Discover the importance of international education and how we work on it every day at St. George's British International School.
Providing students with an international education that enables them to function as well as possible in an increasingly globalised world is one of the goals of many schools. In fact, it is one of the fundamental pillars on which we lay the foundations of education at St. George's, a school with international qualifications that enables our students to prepare for higher education at the most prestigious universities internationally, as well as nationally, both public and private.
In this aim, educational excellence plays a key role. As part of our international education, we employ highly qualified and experienced teachers, who use appropriate teaching methodologies to identify the talents and abilities of each student, with the aim of bringing out their full potential.
Although one of the first glimpses of international education to come to Spain was the International Baccalaureate, at St. George's British International School we have implemented a model that very few schools in this country share with us.
We offer students a unique international education, as we follow the British education system from Pre-Nursery to Year 11, the year in which they must pass the British Secondary education qualifications known as IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), and next year we will implement Sixth Form, the equivalent of the Spanish Baccalaureate, with the start of the first year of Sixth Form, Year 12.
At the same time, we are further internationalising education by offering real immersion in English from the first day students set foot in the school. Our educational methodology combines innovative techniques and personalised learning to ensure that each and every child reaches their full potential.
International Education in Bilbao to globalise students
Although the education we offer at St George's British International School is much more than an international curriculum, it does play an essential role. We see international education as one of the cornerstones in providing future global citizens with a solid foundation that will enable them to pursue their higher education at the best centres in the world.
This type of education offers a holistic approach to education, promoting international mindedness by emphasising the importance of intercultural understanding and global awareness in young children. In this way, students are exposed to very different perspectives and cultures, which will prepare them to live in an increasingly internationalised world.
As if this were not enough, this type of training allows them to engage in active learning, in which they themselves are the protagonists. They ask questions, explore topics in depth and participate in different activities that not only help them to cultivate their curiosity and critical thinking, but also their love of knowledge.
This is what day-to-day life is like educating internationally at St. George's.
As we explained above, our school follows the English National Curriculum of the United Kingdom but being located in Spain, we also comply with the schooling requirements of the Spanish curriculum established by the Basque Government's Ministry of Education.
This international education system has several points, which are different from the Spanish curriculum, starting with the learning levels, which are not the same:
- Early Years: 2 to 4 years
- Key Stage 1: 5 to 7 years
- Key Stage 2: 7 to 11 years
- Key Stage 3: 11 to 14 years
- Key Stage 4: 15 to 16 years
- Key Stage 5: 16 to 18 years
In addition, the model of education at St. George's combines academic excellence with practical learning and we provide our children with an interactive and highly motivating offer, so that they never lose the desire to keep learning new things.
This is precisely one of the keys to the success of this type of international education: research and practical experience, combined with the importance we place on the skills of each individual student.
IGCSE and A-Level: the pinnacle examinations in international education
At St. George's British International School, qualifications are also different from what we are used to seeing. As we adhere to the British curriculum, our qualifications are also part of international education, as they are recognised by the most prestigious universities in the world.
Our students sit the IGCSE and A-Level examinations of the English National Curriculum and their average mark is accepted as an entry requirement for most universities in Spain and around the world.
On the one hand, we have the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), which are the final exams taken at the end of secondary education and before moving on to the Baccalaureate stage, where the A-Levels are taken. The result obtained in these exams will determine the average mark for choosing a university, together with the PCE tests if they wish to opt for the maximum mark in the Spanish system of 14 points.