Who we are

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  • Who we are

  • We follow the British National Curriculum in the Infant School (which is for boys and girls) and in Primary. The other sections (Secondary and Baccalaureate) our curriculum is based on the British model and incorporates the best features of other models such as those of Spain, the U.S. or Australia.

    We believe that parents are the first and principal educators of their children and are legitimately entitled to seek what they consider best for them. We accept the commitment to collaborate with parents in that untransferable responsibility. For this reason, the families are key players at Alegra, and their presence and participation are essential for the success of our educational project.

    With our eyes on the future and aware of our commitment to society, we contribute to placing the foundations of what will later become civic virtues indispensable for the wellbeing of society.

    Alegra British School is accredited by The British Council, is a member of the NABBS and is a Cambridge University examinations centre.

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  • Our five pillars

    • Students

      Alegra offers a personalized education. Each girl, with her own particular traits, is the ultimate aim of the teaching process. The entire activity of the school is centred on our students and consequently we closely monitor our girls’ development and set individual goals for each, according to their abilities and needs.

    • Educate with the family

      Each of our students is part of a family. In Alegra we understand that education is primarily the responsibility of parents. For this reason, we pledge to work along with the family, establishing close parent-teacher collaboration. Parents+School= excellent students.

    • Global and social vision

      Our students were born in this century and that fact implies unique challenges and opportunities that we, as a school, address by incorporating a multi-disciplinary approach: languages, international perspective, oratory, feminine leadership, creativity, emotional intelligence, critical ability, intellectual curiosity and social commitment.

    • Our Own Educational Model

      In our academic model, subject content and skills go hand in hand. In addition to consistent quality teaching of core subjects, we also give great importance not only to mathematics and the humanities, but also, throughout school life, to our own optatives such as music, games and artistic expression.

    • Christian Formation

      Alegra is founded on a transcendental vision of human existence and the overall formation of students is grounded in Catholic doctrine. Religious formation at school is entrusted to the Opus Dei Prelature.

     

    The Alegra Model

  • In our academic model, subject content and skills go hand in hand, and we treat subjects with a cross-curricular approach. The world around us is not a series of watertight compartments, and therefore subjects should not be taught in this way. In our cross-curricular approach, students work on projects around a central theme in which various subjects are involved. This happens in Art, Religion, Music and Technology.

    In the field of Secondary mathematics, from the outset Alegra chose to institute the Khan Academy method, the platform founded by the American educator Salman Khan in which students learn through videos and each at her own pace. Numeracy in Primary is hands on and uses digital technology in the classroom to reach out to all types of learners.

  • Through optative subjects which we have included in our curriculum and others which are studied such as music, sports and artistic expression, we aim to build up skills such as:

    • Communication: It is essential in our times to be able to express yourself orally and in writing not only with confidence but also intelligibly and briefly. Speech and Debate are part of our curriculum and in these classes students learn to speak in public confidently and correctly both in Spanish and in English.
    • Creativeness: another important skill to be developed is our students’ creative ability. We do this in curricular classes such as Art & Crafts, and in extracurricular activities such as Drama and Ballet.
    • Critical ability: the ever-increasing barrage of information means that we should be able to distinguish what is relevant from what is not, and we should learn to be discerning in our choice of sources. This skill is obviously closely tied to good reading comprehension and a confident use of information technologies.
    • Languages: languages transmit and shape culture. In a globalized world, the ability to use various languages will open many doors of opportunity and help us to understand other mentalities. The language programme at Alegra aims to fulfill this need and bring our students into contact with other cultures.
    • Intellectual curiosity: the volume of knowledge doubles every five years. We want our students to be up to date, to enjoy study and the acquisition of knowledge and never to lose their interest in learning.
    • Emotional Intelligence: in the majority of situations emotional intelligence is more important that any technical skill: it helps us to overcome small setbacks, to respond under pressure and to handle interpersonal relationships with confidence.
    • Leadership: it is not enough to have clear ideas. It is also necessary to learn to be an influence in society and to be at the forefront of change in every sphere.

     

    In our educational model, games are a key element of the curriculum and area which the School aims to give high priority. Apart from the health benefits in a period of physical development, games also foster values such as sustained physical and mental effort, team work and the will to overcome difficulties. In the context of the school curriculum, games help to develop skills and to foster motivation and self-confidence in our students.

  • The Infant School
  • In the Infant School (3 to 6 years) we follow the British National Curriculum, under which the students are totally immersed in the English language in an atmosphere which fosters confidence in the learning process.

    We concentrate on 7 learning areas:

    Learn and Play

    At Alegra British School we are convinced that the Learn & Play model encourages young children to learn through play and by taking part in well-planned and well-structured activities. Teaching at this stage is based on children’s experiences, through which they learn in a completely natural way. We are 100% in favour of the Hands-on philosophy: learning is as much in doing as in reading and seeing.

    Read Write Inc

    Alegra uses the Read Write Inc developed by Ruth Miskin, which provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK’s primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. Read Write Inc. Phonics is a complete literacy programme, for 4 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write and for 7 and 8 year-olds needing to catch up quickly. 

    Evaluation through observation

    In the Infant School, observation by teachers is the key factor in evaluating the progress of the individual children in the different learning areas. This evaluation is an essential part of the future planning of the curriculum of each child and of his/her learning objectives.

    At this stage, support by the parents is vital to progress at school. We therefore strive to maintain an ongoing contact with parents throughout the stage.

     

    Conoce a las Profesoras
  • Primary and Secondary Schools
  • From the academic year 2015/2016 our Primary department is also British like the Infant department.

    We want to maintain our standards reached in Infants with the British Curriculm and continue this through to Year 6. Our aim is to cater for each individual’s needs through personalized education plans and a broad spectrum of teaching styles. Students learn in ways that are identifiably distinctive and our joint goal is to get the best out of each and every one.

    Main learning areas:

     

        Core Areas      Non Core Areas

     

    Our Primary & Secondary Schools’ curriculum is based on the British system: these sections are bi-lingual, 60% of all subjects being taught in English.

    In the Primary and Secondary schools, in addition to consistent quality teaching of core subjects, we also give great importance not only to mathematics and the humanities, but also, throughout school life, to our own optatives such as Music, Speech & Debate, Games and Arts & Crafts, in order to foster skills such as emotional intelligence, leadership, creativity, public speaking, and critical ability among others..

     

    In our academic model, subject content and skills go hand in hand, and we treat subjects with a cross-curricular approach: students work on projects around a central theme in which various subjects are involved. In this way, our students receive a rounded and complete education, which is above all related to real life.

    From the Infant School upwards, we attach great importance to the personal curriculum of each student. At Alegra, education is personalized and takes into account the individual characteristics and differing ability levels of each student. The School also maintains close contact with the families in order to be able to offer the best education for their daughters.

     

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        Core Areas      Non Core Areas

     

     

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  • Alegra and Opus Dei

    Opus Dei is an institution of the Catholic Church founded by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. Its mission is to disseminate the message that everyday work and circumstances are occasions for an encounter with God, for service to others and for the improvement of society.

    Since its foundation in 1928, Opus Dei has set up in many countries works or projects of corporate apostolate, which, promoted by members of Opus Dei and other lay people, enjoy the moral approval of the Prelature. Opus Dei attends to what has to do with Christian formation; the running and management of these projects is in the hands of the professionals who set them in motion.

     These corporate works include schools, universities, centres for the promotion of women, clinics in underdeveloped countries or areas, agricultural schools etc. Alegra is one of these corporate works and therefore the spiritual and doctrinal formation at the school is entrusted to Opus Dei.