“Effort, work and perseverance are the pillars of professional success”
Welcome to our School, to our family and to our educational system. The search for excellence and the use of languages as a means of communication have been the pillars of our education project for this Institution from the very beginning. We foment attitudes of understanding and social awareness based on respect towards different cultures, races and beliefs in our pupils.
We believe strongly that the acquisition of knowledge is not enough; our pupils learn how to apply their learning through initiative, creativity and a critical thinking. We educate and develop responsible pupils, socially aware of the reality in an ever-growing international environment. We prepare our pupils, providing them with the necessary skills to ensure their personal and professional success. Our International Curriculum provides an excellent framework to promote and instil bilingualism in School, through activities inside and outside the classroom, specialised apps, links with other Schools, etc.
One of the School’s strong points is the ability to inspire curiosity for learning and research through specialised projects that enhance our educational model.
The School’s educational project runs from Early Years to Sixth form, including Primary and Secondary. Our wide educational range means that we can offer our own curriculum that underpins the ECI pupil profile prepared for an International environment. Our School demonstrates a clear interest in instilling an awareness of social responsibility and for this reason, offers a system of education that ensures its pupils are tolerant, generous and committed. It foments understanding and awareness, based on a respect for different cultures, races, beliefs; on the need for peace, collaboration and solidarity.
A secular school by definition, we also offer catholic religious studies as an option where pupils can be prepared for the celebration of their First Communion as well as the Confirmation.
» A methodology based upon a Lifelong Love of Learning, continuous improvement and the use of languages as vehicle of communication in School.
» An International Education which prepares pupils and provides access to university studies.
» An education which promotes initiative,creativity, critical thinking and decision making.
» A collaborative and cooperative elearning model for staff and pupils.
» An education in values: honour, honesty, truthfulness, generosity, solidarity, justice, respect, freedom, kindness, consistency and equality.
» The use of new technology as a working tool.
» We offer an education programme based on moral values to make of our pupils responsible citizens and people with a sense responsibility , tolerant, generous and committed to the environment and of their time.
See ECI Projects, which complement the School Educational Project.
Our Educational Model is implemented through the School Sections and Departments that work horizontally, vertically and transversally to fulfil The English Centre pupil Profile. To provide pupils with skills and abilities that ensure personal and professional success; pupils committed with society and their environment.
Early Years (2 to 5 year olds)
How do we teach?
Learning 100% teaching in English, following the International Curriculum Seeds for Life Project. We encourage decision making, creativity and critical thinking in our youngest pupils.
The use of Ipads with specialised apps as a learning resource which also provides for individual attention and learning programmes supporting attention to diversity.
It improves phonetic skills through BIG CAT PHONICS.
One tutor and one CLA (Classroom Language Assistant) in each class.
Pupil tracking and attention to individual needs supported by the Guidance Department.
What do we teach?
– Understanding and control of their bodies and personal autonomy.
– Discovering their environment, learning to live together and cooperation.
– Linguistic development and communicative abilities.
– The 50 basic concepts
– Artistic expression and creativity
– Mathematical concepts
– Emotional development
Primary (6 to 12 year olds)
How do we teach?
This stage is an essential pillar in pupil development to achieve later goals in Secondary Education and in University or Professional development.
We provide pupils with an education that encourages personal development and wellbeing. Pupils acquire and extend basic skills: oral expression and comprehension, reading, writing and maths calculation, as well as developing social skills, work and study ethos, artistic sense, creativity, decision making, linguistic development, learning to take responsibilities and public speaking.
What do we teach?
Learning takes place in English in approx. 55% of the timetable and includes Literacy, Topic, PE, , Art, ICT, Robotics, Values and assembly.
The English Centre respects the different beliefs of the families and pupils at the School and offers Catholic religious studies, which reflects the social and cultural environment in which the School is based, but also offers an alternative; Values, which is taught in English. Pupils may receive the Sacrament of the First Communion and the Confirmation in School.
French and German are taught in all the Primary year groups to ensure pupils acquire basic communicative skills that allow them to express and understand simple messages and interact in everyday situations through this second and third foreign language.
Pupils also benefit from the support and monitoring by the Guidance Department.
