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In 2021 we will celebrate Swans School’s 50th anniversary. Over the years, our school has flourished with continual improvements and additions to our facilities. Our teachers are trained in the latest international educational techniques and our exam results compete with the world’s best.
Whilst our aim has always been to provide an excellent learning environment, we also place great importance on the emotional support that is equally essential if our children are to be successful in their life beyond education.
What time does school start/ finish?
Our primary school children are expected to be in their classrooms at 9:00am. The gates open at 8:40am. The school day finishes at 4:00pm.
Our secondary school students are expected to be in registration at 8:45am and the school day finishes at 04:10pm.
Extracurricular activities run from 4:15pm until 5:00pm.
Are there extracurricular activities?
The school offers a range of after-school activities which generally run for forty five minutes (from 4.15pm to 5.00pm), between October and June each year. Activities may include sports, drama, arts and study support. Click to see our full list of activities.
What curriculum does Swans follow?
We follow the British educational system, meaning that in Years 10 and 11, students at Swans undertake GCSE or IGCSE courses. The three examination boards used at Swans are Cambridge (CIE), AQA and Edexcel. Click to learn more.
Our sixth form students undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. We opted for this course over other further education qualifications (such as UK A-levels) due to its international outlook and the fact that it is now widely regarded as the most respected qualification by top universities, as well as the best preparation for future life.
Are the teachers native English speakers?
Yes, all teachers for our core subjects are native English speakers.
However, our Spanish department is staffed entirely by native, bilingual Spanish teachers and each of our modern languages has a teacher of the corresponding nationality.
Do the children also study Spanish?
Yes, all children study the subjects required by the Ministry of Education of the Junta de Andalucía for the teaching of Spanish Language and Culture.
In order to accommodate the different levels of Spanish of our students, we offer three possibilities:
Primaria (for students with a native level)
Primaria Adaptada (for students with a high level of Spanish but who need to improve their understanding and expression, whilst adapting to the Spanish work and evaluation system)
SFL (for students who need to acquire basic knowledge of the language).
How many hours of Spanish study are there per week?
Our Early Years classes have 5 hours of Spanish lessons allocated in their timetable. From Reception onwards there are approximately 7 hours of Spanish classes each week, varying slightly in the secondary school depending upon the student’s level.
From Year 1 there are also individual Spanish reading times.
Each Early Years and Reception class also has a spanish teaching assistant who encourages more exposure to the Spanish language throughout the day.
How are parents involved with the school?
We organise many celebratory and cultural events throughout the year so parents can enjoy the achievements of their children and their peers.
We like to work in partnership with our parents to ensure that our children have consistent expectations and rewards. We suggest that parents help to support our learning environment by adhering to a routine in the home, reinforcing the value of a smart appearance, encouraging reading in the home and monitoring the use of social media.
What is the food policy/ lunchtime catering?
We have a strict healthy eating policy.
All food provided is freshly prepared in the on-site school kitchen. A vegetarian alternative is always available. Students with specific dietary requirements or food allergies are also always catered for and our menu is nut free. Fresh milk or filtered water is available to drink.
Students are expected to demonstrate good table manners, using their cutlery in an appropriate way and clearing their own place at the end of each meal. Click to see our menu.