Kensington School is an independent, co-educational British day school with a roll of some 1100 mainly Spanish pupils in the Primary and Secondary age range. Founded in 1968, it is among the oldest of the British schools in Madrid and is a founder member of NABSS. The philosophy of the school is to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, aspiring to academic, artistic and sporting excellence for all, whilst fostering traditional values of respect, courtesy, responsibility and self-discipline within a caring atmosphere.
The school follows the British National Curriculum (Nursery – Year 9), including among subject areas taught: English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education and I.C.T. As a fully recognised British school with a predominantly Spanish intake it also offers a minimal obligatory Spanish curriculum: Spanish Language and Environmental Studies, complemented by optional Religion classes from Year 3.
Upon completion of their official British curriculum studies pupils initiate preparation in the school’s Spanish section towards a Spanish “Bachillerato” and University entrance. Throughout their Upper Secondary or “Bachillerato” years pupils, nevertheless, have the opportunity of sitting University of Cambridge examinations in English as a Foreign Language: First Certificate (FCE), Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) all of which reflect the high standard of English aspired to.
The school is located in Pozuelo, an attractive suburban area to the west of Madrid. It is equipped with excellent modern facilities: Library, Science laboratories (3), Art, Music (2) and Computer rooms (2), Gymnasia (2), sports areas possessing basketball, volleyball, tennis courts as equally 5 a side football pitches and Auditorium, in addition to classrooms invariably equipped with TV/video, OHP, and computers in the Primary school.
Extra-curricular activities play a formative part in school life, including sporting, musical (choirs and instrumental tuition) and drama among others. Educational visits equally feature prominently in the school curriculum, be they of short or longer duration, to museums, Art galleries, theatres, farms, factories, to more distant parts of Spain, or abroad to England and France.
The school hopes, in sum, to offer the very best of British and Spanish education, in which moral and ethical values are of traditionally great significance.