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Teaching @ Kensington School

Kensington School is a school for children aged three to eighteen years old. Up to Year 9, the students follow the English National Curriculum, and at that age they change to follow the Spanish Curriculum, which they follow until the second year of Bachillerato. The philosophy of the school is to offer the students the best of the British education system, and the best of the Spanish education system, in such a way that at the end of their secondary school studies they are able to communicate, to integrate and to socialize with complete fluency in the two languages. As well as fluency and mastery of English and Spanish, the third language of the school is French: our students aim for the highest standards in the three languages, offering them the option of university-level studies not only in Spain, but also in the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Canada, etc.

Our school is officially recognised as a British School in Spain from 3 to 14 years by the Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid which, through the British Council, organizes regular inspections from the United Kingdom in line with current legislation.

Kensington is an independent school, non-denominational, and receives no subsidy from either the Spanish or the British government.

The statutory Spanish curriculum is subject to inspection by la Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid through the "Dirección Técnica de Español". The Upper Secondary school courses (3 º y 4 º E.S.O.) and Bachillerato are officially recognised by the Ministry of Education; in these years, students undertake an intensive preparation for the internationally-recognised language exams of the University of Cambridge: “First” (FCE), “Advance” (CAE), y “Proficiency” (CPE), as well as IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). The qualifications obtained through CAE, CPE and IGCSE meet the language requirements for entry to any British university. In addition, students are prepared from Year 7 through to 2º de Bachillerato for the DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) (A1, A2, B1, B2) and the IGCSE in English. With the DELF qualifications, students satisfy the language requirements for the Erasmus programme, with the B1, and for universities in French-speaking countries, with the B2.

Academic Organisation

Kensington school follows the structure of British schools, with three levels of organization:

The courses of 3º E.S.O. and 4º E.S.O. correspond to Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (E.S.O.), while 1º de Bachillerato and 2º de Bachillerato correspond to Educación Secundaria No Obligatoria (E.S.N.O.)