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Algarve
British and Portuguese curriculums
Ages 3 to 18

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CurriculumsBritish and Portuguese
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Boarding available
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 16 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: €4,650
to: €16,155
This school has more than one campus in Algarve:
Lagoa Campus: Ages 3 to 18

Address: Barros Brancos, EN125, 8401-901 Lagoa, Portugal

Almancil Campus: Ages 3 to 11

Address: Caminho das Pereiras, 8135-022 Almancil, Portugal

The school has British and Portuguese sections.
The fees shown here are for day students in the British section for Lagoa Campus.
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Number of students

850

Number of nationalities represented in the school

44

Most common nationality

British and Portuguese

Ratio of local students to international students

50/50

Max. number of students per class

24

Average number of students per class

16

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

English as a Foreign Language

Additional language classes offered by the school

Portuguese, French, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology is an integral part of learning at Nobel Algarve and modern equipment is widely available.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes the school currently uses MS Teams and is prepared to switch to online as it did during the first COVID-19 school closure in 2020.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes. A homework timetable is kept both by pupils and the school. The overall homework expectations at different levels in the school remain under constant review.

Approximate hours of homework given

Primary children are expected to read regularly. Year 1 and 2 pupils take home a reading book every day to read aloud to a family member. In Years 3 and 4, homework is given at the teacher’s discretion, for example, to learn spellings and tables and to complete class assignments. Weekend homework is usually required. In Years 5 and 6, the children have homework every evening. In Year 7 there are usually two sets of homework of 20 minutes each per night. This increases by year, reaching three subjects of 40 minutes each per night by Years 10 and 11. In Years 12 and 13, extra study is planned with the teacher according to the demands of the syllabus.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

All new students are required to have an initial meeting with the Head of Section, and then the heads decide if the students require an assessment. Admission is always dependant on a meeting with the Head of the relevant campus, who will answer any questions and discuss academic options. Meetings for the 2021/22 academic year are being booked from Janaury 2021.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline, rolling admission. Applications are accepted throughout the year, subject to thee being a place available for the child. Due to increasing demand, early registration is recommended.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

99%

External examinations or assessments available

For our British International section, students sit IGCSEs and A-Levels. Portuguese national curriculum students follow the Portuguese national curriculum according to the Portuguese Ministry of Education, up to 12º Ano.

Results in these examinations

In 2020 we had an IGCSE/GCSE and A-Level pass rate of 99%, around third of which achieved A* to A. 100% of our National Section students complete schooling.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learning Support teacher

Student access to education psychologist

Nobel employs two full-time School Psychologists, one for each section, who work in consultation with parents and teachers to help wherever necessary for the benefit of students.

School start time

9.15 am

School finish time

Primary finishes at 3.30 pm and seniors finish at 4.30 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Nobel Algarve offers many different after-school clubs and activities, including tennis, karate, football, fun science, music and extra tutoring.

School provided lunches

Yes

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes

Sports activities included

P.E. (athletics, gymnastics, and outdoor adventures)

Sports facilities at the school

Swimming pool, gym, basketball and volleyball courts, inline speed-skating rink, football fields, cross-country track, tennis courts and a karate dojo

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Nobel International School Algarve is the oldest and largest private school group in the south of Portugal, offering a co-educational day school with multiple locations for pupils aged 3 to 18. At Nobel International School Algarve we provide our students with an educational experience that challenges their minds, inspires their creativity and instils a desire for discovery that will last a lifetime. We have two beautiful campuses, in Lagoa and Almancil, and we believe Nobel Algarve offers your child an education that will prepare him or her for a lifetime of success, achievement and personal satisfaction. Here at Nobel Algarve, we are proud of the education par excellence we provide our nearly 1,000 students, and of their outstanding achievements.

Teaching approach of the school

Nobel's mission is to bring together a diverse group of passionate students and to provide them with world-class international education enhanced by sports, languages, maths, science, the arts, natural exploration, collaborative learning, and global exchange. At Nobel International School Algarve, we provide an innovative and positive learning environment for students in all years, across both schools at Lagoa and Almancil. Small class sizes allow for personalised attention. We offer both the British curriculum at Lagoa and Almancil, and the Portuguese national curriculum at Lagoa campus. Our Early Years programme at both Lagoa and Almancil provides a truly bilingual learning experience for children aged three to four years old. Our project-based learning approach engages students, addresses real-life challenges and cultivates critical-thinking, problem-solving and presentation skills. We maintain a truly international campus, where multiple languages can be heard every day and we welcome families from more than 30 countries. We provide English language support to enable all students to excel. As the language of our host country, Portuguese lessons are a requirement up to Year 11 and are offered at both the native and foreign language levels.

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