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
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
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.