The majority of parents, who send their children to British schools, do so in order that their children can learn the English language which is essential to succeed today both in Spain and the rest of the world. Many do not realize that the British system, in addition to immersing the children in the British language and culture, brings a host of other benefits that are not at all obvious at first sight.
The British system has eleven years of compulsory schooling and has more teaching days than they have in Spain. The curriculum, although well regulated, is far more flexible than the Spanish counterpart. In the year’s equivalent to 4º of ESO and 2º Bachiller, all students have independent reviews, independent of both the School or College and the Government. This allows accurate and reliable assessment of the skills and knowledge of all the students in the country. At university level there is no country in Europe that can compare with Britain. While there are 48 state universities in Spain, in Britain there are some 350. Where there are few universities in Spain that are good enough to fit into the ranking of the top 200 in the world, there are 3 British universities among the top 10 in the world and many within the top 200.
However, the British schools in Spain offer much more than just the British system. Most of the British schools also add both the Spanish language and social sciences of Spain to the British system.