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Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 14 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: €7,950
to: €11,125
Address: Carrer de les Modedistes, 8, 08810 Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona, Spain
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school

18 - Including British, Dutch, German, French, Danish, Hungarian, Russian, Swiss, Brazilian, Argentinian, American, Israeli

Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

Local 30% International 70%

Max. number of students per class

In educational circles, our class sizes are considered ‘small’ or ‘very small’. Optimal numbers are considered to be between 15-22 in most academic studies. At Olive Tree our class sizes for next school yearare as follows: Saplings (incorporating 2 year groups - Nursery & Reception) have a maximum of 24 pupils, Years 1-2 have a maximum of 14 pupils, Years 3-6 have a maximum of 18 pupils, Years 7-11 have a maximum of 20 pupils. We keep class sizes small to optimise the attention each child gets in the learning process

Average number of students per class

On average, we have approximately 14 children per class. Some classes are smaller of course. We also only have one class per year group, keeping the overall school size small and personal.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes. We have 7 full time teaching assistants and 1 part-time teaching assistant to help within the classes.

Native English speaking teachers

Yes. We are a British school following the British National Curriculum. All of our teaching staff are native English speakers and British-Government trained. Our Spanish and Catalan teachers are native speakers and trained in Spain.

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes. Extra individual language support is provided where necessary.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Spanish, Catalan and French

Use of technology in the classroom

We do not use laptops or ipads in the classroom on a daily basis. Children have a designated ICT class where they develop tech skills as required by the British National Curriculum.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

There is no homework in Nursery and Reception. Homework is not normally set in Years 1 to 4, although parents are encouraged to develop reading skills with their children every evening. Years 5 and 6 will have some homework with realistic timescales to complete. In Secondary school, homework is introduced as a necessary part of the learning process and must be completed on time (the deadlines are always realistic, but are to be respected).

Uniform required

We have a relaxed uniform policy. In Saplings & Primary, the dress code is for school colours of navy blue & sky bluer to be worn: navy blue trousers, skirt or shorts; sky blue top, t-shirt or shirt; navy blue cardigan or jumper. A local provider supplies uniform with the school logo, but it is not necessary to buy this as long as colour codes are observed. In Secondary, there is no compulsory uniform, but many of the pupils opt to wear the black school sweatshirt or hoodie as designed by the students themselves

Waiting list

Yes. Some year groups are over-subscribed, but not all.

Entry evaluation for students

We strongly encourage parents to allow their children to attend for 2 or 3 trial days. Children are assessed by the class teacher during this time and any issues arising are discussed with prospective parents. The school does reserve the right to withhold admission. There is no formal exam or test.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

1st September

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, if there are places free in the class

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

We prepare our students for British GCSE/iGCSE exams. All our students continue their education, normally completing British 'A' levels at another school in the area, although some students have completed their education in the Spanish system

External examinations or assessments available

We prepare students for the British GCSE/iGCSE examinations. We are a Pearson/Edexcel examination centre and also accept external candidates for examination in our centre.

Results in these examinations

As a matter of policy, we do not publish the detail of exam results, although we currently have a 100% pass rate.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Our school is not a faith school. However, all religious faiths are respected equally.

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

If children have special learning needs, a support programme is recommended for them after assessment by our specialised teachers. This could range from short term speech therapy, help with dyslexia or an ongoing programme to deal with more complex learning issues. Specialised teaching support is available at all levels of the school.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Especially gifted children need individual support to help them optimise their learning experience. An assessment is carried out and recommendations for extra support are made.

Student access to education psychologist

We do not have a professional educational psychologist working on site at the school. However, where we detect a need for such, we recommend the correct professional support to parents.

School start time

8.45 a.m.

School finish time

4.00 p.m.

Supervised care before/after school


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

There are a wide variety of activities offered in school clubs: Tae Kwondo; Football; French; Musical Theatre; Dance & Board Games have all been very popular this school year. Many students take music classes after school or at lunchtime: drums, guitar, flute, piano & singing

School provided lunches

Cooked lunch is provided at school by an external catering company. Children can bring a packed lunch if they wish.

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

No. Those with special dietary needs need to opt for packed lunch

Sports activities included

Physical Education is part of the British National Curriculum. A variety of sports are included within this as appropriate for different ages.

Sports facilities at the school

We have a large five-a side style football area (concrete) which is adapted for a variety of sports.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

No - although we occasionally arrange friendly sports activities (for example, football matches or running competitions) with neighbouring schools

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

To inspire young people to be effective and passionate learners.

To empower young people to become compassionate and active members of our global community.

To equip young people with the skills they will need in all areas of their life.

Teaching approach of the school

Full details are available on the school website. In summary, we interpret the British Curriculum so that each child can optimise their strengths and explore their interests in a positive and encouraging environment. We want all our pupils to develop a love of learning. We do not generally teach from set textbooks. Materials are drawn from a range of sources and emphasis is placed an experiential learning, project work, collaboration and self-expression.

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