Q+A: The Lady Elizabeth School, Alicante, Spain
The Lady Elizabeth School in Alicante (part of the Laude group of international schools in Spain), provides education for boys and girls aged one to eighteen years. Here the school answers our questions and takes Winter's readers on a virtual tour...
What happens when parents visit the school?
Every family will have a meeting with the Headmaster and key members of the Senior Leadership Team, depending the child's age and the stage of the school they will be joining. Families are given a tour of the school, and receive a prospectus and recent yearbook. They will complete a visit form and are offered the opportunity for their children to enjoy a taster day in the school.
Why should I send my child to your school?
Firstly, and most importantly, the absolute priority amongst all involved with the school is to ensure that the pupils and staff are happy. With this, many fantastic things can and are being achieved! The Lady Elizabeth School is a multi-national, co-educational school, providing a wide range of subjects at all levels. The focus is on the individual and their specific needs.
The school has a challenging curriculum, and there is support for all to ensure that pupils achieve their potential in all areas. Both schools offer many extras to bring out the best in the pupils; sports, performing arts, music, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Model United Nations and initiatives to raise funds for local and global charities, to name a few. High standards of behaviour and self-respect sit at the core, and the school has been placed in the Top 100 International schools in Spain over the past 15 years.
What curriculum do you follow?
We follow the International Primary Curriculum in the Primary School and the British National Curriculum in the Secondary School. The Spanish curriculum is available throughout.
How can you ensure continuity if my child moves between countries?
The curriculum provided in school mirrors that followed in the UK, allowing all pupils wishing to return to school there to do so, without disruption to their studies.
How have your pupils performed in external examinations in recent years?
Over the past five years pupils at GCSE have returned results that are over 20% higher than the UK national average. Those sitting A Level have performed in excess of 15% higher than those in the UK.
How large are the classes in your school?
The maximum class size is 25. However, pupils are set in core subjects and classes may vary from 15 to 20, with those requiring extra assistance placed in smaller classes. The classes in the Sixth Form may vary from five to 15 in number.
What is the teaching programme in your Sixth Form?
The school provides A Level courses in the Sixth Form, as well as the Spanish Selectividad programme to those who are able and wish to follow this course.
How do you support the pupils who are struggling and how do you challenge the more able?
Those who struggle are placed in smaller groups and receive assistance from the SEN department. They will also follow an abbreviated course of GCSEs and possibly A Levels.
More able pupils are firstly identified as Gifted and Talented, and are then accelerated in specific areas to ensure that they are able to take full advantage of their exceptional talents.
How often do parents receive written reports?
Parents receive reports both online and in hard copy. This tends to be termly throughout the school.
What extra-curricular activities do you offer in the Senior School?
The activities we offer include performing arts, instrumental lessons, soccer, volleyball, web design, art, photography, netball, martial arts and dance.
Do you have a swimming pool on site?
Yes, we have an outdoor pool in the Senior School and an indoor pool in the Primary School.
What performing arts opportunities do students have?
There is an extensive Performing Arts Programme in both the Primary and Secondary Schools, with each department producing performances each year. Drama is taught as part of the curriculum up to Key Stage 4. GCSE and A Level Performing Arts examinations are available.
Do you offer Royal Schools of Music examinations?
There are a number of peripatetic music teachers providing instrumental lessons in school. We are an authorised centre providing examinations for the Royal Schools of Music.
Do you offer the Duke of Edinburgh Awards?
Yes, there are currently over 50 pupils involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.
Do students have the opportunity to participate in the Model United Nations?
Yes, pupils have represented the school at the Model United Nations for the past three years.
What leisure activities are available for children who are boarding?
The boarding pupils have a variety of activities to choose from, ranging from stand-up paddle to horse riding. The facility is in a perfect position, allowing pupils to benefit from sports and activities on the water, as well as most other sports. Boarders can also take full advantage of the extra-curricular activities provided in the Senior School.
How do most children travel to and from school?
They travel by car or the school buses.
Do most children bring in packed lunches or eat from the cafeteria?
40% of pupils eat from the cafeteria and 60% tend to bring their own packed lunch.
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