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The curriculum at The British School of Valencia has been developed using the British National Curriculum with adaptations appropriate to the needs and circumstances of a British school in Spain.

The table below shows the equivalent academic year groupings in the Spanish and British education systems, which may serve to understand the organization and terminology used with regard to the British system and which will appear in this and later sections.

EQUIVALENT ACADEMIC YEAR GROUPS  

Most children join the school in Pre-Nursery and here at The British School of Valencia we give great importance to this fact, as it allows the children to come into contact with the target language at an early age. The first few years of the Foundation Stage are vital in reaching a high level of fluency in English, both in expression and comprehension. This solid base allows to fully implement the National Curriculum throughout the child's primary education.

Our pupils sit official examinations by taking part in the British National Tests at the end of Year 6 (key stage 2) and Year 9 (Key Stage 3). This allows us to compare our academic levels with similar schools both in Britain and in Spain.

The results obtained by our students so far have been extremely positive and have allowed us to confirm an excellent academic preparation.

At the end of Year 11 (15-16 years old) our pupils obtain the General Certificate of Secondary Education following the British Education System and the qualification Graduado en Educación Secundaria issued by the Spanish education authorities for pupils who have completed their secondary education in Spanish language and culture and  the language of  the Comunidad Valenciana.

Official exams for obtaining the GCE (general certificate of education) "A" levels focus on academic studies taken in the final two years of Secondary Education (17-18 years of age). Our pupils have direct access to universities in the UK and to Spanish universities or after they have taken the "Selectividad" examination required for Spanish students.

The academic organization at Foundation, Primary and Secondary levels is overseen by the Headteacher, key stage coordinators and the class teachers assigned to each year group who also carry out the role of tutor and the accompanying task of pastoral care. At Pre-Nursery level, classroom teachers are supported by two assistants who ensure that the children of these ages get all the attention they need. Constant support is also provided in Nursery and Reception by the presence of at least one classroom assistant.

With regard to Secondary Education, academic organization,as in the other stages, is the responsibility of the Secondary coordinator who oversees the work of the different specialist teachers in each area, as well as creating schemes of work and infrastructure, which facilitates an easy transitions from one key stage to the next. Staff also take an important role in advising pupils on subject choices in accordance with their preferences and strengths.

Studies, which form a part of the curriculum for Spanish language and culture, are given by fully qualified native Spanish teachers and are coordinated by a head of studies both at Primary and Secondary levels.

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BRITISH SCHOOL OF VALENCIA

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