Marbella schools

by Tatyana
(Moscow)

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We are a family of four with children aged 3 and 8. We are considering moving to Marbella next fall and are looking for the best English school for our children. I see on your site that the main schools are Aloha, Swans, Laude and IEC schools. Which do you recommend? Thank you.

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Jul 28, 2017
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EMERALD SIXTH FORM
by: Anonymous

I moved my son from an international school (I will not mention the name) last year to Emerald Sixth Form, located in San Pedro. He is delighted and achieving very high grades. The classes are small and the teachers are great! I am so pleased with them that I wanted to share my experience with you all here. If you are looking for hassle free, high standard education for your kids without the ridiculous prices, I highly recommend them. They are still enrolling for Sept 2017 if you are interested. X

Jul 28, 2017
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Marbella Montessori School
by: Ulrica

Hello!

Do anyone here know anything abot Marbella Montessori School?

We are a family with two kids, 5 and 6, from Sweden, so our children will need a lot of support at least the first year.

Would be very thankful for response or another recommendation!


Jun 14, 2017
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Study Computer Science in Marbella
by: Anonymous

Hello,

I hava a question: Is there a University or vocational school in Marbella to study computer science? I met a guy who told me that he studied in Marbella Computer Science, he paid 40k Euro a year and the bachelor's degree required three years. Do you offer something like that? I am very interested in such a course
of studies.

May 15, 2017
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British International School of Marbella
by: Anonymous

It is also worth checking out the British International School of Marbella (www.bsm.org.es), it is lovely and quite small with a great reputation.

Apr 17, 2017
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Private spanish schools Marbella
by: Mariana

Hi, does anyone has experience with the private Spanish school or a good Public state school? Does anyone has good experience with for example Colegio La Latina?

Thank you!

Mar 16, 2017
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A level English schools
by: Katie

Emerald Tuition are a small private school, ideal for students who need extra help to settle into the English system. They run Cambridge AS and A level courses. They are based in San Pedro de Alcantara.

Mar 14, 2017
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English schools Marbella/Malaga area
by: Anonymous

Hi, i am an 15 year old girl. I want to move to spain for a year. I was wondering if somebody know aboute an sixth form school. I have found schools, but they costs to much. Hope i get som answers!!!

Nov 03, 2016
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Primary School
by: Julia

Hi, I'd like to ask for some information about local Primary Schools in Costa del Sol, especially Marbella, Benalmadena.
We're planning to move to Spain late Spring next Year with my almost 9 Years old boy. I'd like to know how did you choose schools for your children, what range of fees should I expect, and what is the process of enrollment to school. Should I be aware of anything unusual?
Sorry, if those are silly questions, but I'm trying to find out everything that is possible now, to prepare for it in the best way.
If anybody could give me any information I would be grateful.
Thanks in advance
Julia

Oct 10, 2016
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A Levels not IB please
by: Anonymous

I'm looking for a good private secondary that offers A levels (not IB). I was interested in Aloha but understand they only do IB. My son has dyslexia. Any help or advice gratefully received.
Looking to move to Marbella in the next year or two.

Jul 09, 2016
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Alboran
by: Anon

Colegio Alboran is a fantastic school. My daughter Grace went there for 4 years. I cannot speak highly enough about this school. She got a great education there and is a very confident young lady now. We moved back to Ireland, otherwise she would still be there.
Ask for Salvador. Lovely man who will discuss all questions you have



Dec 23, 2015
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Aloha College
by: Anonymous

I highly recommend Aloha Collage is a great school I love it I am a student and the uniform is perfect and they have great lessons planned out the day before and they always bring a smile to my face.

Dec 12, 2015
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Laude
by: Zoriana

Hi!

My two kids attended the school for 7 years when we lived in Marbella and had a great experience there. They were in their final two years when we left Spain and were subsequently enrolled in another very competitive school in Asia. They were well prepared from their time at Laude and I can highly recommend the school to any parents in Marbella.

The teachers care about the students and the campus is well equipped and located in a very good part of town.

Dec 11, 2015
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KING'S SCHOOL BEFORE LAUDE. INFORMATION
by: Anonymous

PLEASE ANYBODY EXPIRIENCED LAUDE SCHOOL WHEN IT WAS KING'S COLLEGE? DOES IT FOLLOW THE SAME PRINCIPLES AND ETHOS THAN KING'S COLLEGE? PLEASE I WOULD APPRECIATE HELP WITH THIS, IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO GET SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE KING'S COLLEGE SCHOOL IN RELATION TO ORGANISATION AND GENERAL FUNCTIONING.