Secondary and Sixth Form (16 to 18 year olds)
How do we teach?
Theory-Practical teaching where the pupils take an active, participative role in class
Secondary pupils go through a difficult time during their adolescence; therefore tutoring and personal guidance is a very important factor at this stage. The Guidance Department work with pupils and their families helping with their decisions regarding the Sixth Form options.
– Science and Technology
– Humanities and Social Sciences
Values are cross-curricula and present in all subject areas and departments.
Upper Sixth pupils take a mock University Entrance exam under similar conditions with external correctors to ensure objectivity.
What do we teach?
Under the International Curriculum, subjects such as Project Based Learning (PBL), Business Studies, Technology, ICT, Science, Values y Physical Education (PE).
Pupils choose between French and German at this stage.
The Heads are responsible for the coordination across sections and year groups, supervision of the annual, term and short-term programmes and their implementation & tracking, and organisation of activities, apart from reviewing continuous evaluation and pupil learning.
* Spanish in 3, 4 and 5 year olds
* Spanish Language and Literature Primary Years 1 to 6
* Spanish Language and Literature Secondary Years 1 to 4
* Latin I (Lower Sixth)
* Latin II (Upper Sixth)
* Greek I (Lower Sixth)
* Greek II (Upper Sixth Form)
* Universal Literature (Lower Sixth Form)
* The Spanish Language and Literature/Classics is currently coordinating and working with the Itaca Reading Project.
* The Sixth Form Drama Workshop is also run by teachers from this Department.
* In charge of organising the ECI Short Story Competition and prepares and enters pupils in different local, regional, national and International literary competitions.
3.- Main activities:
* Visits to Literary Foundations, participation in Greek-Latin theatre events, Reading Day and Poetry Day Celebrations, the organisation of cultural trips in collaboration with other departments as well as various literary activities such as attending plays or storytelling.
Pupils are learning the following languages in our School: English, French and German, which enriches them as people because their culture increases due to the learning the language as well as the culture of the different countries and customs. Pupils do not only learn the language through the classes in our School, but also via linguistic exchanges with the corresponding countries.
• Foreign Language I (English)- Primary/Secondary/Sixth Form
• Foreign Language II (French/German)- Primary/Secondary/Sixth Form
2.- Main Activities:
• Cambridge University external English examinations
➢ KET (key English Test)
➢ PET ( Prelilminary English Test)
➢ First Certificate in English
➢ Advanced in English
➢ Proficiency in English
• First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency English mock exam
• French external examination DELF (Diplôme d’études en Langue Française)
• German external Goethe Institut examination
• Linguistic and cultural exchange with school in England, Ballard School, in New Milton, Hampshire.
• Linguistic and cultural exchange with school in France, Notre Dame de la Compassion in Pontoise, 30 km from Paris.
• Linguistic and cultural exchange with school in Germany, Städtisches Gymnasium Herdecke, south of Dortmund.
• Interactive play in English for Primary and Secondary pupils
• Story telling in English for Early Years and Primary pupils
• Theatre play in English for Secondary Year 1 pupils
• French Language Day Celebration
* Natural Sciences Primary Years 1 to 6
* Mathematics Primary Years 1 to 6
* Mathematics Secondary Years 1 to 4
* Visual and Manual Arts Secondary Years 1 and 2
* Tecnología 2º y 3º ESO
* Informática 2º y 3º ESO
* Cultura Científica 4º ESO
* Biología y Geología 1º, 3º y 4º ESO
* Física y Química 2º, 3º y 4º ESO
* Matemáticas Opción Ciencias Naturales 1º y 2º Bachillerato
* Matemáticas Ciencias Sociales 1º y 2º Bachillerato
* Biología y Geología 1º Bachillerato
* Biología 2º Bachillerato
* Física y Química 1º Bachillerato
* Física 2º Bachillerato
* Química 2º Bachillerato
* Dibujo Técnico 1º y 2º Bachillerato
* TIC 1º Bachillerato
El Departamento de Ciencias encamina su labor hacia la consecución en los alumnos de un juicio crítico y razonado, a través de las diferentes metodologías utilizadas en el Centro, dando especial relevancia a los proyectos de investigación científica. Estos se presentan a certámenes científicos externos y también al recientemente creado certamen interno, cuyos premiados se dan a conocer en nuestro Día de la Ciencia.
