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Best schools in Madrid Spain

A snapshot overview of schools in Madrid that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

These schools have been brought to our attention but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.


Schools in Madrid considered by The Good Schools Guide International

American School Madrid

American curriculum/American High School Diploma/IB Diploma/Spanish Bach; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 950 pupils

Founded in 1961 and located to the west of Madrid near Aravaca. An American education, usually under the patronage of the current American Ambassador and accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA). Roughly equal cohorts from the US, Spain and other countries. Graduates head roughly 50/50 to university either in North America or the UK and Europe.

British Council School

School adapted curriculum/GCSEs/Bibac; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,950 pupils

Opened in Madrid in 1940. The first British school, charmingly known as 'El British', expanding very quickly to 1,500 pupils and now has close on 2,000. The only school in the world to be run by the British Council and offers the Bibac, an exclusive, patented Bilingual Baccalaureate which gains students entry to leading global universities.

Hastings School Madrid

National Curriculum for England/Spanish curriculum/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 850 pupils

Made up of one nursery, two primaries, one nursery and primary and one primary and secondary. All operated by the large international education group, Cognita, who acquired the school in 2010. In 2018, 38 per cent of students gained A*-A at A-Level and 52 per cent obtained the same grades at IGCSE.

International College of Spain

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 900 pupils

Founded in 1980 in Alcobendas and acquired by Nord Anglia (61,000 pupils in 61 schools) Education Group. Their only school in Spain and also the only school in metropolitan Madrid to offer all three IB programmes. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

International School of Madrid

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 1-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned;

Founded in 1971 in the El Viso district in central Madrid. Starting with only 38 pupils, the school has continued to expand and a brand new building for years 7-9 is due to open in September 2019. In 2018 an impressive 46 per cent of students achieved A*-A at A-Level and 43 per cent A*-A at IGCSE with Oxbridge and Russell Group universities as graduate destinations.

Kensington School

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ESO/IGCSEs/Spanish Bach; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 pupils

One of two ‘Kensington’ schools in Spain, founded in 1968 in the residential suburbs of north Madrid. A non-selective international school teaching the British curriculum and also preparing students for entry to Spanish universities and for the DELF exams of the French Institute. 90 per cent of students are Spanish.

King's College (British School of Madrid)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/(I)GCSEs/A-Levels; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 1,650 pupils

On three sites, the main one for pre-nursery to sixth form in the countryside between the city and the mountains, the second for pupils from age three to 16 in the residential area of La Moraleja in Madrid and the third for pre-nursery to year 2 in Chamartin. All previously run by King’s education group, which was founded in Spain and managed four schools in the country; now bought and taken over unexpectedly by Inspired Education in October 2019. Just over 40 per cent of students gained A*-A at A-Level in 2018. Inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Runnymede College

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 870 pupils

The first British school in Spain, founded in 1967 by the parents of the current head. Now located in La Morleja. Traditional British education with rigorous academics leading to 71 percent of students gaining A*-A at IGCSE and an impressive 63 per cent of students achieving A*-A at A-Level in 2018 with eight graduates offered places at Oxford.

St George International Madrid

School adapted curriculum/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

Opened in 2010 in Los Dominicos and owned by British Education System Limited, who own four other schools in Spain. Offering a British based curriculum but also incorporating Spanish language.

SEK International Schools of Madrid

SEK Education Group established in 1892 in central Madrid now has three schools and a university in the city.

SEK Castillo in the northwest of Madrid educates children from 4 months to 18 years offering all three IB progammes.

SEK Ciudalcampo (in the north of Madrid) is an all-through school, with impressive sports facilities, offering all three IB programmes and is the only school in Spain recognised by the global network of innovative Round Square schools.

SEK Santa Isabel is a primary school in central Madrid teaching the IB Primary Years Programme preparing children to move on to other SEK schools.

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