British education

Our educational project is based on the British National Curriculum with the particularities and characteristics of a British school in Spain.

Equivalent academic year groups

Edades Sistema Británico Sistema Español
Foundation
Levels
2-3
3-4
4-5
Pre-Nursery
Nursery
Reception
1er ciclo E.I.
2º ciclo E.I. (3 años)
2º ciclo E.I. (4 años)
Primary
Education
Key Stage 1
5-6
6-7
Year 1
Year 2
2º ciclo E.I. (5 años)
1º curso Ed.Primaria
Primary
Education
Key Stage 2
7-8
8-9
9-10
10-11
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
2º curso Ed.Primaria
3er curso Ed.Primaria
4º curso Ed.Primaria
5º curso Ed.Primaria
Secondary Education
Key Stage 3
11-12
12-13
13-14
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
6º curso Ed.Primaria
1º curso Ed.Secundaria
2º curso Ed.Secundaria
Secondary Education
(iGCSE)
Key Stage 4
14-15
15-16
Year 10
Year 11
3er curso Ed.Secundaria
4º curso Ed.Secundaria
6th Form (GCE)
Key Stage 5
16-17
17-18
Year 12
Year 13
1º Bachillerato
2º Bachillerato

This table shows equivalencies between the British and Spanish education systems, it may serve to understand the organisation and terminology used regarding the British education system and on this website.

Most pupils join the school in Pre-Nursery. At the British School of Valencia we attach great importance to this since it ensures children come into contact with the English language from an early age. The early years of the Foundation Levels are essential to ensure a proper grasp of the English language, both in terms of speaking and comprehension.

This solid foundation enables us 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 enables us to assess our pupils’ academic level as well as the teaching processes and learning experiences for each academic level. 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 Graduado en Educación Secundaria qualification issued by the Spanish education authorities for pupils who have completed their secondary education in Spanish language and culture and the language of the Region of Valencian.

Academic education ends with two years of Higher Secondary Education, the stage known as 6th Form in the British education system. Official exams for obtaining the GCE (General Certificate of Education), AS and A Levels, are the focus of the final two years of Secondary Education (17-18 years old). On completing this stage our pupils are eligible for entrance both to Spanish and British universities.

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