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British and Catholic
Ages 2 to 18

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CurriculumsBritish and Catholic
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
Yearly fees: Not public
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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 25 students / class
Maximum 26 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2024/2025.

This school has more than one campus in Madrid:
Junior and Secondary Campus: Ages 7 to 18

Address: Calle de Cinca, 20 28002 Madrid Spain

Infant School Campus: Ages 2 to 7

Address: Calle de Condes del Val, 12 28036 Madrid Spain

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Native English speaking teachers

Yes, our French teachers are French, we have Spanish teachers for Lengua and Cultura and our teachers of the English curriculum are all native speakers of English predominantly from the UK or Ireland.

Language support for students not fluent in English

English is the 2nd or 3rd language of most of our students, but the level is very high (we confirm their levels using GL Assessments). All students irrespective of learning need are offered support and differentiated teaching.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Spanish and French.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes - from Nursery up to Year 2

Use of technology in the classroom

We have interactive white boards connected to projectors, and sets of interactive tv screens. Each child from Yr 3 to Yr 13 is issued with their own school Chromebook, and we use the Google Classroom suite.

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)

All our classes went online throughout the Covid quarantines. Our children are currently back at school, but our classes can be streamed home as necessary.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Children follow the Catholic religion.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

The school is a Catholic school although we do have children who are not Catholic. They join in with everyone else.

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSEs and A Levels.

Results in these examinations

Our IGCSE and A level results are published on our website.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

10 mins for Yrs 2-4, 30 mins for Yrs 5+6, 1 hour for Yrs 7+8, 90 mins for Yrs 9. For Yrs 10 to 13 it depends upon the load of each subject.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes - we employ three Learning Support teachers.

Learning support offered

We have an external school psychologist, an external school paediatrician, and three qualified special needs teachers.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We do not label children 'gifted & talented' and neither is any pupil labelled 'lower ability'. For those more able pupils, all of our teachers for all of the lessons must offer extension or challenge material. All of our teachers offer differentiated teaching.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes - as required (via a referral procedure).

Entry evaluation for students

Yes - for English, mathematics, and sometimes science. Students applying to join Holy Mary from a British school may be exempt from our entry tests.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

For English, mathematics, and sometimes science. Students applying to join Holy Mary from a British school may be exempt from our entry tests. Where possible, we also ask prospective new pupils to spend a trial day at school.

Waiting list

Yes - normally in every year group.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline exists. We are an oversubscribed non-selective school. If we have a place to offer then it is offered. Otherwise the applicant goes onto our waiting list.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes - except in years 10 to 13.

School start time


School finish time

16:30 (slightly earlier for the younger children).

Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available

Yes - although each year we ask all our parents if they wish their children to travel to and from school by bus. We normally start the school year with either 0, 1, 2 or 3 bus services.

School provided lunches

All of our students must eat a school-prepared lunch at school. Our school fees include the cost of school lunches.

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

Yes, separate diets is prepared for students with special dietary needs.

Uniform required

Yes, and very lovely it is - the uniform has appeared in magazines.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We run after-school football, ballet, modern dance, flamenco, robotics, table tennis, cooking, and multi-sports classes.

Sports activities included

The full range of sports are included - in particular football, basketball, volleyball, handball, badminton, athletics, and tchoukball.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes - although in Spain most talented sports individuals do not wish to represent their school teams. They play 'federated' sport within the magnificent sports programme offered by Madrid - and everywhere else in Spain.

Facilities at the school

Specialist areas in secondary: three science labs, an art room, and a small library.

Sports facilities at the school

We have three separate sports areas, although secondary sports classes take place off campus at one of two rented sports installations.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

We are a unique British Catholic school in the heart of Madrid. All children are educated through strong morals and with excellent behaviour. Boys and girls learn alongside each other. Children learn to have respect for each other, to support each other and to enjoy learning together. All teachers are motivated to teach to the best of their ability and all children are encouraged to achieve their full potential.

Teaching approach of the school

It is very British: differentiated lessons; research-based pedagogy; effective questioning; instilling a growth mindset; live feedback; mid-lesson learning stops; technologically enhanced; inclusive; pair-work; group-work; public speaking; justification of opinion; values-driven; supportive and challenging..

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