an astro turf football pitch and a gymnasium.

broad, relevant and challenging curriculum,
equip students with the confidence, skills, knowledge and qualifications to meet the challenges of the world beyond school,
encourage intellectual inquisitiveness,
maximise opportunities for students to take responsibility for their own learning

Entry assessment
good grasp of English language required (except at nursery level),
interview, most recent school report

The form of assessment depends on the level of entry:

Primary Department – pupils spend a morning in the classroom, enabling them to experience life at Queen’s at first hand and giving the class teacher an opportunity to assess their suitability for a place.
Secondary Department – pupils are required to take a test in English and Mathematics and Spanish if applicable.
Sixth Form (years 12 and 13) – entry at this level depends on GCSE results and a personal reference from previous school.

Support classes

British National Curriculum, language of instruction is English
Spanish and Catalan incorporated into curriculum
German, French, Mandarin Chinese from secondary school

Special educational needs provision
Special Needs department and SENCO who provides support for students with learning difficulties.
The school is not specialized in supporting particular categories of special needs so parents are advised to discuss any concerns prior to applying for admission.

Parent-teacher communication
Primary parents are invited to meet their child’s new class teacher in September and this is followed up with Parents’ Afternoons which take place in October and March. Reports are issued in December and June.
Secondary reports are issued three times a year and Parent-teacher consultations are held in January.
Parents are informed immediately if, for whatever reason, a teacher or tutor is concerned about their child.
Parents are also encouraged to contact their child’s class teacher or tutor, initially, to address any concern or query.
Close contact between school and home is an essential feature of school life.
Newsletters are regularly issued.
Various social events are held during the course of the year for the school community.
Parents are welcome to participate in class excursions.

Academic degree
international GCSE

Examinations/ assessments
External examinations are taken by students in Years 10 to 13.
At the end of Year 10, GCSE English language, Maths and Science at core level.
At the end of Year 11, these same subjects, at extended level, together with their remaining subjects.
At the end of Year 12, GCE “AS” modules
At the end of Year 13, GCE “A” levels in their chosen subjects.

The school day commences at 08:50am although the school is open from 08:30am. The end of the school day is staggered
in the case of the Nursery, Reception and Year 1 classes. For all other classes the day ends at 15:50h.

Student background
The majority of students are English and Spanish but there are students from all over the world in the school.
42% Spanish, 27& British, 8% German, 3% Scandinavian, 3% Indian, 11% Double Nationalities, 6% Others

Classroom equipment
interactive whiteboards, small classroom library

sports hall, gymnasium, indoor swimming pool

Role of…
music: part of curriculum
sports:part of curriculum
art: part of curriculum
ICT: ICT is taught in primary and secondary, optional in GCSE and A-level.




Wide programme of excursions and visits is built into the primary curriculum e.g. woodland trips, farm visits, fire station, Pueblo Español, etc. In the secondary department excursions are organized to complement the work carried out in the classroom. Visits to fairs, exhibitions and concerts are arranged e.g. Theatrical productions in English, Spanish & Catalán, art exhibitions, guest speakers, opportunity to participate in annual ski trip