THANKS

Nov 16, 2015
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Prospective teacher for Laude
by: Littlestar

Dear All,

I am a prospective teacher possibly working at Laude in January 2016. Does anyone have any advice?

Thank you.

Aug 27, 2015
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Swans School
by: Hector

Swans has a well deserved reputation for looking after students well. Secondary is excellent in this regard and both of our children enjoyed the school and made/are making good progress. There have been occasions when students have been less than kind to each other, and this has been dealt with extremely well.

Some parents complain about the rules around uniform, but we agree with the school in not allowing inappropriate dress.

Apr 30, 2015
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MAYFAIR ACCREDITATION
by: Mayfair parent

FYI:

From: Unmonitored.ACCOUNT@education.gsi.gov.uk
Sent: jueves, 30 de abril de 2015 14:13
To: xxxxx@gmail.com
Subject: Department for Education: 2015-0016525 CRM:0022646

Dear Mrs Xxxxx

Thank you for your email of 29 March regarding the Mayfair International Academy.

I can confirm that Mayfair Academy is a fully accredited International School in Estepona, Spain. Certified by the British Council as a British School in Spain.

I hope you find this information helpful.

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2015-0016525. If you need to respond to us, please visit: https://www.education.gov.uk/contactus and quote your reference number.

As part of our commitment to improving the service we provide to our customers, we are interested in hearing your views and would welcome your comments via our website at: https://www.education.gov.uk/pcusurvey.

Yours sincerely

Anthony Hunter 
Web: https://www.education.gov.uk
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/educationgovuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk

Apr 22, 2015
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EIC
by: Anonymous

We live in America, planning to move to Spain to the Marbella area. Guided only by the internet information, we understand that the EIC is the best academically speaking, is that correct?
Our daughter is bright and needs to be constantly challenged.

Apr 20, 2015
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Swans and Aloha
by: Anonymous

Both are reputable schools. Always check www.nabss.org if you want a British School in Spain.

Apr 18, 2015
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Swans School
by: Lucia

Can anybody comment on recent experience at Swans or Aloha schools? We are planning to move from Canada to Marbella this Summer.

Apr 15, 2015
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CAMBRIDGE ACCREDITATION
by: Mayfair parent

Why don't you call this person and ask him directly? I couldn't find Mayfair in their website either and that's why I contacted them directly.

Felipe Gozalo Preston [Gozalo.F@cambridgeenglish.org]
Cambridge English Language Assessment Spain & Portugal
C/ Alcalá, 21 3º Izda. / 28014 - Madrid
Tlf: +34 91 541 24 22 – Ext.17 / +34 91 559 50 10 – Ext.17

Apr 15, 2015
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MAYFAIR is NOT a CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL
by: Anonymous

Mayfair is not Cambridge accredited at all. The number they provide on their website is an Edexcel number. Cambridge Schools in Spain all have a number starting with ES. One thing is being Cambridge Accredited to offer Cambridge qualifications (IGCSE, AS and A Levels) and another things is to offer ESOL qualifications (any school can offer those, even Spanish schools).
Cambridge has a published list of schools.
http://www.cie.org.uk/i-want-to/find-a-cambridge-school/

Apr 14, 2015
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MAYFAIR LICENCE
by: Mayfair parent

I just came back from Estepona's Townhall (Comercio y Licencias) where I had a meeting with the Concejal of Commerce. He has showed me Mayfair Licence of operations. It is legal and current.

So this settles it for me: They are Cambridge accredited (see email in previous post), EDEXCEL accredited (see email in previous posts), and they have a legal and valid Licence to operate as a school in Estepona.

Mar 31, 2015
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by: Happy and satisfied Mayfair parent

If you are interested in Mayfair, please take some time to visit the school, talk to the students, parents, teachers and school directors. They should give you a better indication of what this lovely school is like and if it can be a good choice for your children.

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Mar 31, 2015
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CAMBRIDGE ACCREDITATION
by: Mayfair parent

Let me add another email I just received from Cambridge English. It is in Spanish but I'm sure everybody will be able to understand it...

From: Felipe Gozalo Preston [mailto:Gozalo.F@cambridgeenglish.org] In behave of InfoSpain&Portugal
Sent: Tuesday, March 31st 2015 15:51
To: xxxx@gmail.com
Subject: RE: CONSULTA SOBRE CENTRO ACREDITADO

Estimada xxxxxx,

Gracias por contactar con Cambridge English.

