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CityBarcelona
CurriculumBritish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 16
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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 18 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €7,950
to: €11,850
Address: Carrer de les Modedistes, 8, 08810 Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona, Spain
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Number of students

190

Number of nationalities represented in the school

20+ - Including British, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Danish, Hungarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Korean, Indian Swiss, Brazilian, Argentinian, American, Israeli and Spanish

Most common nationality

British

Ratio of local students to international students

Local 33% International 67%

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

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 to 11 have a maximum of 18 pupils. We keep class sizes small to optimise the attention each child gets in the learning process.

Average number of students per class

Most of our year groups are now fully subscribed - the maximum is 18. We also only have one class per year group, keeping the overall school size small and personal.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes. Each Primary Year Group has a dedicated teaching assistant. Teaching assitants are not required in Secondary.

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. Both Secondary and Primary develop their IT skills in ICT classes following the British National Curriculum.

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 students practice religion at the school? What religion?

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

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 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).

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.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

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.

Entry evaluation for students

Under normal circumstances we strongly encourage parents to allow their children to attend for 1 or 2 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.

Waiting list

Yes. Most of our year groups are now fully subscrubed. Interested parents can join the waiting list. We ask parents to confirm their places for 2023-24 in March 2023.From ist April 2023 we offer any places which remian unconfirmed to those on the waiting list stictly in chronological order.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

1st September

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, if there are places free in the class.

School start time

8.45 a.m.

School finish time

4.00 p.m.

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, we have started an after school club for ages 3-6 (Junior Teatime Club) and 7 to 11 (Senior Teatime Club) from 16.00 to 17.00

School bus service available

No

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 &/or vegan meals on request. Other special dietary needs can be catered for on request (no pork, for example)

Uniform required

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.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

There are a wide variety of activities offered in school clubs: Tae Kwondo; Football; Basketball French; Musical Theatre; Forect School, Hip Hop Dance 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).

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 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.

Facilities at the school

Dedicated Science laboratory for Secondary; Primary Library; Secondary Library; School allotment

Sports facilities at the school

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

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

OUR AIMS
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 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 February 2022, receiving the maximum authorisation of 4 years.

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