School Ethos 2018-02-09T08:46:31+00:00

The Foundation of AIS

  • British National Curriculum

  • Steiner-Waldorf orientation

  • Mindfulness

Our Mission Statement


School Ethos

AIS is a privately owned non-profit international school whose aim and reason for existence is to act as a successful social and academic educational center for our students.

We celebrate our students’ individuality and encourage them to find their true selves through all our activities. We do not judge the students by their academic results, but rather foster their creativity whilst striving to prepare them academically for their IGCSE and A level exams which they will need at a later date. We give great importance to the arts as well as other traditionally academic subjects. This ideology is shared by many educators as can be seen in the links below. (Guardian, Ted Talk)

We like to think of our school as a learning community which is formed by our teachers, our students and their families. We hold parents meetings every month either as individual meetings with the class tutors or as a whole class. Our parents are invited into school regularly for fairs and celebrations and we encourage them to participate alongside us in their organization. We have parents as class representatives who work together with us to ensure the smooth running of the school. Another popular event with our pupils are the family excursions, where we come together and enjoy walks into the surrounding countryside.

Our school also holds festivals every term in which the students can showcase what they have been learning in main lesson, music and drama. They practice the important skill of performing, and feel proud of their achievements. Every Thursday we hold Whole School Assemblies in which we come together to experience community building activities, sharing about seasonal celebrations and current world affairs. We also invite and learn from guest speakers who share about their profession and travels. Our aim is to make all members of our learning community feel welcomed and appreciated and that the students feel nurtured and supported in this important phase of adolescence.

Currently we offer Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (equivalent to 6ª Primary, 1º, 2º, 3º and 4º of E.S.O. of the Spanish system), and year 12, A-levels, Key stage 5. The students will take the British GCSEs at 16, which is equivalent to the Spanish ‘graduado escolar’ allowing access to post-16 study programmes, both Spanish and international.  AIS is certified as a British school by NABSS, complying with the requirements set by the British Council for British schools in Spain.

  • giving significant importance to the distinctive developmental phases of the developing child and adolescent.
  • giving equal attention to the children’s academic, physical, social and emotional needs.
  • treating artistic and creative activities and the development of the imagination as an integral part of the learning process.
  • developing an interest in learning through exploration and by nurturing creativity and self-reliance.

Bringing the practice of mindfulness to education means introducing methods of meditation and concentration that examine and cultivate the mind thus enabling the students to be alert to the processes of their own thinking, feelings and actions. Mindfulness is another word for non-judgmental awareness. At AIS we practice awareness in different ways integrated into diverse subject lessons and assemblies. These practices include sitting and eating in silence, learning about meditation and relaxation, and sharing about important themes as a school community. We believe that this contributes towards strengthening self-confidence, empathy and critical thinking.



  • British National Curriculum

  • Steiner-Waldorf orientation

  • Mindfulness

  • Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

  • Flexible A-Levels Plus Programme 

  • Top International IGCSE Exam Results 

  • NABSS Certified School

  • EDEXCEL Examination Board

  • Highly Experienced and Qualified Teachers

  • We are a small happy school

  • child-centred approach

  • Small Classes

“Education is about developing a complete mind, studying the Science of Art, the Art of Science, learning how to see. Realising that everything connects to everything else.”

Leonardo da Vinci

“AIS is a place where compassion is taught on a daily basis. It’s an open-minded and supportive community, that will grow stronger day by day.”
(Parent Class 7 and 8)

“Being now more than two years with this school, we’re still very happy to have found it!”
(Parent Class 7 and 8)

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