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  • Truly International

    With over 70 nationalities, we are a diverse and welcoming school which prepares students to succeed anywhere in the world

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  • Globally-Respected Curricula

    We are the only school in Madrid to offer all three International Baccalaureate Programmes in English

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  • Learning to Love Learning

    We believe in helping a child to discover and pursue their passions, whether that’s in the classroom, on the pitch or on stage

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  • A Passion for Teaching

    Our teachers are dedicated to delivering high-quality education, and to helping every child reach their potential

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  • Join Our Community

    We are proud of our growing family of parents, teachers and socially-confident students. We’d love to welcome you too

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  • A Vibrant Place to Be

    The school year is packed with activities and achievements. Celebrate them with us

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  • Tailored to Every Child

    Our students love coming to school. Get in touch with us and we can talk about how we can make your child’s school days special

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IB Primary Years Programme

The IB Primary Years Programme provides the structure for your child's education from ages 3-11. It offers the first step in developing globally-minded confident learners.

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Our youngest learners follow the IB Primary Years curriculum, a highly regarded international primary curriculum for children aged 3-11. Our programme will nurture your child to be an open-minded risk taker, but also caring, reflective and knowledgeable. 

What is the PYP?



Age 3-5

The early years of the IB Primary Years Programme provides a strong educational foundation for your child. They will develop their:

  • curiosity;
  • exploration;
  • questioning; 
  • thinking; 
  • enthusiasm for their surroundings.

Enhancing Your Child's Desire to Learn

Our approach to learning in the early years encourages learning that plays into the natural curiosity of a young child with the world around them. Our teachers are there to facilitate and shape that learning.   

Combined with the IB Primary Years Programme, we embrace your child's natural need and desire to learn, and their innate creativity in doing so. At this stage we are focused on helping them learn to learn and love to learn instead of just acquiring knowledge of facts and skills. 


Age 5-11

From ages 5-11 your child will expand their international education, still following the IB Primary Years Programme. A theme-based approach to learning will help them to understand how different subjects of study relate to each other and to their world. 

The six themes of study are:

  • Who we are;
  • Where we are in place and time;
  • How we express ourselves;
  • How the world works;
  • How we organise ourselves;
  • Sharing the planet. 

Through these six themes your child will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding of concepts and ideas in:

  • Science;
  • Arts;
  • Mathematics;
  • Social studies;
  • Languages;
  • Physical, social and personal education. 

Through this exciting and challenging theme-based curriculum they will learn how to apply their learning to a range of novel situations. 


Further information on the Primary Years Programme