Q+A: Laude San Pedro International College, Spain
Laude San Pedro International College, a British co-educational school in Marbella, Spain, answers our questions and takes us on a virtual tour...
What happens when parents visit the school?
Parents will have a meeting with the Head of Admissions who gives them information about the school, and they then take a tour of the premises.
Why should I send my child to your school?
Laude San Pedro International College is a very successful institution, with very high academic results at both GCSE and A Level. It is also well known in the wider community for its social involvement with local and global charities, as well as its partnership with numerous local companies.
The school also has a growing international student population, and a stable staff body. It offers extra support to EAL learners and a wide range of option courses at GCSE and A Level, giving our students greater choice and opportunities when looking at further education places.
What curriculum do you follow?
The school offers the British curriculum up to A Level, alongside the Spanish programme (ESO and Bachillerato) in Secondary.
How have your pupils performed in examinations in recent years?
- A Level – 98% pass rate
- IGCSE – 91% pass rate
- Spanish University “Selectividad” – 100 % pass rate.
How large are the classes in your school?
The school class sizes range from 20 to 25 in Primary and Lower Secondary. From Year 10 upwards, class sizes are usually smaller, as students spread across a wider number of ‘option‘ subjects.
What is the teaching programme in your Sixth Form?
The A level programme for our Sixth Form involves studying three or four subjects over a two-year period. Students can choose their options from a total of 16 different subjects.
We are currently adapting to the changes in exam-board specifications, and working on the transition from a modular to a linear structure with the disappearance of the AS qualification in most subjects, and a move to one final A2 examination.
How can you ensure continuity if my child moves between countries?
The school follows the British curriculum, and uses the main examination boards for both A Levels and GCSEs, allowing students who move to continue studying the same subjects in another British curriculum school, anywhere in the world. This is a two-way advantage, which also benefits students joining us from similar schools in other parts of the world.
Are external students able to sit official examinations?
The school is an external examination centre where students can sit exams set by the AQA and Edexcel.
How do you support pupils who are struggling and how do you challenge the more able?
The school has a number of resources to support the less able, such as teaching assistants in Primary, a SENDCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) team, which supports students across Primary and Secondary, a Welfare Officer, who deals with all pastoral issues in Secondary, and an Induction English Programme for EAL learners.
In addition to this, Laude San Pedro now has a Teaching and Learning Action Group across Primary and Secondary, which works to give individualised support to students with learning difficulties. The group works closely with the school SENDCO team and the Welfare Officer.
At the other end of the spectrum, Laude San Pedro also has a “Gifted and Talented” project, which aims to stretch and challenge the more able.
What languages do you offer?
English is the language of instruction throughout the British system at the school. Spanish is also taught from FS2 to Year 11 as a compulsory subject. In terms of second languages, Laude San Pedro offers Mandarin Chinese from FS2 to Year 6, and German and French from Years 4 to 13.
How can parents get involved?
Parents can get involved in several ways. They can become members of the FLA (Friends of Laude Association), which is the PTA promoting parent/teacher communication. They can also be part of the Laude San Pedro Food Committee. In addition to these formal groups, Laude often offers parents the opportunity to take part in whole-school events, such as our recent charity run, sporting events, talks given by external speakers, etc.
How often do parents receive written reports?
The school gives out written reports four times per year: two interim reports in October and April, and two full reports in December and June. In addition to these formal reports, a fortnightly “snapshot” is sent to the parents of Year 13 and 2º Bachillearato students.
What extra-curricular activities do you offer in the Senior School?
The school offers a wide range of activities, including languages, sports activities, dance, baking, chess, robotics, and art and science homework clubs. There is a total of 18 extra-curricular activities on offer at Laude San Pedro.
Does the school take part in sports competitions?
The school often hosts inter-school competitions with neighbouring schools, and Laude students travel to other international schools for similar events. Laude students also take part in the yearly athletics competitions. The school works closely with sports clubs in the area, and these provide students with the opportunity to take part in a variety of different sports.
What performing arts opportunities do students have?
Laude San Pedro is well known in the local area for the quality and range of its performing arts. Activities offered include a number of extra-curricular options (hip hop, dance and drama), as well as formal subjects, such as the Performing Arts course at GCSE Level.
Students at every level of ability are encouraged to take part in food technology, music, dance, drama and the arts. All gain confidence as they explore different areas of self-expression, and some discover unknown talents. Although this may lead some to follow academic courses to GCSE level, extra-curricular involvement in all forms of performance is open to anyone. A number decide to develop their creativity by studying a related course at university, art college or drama school.
How do children travel to and from school?
The school offers a transport service and a bus route is available. Currently, a total of 65 students use the school bus service. The remaining students make their own way to school, either alone or accompanied by their parents, depending on their age.
Do children bring in packed lunches?
No, students do not bring packed lunches as they all eat in the school dining hall. Students can, however, bring a healthy snack for their morning break.
How do you tackle bullying?
The school takes preventative measures in designated lessons in the Secondary PHSE programme across all year groups; from "Teamwork", "Respect", "Racism" awareness in KS3, through to "Tolerance & Equality" lessons in KS4. Police Assembly Talks on "Anti-bullying" and the "Dangers of Social Media" are for all students from Years 5 to 10 and parents of Laude children.
If bullying is suspected/identified, there will be a swift implementation of the School´s Sanctions Policy, collation of "witness statements", meetings with parents, monitoring through teacher feedback, etc. Sanctions will be carried out in accordance with the severity of the incident, including after-school detention, internal/external suspension, followed by student behavioural report or exclusion.
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