An Inspired School

Our policy throughout the admissions process is to allocate the appropriate placement for the candidate so that he/she may benefit fully from the education we offer. King’s College, The British School of Madrid is an authorised centre in the “Comunidad de Madrid” and therefore parents who have confirmed a place for their child can apply for the means tested “Beca Guardería” from the “Comunidad de Madrid” for both Pre Pre-Nursery and Pre-Nursery years. 

The procedure for admission to the school varies according to the age of the candidate:

Early Years

Pupils can enter the Pre Pre-Nursery class on turning 20 months, throughout the school year. Pupils applying for entry to Pre Pre-Nursery are required to come to visit the school with their parents.

For more information please contact us via the contact form on this page.

Pupils entering our Pre-Nursery class are children who have their second birthday before 31st December of the year of entry. Pupils applying for entry to Pre-Nursery are required to come to visit the school with their parents.

Pupils applying for entry to the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) are required to come to the first visit with their parents and to bring past school reports (if applicable). Children applying for Nursery and Reception places are not required to have any prior knowledge of English.

For entry into Year 1 and Year 2, pupils are assessed by the Head of Primary. Applicants for both year groups will be asked to provide past school reports. Pupils for Years 1 and 2 with no prior knowledge of English can only be accepted if agreed provision is made for English as an Additional Language Programme (EAL) and parents should expect to be liable for the incurred costs. The duration of the EAL course will be decided by the school.

Junior Department (age 7 to 11)

Entrance to Key Stage 2 requires school reports from previous years. For entry to Years 3 and 4, applicants will sit a Non-Verbal Reasoning test as well as Maths and English Examinations, for entrance to Years 5 and 6 a CAT4 baseline assessment and a written English exam, which may take place in their current school for pupils from international schools abroad.

Pupils with no/little prior knowledge of English must agree to a programme of EAL as recommended by the school and parents should expect to be liable for the incurred costs. The duration of the EAL course will be decided by the school.

All Spanish nationals are required to follow a programme of Validation Studies (Spanish Language and Humanities) set out by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

New pupils are not required to have any previous knowledge of Spanish. Pupils joining the school with a low level or no prior knowledge of the language may receive Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) classes

Secondary Department (age 11 to 16)

Entrance to the Secondary Department requires school reports from previous years and a CAT4 baseline assessment and a written English exam, which may take place in their current school for pupils from international schools abroad.

The reports must show consistently favourable progress academically, behaviourally and in terms of effort.

Confidential references are normally sought from the pupil’s current school regarding their academic record and behaviour.

All pupils applying for entry to the Secondary Department should preferably have a good level of English. Pupils with little prior knowledge of English must agree to a programme of EAL as recommended by the school and parents should expect to be liable for the incurred costs. The duration of the EAL course will be decided by the school.

Pupils applying for admission to Year 11 to study a complete set of GCSES must have studied the first year of the (I) GCSE course (Year 10) in the British system the year prior to their entry to King’s College. The (I) GCSE examinations boards in their current school must coincide with the examination boards used at King’s College.

Pupils applying from alternative education systems have the opportunity to take a one year reduced GCSE programme.

Applicants will be required to provide school reports from previous years as well as a CAT4 baseline assessment and a written English exam, which may take place in their current school for pupils from international schools abroad.

The reports must show consistently favourable progress academically, behaviourally and in terms of effort.

Confidential references are normally sought from the pupil’s current school regarding their academic record and behaviour.

Pupils entering Year 11 may be restricted in their option choices by the size of the existing groups.

 

All students are usually required to attend an interview with a senior member of staff before being admitted to the 6th Form

Pupils from the British system wishing to enter Year 12 are required to have a minimum of 5 passes at (I) GCSE (including Mathematics and English as a first language), with grade C (4) or above, normally including an A (7) or B (6) grade in subjects to be taken at GCE A level. (I) GCSE grades at A*(9 & 8) or A (7) are usually required for the study of Mathematics A level subjects.

Copies of school reports for the previous two years must also be presented. The reports must show consistently favourable progress academically, behaviourally and in terms of effort.

Confidential references are normally sought from the pupil’s current school regarding their academic record and behaviour.

The school may admit pupils into Year 13 provided that they have a proven academic level and their subject choices and examination boards coincide with the programme offered by King’s College, The British School of Madrid. Entry to year 13 is reviewed on a case by case basis. Results of year 12 end of year examinations and other reports and references from the current school will be sought

Official Documentation

√   Online or paper application form (this will be provided by the Admissions Department)
√   A photocopy of either the birth certificate, the “Libro de Familia”, identity card or passport of the child.
√   A photocopy of the identity document of both parents.
√   A photocopy of the identity document of the account holder who will be accountable for school fees if this is not the child’s parent.
√   An official medical certificate indicating the child has no infectious or contagious diseases.
√   One passport size photograph.
√   Certificates from previous schools attended if any.
√    If applicable custody agreement and divorce sentence.

