FAQ

St. George is a private British school, located in Madrid, 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.

Which educational system does St. George Madrid follow?

The English National Curriculum leading to examination at IGCSE and A-Level.

In addition to this curriculum and to be able to validate their studies, we teach the subjects of Spanish Lengua and Sociales.

In what language are the subjects taught?

All subjects are taught in English by British native English speaking teachers with the exception of Spanish, French and Catalan, taught by native teachers in each language.

At what age will my child have Spanish, French and German classes?

We start Spanish, in Reception, when they are 4 years old. When the children join Year 7 at 11 years old, French or German is introduced. The number of hours taught varies according to the age of the student.

What is the school’s normal working day?

We open the school doors at 09:00. Classes begin at 09:30 for EYFS and Primary and at 09:20 for Secondary and Sixth Form. Classes finish at 16:20 in Primary and 16:30 in Secondary.

Are there extended hours on offer?

Yes. For EYFS and Primary age students we offer the following services:

  • 08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast Club (with a healthy breakfast if requested).
  • 16:30 – 17:30 After school supervision or students are enrolled in an activity of their choice.
  • 16:30 – 18:00 Ad hoc late pick up service for delayed parents.

Are there any extracurricular activities?

Every day we offer a range of activities to all children. All activities are held in the school facilities and end at 5.30pm.

Is there a school bus service?

Yes, we have school routes in the morning and in the afternoon serving a wide area across Madrid.

Is all food cooked at the school?

Yes. St. George has their own kitchen and all food is cooked in school. We have a healthy and balanced menu, based on a Mediterranean diet. Parents can choose from a range of specialised menus to meet their child’s dietary needs.

Up to which age do the children still take a nap?

Pre Nursery and Nursery (two to three years old) have one hour of sleep a day.

What is the percentage of international students?

65% of our students are Spanish and the remainder join us from different countries across world. Currently, we have 40 nationalities in the school.

What language do children speak at school?

The children in class speak in English, but at times they may switch into their native tongue to help understand an idea, 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 young, children learn through total immersion. Everyday we see the improvements and how naturally they are incorporating English into their conversations and activities.
From Year 3, students sit an English test as part of the admissions process. We use this to determine their specific language needs.

How often do you have reports and parents meetings?

Across the school there are reports issued at the end of each term. Following on from these there are Parent meeting at the start of terms two and three to discuss what the child needs to do to support their learning in the term ahead. In addition, there are settling in reports for new students in Secondary and those starting a new programme half way through the first term.

In addition, if you need  to talk with your child’s teacher, you can request a meeting or contact them through your school portal. 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 we do accept throughout the academic year. However, entries are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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 students support new students arriving to St. George.

Will students be able to enter Spanish university?

Yes. Students can enter national universities, both public and private, as well as British and foreign universities. We validate studies in Spain at 4º ESO and Bachillerato levels.

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