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|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
18 - Including British, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Danish, Hungarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Swiss, Brazilian, Argentinian, American, Israeli and Spanish
|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 the next school year are 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 16 children per class from Year 3 upwards - the maximum is 18. Years 1 & 2 are limited to a maximum of 14. 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 to help within the classes. Each Primary Year Group has an dedicated teaching assistant. Teaching assitants are not required in Secondary.
|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. For school year 2021-22 we have invested in new PC's and laptops for both the Secondary and Primary ICT classes.
|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 we are fully prepared for online classes. We quickly and smoothly moved all classes online at the start of the lockdown in March 2020.
Pupils continued their full curriculum online with classes in the mornings from 9.00 until 13.00. Teachers provided activities and a specific study programme for the afternoons so that pupils could work autonomously. We found that this was the right balance for the children and families. Children who had difficulty adapting to online learning were given extra support, and whilst it is impossible to fully replicate the educational experience of school being physically open, we feel we succeeded in helping all of our children to continue their educational development successfully.
We are fully prepared to move classes online again, should that be for a short period or in the event of a longer lockdown.
There is an established protocol to follow in the event of an outbreak of Covid-19 in any of the class bubbles. Full details are published on our website.
|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).
We have a relaxed uniform policy. In Saplings & Primary, the dress code is for school colours of navy blue & sky blue 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.
Yes. Some year groups are over-subscribed, but not all.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Under normal circumstances 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. However, due to Covid-19 and class bubbles, we cannot currently accept children into the school for trial days. Instead, we are inviting parents to visit school with their child outside school hours to meet one of our Head Teachers, who will assess if we are adequately equipped to meet your child's educational needs. The school does reserve the right to withhold admission. There is no formal exam or test.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
|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.
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|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. Many students take music classes after school or at lunchtime: drums, guitar, flute, piano & singing.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, extracurricular activities have been suspended except where they can be organised in class bubbles (e.g. Football Club).
|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)||
Our external catering company can provide vegetarian meals on request, those with other 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 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 follow the British Curriculum and interpret it so that each child can optimise their strengths, exploring their interests in a positive and encouraging environment. We want all our pupils to develop a love of learning, as this provides the foundation for their academic achievement and the development of life skills appropriate to our fast-changing world.
In Primary and Secondary Years 7 to 9 we do not follow the curriculum from set textbooks. Instead, materials are drawn from a range of sources and emphasis is placed an experiential learning, project work, collaboration and self-expression. Our students are encouraged to take pride in expressing themselves both orally and in writing. A love of reading is encouraged right from the beginning in our Early Years (Saplings) classes, and children are encouraged throughout Primary and Secondary to extend their exploration of English literature using the extensive resources in our school libraries.
For Years 10 & 11 preparing for GCSE’s, textbooks are required to prepare for certain exam subjects and much greater emphasis is placed on exam technique to make sure our students optimise their grades.
Our school is inspected by The British Council (NABSS). Secondary was last inspected in November 2020, receiving the maximum authorisation for 4 years. Primary was last inspected in May 2018, receiving the maximum authorisation of 4 years.