Year of foundation: 1969
Location: Spain, Madrid, suburbs of Soto de Vinyuelas
Age of students: 3-18 years
Type of education: joint
Number of students: 1480 (from 38 countries)
Programs: high school, IGCSE \ GCSE, A-level, summer language courses
Price: from 24000 euros per year with a boarding house
Ranking: the prestigious British school in the suburbs of Madrid
King's College Soto de Vinuelas is the only international educational institution in the northern suburbs of Madrid. As part of the King's College network, it accepts Spanish and foreign students for high school programs at all levels. At the boarding school, studying is conducted according to traditional British system. English is compulsory upon admission to King's College Soto de Vinuelas. Lessons are also conducted in English. However, in high school, students can prepare for the Spanish exam of Selectividad for admission to any of the universities in the country.
The boarding school in Soto de Vinuelas is known for its convenient location. The campus covers an area of 12 acres. It is located in the park area of the northern suburbs of Madrid.
In the school students can get a high-quality secondary education that meets world standards. Teachers of highest qualifications are invited to the school. All teachers of academic disciplines are native speakers.
At the boarding school, foreign students are immersed into multicultural environment. This allows to effectively develop communication skills, get acquainted with traditions, cultures of different countries. In addition to academic preparation, students have opportunities for physical and creative development.
The first classes in the school are socially oriented. Children are taught how to behave in society, instilling in them universal values. Kids learn the basics of mathematical knowledge, Spanish and literature. Accredited by the association NABSS teachers provide a proportionate combination of social employment and school activities.
Secondary education begins at King's College Soto de Viñuelas from the age of 12. At this age, students are taught compulsory subjects and are guided by the choice of special courses in the field of hobbies. Schoolchildren are enrolled in several diverse circles to determine their own further orientation in selective courses. Spanish is studied by all children, but additional foreign is also allowed. Courses in mathematics, English and literature form the basis of the curriculum. In the natural sciences and physics, children undergo practical research. World culture is studied for 1 year.
Optional courses are provided for photography, chess, information technology, singing, swimming and design.
The two-year program is based on the passage of 3 compulsory and up to 5 disciplines to choose from with a certificate of incomplete secondary education at the end of grade 9. In the college GCSE program is held by children from different countries, so English can be studied as a foreign language. Optional German development is paid additionally. An internationally accepted list of compulsory courses is envisaged: English, foreign, general mathematics. Optional special courses: business, practical economics, jurisprudence, literature.
Before entering the universities of Britain, Spain or another country, schoolchildren try to pass a course of pre-university training, which entitles them to competitive enrollment with graduation marks. A-level meets the standards of British and Spanish universities. Usually, students arrive at the A-level after successfully passing the GCSE.
The volume of academic material allows you to pass 4 subjects in the first year, while in the second year there are 3 of them. The sciences are studied in depth, which in the future provides for specialization in these areas.
Bachelor's programs in medicine, engineering or law can not be received without high scores on the A-level.
The educational system of Spain provides for 16 to 18-year-old students to receive the degree of bacillary. This is a complete secondary education or first level professional. For three courses, students choose a specialization and deepen their knowledge either in humanitarian or in exact sciences. Passage of the program requires the Ministry of Education of Spain for admission to local universities. After the completion of Spanish Bachillerato, schoolchildren take final exams, scores on which are taken into account as competitive grades in the highest institutions of the country.
There are up to 25 students in each class, but training takes place in small groups, as children are divided into 4 specializations. The first include design, art and creative courses: dance, music, stage. The study of natural sciences is envisaged in the second complex. The scientific block is integrated with the technological one. The fourth area of study is humanitarian and social subjects.
Classes are held from 9 am to 5 pm. Students can devote time not only to academic subjects, but also to special training. For foreigners, the college conducts Spanish lessons from beginners to advanced. German lessons as a second foreigner are paid additionally.
It is not allowed to have low ratings on more than two subjects. If a student can not pass two exams on the subjects of the first year, he can be trained in the summer months and retake them again. If undergraduates fail to meet the requirements of 4 disciplines, it is necessary to repeat the annual training.
Admission to higher education institutions in Spain is possible with a diploma título de Bachiller.
Students from 11 years old are admitted to the residence. Accommodation is provided for 1-2 people per room. Senior students live in single rooms with full comfort: a warm floor, Wi-Fi, a bathroom. For leisure activities, there are sports grounds, a swimming pool, creative workshops, and there is a riding school. The residence occupies one wing of the school-boarding house in Soto de Vinuelas. In its territory there is a rest room, a games room, a medical center. In the residence students are under 24-hour supervision of the personnel of the educational institution.
Three meals a day are offered to foreign students. For this purpose a comfortable school dining room with modern kitchen is equipped. Students can choose from Spanish, British, international dishes. Children are also offered vegetarian, diet food.
The infrastructure of the boarding school in Soto de Vinuelas is represented by a school building with equipped classrooms, laboratory classes, a library (with a large number of electronic information resources), a computer classroom, a gymnasium, a music hall, and a dance hall.
On campus there is also a small farm, equestrian school, football, volleyball, basketball field, several tennis courts, two indoor swimming pools. Specialized studios and workshops are open for creativity.
Required documents, depending on the type of institution:
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|Language courses, schools and children's language camps||Primary and secondary education - private schools||Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education||Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA|
| - we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs) |
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
| - we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program, |
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
| - we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program, |
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively
| - recommended submission one year before the start of the program, |
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.