Le confiramos que el centro que usted nos menciona está registrado como centro colaborador de Cambridge International Examinations (http://www.cie.org.uk )


Esperamos que la información facilitada le resulte útil. No dude en volver a ponerse en contacto con nosotros si precisara más aclaraciones.

Reciba un cordial saludo,

Cambridge English Language Assessment Spain & Portugal
C/ Alcalá, 21 3º Izda. / 28014 - Madrid
Tlf: +34 91 541 24 22 – Ext.17 / +34 91 559 50 10 – Ext.17


Mar 31, 2015
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Mayfair
by: Dione

I also notice Michelle that you haven't commented regarding the post below mine that proves you are wrong?

Mar 31, 2015
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Mayfair
by: Dione

As I have already stated, I have contacted them directly. I will of course post their response as soon as I receive it. The gentleman I spoke to was most helpful so all will be revealed very soon

PS you may be insulted but again, you still haven't answered my questions so I will still stand by my statement until you prove otherwise!

Mar 31, 2015
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Mayfair
by: michelle

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Mar 31, 2015
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Mayfair IS a great school
by: Dione

My children are where they need to be from an educational level point of view and most importantly they are happy.

To those who are looking at sending your children to Mayfair, I strongly recommend it!!!

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Mar 31, 2015
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EDEXCEL ACCREDITATION
by: Mayfair parent

I have just received this email and I thought I should share it to the topic:

From: PQS International EO [mailto:internationaleo@pearson.com]
sent: Tuesday, March 31st marzo 2015 11:57
To: xxxxx@gmail.com
Subject: Incident #2443744: QUERY ABOUT AN ACCREDITED SCHOOL


Dear xxxxxxx

I can confirm that MAYFAIR INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY, located in Estepona, Malaga, is an accredited Edexcel centre which can offer A Levels, GCSE and International GCSE qualifications.

Kind regards

Marisol Estevez
Customer Operations Manager
Americas, Spain and Portugal
Pearson Qualifications International
One90 High Holborn
London
WC1V 7BH
UK

E: PQS.InternationalEO@pearson.com
T: +44 (0)20 7190 4984
Pearson
Always Learning
Learn more at www.pearson.com

Mar 31, 2015
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Scroll down to see this from a teacher!!
by: Dione

Firstly all British Schools have the curriculum monitored by The British Council who ensure that a British School here is following The Curriculum as it would be in UK. This is done by British qualified teachers and is the same as an OFSTED inspection in UK. If The School reaches the correct criteria a recommendation is then put to The Junta de Andalucía for approval. NABSS is an association of British Schools and does not issue approvals. This is only done by Junta de Andalucía and is only granted after a successful inspection by The British Council. All parents should ask to see copies of The British Council and Junta de Andalucía certificates and also view the most recent British Council Inspection Report.

Mar 31, 2015
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Mayfair
by: Dione

Just so you are aware Michelle, I have been on the phone to the Department Of Education. They are sending me the relevant facts directly.

I spoke to a very helpful gentleman!!!!

Mar 31, 2015
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Mayfair
by: Dione


So why say it is a lie then Michelle if you didn't have the facts???

I am in touch with Mayfair as we speak and the truth will be confirmed. I havereceived a response straight away from them and they are sending me over all of the relevant information I need.

More to the point you still haven't answered any of my questions?

1. Why are you so interested in Mayfair if you do not have children there?
2. Why will you not clearly state who you are and why you feel the need to post all of these comments
3. You started these comments over 2 years ago advising they will be shut down, yet nothing has happened?
4. If your 'friends' know this, why wont they post it on here?
5. If you are so adamant that you are telling the truth then explain how and why Michelle. Why did you feel the need to investigate them?
6. What is your interest?

Come on Michelle, you want people to start knowing the truth, start posting everything about you. No secrets, no lies. Then maybe people would believe you more????

Mar 31, 2015
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Mayfair
by: michelle

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Mar 31, 2015
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Mayfair
by: Dione

I have also googled and there is a Countess of Coventry, her name is Rachel. Evidence is here

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1397876/The-Earl-of-Coventry.html

so this isn't true Michelle


Mar 31, 2015
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Mayfair
by: Dione

Michelle,

May I ask why you are so interested in Mayfair? I have asked this question before and I know you don't have children there. Also if you have friends that work there my next question would be why do they work there if they are aware of these so called lies??

