We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions, and a short answer to each
The school day commences at 08:45h and finishes at 16:30h (Primary) and 16:40h (Secondary). In addition, the school also offers a Breakfast Club service from 07:30h for those parents who need to drop their son/daughter(s) off early.
Students attending breakfast club will enjoy a healthy breakfast as well as help with homework or other activities.
The range of activities is very broad including cultural, theatre, music and dance, etc. as well as various sports activities.
The school takes advantage of its own extensive sports facilities as well as partner centres, such as the Sanchez Casal Tennis Academy and Áccura Swimming Pool, to offer the widest range of activities.
Yes, this is a British School and all lessons are taught in English just as if it were a school in the UK. The only exception is that the school delivers the minimum obligatory local Spanish and Catalan curriculum which equates to between 4-6 hours weekly according to age group. These lessons include Spanish and Catalan language classes only.
Yes, students receive a reasonable amount of homework according to their age and capability; incremental according to year group. Typically students in the Primary School receive weekly Mathematics and ‘Topic’ tasks as well as reading and spelling activities. In the Secondary School, students receive 1-2 subject tasks daily. In all cases, students are given a whole week to complete homework tasks, thus, families are able to arrange their time so as not to interfere with family life or activities outside of school.
Details of all homework tasks for all year groups are posted on the school’s online platform. Using your unique log-in you can check the homework of your son/daughter daily.
Students can complete most homework tasks without the help of their parents. Parents need only encourage their son/daughter(s) to complete the task/check that they are doing their homework. If a student has a doubt about homework they should consult their teacher. Students have one whole week to return homework tasks, thus, have plenty of time to ask their teachers questions.
Your son/daughter simply needs to bring a pencil case with a suitable pen, pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener and ruler. All other educational materials are provided by the school including textbooks for students completing GCSE and A Level programmes. Children in Nursery up to Year 2 do not need to bring any stationary equipment to school at all; just a bottle of water.
The personalised learning methodology that we follow guarantees that this will not be the case. Every class in every school has a range of ability levels be it language, mathematical or even sport-related, the expectation of teachers at BCG is to provide differentiated work, typically to 3 levels, in order that the weaker students are supported and the more able students are challenged. This is fundamental to the school’s philosophy.
Prospective students from 6 years of age upwards participate in an assessment with one of our academic staff. The assessment is made by means of an informal conversation in order to ensure students feel comfortable; in any case, by this means it is possible to find out much more about the specific student’s individual needs than a test.
Following the interview and general assessment on English levels and individual needs, the school will make an individual recommendation. If your son/daughter has a low, but acceptable, level of English the enrolment will be made on the basis that he/she attends ‘English Acceleration’ classes which take place during the school day. If your son/daughter has a level of English which is too low to access British Curriculum, the recommendation will be to delay entry to the school until the point at which his/her level is sufficient. In such a scenario, employment of a tutor outside of school hours or enrolment at an after school language academy usually yields the best results.
Lunch service is mandatory at BCG. Lunch is considered to be one of the integral activities of the school and the acquisition of good eating habits, appropriate behaviour at the table and responsibility is of great importance. All food is prepared freshly in the School itself following a Mediterranean Diet with varied menus. Information about menus is provided on a monthly basis. Students are accompanied by lunchtime supervisors employed by the school in order to promote responsible behaviour.
The school has a responsibility to meet the specific dietary requirements of all students. In this case, you must submit a doctor’s note to the school office and your son/daughter will receive alternative meals when necessary.
Yes. All students in BCG wear compulsorily uniform that the School offers including general day to day uniform as well as sports clothing.
BCG is a two-form entry school for students aged from 3 to 18 years of age at which point they graduate from our system. There is a strict class limit of 25 students. Naturally from Year 10 forwards, when students choose optional subject areas, class sizes reduce; even more so in Year 12/13 when completing A Levels. The current teacher to student ratio is 1:12.
Yes, of course. All classes go out on a school day trip a minimum of once per term. From Year 4 upwards, students are given the chance to participate in a residential trip once a year also. Students up to Year 9 stay in Spain for these trips while students from Year 10 upwards have the opportunity of travelling abroad.
Students graduating at 16 years of age take IGCSE examinations (IGCSE is the abbreviation of International General Certificate of Secondary Education). These are external examinations set by the Edexcel Examination Board for which BCG is an officially registered centre. GCSEs cover obligatory subject areas such as English, Maths and Sciences as well as a range of optional foundation subject areas.
Students then have option to join the 6th form programme and sit A Level examinations (Advanced Level) at 18 years of age. Once again set by the Edexcel Examination Board, students choose between 3 to 5 subjects of their choice which they study over 2 intense years.
Students graduating from British Schools have access to both British and international universities according to their chosen study path, family and economic circumstances. They frequently access universities in the United Kingdom or the USA, although others prefer to continue their studies in public or private universities in Spain or other countries. Students graduate from BCG with A Levels; one of the most recognised qualifications in the world providing access to universities in almost any country.
According to the order EDU/1161/2010 of the Ministry of Education, students graduating from British Schools need not sit the ‘Selectividad’ to access university in Spain, moreover, must meet the equivalent requirements as in the United Kingdom. Completion of GCSEs and A Levels is sufficient to submit in order to enter the university entrance system.
In this case, students must take the necessary ‘Prueba Específica’ in order to gain the additional points. Students needing to take these tests are prepared correctly at BCG.
Completely. Studies at BCG allow students to change to any other public or private school in Spain or the United Kingdom at any moment.
This matter is regulated by the Decree of May 28, 1993, which regulates the requirements for the establishment of a Foreign School in Spain. BCG complies with such requirements. BCG has successfully passed a NABSS inspection (National Association of British Schools in Spain) in order to gain its full authorisation from the British Council (the British authority in relation to educational matters in Spain) to provide EYFS, Primary and Secondary Education for students from 3 to 18 years. BCG also holds the necessary local authorisation from the Department d’Ensenyament.