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Age Guideline for Entry in September 2021/22

Nacimiento Edad        
King's College Class Spanish Education French Education U.S. Education
       
2019 2 years Pre-Nursery      
2018 3-4 Nursery 1º Ed. Infantil    
2017 4-5 Reception 2º Ed. Infantil    
2016 5-6 Year 1 3º Ed. Infantil    
2015 6-7 Year 2 1º Primaria   1st Grade
2014 7-8 Year 3 2º Primaria   2nd Grade
2013 8-9 Year 4 3º Primaria   3rd Grade
2012 9-10 Year 5 4º Primaria   4th Grade
2011 10-11 Year 6 5º Primaria   5th Grade
2010 11-12 Year 7 6º Primaria 6 6th Grade
2009 12-13 Year 8 1º ESO 5 7th Grade
2008 13-14 Year 9 2º ESO 4 8th Grade
2007 14-15 Year 10 3º ESO 3 9th Grade
2006 15-16 Year 11 4º ESO 2 10th Grade
2005 16-17 Year 12 1º Bachillerato 1 11th Grade
2004 17-18 Year 13 2º Bachillerato Terminal 12th Grade

 

 

 

 

 

Information Fees

Due to the high demand for places at King’s College, The British School of Madrid, the admission’s process is selective. Priority is given to children with a good level of English, with brothers or sisters already studying at King’s College and to former King’s College, The British School of Madrid pupils and their children.

King’s College, The British School of Madrid is an international school and as such is open for admissions the whole year round. We are always delighted to meet with parents and show them around the school.

For further information, please contact:



Rebecca Conlon
Responsable de Admisiones
Email:
 kc.admissions@kingscollegeschools.org
Telephone: (+34) 918 034 800
King’s College, The British School of Madrid
Paseo de los Andes, 35
Soto de Viñuelas
Madrid 28761

  1. What are the hours of the school day?
    9.25 am to 4.30 pm
     
  2. How many pupils are there at King’s College Soto de Viñuelas?
    1600 of over 45 nationalities.
     
  3. How many pupils are there in each class?
    On average there are 25 pupils per class and four classes per year group. Setting (across five sets) is used in some subjects to allow for more personalised learning and smaller groups.
     
  4. What is the ratio of international pupils at the school?
    80% of our pupils are Spanish and 20% international, of whom approximately half are British and the rest are from all over the world. There are currently 48 nationalities in the school.
     
  5. Which curriculum does the school follow?
    The English National Curriculum.
     
  6. Are the teachers British?
    All academic staff teaching the English National Curriculum are qualified British teachers, with the exception of some of the language teachers, who are native speakers. Those teaching Spanish language, Spanish validation and Bachillerato are qualified native Spanish teachers.
     
  7. What language do the pupils speak in the playground?
    On the whole most of our pupils speak Spanish in the playground, so new children joining the school with little or no knowledge of the language generally pick it up very quickly. English is the language of the classroom.
     
  8. Will my child learn Spanish at King’s College, The British School of Madrid?
    All pupils at King’s College study Spanish. Spanish pupils are required to take a minimum number of Spanish classes per week, the frequency and number depending on their age. Non-Spanish speakers are taught Spanish as a foreign language at all ages.
     
  9. What other languages are available?
    French and German to GCSE and GCE A Level. Chinese is available as an optional class.
     
  10. Is religion part of the curriculum?
    Our Religious Studies programme is based on Christianity and the Christian heritage. The Secondary curriculum is in line with the Religious Studies curriculum in England.
     
  11. What sports are available?
    Located as it is in the countryside outside Madrid, the main school offers a wide range of sporting activities including; swimming (25metre indoor heated swimming pool), football (11 and 5-a-side pitches), basketball, volleyball, hockey, tennis, gymnastics, athletics.There are also optional classes which take place during the school day, (usually at lunch time) and include amongst others horse-riding, ballet and judo.
     
  12. How much homework is set?This depends on the age of the pupil.As a general rule, in the Infant Department, no homework is set but pupils are expected to take reading books home to share with their parents.In the Junior Department, from Year 3 onwards pupils use a homework diary to note down any homework tasks they need to remember. Depending on their age they are expected to carry out between 1.5 hours of homework per week in Year 3, to half an hour per day plus written work at the weekends in Year 6. In addition to this, they are encouraged to read in both English and Spanish.In the Secondary Department pupils are set purposeful, relevant homework tasks on a regular basis.
    • In Years 7, 8 and 9 the time allocated varies from one hour per night to one and a half hours, with four homework assignments at the weekend.
    • In Years 10 and 11 students receive approximately 2 hours homework per night with assignments at the weekend.