Rather than listening to gossip on here, I have personally contacted Mayfair asking them to comment on this matter. I will of course post the outcome on here

PS It is not Ian posting the comments, its me ( A parent)

Mar 30, 2015
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mayfair
by: Andy

You are correct Simon. I have the same information. I think The School should make a statement clarifying there position with The UK department of education as this will help everybody. From the UK side they are adamant they are not telling the truth.

I am not paying anymore money to them until I see firm evidence of honesty. Meeting the people I fear the worst.

Andy

Mar 30, 2015
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mayfair
by: michelle

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Mar 30, 2015
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Mayfair
by: Simon

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Mar 30, 2015
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Mayfair Academy
by: Parent of students @ Mayfair

Good Morning Michelle

It appears you really do have a grudge against Mayfair and are spending a lot of time posting negative comments. As a parent, all this does is make me believe your posts are of a personal nature rather than one from a concerned parent/professional person.

Another year has passed and both of my children ( one in primary, one in secondary) are flying at Mayfair. I am a strict parent who takes my children's education extremely serious. I have recently had a meeting regarding GSCE's and A levels and I was more than impressed with how everything is being planned and what assistance my son is receiving to help him achieve his goals.

May I advise any parents who are looking at schools in Spain to go and visit them all yourselves and make up your own minds rather than just reading posts from someone who obviously has a personal issue with against one of them

Kind Regards

Mar 28, 2015
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Mayfair Academy
by: Anonymous

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Jan 29, 2015
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Calpe School
by: Constanza

Iñaki is in his new school…. He’s ok, but I miss you and Calpe!
It’s sad that this new school doesn’t share the "reading culture" as yours… Iñaki was enjoying so much the English books and now that he doesn’t "have" to do it, it is really hard to go back to that… :(

Jan 29, 2015
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Calpe School
by: Niki Tilev

I’m happy and proud Alex was one of the Calpe School students and that our daughter Lora is still there!
As our son has just graduated from Foundation Class to Year 4 at Calpe School in San Pedro de Alcantara (Marbella), I’m particularly proud to say he is absolutely prepared with a very profound knowledge, excellent spoken and written English and very motivated to learn.
Spending his very first academic experience in Calpe School for six years and having been surrounded and encouraged by the professional teaching staff and their constant and personal attention to each child throughout the years, Alex has grown as an excellent student and a confident individual.
Our very special thanks to all the teachers.

Nov 28, 2014
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EIC has lost control due to poor management
by: Anonymous

We had a terrible experience with EIC. The school is military in its teaching style and the customer is never right with this school. Eic is run like a business and not like a school. The children are not the priority at this school. We took our son out and went to Aloha which is far superior in teaching methods and the teachers do not talk down to the children as in Eic. The head of the school talks to parents like they are beneath her, no customer service skills at all.

Nov 04, 2014
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San Hose
by: Anonymous

Does anyone have any comments on San Hose (Spanish Private)

May 22, 2014
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Nanny
by: Anonymous

Hi Tatyana, if you need a nanny for your children don,t hesitate to contact me. My e.mail address is nannyinspain@hotmail.com
I can provide ecellent references. Thank you

May 09, 2014
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Rumours regarding Mayfair
by: Michelle ex Mayfair employee

It was brought to my attention recently that there have been a series of posts regarding Mayfair from a ´Michelle´ which have caused some issues and been attributed to me. I would like to state that as a former employee of Mayfair they were not written by me and I know nothing about any of the comments/statements in them.

I have been the target of vicious accusations following these posts.

Having spoken with Marbella Family Fun the only way of removing these posts is with the permission of the author. Therefore as I am not the author, they cannot be removed.

May 06, 2014
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by: Marbella Family

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Please remember that this is a family friendly website. As long as your contribution is family-friendly, relevant, interesting and in good taste, we will post it. In this spirit, unverified, rumors or hearsay about a person or institution may be removed by the editor. Final discretion for inclusion solely belongs to Marbella Family Fun. Thank you for your continued support.
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Apr 26, 2014
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Mayfair School
by: Anonymous

I read all the comments and I want to know the true.

I am thinking to move my kids to Mayfair school but now I'm not sure.

I have from friend that is good school, but another one talk me about some issues.

I will appreciate and comment Thanks


Feb 05, 2014
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The truth
by: Anonymous

The facts are as follows.

Patsy seems to know what she is talking about.

There is a denuncia reference 429/12. They were given a closing order on 12/06/2013 until a valid opening licence is issued. They ignored it.

They were foolish here as I think The Town Hall may have been sympathetic in the long term. Now they are angry.

