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International and Special Educational Needs
Ages 3 to 11

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CityMalaga - Costa del Sol
CurriculumsInternational and Special Educational Needs
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 11
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 10 students / class
Maximum 15 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:

This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2024/2025.

Address: AR SUP S2-EL Cortijuelo 5, Rest el Cortijo, 29650 Mijas, Spain
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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

30-60 students

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Average 5

Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

Local students 1 to international students 5

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

Extra support can be provided

Additional language classes offered by the school


Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Computers, iPads, touch to type

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)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We do not follow any specific religion. We support the natural curiosity of our children as they become the global citizens of the future. However we do cover the Religious Education requirement of the English National Curriculum

External examinations or assessments available

We are a primary school so do not complete external examinations or assessments

Results in these examinations

We are a new school so do not have this data yet

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

When appropriate

Approximate hours of homework given

Regular review is always beneficial if its delivered in a fun and interactive way along side parents. We are a school that values children being children and know that free play and exploration, outside of school time, is equally important to brain development and overall growth.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

We are a new primary school so do not have this data yet

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes we have on-site Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Behavioral Specialist Support. Our Teachers and Teaching Assistants engage in regular Professional Development to continue their understanding of how to support diverse needs

Learning support offered

On-site Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Behavioral Specialist Support. Such supports are a combination of push-in support and pull-out support where students can access therapy spaces to support targets and goals. We have a Sensory Integration Space, overseen by our Occupational Therapist. We have visual supports around the school and encourage children to engage in mindfulness and social-emotional wellbeing within the standard curriculum.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We match the curriculum to the students levels. Our students do not engage in the curriculum based on age, rather than ability to ensure all students are challenged and are active participants in their learning and motivated

Student access to education psychologist

Yes. Not on site however we have a clear referral list of professionals whom we have a strong rapport with

Entry evaluation for students

Yes we call this our Learning Profile Process. This process does not turn any child away based on the observations, rather is used to ensure our teaching team know how best to support a child's learning style to ensure growth and confident learning within our school environment.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

All new enrolment students will engage in a fun and interactive 1.5 hour session with our therapeutic and teaching team. Your child will engage in various activities to establish their strengths, areas of extra support, child centered learning style and to establish if they require additional support outside of the curriculum model; school-based therapy support, smaller group support, one to one assistant. We do not turn children away, rather ensure we create a strong support framework for their success.

Waiting list

Not at the moment. We are accepting enrollment for all ages 3yrs - 11 yrs

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

August 19, however we are always open to new students joining our school at anytime. We understand that families relocate at various times of the year. Our doors are open.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time


Supervised care before/after school

After school club at an additional charge to school fees

School bus service available


School provided lunches


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

No, bring your own lunch

Uniform required

We have a fun t-shirt as a uniform. Children can choose to wear their own bottoms ( blue or black) and we encourage running shoes for foot wear.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Arts & craft exploration/ Social Skills groups/ sensory-motor groups/ Lego group

Sports activities included

Our whole curriculum embraces movement based learning and exploration. We do not expect our students to sit down at tables, rather to learn through movement. We have various movement zones within the school where students, at anytime, can access for movement breaks to ensure a regulated body and brain which supports learning and retention. We have specific sections of the school day where all students are encouraged to be outside, interacting in our lovely outdoor space overlooking the mountain of Mijas and the ocean.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Not at this point in time.

Facilities at the school

Library, access to therapy spaces, access to calm down zones with comfortable bean bags- soft lighting- reduced noise, swimming pool, access to movement zones for those that request movement throughout their day

Sports facilities at the school

Large Outdoor space/ walking nature path

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Shine International Academy celebrates the uniqueness of every learner through a progressive approach to meeting educational and therapeutic needs.

Our philosophy is one of collaboration; we have an ongoing commitment to meaningful partnerships with our learners, parents and professional partners where a ‘Circle of Positivity’ is created around each learner.

The purpose of the academy is to facilitate the growth of our learners’ self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing, as well as developing their learning and understanding through a truly personalised and supported experience.

Inclusivity is key to our philosophy and every child is encouraged to become a contributing member of our Shine family by participating fully in academy life. We aim, as a community, to respect and develop the strengths of our children while also supporting their areas of challenge.

When your children leave Shine International Academy, they do so with the skills, knowledge and understanding to embrace the next steps in their personal journey, and to be responsible and participative members of our diverse, multicultural and international society.

Teaching approach of the school

Our curriculum at Shine International Academy is based on the British National Curriculum but has been adapted and enhanced to better meet the needs of our individual learners and our international community.
Our curricular adaptations are designed to support and celebrate successes as well as build positively on strengths and interests.
We have adopted a rolling curricular plan so that an individual is always learning through different themes and experiences at a level which is appropriate to them.

The strengths of our curriculum are in its design and in its implementation. We are embedding a child-centred approach, supported by our therapists, while embracing educational concepts including: Blended Learning, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Art & Mathematics), Critical Thinking Skills and Project Based Learning.

Every individual is fully involved in the planning of their learning and the identification of their next steps.

As a progressive organisation, all our staff are committed to developing their own professional learning. We have regular professional dialogue as well as staff development meetings where we review and share our learning and the impact it has on our learners and our practice.

At Shine we make the most of our lovely climate on the Costa del Sol by having many of our learning experiences and opportunities take place in our gardens.

Along with the obvious health benefits, the natural space provides a more relaxing environment in which your child can learn, while enjoying the freedom and mindfulness of the outdoors.

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