Introduction

The English School of Asturias is a prestigious private, co-educational school based on the British model for children of all nationalities from age 3 to 18.

There are currently 690 pupils on roll. The majority of pupils are Spanish although approximately 10 nationalities are represented. Most do not have English as their first language. The vast majority, however, start school aged three in essentially an immersion programme of English as a second language and by age 18 are balanced bilinguals in their first language and English.

It has modern purpose built facilities set in a campus of 55,000 square metres in a quiet and idyllic rural setting

The School is located in the centre of Asturias, in Pruvia de Abajo, and is in easy reach from Oviedo, Gijon and Aviles. It has modern purpose built facilities set in a campus of 55,000 square metres in a quiet and idyllic rural setting. The school employs highly qualified, native staff with a ratio of 1 teacher to 8.5 pupils.

The British model of education is long-established and well-grounded in educational research. It is underpinned by the aims of providing support for children to be healthy, to stay safe, to enjoy learning, to achieve and to make a positive contribution. It has a well-structured curriculum with an emphasis on understanding and reasoning. Teaching is differentiated to provide an individualized programme for each pupil in a supportive, structured and disciplined environment which is conducive to learning. An integral part of the education is an attention to values and to the personal, social and moral development of pupils. The emphasis is also on moderated and external assessment which means that achievement really does reflect ability. A recent PISA study described British private education as among the best in the world.

The acquisition of a second language not only brings the obvious benefits of greater communication skills, ease of learning additional languages and improved job prospects but also cognitive advantages. Research at University College London has shown that those who learn a second language while young have a more developed cerebral cortex; they are simply cleverer.

Moreover, proficiency in a second language at the ESA does not come at the expense of the first language. 30% of classes are taught in Spanish which includes the essential elements of Spanish language, literature and humanities. El Pais recently reported research that showed that children at bilingual schools in Spain were actually more proficient in Lengua Castellana than those from monolingual schools.

The immersion programme leads to the development of authentically balanced bilinguals; a level that cannot be achieved by some additional classes in English such as those offered by the majority of ‘colegios bilingües’.
Education at the English School of Asturias is fully homologous with the Spanish education system and the studies are automatically validated. The introduction of the Bologna Treaty now also ensures recognition by all countries within the European Union of the educational systems of the other member states and makes provision for direct access to all European universities. High levels of achievement, coupled with superior language skills, provide pupils at ESA with a wide choice of universities and access to competitive degree courses both in Spain and abroad.

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