The fine will be issued by The Town Hall shortly.

I expect this post will be removed soon, as before, as they are trying to hide the truth. Survival I guess.

This is not the first time this sort of problem has happened to them.

The New School “backed by the Estepona Town Hall and Junta de Andalucia” is not true. The planning department no nothing about it. Maybe a smokescreen.

I have all the documents and plan to send them to the local press. Whether they print them, who knows.

The best bet is go to The Town Hall with a Spanish speaker and ask yourself. This is all public information.

The Town Hall told me they have made some changes to the existing building but not enough to have their opening licence issued.

Its only a matter of time. I think the positive posts in the forum are them anyway.

If all of this is rubbish that I am writing, ask The School for their opening licence from Estepona Town Hall.

My only interest in posting this detail is for the health and safety of the children. If they get it right we can all sleep easy. I appeal to Marbella Family Fun to not remove this post until they provide a copy of their opening Licence from the town hall. No premises or business is allowed to operate without a Town Hall licence. Don’t let them bamboozle you with other paperwork. The truth is The Town Hall did not even know they existed and are embarrassed. They do know they exist now.

Jan 30, 2014
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Mayfair International is a fantastic school
by: Parent of children at Mayfair

I have 2 children aged 7 and 13 who attend Mayfair International Academy. As if late, there have been quite a few rumours in the playground with growing concerns of the future of Mayfair and the standard of education they offer their students. I have found that the rumours regarding the schools health and safety to be totally untrue and there is no such issues at the town hall!

With regards to my children’s education, I can confirm that my 7 year old had no confidence at all prior to joining Mayfair. His teacher, Miss Emma has worked on this and turned my son into a very confident child who has gone up 3 levels of reading, is able to have a basic conversation in Spanish and has improved academically

My 13 year old, when in the UK hated French. He didn’t understand it and had no interest. Since moving to Mayfair, he has improved dramatically and recently scored 100% in an exam. My son also has issues when it comes to sitting exams. Despite the fact he knows what to do, as soon as you mention the word exam he freezes. Mr Westwell without any communication from myself, has noticed this and has offered to help Ronan in his own time to ensure he can overcome this. Something I am truly thankful for.

All in all, I have 2 very happy children who enjoy school and are doing well.

Jan 30, 2014
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Response to Michelle regarding Mayfair
by: Parent

I encourage any parents to visit the TownHall regarding Mayfair adn you will see that Michelle's commnts are totally untrue. Mayne she has posted this beciase she is anEX employee that is Bitter!

Oct 17, 2013
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by: Michelle

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Sep 26, 2013
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EIC English International College
by: Anonymous

What about the EIC? We are planning to move to Marbella and we would like that our children go to this school but I heard that admissions are really difficult for non-british citizens.

Anybody can tell me if the exams for entry are really such difficult??

I really appreciate for your answer since we are quite worry about it.

Sep 18, 2013
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Calpe School
by: Mrs James

I would just like to highly recommend this school! It was the only school on the coast that I viewed that really seemed to tick all the boxes for my young son.Friendly,clean,family run,home-made food cooked on site daily (which I was impressed with)and amazing resources.It is a small school which was one of the benefits as class numbers are not too large,some others felt to big, he would have felt lost,and yet it is like a tardis inside!If you want something above average its definitely worth a look.

Sep 13, 2013
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School Uniform
by: Karen Wilkinson

Who would really like to see better uniform?
I mean lovely cotton mix jumpers, softer, more durable trousers and shorts? Nice P.E.?

My child came from a school in the UK with a fantastic uniform - all of the above and I want to ask parents would there be any use in having a central uniform shop with the quality that we experience in the UK, including extra wide trousers etc

I am prepared to source all this (which takes loads of time) and try to persuade schools to go with the idea IF there is a demand for it.
The uniform at my son's school is incredibly expensive and in a word - shit!! The trousers, itchy and horrible he went through the knees in about a month, the PE kit is sweaty and revolting and gets ladders in like tights.

What do you think?




Aug 27, 2013
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Avoid Swans and go for Aloha or Laude
by: eLaw

In my view Swans is all gloss and no substance. It looks good on the surface but it not good academically or pastorally. Entirely profit motivated (unlike the others) and from reports from other parents has too many kids and as a result lunchtimes can be chaos. A neighbours child had just 5mins to eat her lunch!

Aloha is the gold standard but selective, Laude good all rounder and has a long term and well experienced headteacher.