     

  13. What examinations do students take at the school?
    (I)GCSE (Cambridge), GCE A Level (Edexcel). Spanish university entrance examinations.
     
  14. Where do students go after finishing their studies at King’s College, The British School of Madrid?
    Students who finish their education at King’s College enter universities all over the world. In the past, the majority of ex-students have entered British universities and a considerable number have been admitted to top institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and LSE. Other prestigious universities have entered include Durham, St. Andrew’s, Edinburgh, Manchester and numerous colleges belonging to the University of London.Some students have preferred to attend Spanish universities (UAM, Complutense, Carlos III, etc.) and many others have decided to continue their higher education in other parts of the world and have gained entry to universities in the USA (Boston College, Harvard, MIT, New York, Princeton and Rutgers), Canada (McGill, Dalhousie, University of Toronto and Waterloo), France (Sorbonne) and Japan (Aoyama, ICU, Keio, Sofia, Tokio, Tsukubu and Waseda), as well as in Australia, Chile, Korea,Turkey, Venezuela, etc.
     
  15. Is it possible to study at King’s College, The British School of Madrid for one term only?
    The minimum time we can normally accept pupils is for one whole academic year.
    However, for certain courses the minimum stay is two full academic years. This is true of the (I)GCSE course in Years 10 & 11 and the A Level courses in Years 12 and 13, which are integral 2 year programmes.
     
  16. How well do new international pupils adapt to the school?
    Pupils at King’s College are used to welcoming newcomers and on the whole are very friendly and helpful. The Heads of the different departments make sure that “buddies” are always on hand to show newcomers the ropes at first. However, much depends on the attitude of the new pupil and how willing he/she is to make new friends and join in with the rest.
     
  17. How do I go about applying for a place for my child?
    The first step in the admissions process is to send in an application form which may be obtained from our web page or by contacting the Admissions Department directly.The procedures for admission vary slightly according to the age of the candidate (please see Admissions).Infants are required to provide reports from the school of origin whilst Juniors and Seniors must take entrance examinations in Mathematics and English. School reports for the two years prior to entry are also taken into consideration.
     
  18. Does King’s College accept pupils with little or no English?
    We take children with no English between the ages of 2 and 4.For a limited number of Primary pupils between the ages of 5 and 14, we offer an “Induction English” programme. This is a special course for non-English speaking newcomers of proven academic ability, whose entry to King’s College would not otherwise be possible.They receive intensive English classes in very small groups and individual support is provided in mainstream lessons.From the age of 10 onwards new pupils must have a high level of English to enter the school.
     
  19. How many students choose to follow the Spanish system at the age of 16?
    A small number, usually between 10 and 15 students, choose to study the Spanish Bachillerato. However, the advantage our students have is that, whether they choose the British or Spanish system for their final two years at King’s College, because they have studied in the British system up to the age of 16, they are well prepared to study at universities abroad. Every year many students who have completed their A Levels at King’s enter Spanish universities.
     
  20. What is the difference between the schools in Chamartín, La Moraleja and Soto de Viñuelas?King’s Infant School in Chamartín is a purpose-built Infant School for 200 pupils between the ages of 3 and 7 years (Nursery to Year 2). At the age of 7 (Year 3), children transfer to the main school in Soto de Viñuelas or to King’s College School in La Moraleja. King’s College School in La Moraleja caters for 500 pupils between the ages of 3-14 (Nursery to Year 9). In Year 10 pupils transfer to King’s College Soto de Viñuelas. All schools follow the same curriculum.
     
  21. Which Exam Boards do pupils follow at each level?King’s College, The British School of Madrid I/GCSE Exam Boards:
    • English Literature – CIE
    • English Language – CIE
    • English AFL – CIE
    • Art – CIE
    • Mathematics – CIE
    • Biology – CIE
    • Chemistry – CIE
    • Physics – CIE
    • History – CIE
    • French – CIE
    • Spanish AFL – CIE
    • ICT – CIE
    • Geography – Edexcel
    • Music – Edexcel
    • German – AQA
    • Media Studies – WJEC

    GCE:

    • English Literature & Language – Edexcel
    • Mathematics – Edexcel
    • Further Maths – Edexcel
    • Economics – Edexcel
    • Biology – Edexcel
    • Chemistry – Edexcel
    • Physics – Edexcel
    • History – Edexcel
    • French – Edexcel
    • Spanish – Edexcel
    • Music – Edexcel
    • Art – Edexcel
    • Psychology – AQA
    • Business Studies – AQA
    • ICT – AQA
    • Geography – AQA
    • Media Studies – WJEC