Secondary education


Time marches on and as the children reach puberty and adolescence, they undergo changes that can affect their relationships with others. Under the care and watchful eye of family and tutors, they continue on the path towards post-compulsory education, a crucial stage which will determine their future academic and professional success.

They continue to develop competencies in the core subjects in the curriculum: language, maths, digital and social studies, etc. While some competencies are subject-specific, e.g. mathematics, others are transversal, such as learning to learn, personal autonomy and initiative. Overall success with depend on the acquisition of these tranversal skills. Perseverance and hard work will ultimately determine pupil success, an aim shared by family and teaching staff.

The timetable is extended by two hours giving pupils more time for sport and tutorials. At this age, it is very important that adolescents continue to do sport as it teaches valuable lessons and encourages a healthy lifestyle. The tutorial sessions are essential for resolving issues within the group and encouraging a harmonious atmosphere.

It is at this stage that pupils begin to sit official language exams at levels B2 and C1 in English, and B1 and B2 in Basque. English and Basque classes are given in smaller groups to enhance progress. As all subjects contribute to linguistic competence, the pupils also study technology, IT and science through English, and audiovisual studies, physical education and social sciences are offered in Basque. Education is trilingual at this stage, extending to four languages for those who take French as an elective.

School trips are still important as they provide an opportunity for bonding and strengthening cohesion within the group, and for tutors to get to know the pupils better outside the classroom environment. Pupils visit different parts of Spain, such as Navarre, Barcelona, Castile and León, Castilla la Mancha, and can travel to England and France on one of our pupil exchange programmes