Jul 17, 2013
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LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT SCHOOL
by: vero

I´m moving to the Marbella area next December and I'm struggling to find the right school for my 6 and 3 year old kids.
We are currently living in Madrid and they both attend the Escandinavian School (international section), so I'm looking for a school with similar values and pedagogic approach.
Does anyone have any recommendations? I am considering Calpe School, Swans, Aloha and Mayfair.
Thank you for your help!!

Jun 16, 2013
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Russians Not welcome
by: Risinski Designs

We have heard that Swans is no longer open for the russian families moving here. Is that true. What school on the coast is welcome to Russian and Ukraine families - we also want our children to continue with the Russian mother tongue.

May 20, 2013
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Further to my recent posting
by: Anonymous

It is me again. I would add that Health and safety and whether a building is the correct specification for a School is governed by the local Town Hall. I would always recomend asking to view any School's Town Hall opeing Licence which proves they have achieved the correct Health and safety Criteria. This ensures that the rooms are the correct size, there are fire escapes etc. As far as I can remember School's are not allowed to use basements.

May 20, 2013
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Details on choosing a British School
by: Anonymous

I am a Principal of a British School in Marbella and I would like to detail some inaccuracies that I have read in your listing.

Firstly all British Schools have the curriculum monitored by The British Council who ensure that a British School here is following The Curriculum as it would be in UK. This is done by British qualified teachers and is the same as an OFSTED inspection in UK. If The School reaches the correct criteria a recommendation is then put to The Junta de Andalucía for approval. NABSS is an association of British Schools and does not issue approvals. This is only done by Junta de Andalucía and is only granted after a successful inspection by The British Council. All parents should ask to see copies of The British Council and Junta de Andalucía certificates and also view the most recent British Council Inspection Report.

Temporary and pending approvals are not acceptable.

I hope this is helpful to all parents when looking for a school and never be frightened to ask for a school's official documentation.

May 17, 2013
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Swans School
by: Porsche Concessions

I looked at Swans with my wife. We were put off by the lift music as you go in. Is that appropriate. Staff were pleasant but lots of hidden fees and a gloss over questions about school resources. We were shown a cupboard or bunker with no windows as the IB common room. Not for our son. Alloah seems a better bet.

May 17, 2013
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Poor food at Swans
by: Anonymous

I agree with the previous post. The quality of the lunch at Swans is very poor. Hidden behind a 'healthy food policy' is a charter to rip parents off as you have to pay nearly 10 euros a day.

If this were any restaurant you would complain and never return. Example: slice of pizza or quiche, salad and slice of orange and a glass of water.


May 02, 2013
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Swans
by: MoscowSun

The buildings at Swans are reasonably good, but to claim state of the art ICT facilities is a joke. State of the art where? North Korea?

my two children are now in year 7. Both needed help with their English and are supported very well by the specialist educational needs staff. The new head (two years in post) is very approachable and keen to make the school better. But is too controlled by the owner. the office staff were good but the office manager looked down on us and was rude. My children went to the primary summer school. The head their always looked like she was chewing an bee!

I do have concerns about the high staff turnover. 18 new staff last year! I talk to teachers who say not so good things about the top management. They tell me about the school not following fire regulations in the basement? Not good for a school. We're are looking at moving to Laude.

Take you bank card because every time you go they want more money! Very poor quality food. Mine only eat bread.



Mar 23, 2013
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I'm a child.
by: Anonymous

I go to The English International College, and I used to go to Laude.

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Feb 01, 2012
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Laude - Best All Round!
by: Anonymous

Hi

I've lived on the coast for 10 years and it took me four school moves to find the right school for my children. They are now in their third year at Laude and it is a fabulous school. The management is definitely on the ball with new teaching trends in the UK. The school is very inclusive and unlike other schools such as EIC, it does not select the pick of the crop, which in my opinion does not reflect on how well they teach but rather how bright your child is. After all a bright child will do well anywhere whereas a mediocre teacher can get good grades out of any bright student. I would advise any parent looking at a school to check the academic results carefully. Some schools only sit the children that they think will pass the grade rather than sitting all the children for the exam. This does not reflect the quality of the teaching.

Laude also embraces the culture and language of the country in which we live and my children are consequently both fluent in Spanish now. This is yet another feature which makes this school stand out from your "run of the mill" expat school on the coast. Standards are high and every child is expected to do their best. The facilities are as you would expect from a fee-paying school. And from a parent's point of view, it is the only school I have been to where your voice is heard. The staff are always friendly and polite and look like professionals rather than in some schools where they look like they're ready for a day on the beach!