Además, en el seno del Departamento se desarrolla el Proyecto Mathuring Minds, dentro del cual se encuadra el método UCMAS en EPO, desde 2º hasta 6º, así como todas las actividades que se realizan desde el área de Matemáticas, principalmente en todos los niveles desde EPO hasta Bachillerato.
3.- Actividades Principales
Visitas a instalaciones y organizaciones de relevancia científica en la zona de la Bahía de Cádiz, participación en certámenes y eventos científicos externos y olimpiadas, celebración del Día de la Ciencia, colaboración con colegios de otros países europeos para la realización de proyectos científicos conjuntos y organización de salidas culturales en colaboración con otros departamentos.
1.- Áreas adscritas:
* Ciencias Sociales 1º a 6º EPO
* Educación para la Ciudadanía 5º EPO y 3º ESO
* Ciencias Sociales, Geografía e Historia 1º a 4º ESO
* Filosofía 4º ESO y 1º Bachillerato
* Cultura emprendedora 1º Bachillerato
* Economía 4º ESO, 1º y 2º Bachillerato
* Introducción al Derecho 2º Bachillerato
* Historia del Mundo Contemporáneo 1º Bachillerato
* Historia de la Filosofía 2º Bachillerato
* Historia de España 2º Bachillerato
* Geografía de España 2º Bachillerato
* Historia del Arte
* Proyectos audiovisuales: cortometraje, etc.
* Familia e Historia
* Proyecto HistHoyra: recreación hábitat histórico
– Simulacro elecciones
– Oratoria/ Debates
3.- Actividades Principales:
* Participación en múltiples certámenes y concursos: Modelo Parlamento Europeo, ¿Qué es un Rey para Ti?, ONCE, Certamen investigación Histórica Hipólito Sancho, Concurso debates Jóvenes promesas, etc.
* Acampadas con 5º y 6º EPO
* Viajes culturales
* Taller de Prehistoria ERA
El Departamento trabaja la música a través de A-Corde, un currículo de creación propia que se ha convertido en una forma particular de vivir la música en nuestra Comunidad Educativa.
Pensamos que la música desarrolla habilidades comunicativas, organizativas, lingüísticas, humanísticas y estéticas, a la vez que aporta actitudes interactivas con los demás, de trabajo en equipo y de pensamiento creativo, crítico e independiente.
Actualmente desarrollamos proyectos en las diferentes etapas:
1. Early Years
En Educación Infantil destaca nuestro proyecto Know, Respect and Love. A través de él nuestros alumnos conocen, respetan y valoran las diferentes culturas que vamos conociendo a través de nuestras canciones y danzas, a la vez que comienzan a desarrollar destrezas musicales.
2. 1º-4º de EPO
En estos grupos de Primaria nos encontramos con Be the change you want to see in the world. En este proyecto nuestros alumnos fabrican instrumentos con material reciclado, utilizan un lenguaje de signos en múltiples canciones y exploran diferentes formas de comunicarse a través de la música. Los alumnos que tocan instrumentos ofrecen pequeñas clases y audiciones a sus compañeros más pequeños. A través de este proyecto usamos la música como herramienta de transformación social.
3. 5º y 6º de EPO
En esta última fase de Primaria nos encontramos con el Coro inclusivo. Por encima del currículo oficial, todos nuestros alumnos son miembros del Coro Infantil y desarrollan un gran número de actividades musicales y culturales a lo largo del curso. Cabe destacar nuestra participación en el Proyecto Cantania (producido por el Auditori de Barcelona), ya que fuimos pioneros en Andalucía en desarrollarlo.
4. 1º-3º de ESO
How?, When? and Why? Es el momento en el que nuestros alumnos, sin abandonar la práctica musical, investigan sobre los orígenes de nuestra música actual. De esta forma desarrollan un pensamiento crítico y respetuoso hacia las diversas manifestaciones artísticas en el espacio y en el tiempo.
Paralelamente, el Departamento de Música ofrece, como actividad extraescolar, la posibilidad de que los alumnos continúen sus estudios musicales en nuestra Escuela de Música y danza.
