Finding the Best Schools in Malaga …
The region of Málaga is one of the most popular destinations for people, of all nationalities, relocating to Spain. Thanks to its excellent transportation network, it offers affordable accessibility to most parts of the world on most days of the week. Famous for its wonderful climate and outdoor Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, the Málaga region is a favourite amongst families looking for a new life abroad. ( Read this great post A to Z Reasons to live in Malaga)
Due to the cosmopolitain nature of this part of Spain, there is a wide range of education options available to children of all ages and all nationalities.
There are many International Schools in Malaga to chose from. Some of these International Schools follow the British System but are not regulated by OFSTED. They are monitored and regulated by the Junta de Andalucia Consejeria de Educacion (Junta de Andalucia Education Department).
All British Schools in Spain are inspected by the local authorities before being issued with a licence to operate as a school for foreigners. The Curriculum is monitored by the British Council who ensures that the correct curriculum is followed and that teachers have the correct UK recognized qualifications.
An official B.O.J.A. (Boletin official de la Junta de Andalucia) is issued by the Junta de Andalucia once the school has been approved. This licence should be clearly displayed within the school.
There are many towns offering education at International Schools in Malaga and a high percentage of them in the Marbella area and consequently fees in this area tend to be higher, however higher fees are not a reflection of higher standards.
This is just one of the relocation options that we offer. However we believe that the happiness of the children is the most important part of any relocation to any country. The reason is very simple, if the children are not happy then the move will not work. The school that the children are going to and the educational options that they are offered are therefore paramount in any move abroad.
State Schools in Malaga …
If you have decided that you would rather send your children to one of the State Schools in Malaga rather than a private or international school, you may wish to check out the Junta de Andalucia’s website. It provides a concise list of state schools in Malaga and all provinces of Andalucia.
Although only in Spanish, the website is relatively self explanatory. By inputting the post code or the village/town where you are planning to move to, you can see the schools in that area.
The codes used are:
|Educación Secundaria Obligatoria|
|Formación Profesional.Ciclo Formativo de Grado Medio|
|Programa de Cualificación Profesional Inicial|
|Formación Profesional Específicac.Ciclo Formativo de Grado Superior|
|Educación de personas adultas|
|Artes Plásticas y Diseño|
See the Junta de Andalucia list of education centres HERE.
Please note than in Andalucia, the State school timetable for lessons is generally from 9am until 2pm. In most schools, there is a canteen option (*Comedor) (at extra cost) and extra curricula activities (*Actividades Extrascolares)(at extra cost) and an early morning drop off option(*Aula Matinal) (at extra cost).
In other parts of Spain the schools close for a 2 hour lunch and continue lessons in the afternoon. Private/International schools tend to follow the traditional UK timetables of 9am until 4pm or 5pm.
NOTE: For more information about Private and International Schools visit www.bestschoolsabroad.com