The atmosphere amongst the children is positive and bullying is unconditionally stamped out at the first sign.

There is no perfect school and as others have said, it's also down to us to put in some of the work by supporting our children at home, but that's the case anywhere in the world. But all I can say is that this is that Laude is an all-rounder that is going from strength to strength - a school without a superiority complex but with superior standards and expectations.


Dec 11, 2011
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aloha
by: Anonymous

Hi Tatyana,
I lived in Spain for 7 years and I highly suggest your children attend Aloha College. It is a great school, I actually moved to the US in '08 and learned things in my senior year that I had already learned in Aloha in the 9th grade. Also, the uniforms are nice, as well as the teachers. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO SWANS OR EIC.

Sep 23, 2011
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Colegio Alboran Marbella
by: Anonymous

Marbella has severe drug problems at spanish private schools,specialy the schools that have a lot of space to hide things like Colegio Alboran are used as a drug market. My kids have been offered Marihuana several times and lately also Cocain and maybe next week they smoke crack, this year I will send them to English college that has a much better education too.

May 17, 2011
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Can anybody recommend a good state school?
by: Paul

Hi, all the comments are regarding private schools, however we want to send our 5 and 8 year old to state schools as we have been told by various people that it is better if you plan to stay in Spain long term. However it's very hard to get any information on which state schools are good and which aren't. This would influence where we eventually live. Can anybody help or is this forum only for parents with/ looking to enrol their kids in private schools?

Mar 18, 2011
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Mayfair Academy
by: Anonymous

Don´t forget Mayfair Academy, its a great British school!!! My daughter and many of my friends kids are very happy there.

Mar 18, 2011
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Laude school
by: Anonymous

I have a daughter of 7 in year 3 and a son of 3 in nursery. I arrived on the costa 3 years ago and looked at various schools such as Swans, Mayfair, Aloha etc and we decided to try Laude as we felt it had all the up to date facilities that we felt needed to be in place with a school that size. Overall I could not say a bad thing regarding the school, although a big school, everyone seems to know each other, I only have to call reception and they instantly know who I am etc, which I think really adds a personal touch.

I too have heard rumours about our school closing down etc, then about swans primary not achieving the best academic results, and of Aloha with the drug problems and also teaching problems, I have 2 friends who between them have 9 children and they took their children out of Aloha 2+ years ago as they felt for the money they were paying, they weren't getting any good results out of their children.

EIC has an excellent reputation but it is very English and they don't encourage Spanish, which I personally believe that each child should be taught dome Spanish, after all we are living in Spain!!. I wish you good luck in your selection.

Mar 18, 2011
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Aloha College
by: Anonymous

All my four children went to Aloha College and I am a very satisfied customer :-) An excellent academic education with great teachers, lots of brilliant extra activities and a great 'vibe'. It is the first school in Spain to teach the IB (international Baccalaureate) and the College now has over 18 years experience in teaching it. Established in 1982 - the college is nearly 30 years old - its here to stay and its getting better all the time - constant improvements, totally refurbished in 2004 plus new buildings and exciting plans to continue development.

Mar 17, 2011
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Staying on top of your kids education
by: Susan

I think Anonymous Schools on the Coast (March 16) really has a point when he/she says:

"do not believe that simply paying the school fees to a British school in Spain will automatically give you good results. Stay on top of it ! I believe that any school can give, at most, 50% of a child's education. The other 50 % is up to you..."

This is a very important point. I work hard at home with my kids, checking their homework, making sure it looks good, is correct and turned in on time. I have often made them go back and re-do it completely if it´s not up to standard. We set the bar high at home and it reflects in their grades and I know the teachers appreciate the effort we make at home.

It´s not easy and it isn´t fun, but I think it´s an obligation of mine as a parent. Long after they leave school, they will hopefully understand that whatever they do in life has to be accurate and done well with 100% of their effort.

Mar 17, 2011
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Laude school
by: Anonymous

I have a daughter of 7 in year 3 and a son of 3 in nursery. I arrived on the costa 3 years ago and looked at various schools such as Swans, Mayfair, Aloha etc and we decided to try Laude as we felt it had all the up to date facilities that we felt needed to be in place with a school that size. Overall I could not say a bad thing regarding the school, although a big school, everyone seems to know each other, I only have to call reception and they instantly know who I am etc, which I think really adds a personal touch.

I too have heard rumours about our school closing down etc, then about Swans primary not achieving the best academic results, and of Aloha with the drug problems and also teaching problems, I have 2 friends who between them have 9 children and they took their children out of Aloha 2+ years ago as they felt for the money they were paying, they weren't getting any good results out of their children.

