St. George is a private British school, located in Barcelona city, teaching children from two years of age. We are an international community with families from more than 40 different nationalities and native speaking staff. From day one, the children get all the benefits of this diversity in a family environment.
What educational system does St. George Barcelona follow?
The British National Curriculum up to Year 11 and The IB Diploma Programme in Sixth Form.
In addition to this curriculum and to be able to validate their studies, we teach the subjects of Spanish Language, Catalan Language and Humanities.
Is St. George School a religious school?
No. We have a wide diversity of families and children with different beliefs. Our school is built on the values that the school promotes. Being our central pillar Respect. Through the values we talk and educate the children.
In what language are the subjects taught?
All subjects are taught in English by British native teachers with the exception of Spanish, French and Catalan language, taught by native teachers in each language.
At which age will my child have Spanish, French and Catalan classes?
The number of hours varies according to the age of the students. We start Spanish language when they are 4 years old and Catalan language at 6 years old. When the children join Year 7 at 11 years old, French is introduced.
What are the school hours?
We open the school doors at 9.00am, the classes begin at 9.15am and finish at 4.15pm. It is the same schedule for all year groups.
Are there extended hours on offer?
Yes, from 8:00 to 9:00 we offer Breakfast club for those parents who need to leave their children before the doors open at 9:00 am.
Are there any extracurricular activities?
Every day we offer different activities depending on the age of the children. All activities are held in the school facilities and end at 5.15pm.
Is there a school bus service?
Yes, we have school routes in the morning and in the afternoon.
Is everything cooked at school?
Yes, we have our own kitchen and everything is cooked at school. We make a healthy and balanced menu, based on a Mediterranean diet. We adapt the menu to the different needs of the students.
Up to which age do the children still take a nap?
Pre Nursery and Nursery, 2 and 3 years old, have one hour of sleep a day.
What is the percentage of international students?
50% of our students are Spanish and the rest come from different countries of the world. Currently, we have more than 40 different nationalities in the school.
In what language do children speak at school?
The children in the classes must speak in English, with the exception of the little ones that they are still learning, even then though the teachers still speak to them in English.
Is it a problem if my child does not speak English?
No. When they are little, children learn through total immersion. Everyday we see the improvements and how naturally they are incorporating the English in their conversations and games.
From Year 3, they will take an English test and the school will assess each child individually.
How often do you have reports and parents meetings?
In Primary we have reports at the end of each term and a parents meeting halfway through the term, this way we can be assured that we know and you know the progress of each child. In Secondary, the frequency of reports is increased to five per year plus one parents meeting per term, so the tracking and control of the students’ progress is regular and accurate.
If you need to talk with your child’s teacher, you can request a meeting or contact them by email. Communication with the family is of the utmost importance to us.
Can you enter St. George school mid-year?
We understand that families can move at any time of the year, so until Year 9, we do accept children during the school year.
Is it difficult to integrate and to adapt to the school?
The students of St. George are great hosts. We have a strong sense of family where we warmly welcome new students. We understand that children spend more time at school than at home during term time, so our priority is to make them feel happy in the school. We have a “Buddy system” where our current families volunteer to support new families, especially for those who come from other countries.
Will they be able to enter Spanish university?
Yes. Students can enter national universities, both public and private, as well as British and foreign universities.
How have we dealt with Covid?
During lookdown, from day one we had online lessons.
This academic year, the lessons are in the school. The school is divided into bubbles. In the case of having to send home a group, the lessons will be held online until their return.