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Lanzarote Schools

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Lanzarote Schools

Post Posted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:01 am

Hi, does anyone here know about schools in Lanzarote, firstly is it better for English children to go to Spanish schools so they learn the language, culture etc (we are currently in UK and they are having Spanish lessons) or can anyone tell me about the British schools over there. I've heard positive things about the Colegio Hispano Britanico in Pto Del Carmen, which I gather is quite informal with things like uniform etc? Any info appreciated,
Thanks, Mary.

 

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:35 am

In Spanish satate schools that tend not to wear uniforms as they are informal, State schools offer so much but you may find that if your child does not speak a word of Spanish they may get picked on.

Having your children learning Spanish before they move over is an excellent idea, but remember to get them to chat with Spanish children over the internet to improve the dialect.

There is a lot to learn before your move, and my advice is to do your research well befor you buy anything, Car, House, or any thing that is going to be expensive.

Don't forget to obtain your NIE numbers for you and the children, Padrons from the Town hall and your Certificate of Residence for Extranjeros

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Re: Lanzarote Schools

Post Posted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:02 pm

Apart from the state schools there is also a choice of private schools in Lanzarote. If you want your children to follow the British Curriculum through primary and secondary then it is either Colegio Hispano Britanico or British School of Lanzarote. If your child is of primary school age then the Daos trilingual school has a fantastic reputation, finally there is the Arenas International bilingual school in Costa Teguise which is both primary and seconday.

Lots of expat children attend the state schools, partly because of the fees for the private ones, expect to pay €4,000 per child per year but also because they integrate with local children, become bilingual and if not academic they have the choice of learning a trade / skill at the local colleges in Arrecife which are taught in Spanish.

Some of the schools both state and private have uniform and others don't there is no fixed rule.

My advice would be if your plans in Lanzarote are short term definitely keep your children following the British Curriculum, it will be less disruptive if you return to the UK. If your child is of secondary school age or academic consider sending them to a British school, they will have the option for A level tuition and not lose a year learning the language. If your children are young and your plans are long term then try the Spanish state schools, we've helped loads of kids enrol and they've all settled, made lots of new international friends and you're not worrying about earning enough to cover the tuition fees.

I've lived here for 10 years with two children, they attended one of the private schools for the first year and then transferred to the Spanish school system, we have been very happy with their education and they both went on to study in the local colleges.

 

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:13 pm

Thank you Estupendo, very good advice there, I know little of Lanzarote, as I live on mainland Spain, I can see your advice will come in handy on these forums.

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Re: Lanzarote Schools

Post Posted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:28 pm

Many thanks for your replies, you've been a great help, Estupendo you've answered my question brilliantly, that is just the stuff I need to know, and thank you also David, I will certainly look into the things you've mentioned. Wow this forum is great, didn't expect to get such helpful info so quickly, thank you very much guys, much appreciated!

 

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:19 pm

Hey there, We are a family from Germany and we might be moving to Lanzarote in October. One of my daughters would have to start school next summer and I am still not sure about the school options. I lived in Madrid more than ten years ago and we have friends that are teachers in a German school in Madrid. So hearing from them and other Spanish friends they would send their kids to private schools for better education. Especially talking about learning English in school, I made the experience that there English knowledge is very basic, even if they did the bachilerato. As I said, this was ten years ago and I am not really sure about the different forms/options. As far as I understood, there are the state schools, private schools and international schools. The private schools are not that expensive as the international schools and also part of the national education system, right? So at the moment I would go for a private school, assuming that the education is a bit better and they have better equipment. As I do not know how long we will stay in Spain, I am interested that my kids learn proper English to be prepared for other countries.

I hope there is somebody who could help me, making a decision. ????

Thank you,
Meike

 

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