EIC has an excellent reputation but it is very English and they don't encourage Spanish, which I personally believe that each child should be taught dome Spanish, after all we are living in Spain!!. I wish you good luck in your selection.

Mar 16, 2011
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Schools on the coast
by: Anonymous

I have some experience with a few schools on the coast and they are all over-priced. Of course our modern view is 'If it is expensive, it must be good.' This is not the case with schools in the south of Spain. One teacher once told me in confidence: "The schools on the Costa del Sol are at public boarding school prices in Britain, but are teaching on a British state school level." If your child is academically inclined they will do OK in any school, paid or not. But if they aren't up to academic scratch, do not believe that simply paying for an expensive school here in Spain will be enough. Again the private schools here are nowhere near British public(private) school levels. In England there is the official 'OFSTED' controlling and examining the schools on a regular, if slightly flawed, basis. Here in Spain there is something called the NABSS- which is not controlled by OFSTED or the British authorities.

In all of the schools here on the coast there are some wonderful, inspired teachers in primary and the secondary schools. But there is much mediocrity at sub state school level. The very nature of the south of Spain is transient, so there are constantly changes of personnel in all schools. Many British schools in Spain are, after all, private businesses interested in profit. They will dazzle you with pools,gardens and labs. But the teacher 'pool' is lacking in depth.

In General, the primary schools (years 1-6) here on the coast are passable, but all are still lacking in sports and extra activities on a high level. Your child will pass exams, but you will need to look for most of your truly enriching educational experiences outside of school.

In the secondary schools, the emphasis is on passing exams and there simply aren't enough secondary (sixth form) students to offer a wide variety of subjects, sports and extra activities.

Watch and control your childrens' schooling on a very steady and frequent basis no matter where you are, but especially if you educate them here in Spain. Again do not believe that simply paying the school fees to a British school in Spain will automatically give you good results. Stay on top of it !

I believe that any school can give, at most, 50% of a child's education. The other 50 % is up to you...

Good Luck with your choice ! ....And watch an inspired talk on education by Sir Ken Robinson on the 'TED' Talks (Google it)

Nov 30, 2010
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SWANS
by: Anonymous

My kids are at swans in yr 6 and yr 8 for the first year.All I have to say about the school is positive, my kids are very encourage to study and very challenging.They have adapt very rapidly and goes very happy to school.what else can i ask for?
spanish mother.

May 27, 2010
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Laude International School discount
by: Marbella Family

I just learned that Laude offers families with multiple children some valuable discounts. The third child I believe gets a 30% discount on school fees and the fourth child and more get their education for free. School lunches and certain supplies must be paid for. Now if that isn´t good value, I don´t know what is. It´s almost hard to believe, but I was talking to a parent from Laude the other day who have four children and she confirmed it. It´s worth looking into.

Feb 27, 2010
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International & British Schools in Marbella
by: Marbella Family

Choosing the right school for your children is always a difficult decision for every parent, especially when you are no longer home and not in your own familiar territory. For us the decision was relatively easy as a new school ( Laude) had just opened up next to our home and we placed a high priority on proximity to home after living in a huge metropolis with tons of traffic. We also were interested in an international or British school.

Laude was formerly called King´s College and at the time was brand new so the facilities were great. It follows the British curriculum and held British standards. After five years in primary and our first year in secondary we are very pleased with the school. The rooms are bright, clean and have the latest technology. The teachers are kind and respectful to the children and, so far, our children have been pulling fabulous grades. The only complaint I have with our school is the instability that goes with a new facility. There are changes in management, teachers and frequent rumors of firings, postings and possibilities of the school shutting down. Many parents have gotten fed up with this and have left, however there always seem to be more coming through.

I believe most parents agree that primary has proven to be a well adjusted group and an overall success. As we have only started secondary this year, we have yet to test the rumors of the disappointments in secondary. However, for us, so far so good.

We´ve been living on the coast just over five years and honestly I have heard good things and bad things about all the major international schools in Marbella. After a while they all sound the same and I am not ready to put my children on a roller coaster ride from one school to the next just because of rumors. Not until my children are truly unhappy or if I find the level of academics to be inadequate will we consider changing schools.

We cannot judge the other schools as we have not experienced them other than maybe a walk through. It´s best to try and contact families who have their kids currently in the school and see how happy they are there. You may check out our page on Marbella schools for more information on each school.

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