3.- Actividades Principales:
Además de las actividades y proyectos propios del Departamento, la Música está presente en las diferentes actividades institucionales que se desarrollan a lo largo del curso:
*The Christmas Tree
*The Carol Concert
*The First Christmas
*The Nativity Play
*Día de la Paz
*Día de Andalucía
*Conciertos de fin de curso
Esta oferta académica se amplía e incrementa a través de numerosas actividades complementarias y extraescolares que aportan mayor valor al currículum del alumno. El Departamento de Proyectos garantiza la creación de nuevos proyectos, creativos e innovadores que ponen en práctica la teoría que se imparte en las aulas.
The English Centre’s intention is to that our pupils receive an education that allows them to participate fully, with confidence, in different cultures and languages. We understand this goes beyond the teaching of languages. Communicating with pupils of different nationalities, experiences in other countries and participation in overseas projects are an essential part of a global education. For this purpose our own project has been developed; The International Curriculum,(from 2 to 18) which includes, not only the programmes, objectives and competencies, but also encourages Cross Cultural Activities, pedagogical innovation and continued professional development.
» This curriculum has been specifically designed for our pupils and meets the expectations expressed by their families.
» A curriculum that encourages and motivates our pupils to enhance and apply their knowledge.
» A curriculum that uses XXI Century methodology supported by the use of the latest technology.
International Curriculum Staff are experts in the application of new methodologies. A team that enjoys their role as facilitators to learning, promoting skills such as: team- work, investigation, collaboration and self-evaluation. They support and extend International traditions, customs and celebrations within the school.
Our aim is that pupils to interact with the English culture and familiarise themselves with it and for them to develop the necessary skills to become self-sufficient, eager to learn and enjoy learning. Modern methodologies are used as well as resources such as IPads which involve pupils in their learning from the very beginning, encouraging creativity and curiosity.
The Early Years area has become a learning space – communal areas, the playground, the outdoor classroom, activity room, gymnasium… learning is not limited to the classroom. You can sense these areas are alive, small groups of children investigating, exploring; working on different skills all day. We provide individualised learning, which is fun and effective.
We have specialised teachers for our pupils to enjoy and learn through direct contact with music, art, dance and movement. We believe these to be the key elements for these ages, due to the importance of a holistic development, intellectual, aural, sensory; linguistic and motor skills.
The curriculum objectives are the same and we encourage critical thinking, self-evaluation, collaboration, cooperation and Peer Learning.
Two elements are introduced in this stage: the concept of Literacy which offers the opportunity of experimenting, using and having fun with language and Topic closely linked to Literacy, where pupils work in an cross curricula manner which doesn’t separate but brings together learning and focuses on the objectives making it more effective. Reading is encouraged in the classroom through their class libraries and supported by the Big Cat Phonics programme and graded readers.
The use of multimedia highly motivates our pupils and classrooms have Apple TV, projector, screen and computer. The first cycle of Primary also has a Classroom Language Assistant (CLA), another English speaker to talk to, consult, listen to and interact with inside and out of the classroom. This provides for the acquisition of skills and learning objectives that are not limited to subject areas.
Pupils prepare for external examinations under the Modern Foreign Language Department as well as access to exchange programmes, both physical and virtual. In house and external activities are organised to enable pupils to improve skills such as: speaking in public, presentations or proposals before public and private institutions and effective communication skills at an International level.
Download PBL (Project/Problem Based Learning)
Download International curriculum
Tutoring at The English Centre is an educational resource aimed to aid learning, and for this reason, our Tutorial Action Plan aims to be coherent with the educational principles and criteria agreed upon within the Curricular Project.
The fundamental aims of tutoring and guidance are to promote, encourage, coordinate, design and provide pupils and families with an education as personalised as possible.
For this reason we count on the participation of:
» The teacher/tutor
» The coordinated action of the Tutors and Deputy Heads
» The work and support of the Heads of Department
» The support of the Guidance Department
» Family cooperation
» Action and monitoring of the co-operative tutors
The attention to diversity measures applied in School are aimed towards covering each pupil’s specific educational needs so that they achieve the maximum development possible of their personal capabilities and to the acquisition of the Basic Competences and objectives of the established curriculum at each stage: Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form.